A California trial court has backed a private Southern Baptist school over its right to expel a transgender student, who is accused of committing fraud by applying for admission as a female. The court has also, however, awarded $4,000 in damages to the plaintiff for being excluded from the school's ancillary programs that are open to the public, such as the library and restaurants.
MSNBC reported on Monday that the student in question is 27-year-old Domaine Javier, who was born as a biological male but has identified as female since childhood. California Baptist University expelled Javier for fraud violations in 2011, after Javier appeared in an episode of MTV's "A True Life" and admitted to being born a male.
Javier's attorneys argued that CBU had violated California's Unruh Civil Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination based on various categories, including sex and sexual orientation. more >>
In response to the recent California shooting last month, when 22-year-old Elliot Rodger killed six people before taking his own life, and the subsequent #YesAllWomen Twitter discussion exposing the prevalence of misogyny, one male Christian writer wants to debunk the belief that women exist for male pleasure.
Ryan Hoselton, a graduate of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, admitted on The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood website that "all men have in some fashion entertained or acted upon the idea that women exist for their pleasure."
"Believing it has only given men dissatisfaction and misery, and it has provoked objectification, hatred, and even violence toward women," he wrote earlier this week. "Because Elliot Rodger believed that women exist for his pleasure, he went on a killing spree in Santa Barbara. Christians should not miss this opportunity to declare loudly that this belief about women is damaging and evil." more >>
People seeking sex-reassignment surgeries may now be able to have the procedure covered by Medicare, following a groundbreaking decision by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services review board on Friday.
The ruling in question came in favor of 74-year-old Army veteran Denee Mallon, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, who was born as a man but now identifies as a woman, The Associated Press reported. The vet applied for genital reconstruction surgery two years ago through Medicare, the national social insurance program, but was denied because the program automatically excludes such surgeries.
"Sometimes I am asked aren't I too old to have surgery. My answer is how old is too old?" Mallon stated in an email before Friday's decision. "When people ask if I am too old, it feels like they are implying that it's a 'waste of money' to operate at my age. But I could have an active life ahead of me for another 20 years. And I want to spend those years in congruence and not distress." more >>
AnnaLynne McCord her breaking the silence on being raped at age 18 and surviving the suicidal aftermath this week.
The 26-year-old "Dallas" star offered a first-hand account of the sexual assault published in the July issue of Cosmopolitan magazine in order to urge other women to seek help without suffering in silence. In the article entitled "Why I'm Done Staying Quiet About My Sexual Assault," McCord began by explaining that a friend called in need of somewhere to sleep.
"One night, a guy friend called. He said he needed a good night's sleep for a meeting, as he'd been crashing on someone's couch," the actress penned in Cosmo. "I had known him for some time, so I said to come over and I set him up with a clean towel. We sat on the bed and talked for a while, then I fell asleep." more >>
The roughly two million or so transgendered people in India will be recognized as a third gender following a ruling by India's Supreme Court.
"It is the right of every human being to choose their gender," the Supreme Court said, according to BBC News. The ruling also mandates the government to provide transgender people with quotas in jobs and education in line with other minorities.
Estimates state that there are close to two million transgender people in India, who are often discriminated against and ostracized by the rest of society, forced to live in poverty. more >>
A transgender student at George Fox University in Oregon is fighting the college to move from an all-female dorm to an all-male dorm now that his transition is complete. The student, known only as Jayce M., has a lot of support from fellow students on campus, but the college says that it must stick to and follow its theological convictions.
"I have the right, as any other male, to live on campus with males," Jayce told KPTV. "I'm going to fight for that."
He has battled the school for over a week and has retained an attorney to help him fight to live on-campus with friends. Jayce does have the option to life off-campus or by himself in a single room, but that is not what he wants. He has gathered a great deal of support – over 14,000 people signed a petition to allow Jayce to live wherever he wants, including on campus. Those petitions have since been delivered to officials at George Fox University. more >>