Happy weekend, Disruptors! And, for those in DC, happy Pride! Here’s what we’ve been reading this week. Let us know what you’ve been reading (or writing!) in the comments.
- The Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference, which is really cool and almost entirely free to attend, is next weekend (June 13th-15th)! It has tons of talks, discussions, and workshops for Trans* people and their families and allies on health, wellness, community, and political issues. Check it out here.
- Apologize for the pronoun BS in the first couple of paragraphs but after 20 years in the Navy, 13 deployments (7 being combat deployments), a purple heart and a bronze star, Kristin Beck is the first Navy SEAL to come out as transgender. Of particular note (besides the obvious) is:
Although many hailed the repealing of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (DADT) as a victory for all LGBT people, most don’t know that for those who are transgender, the discriminatory policy lives on. Because of “psychological and medical restrictions,” anyone who identifies as transgender is still currently banned from serving in the armed forces and risks being fired for coming out.
- Marissa Alexander‘s abusive husband threatened to kill her. She fired a warning shot near him as she attempted to escape. She is serving a 20 year mandatory sentence, because a jury convicted her of aggravated assault after a mere twelve minutes of deliberation. Continue reading