Slap reader Paul has written in with some good news coming out of Nova Scotia. The province passed its Transgendered Persons Protection Act on Friday, explicitly protecting trans Nova Scotians from housing and employment discrimination. The bill still requires royal assent before becoming law, but there’s nothing to worry about there. I’ve yet to see . . . → Read More: Slap Upside The Head: Nova Scotia Passes Trans Rights Bill
Ontario passed Bill 13 this week, which forbids school administrators from banning Gay-Straight Alliances. Hooray! The congratulalien has been vindicated! Good job, Ontario.
Barack Obama announced his personal support of marriage equality yesterday, making him the first U.S. president to do so. Political analysts are already speculating on how this will affect November’s elections, although I don’t really expect that rabidly anti-gay voters would have supported Obama anyway. Still, in the off chance that you Americans don’t re-elect . . . → Read More: Slap Upside The Head: Obama Backs Marriage Equality
Jenna Talackova, the trans beauty contestant that was booted from the Miss Universe Canada pageant for being born a male, has been allowed to re-enter the contest as long as she meets the Canadian legal definition of a woman, which I believe she does. This is a pretty big, visible step for trans recognition, so . . . → Read More: Slap Upside The Head: Trans Beauty Contestant Un-Booted
Canada has a new, openly gay MP this week after a byelection on Monday filled Jack Layton’s old seat with the NDP’s Craig Scott. Congratulations, Craig!
You’re on a roll, United States! The Maryland senate passed, yesterday afternoon, a bill granting equal marriage rights to all state residents. The governor said she will sign it into law as soon as it reaches her desk. For celebratory measure, she’ll also change the state name to Marryland, why not?
A US federal court has ruled that the country’s Defense of Marriage Act—a law forbidding any federal recognition of same-sex relationships—is unconstitutional. Judge Jeffrey White, a Bush appointee, issued the ruling today on the basis that DOMA violates the constitution’s guarantees of equality. Congratulations, Americans: Your backwards prejudices are shedding faster than a traumatized mutt . . . → Read More: Slap Upside The Head: DOMA Ruled Unconstitutional