Just a person: the AP interview with Gavin Grimm

The case has been going on for months. It's labeled G.G. v Gloucester County School District, in the interest of the privacy of the transgender student who has none.

College applications and high school graduation are the biggest worries for most 17-year-olds. For Gavin Grimm, it's waiting for the nation's highest court to decide whether he can use the boys restroom.

School starts this week for Gavin.

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Whoops!

Last Thursday someone from the Massachusetts Family Institute messaged Rev. Dr. Cody J. Sanders of the Old Cambridge Baptist Church seeking assistance in repealing the new transgender public accommodations law enacted by the Massachusetts government this summer.

The call followed two days after a letter. The Institute is “troubled” by the ways church bathrooms will be impacted by this bill, arguing by phone and letter that churches are the “best places” to accomplish their goal of repealing the law by ballot initiative “because this issue challenges God’s very creation of male and female.”

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The Breakfast Club (Edsel Breakdown)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We’re a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we’re not too hungover we’ve been bailed out we’re not too exhausted from last night’s (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and weekend morning at 10:30am (ET) to talk about current news and our boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late, it’s PhilJD’s fault.

 

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No hurry. It's only equal rights at stake.

US Magistrate Judge Joi Elizabeth Peake has delayed federal court proceedings concerning the North Carolina HB2 law for six months "while the U.S. Supreme Court considers whether to hear a Virginia case on transgender restroom access."

Instead of a court date in November as had been scheduled, the case will be pushed back to next May.

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Casting male actors as transwomen

What could be wrong with that?

It's an old story by now. Creative Hollywood types decide they need to make a production about transgender issues, so they look around for a cisgender actor to play a transgender character: Eddie Redmayne in The Danish Girl, Jared Leto in Dallas Buyers Club, Jeffrey Tambor in Transparent, and now Matt Bomer in the Mark Ruffalo production Anything.

Anything was written and directed by first-time filmmaker Timothy McNeil. Per Variety, the film co-stars John Carroll Lynch as a man “suicidal over the death of his wife [who] moves from Mississippi to Los Angeles, where he can be under the watchful eye of his protective sister, played by Maura Tierney. He then begins an intense friendship with Bomer’s character, a transgendered sex worker. The unlikely new couple must reconcile their vastly different backgrounds as they fill the void in each other’s lives.”

I’m very happy to be part of this daring project. Love is at the essence of great storytelling and transcends all discrimination and politicization.

--Bomer

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Virginia schoolboard to SCOTUS: If we aren't allowed to discriminate against transgender students, then we won't be able to discriminate against them

Gloucester County School Board filed its petition with the Supreme Court to hear its appeal of the Fourth Circuit ruling in favor of Gavin Grimm (G.G. in court documents) on Monday.

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Surprise: Fake medical group provides fake science

From just a glimpse at their name, one would have no reason to doubt the authenticity of an organization calling itself The American College of Pediatricians. Sounds legit, right?

But in your mind, what you are most likely confusing this organization with is the medical organization The American Academy of Pediatrics.

How does Wikipedia describe The American College of Pediatricians?

The American College of Pediatricians (ACPeds) is a small, socially conservative advocacy group of pediatricians and other healthcare professionals in the United States.

The group was founded in 2002 by a group of pediatricians, including Joseph Zanga, a past president of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), as a protest against the AAP's support for adoption by gay couples.

Zanga has described it as a group "with Judeo-Christian, traditional values that is open to pediatric medical professionals of all religions" provided that they "hold true to the group's core beliefs: that life begins at conception; and that the traditional family unit, headed by an opposite-sex couple, poses far fewer risk factors in the adoption and raising of children."

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