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If you are a transgender person in Sweden today looking to legally change your gender, in the 21st century you are still forced to undergo surgery that will render you permanently infertile and forever unable to have children. This barbaric practice of forced sterilizations has to stop!
The majority of the Swedish parliament is in favor of modifying this law - but up until now Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt has let a small conservative party block this long awaited reform.
Let’s make sure the Prime Minister knows that the majority of Sweden, and Europe - wants to see Sweden on the right side of history - by eliminating this archaic practice.
“Please take one minute to sign this urgent letter to the Prime Minister of Sweden asking him to stop playing politics with the fundamental human rights of Swedish citizens. Our friends at RFSL, the Swedish LGBT Federation, will deliver your signatures directly to the Prime Minister’s office.”
Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
No, today is not about gay rights. Today is about human rights.
Dr. King fought for equality when the concept was still unheard of, quite literally putting his life on the line for his beliefs. As a civil rights pioneer, he broke ground for the people he represented and set a precedent for how we fight for rights today. His words still ring true as we discuss the importance of setting aside our differences and working together for the common good of humanity.
As a community still fighting for equality in a number of ways, it’s so important for us to take some time to reflect on this day, on how far we’ve come, and on where we’re going.
What will you do today to honor MLK?
Officials of the Dallas County Community College District voted on Tuesday to change their nondiscrimination policies to protect people against discrimination based on gender identity and expression.
One amended policy protects employees and two others protect students. DCCCD, the largest college in the state, is the third community college in Texas to add trans protections to its policies. Check the Dallas Voice article linked above for more details.
Google to offer gay staff extra pay to allow for tax inequality with straight couples
Internet giant Google today began paying its gay staff more than heterosexual employees in the latest example of its lavish perks culture, reports The Daily Mail.
Lesbian and homosexual staff will get extra wages to make up for higher taxes they have to pay.
The search engine decided it was only fair to bump up the salaries of its gay staff, a spokesman said.
Under U.S. law, when a firm offers health insurance as a benefit for an employee’s partner, it is tax-free for married couples but taxable income for gays.
Google will make up the difference in additional pay, on average $980 a year.
In case you missed it, Sec. Clinton in a momentous speech to the UN: ‘Gay Rights Are Human Rights, And Human Rights Are Gay Rights’ in recognition of International Human Rights Day at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.