A petition posted on a White House website calling for straight men to be banned from driving is nearing the 10,000 signature mark after only three days of being posted.
Created by an individual known as "S.B." of Normal, Ill., on Sunday, the petition apparently argues that the issue is about public safety.
"Many busy highways have billboards that use sexually suggestive imagery of women's bodies. Women also often go about their everyday lives near roadways wearing tanktops and short shorts," reads the petition in part. more >>
In case you missed it, May is National Masturbation Month.
Yes, there is such a thing.
Founded by Good Vibrations, a sex shop in San Francisco, May was chosen as National Masturbation Month in 1995 to protest against the firing of the Surgeon General, Joycelyn Elders, who suggested that young people should be taught masturbation in their sex education classes. Since 1995, many events have been created to celebrate what Good Vibrations said in its annual press release is a "necessary reminder that self-satisfaction is a healthy, accessible form of pleasure engaged by almost everyone." more >>
A transgender student is contesting the decision of a Catholic high school in Albuquerque, N.M., to maintain its traditional graduation ceremony by having all female students wear white robes, and all male students wear black robes.
The school has determined that transgender student Damian Garcia, who was born a female but identifies with the male gender, must still wear a white robe at the upcoming graduation ceremony because his birth certificate identifies him as female.
The superintendent of St. Pius X High School in Albuquerque told local news station KRQE News 13 that the school's policy is to consult a student's birth certificate when issues regarding graduation wardrobe come up. more >>
The U.S. Department of Education recently announced that it will no longer use the terms "mother" and "father" when collecting information about a student's legal parents when those parents apply for federal student aid. Instead of using the words "mother" and "father," the new Free Application for Federal Student Aid form (FAFSA) will use "Parent 1" and "Parent 2."
The announcement states that the changes to the 2014-2015 federal student aid form "more accurately and fairly assess students' need for aid" and that "Gender-specific terms fail to capture income and other information from one parent when a student's parents are in a same-sex marriage under state law but not federally recognized under the Defense of Marriage Act."
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said, "All students should be able to apply for federal student aid within a system that incorporates their unique family dynamics…. [that] provide[s] an inclusive form that reflects the diversity of American families." more >>
Transgender students in California are one step closer to playing on their school's one-sex sports team of choice or have access to a bathroom based on their chosen gender identity, not their physical sex at birth. The state Assembly passed a bill Thursday that would mandate school districts allow transgender students their choice.
Sponsored by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) Assembly Bill 1266 is aimed at prohibiting "discrimination against transgender students" in the state's school districts, Ammiano said.
Several school districts, including in Los Angeles and San Francisco, already have policies that allow students to participate in activities and use facilities for the gender they identify with, according to local news reports. Should the bill also pass in the state's Senate and signed by the governor, it would ensure that all students have equal access, according to Ammiano. more >>
The State of Idaho has adopted new rules regarding driver's licenses for transgendered individuals, stating that they no longer require a doctor's note specifying that they had undergone surgery.
In 2011, the Idaho Transportation Department mandated that a transgendered person had to produce a surgeon's signed note specifying their change of gender.
However, the Department opted to amend its rules after the Idaho chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union expressed opposition over the former policy. more >>