The Resistant Reports
March 9, 2017
From “Transphobic Edits Made To Wikipedia” from GOP to create their GOP politically correct world, the GOP is revving up more Wikipedia editing, with the latest several GOP law makers are stalking Wikipedia to edit-out “Facts, Truth and Reality” that they do not like.
So GOP has declare war on Wikipedia. Latest, as noted on social media, is that GOP law maker Jason Chaffetz and Mitch McConnell are very busy editing Wikipedia. i.e. information and source that Mitch is the least popular member of Senate, up on wikipedia for a long time, has now been erased, from Micth’s Wikipedia.
Wikipedia Edit War is not new: Here are some links if u are interested in the subject”
Some editing by GOP, such as personal information, does not generate much reaction from social media. Other, however, do generate a great deal of discussion. Huffington Post (source) reports: Transphobic Edits Made To Wikipedia Appear To Have Come From Capitol Hill.
This is a significant issue because Obama passed some regulations on transgenders restroom usage in schools. This is a very controversial subject, generating a great amount of fake news, such as transgenders attacking restrooms users.
Huffington Post Reports:
Computers at the U.S. House of Representatives have been blocked from editing Wikipedia entries after controversial changes were made to transgender pages, including those with information about actress Laverne Cox.
The Hill reports anonymous users associated with an Internet Protocol (IP) address linked to the House were responsible for edits made to Wikipedia pages about trans-related topics. On Wednesday, a description of Cox’s “Orange Is the New Black” role was changed from “a real transgender woman” to “a real man pretending to be a woman.” The revision also including a link to an offensive National Review article titled “Laverne Cox Is Not A Woman.”
A Wikipedia discussion thread about the changes made from the House IP address claims the transphobic text alterations were made on “official business” and “explicitly authorized by the Representative.”
Business Insider notes that it’s “impossible to know whether the edits are coming from one or multiple users, but the changes come from an IP address, 18.104.22.168, that has repeatedly been linked to House of Representatives computers.”
After Wednesday’s incident, the IP address was banned from editing for a month, according to The Hill. GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis responded to the House’s association with such an act.
“It’s chilling to think that this dangerous misinformation about transgender Americans could be coming from our nation’s Capitol,” Ellis said. “At a time when transgender people still face horrific rates of violence, trailblazers like Laverne Cox are helping millions understand that ignorance like this can have life-threatening consequences.”
Transgender people are people who have a gender identity or gender expression that differs from their assigned sex. Transgender people are sometimes called transsexual if they desire medical assistance to transition from one sex to another. Transgender is also an umbrella term: in addition to including people whose gender identity is the opposite of their assigned sex (trans men and trans women), it may include people who are not exclusively masculine or feminine (people who are genderqueer, e.g. bigender, pangender, genderfluid, or agender). Other definitions of transgender also include people who belong to a third gender, or conceptualize transgender people as a third gender. Infrequently, the term transgender is defined very broadly to include cross-dressers, regardless of their gender identity.
Being transgender is independent of sexual orientation: transgender people may identify as heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual, asexual, etc., or may consider conventional sexual orientation labels inadequate or inapplicable. The term transgender can also be distinguished from intersex, a term that describes people born with physical sex characteristics “that do not fit typical binary notions of male or female bodies”.
The degree to which individuals feel genuine, authentic, and comfortable within their external appearance and accept their genuine identity has been called transgender congruence. Many transgender people experience gender dysphoria, and some seek medical treatments such as hormone replacement therapy, sex reassignment surgery, or psychotherapy. Not all transgender people desire these treatments, and some cannot undergo them for financial or medical reasons.
Legal procedures exist in some jurisdictions, allowing individuals to change their legal gender or name to reflect their gender identity. Requirements for these procedures vary from an explicit formal diagnosis of transsexualism to a diagnosis of gender identity disorder to a letter from a physician that attests the individual’s gender transition or having established a different gender role. In 1994, the DSM IV entry was changed from “Transsexual” to “Gender Identity Disorder.” In many places, transgender people are not legally protected from discrimination in the workplace or in public accommodations. A report released in February 2011 found that 90% of transgender people faced discrimination at work and were unemployed at double the rate of the general population. Over half had been harassed or turned away when attempting to access public services. Members of the transgender community also encounter high levels of discrimination in health care on an everyday basis.
In Canada, a private members bill protecting the rights of freedom of gender expression and gender identity passed in the House of Commons on February 9, 2011. It amends the Canada Human Rights code to help protect gender-variant people from discrimination by including gender identity and expression in the list of prohibited grounds for discrimination, as well as including gender identity and expression in the description of identifiable group, so that offences deliberately against gender-variant people can be punished to a similar extent as a racial-based crime. The bill may or may not be passed by the Senate.
In the United States, a federal bill to protect workers from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity—called the Employment Non-Discrimination Act—has stalled and failed several times over the past two decades. Still, individual states and cities have begun passing their own non-discrimination ordinances. In New York, for example, Governor David Paterson passed the first legislation to include transgender protections in September 2010.
Nicole Maines, a trans girl, took a case to Maine’s Supreme Court in June, 2013. She argued that being denied access to her high school’s women’s restroom was a violation of Maine’s Human Rights Act; one state judge has disagreed with her, but Maines won her lawsuit against the Orono school district in January 2014 before the Maine Supreme Judicial Court.
On May 14, 2016, the United States Department of Education and Department of Justice issued guidance directing public schools to allow transgender students to use bathrooms that match their gender identities.
In April 2014, the Supreme Court of India declared transgender to be a ‘third gender’ in Indian law. The transgender community in India (made up of Hijras and others) has a long history in Indian history and in Hindu mythology. Justice KS Radhakrishnan noted in his decision that, “Seldom, our society realizes or cares to realize the trauma, agony and pain which the members of Transgender community undergo, nor appreciates the innate feelings of the members of the Transgender community, especially of those whose mind and body disown their biological sex”, adding:
Non-recognition of the identity of Hijras/transgender persons denies them equal protection of law, thereby leaving them extremely vulnerable to harassment, violence and sexual assault in public spaces, at home and in jail, also by the police. Sexual assault, including molestation, rape, forced anal and oral sex, gang rape and stripping is being committed with impunity and there are reliable statistics and materials to support such activities. Further, non-recognition of identity of Hijras /transgender persons results in them facing extreme discrimination in all spheres of society, especially in the field of employment, education, healthcare etc.
Hijras/transgender persons face huge discrimination in access to public spaces like restaurants, cinemas, shops, malls etc. Further, access to public toilets is also a serious problem they face quite often. Since, there are no separate toilet facilities for Hijras/transgender persons, they have to use male toilets where they are prone to sexual assault and harassment. Discrimination on the ground of sexual orientation or gender identity, therefore, impairs equality before law and equal protection of law and violates Article 14 of the Constitution of India.
Transgender people are also prohibited from serving in the US military, but United States Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is quoted as stating that the military should “continually” review its prohibition on transgender individuals and stating: “Every qualified American who wants to serve our country should have an opportunity if they fit the qualifications and can do it.”