Caitlyn Jenner, candidate for California governor and former Olympic gold medallist, says she opposes trans girls participating in women’s sports. Ms Jenner, who came out as a trans woman in 2015, told a reporter: “It just isn’t fair. And we have to protect girls’ sports in our schools.” The Republican candidate for governor gave what appeared to be an impromptu interview to the TMZ website. A number of US states are considering a ban on trans girls in women’s sports. Mississippi signed such a ban into law in March, although it is expected to face appeals. The Human Rights Campaign — the largest LGBT advocacy group in the US — says some 17 other states are considering similar legislation.
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A Canadian transgender athlete says it’s “reprehensible” that some U.S. states are trying to ban trans women and girls from playing for female sports teams. “What they’re really doing is fighting for what one might call the non-existent rights of [non-transgender] women and girls, while treating trans girls and trans women as not real girls or women,” said Veronica Ivy, a two-time track cycling world champion. “It’s fundamentally unfair,” she told The Current’s Matt Galloway. Republican lawmakers in states across the U.S. have introduced more than 100 bills related to transgender issues this year, according to Human Rights Campaign, the largest U.S. organization fighting for LGBTQ equality. Many of those bills aim to prevent transgender women and girls from competing on women’s and girls’ sports teams. Proponents of such legislation argue that allowing transgender individuals to play on women’s sports teams gives them an unfair physical advantage over other players.
The Conservatives are questioning the prime minister’s assertion that his office was unaware a misconduct allegation brought forward in 2018 against the former defence chief was sexual in nature, once again reigniting criticism of how the report was handled. After Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Tuesday his staff didn’t know the allegation against Gen. Jonathan Vance was a “Me Too complaint,” the opposition is pushing for his chief of staff Katie Telford to appear before the House of Commons’ national defence committee to detail her account of how the events unfolded in March 2018. It comes as new documents tabled in the House of Commons responding to an order paper question posed by Conservative MP Cheryl Gallant show Operation Honour recorded 581 incidents of sexual assault and 221 cases of sexual harassment between April 1, 2016 and March 9, 2021. The majority of sexual assault reports logged – 411 – have identified the victim as female and the perpetrator as male. Operation Honour was instituted by Vance in 2015 as a way to combat sexual misconduct in the Forces and create long-lasting culture change.
Hamilton’s LGBTQ Advisory Committee claimed in a report that snow on the city’s sidewalks is a “disability justice” issue which adversely impacts the city’s LGBTQ community. The letter of support was presented to city council on Tuesday in response to a prior decision by the Hamilton’s Public Works Committee to not expand the portion of sidewalks cleared by the city following winter squalls. On April 19, the Public Works Committee voted down a motion by Coun. Nrinder Nann to vastly increase the area the city was responsible for. According to Nann’s motion, the city would have to clear an additional 783 kilometers of sidewalk, which could increase residential taxes by approximately $12. Currently, the city only clears 397 kilometers out of the available 2,445 kilometers of sidewalks. “Not clearing snow from the City’s sidewalks is an issue of accessibility and disability justice. These issues adversely impact Two Spirit and LGBTQIA+Hamiltonians,” wrote LBTQ Advisory Committee Chair Cameron Kroetsch.
Trudeau’s chief of staff Katie Telford knew about the sexual misconduct allegations against General Vance in 2018, a former Trudeau advisor revealed on Friday. In his testimony to the House of Commons standing committee on national defence, Elder Marques (who served as a senior advisor to the prime minister) said that Telford told him to speak with advisors to the defence minister “on an issue relating to the [topic].” Trudeau’s senior staff, alongside Marques, spoke to the Privy Council Office regarding the allegation. “I advised the chief of staff to the prime minister that I was taking this step and I then kept her apprised as the matters developed,” said Marques. The Conservative Defence Critic responded to this revelation by saying “Justin Trudeau’s claim that he was not aware of allegations of sexual misconduct by General Vance is clearly false.” “It is outrageous to believe that everyone around Justin Trudeau was aware of these allegations but the prime minister didn’t know,” he added.
A British tabloid published new photographs late on Saturday night of Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell visiting then-President Bill Clinton, a Democrat, inside the White House during a VIP reception for those who contributed money toward refurbishing the Oval Office. Epstein and Maxwell “toured Clinton toured Clinton’s residence and the East Room during a reception after Epstein gave £7,280 to the refurbishment of the Oval Office,” The Sun reported. “The White House reception — hosted by both Clinton and wife Hillary — was for people who contributed towards the £290,000 renovation via the White House Historical Association.” A source told the publication that the photos “show just how close Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein got to one of the most powerful men in the world — in the most powerful building.” Epstein, a convicted pedophile and accused international sex trafficker, allegedly committed suicide in 2019 after being arrested by federal law enforcement officials on sex trafficking charges.