Remember that online fundraiser to build a pro-LGBT billboard in the Westboro Baptist Church’s hometown? It worked. Feast your eyes on the “God Loves Gays” billboard, standing proud in Topeka, Kansas for all to see. If any additional funding comes through, it will be used for bus ads in Topeka, donations to LGBT youth organizations, and possibly a similar billboard in Utah. Bless. (via the Huffington Post)
Faking It, the MTV show about two girls whose classmates think they’re a couple, is breaking ground next season by featuring an intersex character.
In the show’s first season, the character Lauren, played by Bailey De Young, raises some questions for the “mysterious pills” she’s seen taking. Next season, it will be announced that she is taking hormones because she’s intersex.
"Part of the overall theme of Faking It is how hard it is to be your authentic self and how important it is to strive to do that," Covington told The Hollywood Reporter. “What I love about Lauren’s journey is that it’s so relatable. When it comes down to it she wonders: Will people know the real her or will they reject her? That’s something that everybody feels at some point. We all have worries that if we show someone else what’s going on inside that we’ll get rejected.”
This show is turning out to be a lot cooler than we originally thought (in some ways, at least). Have you seen it? What do you think?
I still don’t like the original premise but its getting to be slightly more interesting…
The Green Bay Area School District in Wisconsin has banned bullying that targets students on the basis of gender identity.
Following a move by another Wisconsin school district to make schools safer for trans students, Green Bay has acknowledged that students need to be protected on the basis of their gender identity and expression as well as sexual orientation. The district is also training staff on LGBT issues and developing ways to make GSAs more effective.
"We know there is bullying and harassment going on, and we want students to know that that is not acceptable," said Elizabeth Wetzel Gracyalny, a social worker at East High School and the district’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning coordinator.
"There wasn’t a special rule for making fun of kids for gender expression, and we wanted it to be in black and white. If we have a rule, we can say ‘This is a rule you are breaking.’"
In addition to the bullying policy, district officials are looking at other measures to make schools more accommodating for transgender students, such as gender-neutral bathrooms or special locker room accommodations. It’s working with a state advocacy group to make changes.
This statement [born this way], however, ignores several valid arguments. Magnus Hirshfeld and other German activists used a variant of this argument earlier in the century when hey claimed that homosexuality was not a willful perversion, but a congenital condition. The argument did not deter Nazi persecution. Second, at a psychological level, there is something dreadfully wrong about basing a political movement on individual and collective helplessness. Do we really expect to bid for real power from a position of “I can’t help it” ? And third, what if the argument is simply not true?
By John D’Emilio, Making, Unmaking Minorities: The Tensions Between Gay History and Politics (1986)