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.



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.




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.



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."




Eye-opening experience

John Howie is chef and owner of Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar in Seattle and a few other restaurants, including a concession at CenturyLink Field, where the Seahawks play.

After it was disclosed on Monday that Seahawks QB Russell Wilson and his fiance, the singer Ciara had moved their wedding out of North Carolina because of HB2, a reporter uncovered the fact that the Chef had donated $1000 to the Washington transgender hate group Just Want Privacy, which failed to qualify a similar law for the November ballot.



Politicians lagging behind public

A poll by the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) released yesterday has found that 72% of Americans favor passing legal protections from discrimination for LGBT people.

A couple of diarists reported about the poll yesterday but buried the lede in favor of the information of the presidential numbers.

That figure includes 3/4 of people who classify themselves as Democrats and 2/3 of people who call themselves Republicans.




Experiencing a few days with her oldest friends brought back so many memories. In the past few days she had sorted through them, trying to find a way to make sense of it all.

With some of them there may never be any resolution, but some had become bright and shiny reminders of what could have been. They seemed to glisten in the new light of the reexamination.

She had to go way, way back. Not all the way to the earliest memory, which was of falling on the grass too near the road that ran by the grandparents' house in Portland. Not that far, but close.



Conservative religious intend to make transgender existence unsustainable

Not content with challenging the right of transgender people to have safe use of public restrooms and the right of transgender students to have equal access to public education, religious conservatives have now filed suit challenging an Obama administration ruling that transgender people deserve equal access to medical treatment.




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