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New Hope, TX has a population of 670 with 640 registered voters. The Collin County town is in one of the most conservative suburban parts of Texas, situated 40 miles northeast of Dallas. Jess Herbst had been elected as an alderman after previously being the road commissioner. When Mayor Johnny Hamm died last year, Herbst was selected to be mayor pro tem.
A week after the UK opened membership in the Girl Guides to transgender girls, a few days after the Irish Girl Guides followed suit, and facing a lawsuit over discriminating against New Jersey trans boy, Joe Maldonado, The Boy Scouts of America has announced that it will begin accepting members based on gender identity.
For more than 100 years, the Boy Scouts of America, along with schools, youth sports and other youth organizations, have ultimately deferred to the information on an individual’s birth certificate to determine eligibility for our single-gender programs. However, that approach is no longer sufficient as communities and state laws are interpreting gender identity differently, and these laws vary widely from state to state.
They don't sound so enthusiastic about accepting trans kids.
India Monroe was a transgender woman. The twenty-nine-year-old lived in Newport News, apparently with a male friend, Mark Gray, who was 37. On December 21, they were both found dead in their home. Police say there was no sign of forced entry.
Brynn Tannehill has written about some new myths about transgender people making the rounds. They are especially aimed at harming trans kids, so don't be surprised to find that you encounter them from your right.
Brynn supplies the myths, but I will provide my own reaction.
Myth #1: Gender dysphoria can be cured by an anti-psychotic.
Barack Obama has made dozens of last minute appointments in the past few weeks...because he can.
The Williams Institute is a think tank on sexual orientation and gender identity law and public policy located at UCLA School of Law. The Institute released a new study yesterday: Age of Individuals who Identify as Transgender in the United States.
Author Rick Riordan was born in San Antonio and graduated from the University of Texas. He is noted as the writer of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series of books for children and young adults. As such Riordan was invited to the Texas Legislature's celebration of authors event.
Mr. Riordan has declined the invitation.
Yesterday was a report on the first murder of a transgender person in 2017. So I figured I needed to lighten the mood a bit. How does citizen journalism accomplish that?
On December 27 19-year-old transgender girl Jai Bornstein from Bakersfield, CA left the family home intending to commit suicide. In her possession was her father's gun. She was transported to Hart Park by an Uber driver. The driver observed her walking directly toward the river. That was the last she was seen alive.
Joe Maldanado is 8. He recently joined the Secaucus Cub Scouts Pack 87. He was eagerly looking forward to camping trips and science projects.
Then his mother received a phone call from a Scouting official. Joe was banished.