Thank you for writing this! A coworker forwarded the link to me a couple weeks ago and I've finally found time to respond. I'm a trans woman who has remained married to her firmly cis partner through the course of my transition. I firmly define as lesbian and use both the "transgender" and "transsexual" labels for myself (hence why I even more use "trans") while she seems to want to avoid any such labels for herself, including straight. The ENDA battle means a lot to me; I was fortunate to have an employer that specifically included gender identity and gender expression in their policies and had a lengthy history of being a good place to transition (I was at least the 6th, though the first in my division.)
I'll never forget what a friend (who is an out trans activist in the UK) told me when I mentioned that I was going to a workshop about trans-misogyny. She said that, if I was really lucky, they'd actually have a trans person present, but don't count on them getting to speak. Fortunately, it was a workshop presented by Julia Serano instead, but her point was so very on what usually happens.
I'm atheist because of those people. I have far more experience with those people than I ever even want to think about. Two letters in the "LGBTQQI" set apply to me and both were hated by those people who professed to love me even as I sat among them - they hated me while claiming to love me.
The law doesn't say you may not, only that the law as embodied by its justice system may not. As much as you may not like it, in the eyes of the law a person is innocent unless and until proven guilty and the authorities destroyed their own case by failing to follow proper procedures which are commonplace and part of their job.
It's quite likely to come down to this: would you rather that or a number of developments built on that land?
She asserts that her employer deducted the support from her pay (a.k.a. garnished wages,) which means her employer had the money and was to send the check.
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