Delhi University officially accepts transgender men and women

Tanya’s Comment: As I read this wonderful news, I am also saddened that transgender people in the United States are not treated as equal citizens. There is still discrimination in housing, employment, and other areas of life that transgender people face everyday, and that many of us are oblivious to. One of my transgender female friends is a nurse and college student, while another is a lawyer and happily married to a woman. They want the same things as everyone else, and they are equally as deserving of those things as everyone else. 


Dhaka 122-X2New Delhi: Delhi University has officially accepted transgender men and women for their postgraduate programmers this year and have plans to extend this policy to undergraduate courses as well.

Around 90,000 candidates had applied for various postgraduate courses this year of which nine were from the transgender community, according to Delhi University officials.

The change accepting transgender men and women in undergraduate courses will take effect from the next academic year (2015-16) after it introduces space for the third gender in its application forms, reported

“We had planned to start transgender admissions in undergraduate courses from this year but could not do so due to administrative reasons. From 2015-16 academic session, we will be introducing the third gender option in centralized admission forms and also make necessary policies for their admission,”  the university’s registrar Alka Sharma told

Sharma pointed out that his university’s “transgender initiative” was taken before it…

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Court Rejects Utah’s Ban on Gay Marriage: Supreme Court Decision Will Hopefully Be Next


The Supreme Court – photo by wallyg on Flickr

Based on what I’ve read in this article about an appeals court rejecting Utah’s ban on gay marriage, I’m hopeful that the US Supreme Court will finally decide to take on a gay marriage case. With the striking down of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the Supreme Court stopped just short of declaring that every state in the union must allow gay marriage. As a result, gay rights advocates have been forced to try to get same-sex marriage legalized one state at a time.

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Oklahoma candidate thinks stoning homosexuals to death is A-OK

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More fringe views from the American Taliban, this time it’s a Scott Esk, a candidate for Oklahoma’s House District 91, who was responding to voter questions on his Facebook page:

Esk posted some old testament scripture that referred to homosexuality being punished.

Someone asked – “So just to be clear, you think we should execute homosexuals (presumably by stoning)?”

Esk responds – “I think we would be totally in the right to do it. That goes against some parts of libertarianism, I realize, and I’m largely libertarian, but ignoring as a nation things that are worthy of death is very remiss.”

Morris spoke with Esk by phone and asked him about the statement.

Esk said, “What I will tell you right now is that was done in the old testament under a law that came directly from God. And in that time, it was totally just, it came directly…

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GOP’s new plutocratic populism: A bizarre vision of the working class


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FRIDAY, MAY 23, 2014

What’s the way to win over struggling middle-class voters? A union-busting right-to-work act, says Mitch McConnell


GOP’s new plutocratic populism: A bizarre vision of the working class Tim Scott, Mitch McConnell (Credit: AP/Jose Luis Magana/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Fresh off his victory over Tea Party challenger Matt Bevin, Senate Minority LeaderMitch McConnell headed to the American Enterprise Institute Thursday to make himself over as a GOP populist. The party, as you’ve heard, has decided it needs “middle-class outreach” – since it’s given up on outreach to women, Latinos, African-Americans and the LGBT community – and thus some intellectuals and politicians have tried to craft “a middle class agenda.”

While the party should continue to stand for the free market and business interests, McConnell said, it had to face facts: “For most Americans whose daily concerns revolve around aging parents, long…

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