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Tony Perkins: Never a wrong time to advocate hate

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council said last Wednesday that the US armed forces should be shut down rather than allow transgender service members.

So we see the administration pushing forward without congressional input on integrating transgenders [sic] into our nation’s military. What else can this administration do to the military other than just disband it?

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Reasons

The reasons that people are the way they are are extremely important to some people. Nobody knows exactly why this is.

The Savvy Psychologist, Ellen Hendrikson, at Scientific American, has been asked to explain why some people are transgender.

Generally the answer for why people are the way they are breaks down to 1) nature, 2)nurture, 3) somewhere in between or 4) sin, depending on the positioning of the observer. 3) often is the safest bet.

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Tainted Story in Halifax

We'll have to wait to see if this actually turns out to be a good story. It started out to be one.

Kenny Cooley transferred to Halifax West High School as a junior. Things didn't go particularly well at his previous school when he came out as transgender. Now a senior, he pushed the boundaries a bit more this year by trying out and making the football team. He plays wide receiver.

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Openly transgender navy officer promoted

Last week Navy Lt. Blake Dremann became the first openly transgender service member promoted since the ban on transgender service was lifted.

Dremann gathered, along with his parents, friends, some admirals and other officers and representatives of some advocacy groups in the President's Room at the Navy Memorial.

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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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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.

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