US Naval Academy to enforce ban on trans students from 2020

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The US Naval Academy will stop accepting admissions from trans students from in 2020.

Before now, the US Naval Academy accepted trans students and retained midshipmen who began transitioning while studying at the academy.

The Defense Department confirmed the move by the academy earlier this week. The academy’s ban on accepting trans students will start from the 2020-2021 school year.

This comes after a ban on trans service members proposed by US President Donald Trump went into effect earlier this month.

The U.S. Coast Guard Academy has also said it will implement the ban on trans service members, according to the Daily Beast.  The U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Military Academy, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy have yet to announce whether they will enforce to the ban.

A 2016 Rand Corporation survey found an estimated 10,000 trans individuals currently serving in the US military.

Scathing condemnation 

President Obama lifted restrictions on trans service people in 2016, which allowed trans people to openly serve in the US military and covered gender affirmation surgery.

However, Trump announced the ban in July 2017 in a tweet which incorrectly claimed that allowing trans troops to serve came with ‘tremendous medical costs and disruption’.

Trump later went on to push for a watered-down version which only bans openly trans people and those undergoing gender affirmation treatment.

The announcement of the ban was met with scathing condemnation from equal rights supporters. Numerous politicians and former military personnel have also expressed alarm at the move.

Six service members are currently suing the US government over the ban. This includes a current student at the US Naval Academy, Midshipman Regan Kibby.

Earlier this week it was also reported that trans student, Map Pesqueira, had lost a national three-year Reserve Officers’ Training Corps scholarship following the implementation of the ban. Pesqueira has since turned to crowdfund to help finance his studies.

Author: Calum Stuart

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Students call for professor to be replaced with ‘queer person of color’

Philadelphia pupils are petitioning for Professor Camille Paglia to be removed

US students are petitioning for their university to replace a professor with a ‘queer person of color.’

University of the Arts, Philadelphia, students have accused Camille Paglia of ‘degrading transgender individuals’ in classes and interviews.

In the petition, student Sheridan Merrick claimed: ‘She believes that most transgender people are merely participating in a fashion trend.’

What has the professor said?

Critics have pointed to a 2017 interview, in which Paglia told the now-defunct Weekly Standard: ‘Although I describe myself as transgender (I was donning flamboyant male costumes from early childhood on), I am highly skeptical about the current transgender wave.

‘Which I think has been produced by far more complicated psychological and sociological factors than current gender discourse allows.’

Moreover, the petition goes onto allege that Pagila has ‘blatantly mocked survivors of sexual assault and the #MeToo movement.’

Furthermore, students have linked the petition to a 2016 video. In it, Pagila says she finds it ‘ridiculous’ that universities ‘tolerate’ historic accusations of rape.

President panned for ‘freedom of expression’ plea

However, after college president David Yager emailed students and staff, students slammed him.

In the statement, Yager defended Pagila. He spoke of how ‘artists over the centuries have suffered censorship, and even persecution, for the expression of their beliefs through their work.’

“Unfortunately, as a society we are living in a time of sharp divisions – of opinions, perspectives and beliefs – and that has led to decreased civility.’

Speaking to Inside Higher Ed, Pagila praised Yager’s ‘eloquent statement affirming academic freedom as a landmark in contemporary education.’

See also

Cast of Philadelphia mark movie’s 25-year anniversary with AIDS short film

Black transgender woman Shantee Tucker shot and killed in Philadelphia

Philadelphia Catholic Archbishop: ‘There’s no such thing as LGBTQ’

Author: Josh Milton

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This student kicked a transphobic boy and then the school expelled her

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A female student who kicked a transphobic male student in the girls’ restroom at their Alaska high school was expelled.

The incident occurred because the male student was protesting another student, a trans male student who is currently transitioning, after that student posted a selfie from the boys’ bathroom.

A group of boys were upset by the selfie so they staged a protest at North Pole High School in North Pole, Alaska. Their protest consisted of enterting the girls’ bathroom and posting their own selfie.

Dr. Karen Gaborik, the superintendent of the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District, confirmed the story to BuzzFeed News.

The trans student posted his selfie to Snapchat and Gaborik said the group of boys became ‘upset about the public nature of the post and restroom use’.

One of the boys posted about the protest to Snapchat.

Snapchat screenshot

The Alaskan student’s Snapchat about the protest | Photo: BuzzFeed

On the day of their so-called ‘protest’, a group of seven male students made to enter a girls’ restroom.

As the first one entered, a female student was leaving the restroom and she kicked him in the groin on her way out. The other boys turned around and left.

The girl is expelled

The school reportedly conducted an investigation per Title IX, which bans discrimination on the basis of sex in schools.

They disciplined both the female student and the seven boys. On Monday (15 April), the girl’s family told BuzzFeed she had been ‘expelled indefinitely’.

The girl’s sister also tweeted this:

Following her expulsion, the girl who kicked the male student defended herself in a Facebook comment.

‘These guys (and men some were 18) came into the female bathroom and scared me. And in a reaction I kneed him,’ she wrote. ‘I didn’t even know what I did till after. I was scared. There was no way for me to leave the bathroom or I would have.’

With the help of her family, the girl is now appealing her expulsion.

Responses to the incident

Gaborik released a statement to the school’s decisions of discipline.

‘We do not advocate physical or psychological violence as a means to attain safety,’ she said. ‘If a student uses force against another student or against staff, that use of force is evaluated for potential discipline under the self-defense laws of the State and the facts and circumstances of the incident.’

Meanwhile, Republican state Rep. Tammie Wilson defended the girl’s use of physical violence.

‘I  don’t care why the boys were in the bathroom,’ Wilson said at a news conference.

She continued: ‘I heard there was some kind of protest going on, but doesn’t matter. I just wanted to make sure I had this opportunity to tell those young ladies at North Pole High School… if you ever feel threatened for your safety, whatever force you think you have to give, I will stand behind you. And so will our community.’

She also added the expulsion sends the ‘wrong message’.

Many people on Facebook also slammed the school’s decision to expel the student.

Gaborik said the district has numerous transgender students and staff members and they work with them individually to best meet their needs.

See also

Iowa students stage walkout to protest (and support) trans student using the bathroom

Historically black all-male college to accept trans students from 2020

Baltimore public school board passes policy to protect trans students

Author: Anya Crittenton

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