Saturday, August 12, 2017

More LGBT asylum seekers from Central America; transgender military ban halted by North Korean situation


The Washington Blade, in a story by Michael J. Lavers,  is reporting the entry of at least sixteen LGBT (some are trans) asylum seekers from Central America who came through Mexico and arrived at the border at Nogales.  It is not clear yet how they will be assisted, whether they would go to detention or be housed somewhere.  It’s not completely clear yet if Trump’s various EO’s matter. This blog had discussed the idea of parole form detention here April 1.



The Blade also reports (story by Karen Ocamb)  that the implementation of Trump’s tweeted transgender ban in the military has been put on hold because of “the threat of nuclear war with North Korea”.  On July 29, I had written a Wordpress blog posting suggesting that Trump’s transgender ban could make him look bad in facing North Korea.  Trump had written his notorious tweet two days before DPRK’s second ICBM test and I wrote this blog posting a couple more days after.  

Jennifer Williams, a "trans Republican" has a perspective on the trans ban here (published by Log Cabin Republicans). 

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Baltimore Transgender Alliance creates a hosting network for homeless trans


The Baltimore Transgender Alliance has created a group called HostHome, a “network of guests, hosts and patrons”, according to a story by Steve Charing in the Washington Blade here. 

The group apparently has some interest in raising money for group homes.  Apparently there are individual hosts, but it was not clear from the article that it asks for hosts, by comparison with DC Center Global and asylum seekers.
  

Here’s the group’s Facebook page

The Baltimore Sun has hosted one of the group’s podcasts, here

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Trump instructs on transgender attrition from military; Outwrite Book Fair in Washington DC


The Trump administration has passed some guidance down on transgender soldiers, saying they will not be allowed to reenlist, and officers must leave when their commissions expire. Lambda Legal has announced it is about to file legal action, as in this story today

Rumors about this outcome were circulating today as I attended the 2017 Outwrite LGBT Book Fair at the DC Center in Washington DC.  I’ve given some details on my Book Reviews blog today.  Transgender-related (and gender fluidity themes seemed more in evidence this year than last, when I had an exhibit with my “Do Ask Do Tell” series.  Yet, culturally, the transgender and fluid community circulates rather separately from the cis-male world of a lot of dance floors (so it seemed last night at Town).

I believe that Center Global would have held its monthly meeting at noon (I was there around 1 PM) but there was not discussion while I was there of asylum and hosting  I have not been able to work out a plan to assist with that so far this year, and may sell my inherited trust house, as I have explained on other posts.  This year, I did not set up a table for my “Do Ask Do Tell” books as I had in 2016.
Canada has started accepted refugees from Chechnya (maybe these are really asylum seekers), story.

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Former CEO of Rentboy gets 6 months in prison; judge noted he had done good works with his illegal income


Jeffrey Hurant, former CEO of “Rentboy.com”  (link is for legal defense fund; the site no longer operates and domain name is for sale), has been sentenced to six months in prison in federal court in Brooklyn, for promoting prostitution.  But the judge admitted, in somewhat libertarian fashion, that Hurant had done considerable good for the gay community in fighting AIDS and HIV with safe-sex education and had often cooperated with law enforcement in other matters.


Here' is the CBS News story

The story reminds one of the controversy over Backpage, which has been used in heterosexual trafficking.  Bills in Congress (reported on my BillBoushka blog yesterday) could make websites and web service providers share more downstream liability, carving out Section 230 exceptions.  This could indirectly affect amateur reporting on gay issues like everything else.



Milo Yiannopoulos has reported a brutal beating of white teens in Quincy MA which was filmed on a cellphone without a 911 call.  This might be a gay bashing.  Here is his link. I have sent this story on to ABC7News.