The shit hit the fan in the trans blogosphere last night, when it came to light that there is a disturbing new section in the Identity Screening Regulations used in airports throughout Canada. Simply put, Transgender People are Completely Banned From Boarding Airplanes in Canada.
The offending section of the regulations reads:
5.2 (1) An air carrier shall not transport a passenger if … (c) the passenger does not appear to be of the gender indicated on the identification he or she presents;
Although this obviously discriminatory smear of regulation did not come to significant public attention until very recently, it apparently came into effect on July 27th, 2011.
It is important to note that these regulations are not actually a piece of legislation, which would have had to pass through readings and votes in the House and Senate (which is probably why it went unnoticed until now). Rather, the Identity Screening Regulations are a set of rules implemented unilaterally by the Ministry of Transportation, as part of Canada’s so-calledPassenger Protect, which is essentially the Canadian Federal Government’s equivalent to the U.S.’s “no-fly” list.
The Beacons of Gondor were manned by 2 men each, 13 beacons total. There were three shifts on each beacon. This meant 78 men watched over the beacons, not including management, scheduling and support staff. When Gondor made financial cutbacks due to the war, the Gondor Municipal Beacon Project was…
Proving yet again that elected politics and Twitter are a dangerous mix (Exhibit A: Anthony “terrible mistakes” Weiner), Senator Chuck Grassley is fending off a Twitter hijack this morning. The attacker took a few shots at the PIPA/SOPA mess — Grassley co-sponsored PIPA…
I’m going to go through the rest of congress, see if the “firstname123” thing works for anyone else.