Tuesday, November 23, 2021

A Virginia school system restores two controversial LGBTQ books to its libraries


West Potomac High School 2006

Fairfax County Public Schools has reinstated two books that some parents had demanded being removed as pornographic or underage.

One is a long comic by Maia Kobabe, “Gender Queer”, which gives the story of a non-binary teen, ad invents the pronouns  e, em, eir, eirs, emself. The other is Jonathan Evison’s “Lawn Boy”.

WJLA7 reports.  

The Texas Tribune has a more explicit discussion of GQ. 

Monday, November 22, 2021

BTS Stan support of gay rights, and copyright claims against their fans)?)

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Here’s a curious story, that BTS Stan fan accounts on Twitter are being hounded by fake DMCA takedowns of images supposed because the group favors LGBTQ causes.   

The DMCA link s here.   

Monday, November 15, 2021

Transgender people may have trouble getting into long term care facilities, even when military veterans

Craig, Colorado


The media reports cases where transgender persons are denied admission to long-term care facilities/

USA Today reports such a case in Colorado with a US Army veteran.  It was not clear if formal surgery had occurred during or after military service.

Wikipedia: Craig CO (I was there in 1966) Wikipedia embed, click for attribution (in USA Story). 

Friday, November 12, 2021

Trump expected to speak at Log Cabin Republicans dinner

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Donald Trump is apparently expected to appear at a Log Cabin Republicans Gala (Nov. 13), even held at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, FL. Trudy Ring reports for the Advocate, but the original story came from Chris Johnson in the Blade. This would be the first time a former president has spoken at a LCR event. 

This seems like an inappropriate development, govern Trump’s behavior with respect to January 6. But LCR has maintained contact with the Trump administration, which has not been viewed as hostile to te “cis” gay community, only to trans (in the military), with questionable support from the evangelical right. 

Picture: 2009, Mar a Lago, Wikipedia embed, click for attribution  

Thursday, November 11, 2021

US recognizes Intersex designations in passports


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Kimberly M. Zieselman reports for the Washington Blade that the US will allow intersex designation on passports, link.  Apparently it can be used as a designation for non-binary.

But what is surprising is the claim that biological intersex is as common as red-headedness and more common than identical twins. This might not be a claim about chromosomes but about vestigial fragments of organs.

Note well the Human Rights Watch video from 2017.

Wednesday, November 03, 2021

Utah's SB 296, a model equality act reconciling competing liberty interests

Stromatolites Great Salt Lake


Equality Utah has engineered the passage of a landmark Equality Act, SB 296, which offers definite protections to LGBTQ persons and to religious communities alike, with some meeting points.

Chris Johnson ran a story with this video in the Blade Oct. 22.

Reid Ewing (Dylan in Modern Family) has lived a lot of his adult life in Salt Lake City. His dance moves on Instagram are pretty impressive.

Wikipedia embed of bacteria aggregates on Great Salt Lake, click for attribution

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

DC High Heels Race 2021


The DC High Heels Race on 17th St in Washington took place Tuesday Oct. 26, at 9 PM with a block party that started at 5 PM.

The event was skipped on 2020 due to the COVID pandemic, although Atlanta held a big gay dance about this time and there was no superspreader event, even before the vaccines.

I did not make it in because of Metro issues while recovering from shoulder surgery. Video from WUSA 9. Lou Chibbaro covers for the Washington Blade.