Varner fired

Again, not really my cuppa, but it's dominating the transgender community news

It turns out that being tossed off the island on Survivor wasn't enough.

Jeff Varner returned home to Greensboro, NC after his public outing of transgender man Zeke Smith during Survivor Tribal Council which was aired this past week. But his life has not returned to normal.

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Texas politicians uncover a work-around

With the anti-transgender SB 6 stuck in the mud in the Texas House, Rep. Ron Simmons of Carollton has taken a cue from the North Carolina "compromise" and introduced HB 2899, which would prohibit cities and counties from passing non-discrimination ordinances which extend rights beyond what is protected by state law. The bill would also nullify all local non-discrimination laws already in place.

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Real Moms

Dove has a new ad campaign about how to be a mother.

The theme of the campaign is:

There's no right or wrong way to be a mom -- only your way.

A hell of a lot of people disagree with that statement.

The advertisement displays mothers break dancing, rock climbing, farming, raising a child alone, even being transgender.

Shea is a graduate student. She has a woman partner.

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Public outing on national television

I don't watch reality television. I think I accidentally saw about a minute of Survivor last night before I found the remote and switched to PBS' Nature.

As far as I can tell, reality shows like Survivor are a cess pit of mean people displaying their meanness to win a stupid game...and the money and "prestige" that our warped economic environment deems that to be worth.

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Making the Wimminz and girlzes safer

There is a bill in the NC House (HB 562) intended to target transgender people. It doesn't say so on up front, but the bill increases the penalty for second-degree trespass from 20 days maximum to 120 days maximum if the offense occurs "in a multi-occupancy bathroom, shower or changing facility."

So is everyone safe now?

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Judge Andre Davis adds a name to an illustrious pantheon

Two days ago the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals vacated the preliminary injunction entered by the court in June, 2016. That injunction allowed Gavin Grimm to use the boys bathroom, but since SCOTUS' action sending the issue back to the Circuit and Gavin's imminent graduation, the case has become "mootish" (except for the damages or if Gavin returns to the school as an alum).

Attorneys for Gavin Grimm had asked the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to hear arguments in May to facilitate a ruling before Grimm graduates. The 4th Circuit denied Grimm’s request Friday.

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