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Comment by Sentient Biped on November 7, 2013 at 9:05am
Carl great t shirt. love that!
Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 7, 2013 at 2:26am

Krozan, welcome to the LGBTQI group.  Thanks for joining!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 6, 2013 at 12:18pm

Comment by Grinning Cat on November 6, 2013 at 10:05am

I'll add my welcome, Krozan! And it's great to hear about both marriage equality all but enacted in Illinois (Time says the governor signed the bill last night, but I can't find corroboration) and Germany going beyond the gender binary on official records.

A funny comment at Good As You yesterday:

billJohnson19D: Also the NOM backed Republican candidate for governor in VA lost and marriage equality advanced to the full house in Hawaii. Losses for NOM all around tonight, I hope they have their “we are so disappointed” letters all ready to go.

rmthunter: I'm actually waiting for Brown to come up with something about "activist voters" in Virginia thwarting the will of the people.

Comment by Sentient Biped on November 6, 2013 at 7:46am
Welcome Krozan!
Comment by Sentient Biped on November 5, 2013 at 5:36pm

Carl,

Both stories are awesome! 

I've been hoping and hoping Illinois would pass marriage equality.  Having been born in Illinois, educated there, and lived a third of my life there, I still feel like I have one foot in the state. 

Well, maybe not a foot.  A toe maybe.

And the German precedent is so meaningful.  I think they are the first country to recognize intersex people.  I hope many more follow soon.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 5, 2013 at 4:30pm

Another marriage victory!

Illinois House clears the way for gay marriage bill

Chicago Tribune

SPRINGFIELD --- The House today narrowly approved a gay marriage bill, clearing the way for Illinois to become the 15th state to legalize same-sex unions.

The bill got 61 votes, one more than the bare minimum needed to send the measure back to the Senate for final approval that’s expected later today. Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn has said he would sign the bill into law should it reach his desk.

The bill initially needed 71 votes to pass, but that threshold fell to 60 after the legislation was amended to change the effective date to next June 1. Because the bill was altered, it will have to return to the Senate, where Senate President John Cullerton says his members are prepared to approve it for the second time.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 3, 2013 at 7:16pm

Some great news coming from Germany.......

Germany allows third gender option on birth certificates

Aljazeerra America

Under new legislation, the field for gender can be left blank on birth certificates, effectively creating a category for indeterminate sex in the public record.

Germany will soon also allow the gender field on passports be filled with an "X" instead of "M" or "F."

Activists promoting the rights of so-called intersex people said they hoped the creation of a third gender option would open the door to broader changes that would limit genital surgery on newborns with both male and female characteristics.

"It's a first, important step in the right direction," said Lucie Veith, an intersex person from the northern German city of Hamburg.

But Veith said leaving the gender undefined on birth certificates was never the main lobbying point for the Association of Intersexed People in Germany, or others in the intersex community.

"Forbid cosmetic genital surgeries for newborns, that is our first demand," said Veith, who leads the organization.

Experts estimate one in 1,500 to 2,000 births result in a baby of indeterminate gender, or both male and female gender features.

Surgeries such as clitoral reductions, removal of undescended testicles, and vaginoplasty, or the surgical creation of a vagina, can be performed to physically assign a gender.

According to a 2012 European Commission report on the topic, surgeries are performed on intersex babies and infants in many European countries without adequate informed consent by the patients.

The report also found that many intersex-born people are angry that these surgeries were performed without their consent.

Other countries that recognize a third gender on their passports include: Australia, Bangladesh, India, Nepal and New Zealand. Pakistan’s national identity cards began allowing the option for a third gender in 2011. Thailand’s military officially recognizes a third gender as well.

Comment by Napoleon Bonaparte on November 3, 2013 at 5:53pm

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Comment by Sentient Biped on October 31, 2013 at 8:20am
I'll have some pineapple to celebrate if they follow through. Whats up with those rogue democrats who voted against.? Did someone pee in their morning cornflakes?
 

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