This morning, President Obama signed an executive order barring discrimination against LGBT people employed by federal contractors.
“It doesn’t make much sense, but today in America, millions of our fellow citizens wake up and go to work with the awareness that they could lose their job, not because of anything they do or fail to do, but because of who they are — lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender. And that’s wrong. We’re here to do what we can to make it right — to bend that arc of justice just a little bit in a better direction.”
The documentary Golf Alpha Yankee exposes extremely harsh anti-gay laws in Iran.
Homosexuality in Iran is legally punishable with imprisonment, torture and execution.
Golf Alpha Yankee “provides an intimate immersion into the world of LGBT people from Iran, who were forced to flee their home country, and are now waiting in limbo in conservative Turkey as asylum seekers with the United Nations. They hope to receive resettlement in the west, where they may one day be free to love without penalty.”
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has announced that convicted Wikileaker Chelsea Manning will receive “rudimentary treatment” for her gender transition, reports Transgender Law Center (TLC).
Although it is unclear what specific treatment Manning will be allowed, TLC says:
“It is critical that all transgender people, including those who are incarcerated and detained, have access to life-saving health care. Transgender Law Center will continue to urge the Department of Defense that ‘rudimentary’ treatments include all health care treatments defined as medically-necessary by the preeminent health care organizations including the American Medical Association and American Psychiatric Association.”
According to The Washington Post, “the gender treatment provided by the military could include allowing Manning to wear some female garments and also potentially provide hormone treatments.”
Good, they need sex and better writing.
Lucy Lawless (Xena: Warrior Princess, Battlestar Galactica) is bringing her special brand of butt-kickery to Season 2 of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., according to TVGuide.com.
Though details on Lawless’ character — or the length of the gig — have not been disclosed (surprise, surprise!), S.H.I.E.L.D. has been looking to fill the recurring role of “Mary Maloney,” a highly skilled agent who can “command any room” (and boasts “effortless sex appeal”). A possible fit? Survey says…a definite maybe.