Monday, April 24, 2017

GLSEN National Day of Silence; Idaho on birth certificates


Lambda Legal reports here on GLSEN’s recent “Day of Silence”  to combat anti-LGBT bullying, link here.  The observation seems to be limited to students, but would demand people “shut up” to show solidarity.
 
Lambda Legal also announces that it is suing the state of Idaho for refusing to allow transgender people (minors) to change their legal gender on birth certificates.  In fact, many states attempting “bathroom bills” have allowed such changes and insist that the bathroom use match the certificate.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Texas considers clone of NC HB2 "pseudo-repeal" which is worse; Cherry circuit party in DC


The Washington Blade, in an article by Chris Johnson, is reporting that Texas is considering a bill modeled after North Carolina’s HB2 “repeal”.  There is a curious irony in this. The Texas bill. HB2899 would bar any city or county from adopting any anti-discrimination law based on any invented “protected class” not already recognized by state (or federal) law.  That would effectively nullify LGBT discrimination (with regard to employment and housing) bills in many cities like Dallas and Houston. But on the surface the bill sounds benign and abstract, since it does not specifically mention gender identity or bathroom use.  This parallels what happened in North Carolina.  The bill is also an alternative to the more specific Senate Bill 6.



I used to live in Dallas (1979-1988) and things have come a long way – in the big cities. The Dallas Voice has its story on the bill here.
 


I finally got around to looking into the DC Cherry Circuit Party today (link).  (Is it a bit like The Saint's Black Party in the past, March 25, 2012).   Down the street I see that an after-hours party was held at Flash this morning (next to the Uproar, see March 31).   The Cherry DC weekend raises money mostly for HIV charities (Doug Rule story for Metro Weekly).  I did visit the DC9 venue for dinner, but came home.  No time for it given the events in NYC and then the March for Science all day Saturday.  Will try next year.


There was a film "Circuit" in 2000 by Dirk Shafer about the White Party in Palm Springs.



Friday, April 21, 2017

Hillary Clinton warns at fundraiser that Trump administration seems indifferent at best on LGBT issues


Hillary Clinton spoke at a fundraiser for the Center in New York City, where she warned that the Trump administration could roll back progress on LGBT rights, more because of his appointments than of Trump himself.  Outside of Kushner and perhaps Mattis, a number of other appointments have given some evidence of hostility in the past, even though they seem mum now.

Hillary mentioned the fact that gay men were simply pulled out of their homes in Chechnya, and that tge Russian government denies that gay people exist.  She was disappointed in the State Department’s underwhelming response. That would have been the equivalent of pulling out of home in high school because I was perceived as a “sissy”.

She also mentioned not being counted specifically in the 2020 Census or any special surveys.  (“Numbers”).  She also mentioned the Supreme Court.

The CNN story link is here. Hillary also mentioned the importance of the 2018 elections.

I was coincidentally in New York City last night for a New York Philharmonic concert.
The Washington Blade is now reporting that the policeman killed in the Champs in Paris yesterday was gay.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Nebraska state supreme court strikes down antiquated ban on gay couple foster parents


The Nebraska state supreme court has struck down a rule (M-95) prohibiting gay couples from becoming foster parents.  Slate has a typical news story here
  
There is some question as to how often it as enforced, and it was obviously not constitutional once same-sex marriage became the law of the land.

The rule could matter in asylum situations.  There are agencies (like the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition) which place unaccompanied minor immigrants (usually 16 or 17) with foster families while seeking asylum, although this is obviously very challenging.
  

Wikipedia attribution link for Pine Ridge NB phot by Spencer, CCSA 2.5 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

North Carolina GOP introduces bill to snub Supreme Court, make gay marriage and civil union illegal again


Four Republican lawmakers have introduced a bill, HB 780, to try to make gay marriage illegal in North Carolina. The AOL news story is here.

The bill would also make civil unions illegal and seems to deliberately flout the Supreme Court Obergefell ruling.
 
Curiously, I haven’t yet seen the story anywhere else but AOL.



Update: April 13

The bill was called the "Uphold Traditional Marriage Act" but the latest information is that the bill will not be heard (local television report)..

Here are a few more links talking about parole from ICE detention, especially for LGBTQ


It’s dangerous when “Bill” goes on a long day trip and researches more stuff on his smart phone at lunch.  I checked further yesterday (after a moving visit to the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park south of Cambridge, MD, on the Eastern Shore).  This posting follows up a posting on April 1.

One disturbing report is that the Trump EO’s, even if held up by the courts, have resulted in slowing down the release of people (especially LGBTQ) from detention.  I’m not sure everyone reports this.
I also found more links about how getting someone paroled from detention works (especially Immigration Equality and Rainbow Welcome, affiliated with a “Heartland Alliance”).

There are some specific cases that are particularly disturbing, such as transgender females held with male detainees.  (ICE has very limited facilities for transgender people, just one place in California, as I recall).

It has been my impression (and at least one Virginia laywer told me this last October) that generally someone will be released on “parole” (possibly sometimes with ankle bracelets) only to a relative or to someone who knows the person well.  This still seems to be the case, despite references to “sponsors” ("pseudo" compared to how it is handled in Canada) who would guarantee housing and other financial support..  A relative or friend (and legal US resident) would have to put up the “bond” money in most cases.

It would be a good question to wonder whether a charity could set up to provide bond money, or whether some sort of “Give Well” or “Give Direct” setup could work.  But from reading the literature it looks as though ICE wants someone who knows the person already to put up the money.

QDEP in New York City, however, seems to be leading fundraising efforts to raise parole money for specific detainees, as with this example  but it’s a good question as to whether this is repeatable on any kind of volume of people.

This is still a very complicated topic, with reputable sources giving different details as to how things really work.

I have to say that the Tubman museum visit highlights one important concept, "resistance".

Monday, April 10, 2017

Chechnya is becoming the worst place in the world for gay men


One of the most awful stories about anti-gay policies in other countries seems to come from Chechnya, a semi-autonomous part of Russia that gave us the Tsarnaev brothers.  Here’s the Daily Mail version of the torture reports.

This part of the world seems to be super combative, super warrior-class, with unassimilated radical Islam at its worst.



No doubt we’ll hear about this with asylum seekers. It's no fodder for Facebook jokes.  No, Sessions isn't going to do anything like this.

Update: April 17

OutRight has a press release urging oil companies to condemn the anti-gay raids, here.

Russia seems oblivious, seems willing to accept extra-judicial or "honor" killings in autonomous (especially Muslim) areas.

Friday, April 07, 2017

Trump appoints anti-gay state legislator as Secretary of the Army


President Donald Trump has chosen “Christian” conservative Tennessee state senator Mark Green to be Secretary of the Army, replacing the openly gay Eric Fanning.  There are multiple news stories, such as LifeSite  and the Nashville Post.

But the LifeSite article also noted at an open Lesbian (married legally to a female) was selected as commandant of the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.  (I have visited the grounds twice, in 1973 and 1994).  Trump seems unaware of unconcerned about gay issues with these appointments, but not deliberately hostile.  He should check with Jared Kushner on these matters.

The HRC sent an announcement by email tonight, along with an opposition petition and a request for a $75 donation.   I gave it, but I already contribute monthly through a bank. The script didn’t seem to check who was already a contributor.

The New York Times has a story by Helene Cooper and Maggie Haberman, here.   The article is disturbing because Green recently compared gay marriage obliquely to abortion (as if avoiding procreation were a kind of backdoor abortion, which may be what he believes).

Nathaniel Frank has analysis in Slate, recommended reading by Aarom Belkin at the Palm Center. And the Huffington Post's Amanda Terkel reports Green as having said that transgenderism is a disease.

It is hard to predict how he will behave with respect to the DADT repeal and more recent attempts to integrate transgender soldiers  Mattis has said he doesn’t care about soldiers’ private lives as long as it doesn’t affect the units.  Yet his book "Warriors and Citizens" suggests concern over the effect of rapidly changing social mores on military forces. Another possible area of concern could be security clearances for some civilians.


 
I do have one picture from the Food and Friends Dine Out at Freddie’s Beach Bar Thursday night.

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

7th Circuit en banc rules that Federal Civil Rights law protects LGBTQ in the context of sex discrimination


The  Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, in Chicago, ruled, 8-3, that sexual orientation discrimination in the workplace does violate federal civil rights law (Title VII of the Civil Rights Act  ) as it is a form of sex discrimination.  The Indianapolis Star has one of the most detailed accounts of the opinions, the majority written by Diane Wood.   The case involved South Bend IB resident Kimberly Hively and her employment dispute at a tech college.  Judge Richard Posner argued differently in a concurring opinion, as he talked about interpretive context (as if to weigh in on the Gorsuch nomination, or to bulletproof the decision from a more "orginalist" court).

This en banc decision reverses a previous 2-1 loss;  here is the Opinion at Lambda Legal.

As this conflicts with a ruling from the 11th Circuit, (Atlanta) it is likely to wind up in the Supreme Court with a 5-4 “conservative” majority, but Kennedy and maybe Roberts could be hard to predict.
CNN has a similar story here

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Transgender exhibit greets Baltimore Light City show


Transgendered people put on a show at Light City in Baltimore tonight.



The exhibit stretched out at the entrance on Light Street. 

There are more than 2 genders.  Maybe 32, according to Rosenfles.

Of course, gender fluidity means there is a contnuum. 

I did walk into the Drinkery, which has a history. 

I bought a newspaper at the ex-Hippo, now a CVS store.

I paid a visit to Grand Central, which celebrates its 25 anniversary.
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And here’s the “Bigotry Bus” (free speech?) story.  

Saturday, April 01, 2017

Immigrants' right group discusses detention for LGBT people at meeting in Washington DC today



Today, DC Center Global for the LGBT Community in Washington DC held a meeting that included a 90-minute presentation with QA by Kathryn M. Doan, Executive Director of Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition (CAIR).

I had mentioned the organization and my previous knowledge of it in a posting on my own “footnotes blog” March 29 here.

The focus of the group was people in detention.  Someone who tells immigration he or she fears returning after expiration of a visa or on entry is usually placed in detention.  There are no detention facilities in the District of Columbia, but there are two in Virginia (Farmville and one near Williamsburg) and three in Maryland (Frederck, Ellicott City, and near Snow Hill MD on the Eastern Shore).  The Farmville facility is privately owned but run like a dormitory.



Persons can be “paroled out” sometimes, upon identification and provision by private source of housing. That is where Center Global might be able to assist.  However, I recall being told at a forum for refugee placement last July that Virginia law allows placement of refugees (and presumably asylum seekers) in private homes only of persons who knew the person before arrival in the country (usually relatives).  This would appear to be a difficult operation, unless the facts about a particular person in detention are somehow well known and verifiable.

It is not believed that the Trump administration has any inclination to try to narrow the application of the “credible fear” or “particular social group” concept in asylum seeking.  The administration appears willing to accept sexual orientation and gender identity as immutable traits in settled law.
However, the outcome of asylum claims tends to depend on the judges.  More judges from border areas may have duty soon in Arlington and in Baltimore, and judges or adjudicators in border areas seem to be stricter.  The Atlanta area has one of the worst approval rates.

Persons at airports trying to enter do not have constitutional protection until they clear customs.  Persons who are temporarily detained should “say nothing” and not give authorities real probable cause to detain them.

Persons who travel regularly overseas may find more interruptions in the Trump era, including citizens.  Persons from European countries who expect to earn a living in the US (such as musicians and actors) and with well established work records in the US (and perhaps Canada) should well consider citizenship application if possible.

Many travelers should consider wiping their phones.  I could add that LGBT US citizens who are public on media or online have to be careful about travel to non-democratic countries, including Russia, most Muslim countries, some African countries, which can be a serious matter for some employment or humanitarian work.  I wonder about popular tourist places like Egypt and Dubai,  Indeed the destruction in Iraq in areas with some of the world’s oldest civilizations is a real tragedy.

I did hear of an incident where someone traveling with methanol (I don’t know why) was forced to consume it at an airport and died quickly.

Here's a typical article on detention of LGBT immigrants and asylum seekers. In NYC there is a Queer Detainee's Empowerment Project (QDEP) which deserves more reporting.

CG said it was considering having some public town halls soon.

Friday, March 31, 2017

First visit to a new row-hours club in the U Street area of DC


I attended a “Go Gay DC” (including AGLA) social this evening at a new club, the Uproar, on Florida Ave between 6th and 7 sys NW in the U street area of Washington (about three blocks from Town, near the Howard Theater).

There are three levels, with the top level having a small dance floor.

There was a raffle and television drag party (I wasn’t sure of what the show was) that became quite packed in Happy Hour with cis "

I had brought the "conservative book" "The Perils of Privilege" by Phoebe Maltz Bovy, and it made a nice conversation piece, with all the bad sensational news showing up on our cell phones from CNN, while eating bar food and vegan burgers.
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U Street (with Nellies Sport Bar about three blocs away, too, among new apartment builidngs) has become the popular Happy Hour spot, with the emphasis on entertainment rather than drinks.
I’ve won only one raffle, a Starbucks gift card, that I still have to remember to take with me.


Thursday, March 30, 2017

Census will not keep track of sexual orientation or gender identity in 2012


The US Census Bureau will not include questions on sexual orientation or gender identity in the America Community Survey after 2020.  Some groups are outraged, according to various stories, such as NBCs here.

I worked for Census on the diennial survey in the spring of 2010, and then for the Current Population Survey for eight months in 2011.  I do not recall any questions on gender identity or sexual orientation, except indirectly as to housemates in a household.  But it was common to find young adults living in rented homes out of economic convenience.
 
I also received an American Community Survey by mail, which I filled out on 2012 online.  I don’t recall any such questions.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

North Carolina to vote March 30 on "repeal" of HB2 under threat of banishment by NBA


North Carolina’s Democratic governor and gerrymandered GOP legislature will vote Thursday morning on a repeal of HB2, the “bathroom bill”, under threat of the NCAA to boycott the state for five years unless the bill is repealed by March 30.

The bill would leave the state in administrative control of public restroom laws and schools, prohibit local ordinances on the matter until 2020 (not clear if this could affect other discrimination) and would continue to allow birth certificate change under medical supervision.

The Charlotte Observer has a detailed story here.


As Vox's German Lopez writes, this is not a real repeal. It's a "bait and switch" to use the words of Barbara Ehrenreich.

Update: March 30

The repeal has passed both houses of the legislature and heads for the governor, Post story.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

CTRL party at Town in DC


Last night Town Danceboutique held its CTRL party.

Couples, mostly male, did photos on a green screen (maybe for Metro Weekly). 
  

There were some bizarre lyrics in the hard rock disco music that reminded me of “Walk on the Wild Side”.  Something like “shave your arms”, something Jake Gyllenhaal did for four or his last five films. 
Brief disco


Remember John Travolta "Staying Alive" back in 1985?

For all the political currency of gender fluidity, what you tend to see among younger men in discos (at Town especially, and especially white men) is cis-gender and relatively clean cut, much less use of body art than, for example, has become popular in the rock-n-roll community.  At a personal level, Milo rules.  

Friday, March 24, 2017

Bill proposes banning discrimination on sexual orientation or gender identity in federal jury selection


Congress is considering proposed federal law that would prohibit discrimination on sexual orientation in choosing jurors in federal courts, according to this Blade story by Lou Chibarro, Jr.

The measures were introduced in the House by Susan Davis (D-CA) and Senate by Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Susan Vollins (R-ME).

I was chosen for juries twice in Texas, for local service, and was a foreman in a weapons case in Dallas in 1982.  The judge recognized me because I had sat in on a case in 1980 over a trial resulting from police harassment in gay bars at the time.



Neil Gorsuch, in confirmation hearings as a Supreme Court appointment to replace Scalia (and he is only 49) did say that gay marriage is settled law, but admitted there were some controversies over applying it in a religious freedom context in some unusual business settings, and he said he would not share his personal views, LGBTQNation story by Alex Bollinger here. Gorsuch also said that he made no promised to Trump on Roe v. Wade, which he does see as somewhat vulnerable given advances in fetal medicine and knowledge of unborn personhood (in answering bachelor Sen Lindsey Graham). .

Monday, March 20, 2017

YouTube apologizes for over-protecting parents from LGBTQ-associated videos


YouTube has been criticized and has apologized for placing some LGBTQ videos on “restricted mode” which can require parental approval for viewing. The CNN story is here.

Some videos with LGBT in the title were restricted, as were all on some channels by LGBTQ artists.

There was some concern that this was designed to appeal to advertisers, some of whom don’t want controversial subject matter at all.  That could have the potential to affect Adsense if done with blogs.
  
Trailers for independent R-rated movies often require sign in and warn about adult content.  

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Tennessee bill tries to outflank gay marriage, adoptions


The house in Tennessee has introduced legislation to require words “husband, wife, mother, father” to have their “natural and ordinary meaning”,  This is HB 1111, and is construed as an attempt to deny same-sex marriage licenses, benefits, and probably adoption applications.

The legislation was reported by Bill Palaski on a site called Freedom for All Americans, link.
 
If the law could interpreted as stopping gay marriages, it could obviously attract litigation and get quickly struck down.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

RyanCare could lead to increased HIV disease; gender-fluidity is "replacing" transgender as the current big view


Chris Johnson has a detailed article in the Washington Blade Friday on the devastating effects that “RyanCare” could have on some in the LGBTQ world.

It could jeopardize long term anti-retroviral therapy, which the article maintains has generally worked under Obamacare (but some other reports have said it hasn’t).  PrEP medication would not be covered (most likely), increasing the likelihood of more transmissions.  We all know what Mike Pence has to say about that.

I actually have much greater concern that the budget could slow down vaccine development that could prevent pandemics in many much more contagious diseases, leading to much more heavy-handed contact tracing and quarantining for novel diseases, and these could affect gay men especially disproportionately in some scenarios.



It is unlikely that medical procedures aiming toward gender change for trans people would be covered, meaning birth certificate chances could not happen in many states.

Time Magazine has a big cover story in the March 27, 2017 issue, “Beyond He or She”, by Katy Steinmetz.
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The key concept seems to be gender-fluid, not simply choosing “being” the opposite gender in identity to biological organs.  I recall how our French teacher hammered us in ninth grade, “everything is either masculine or feminine, nothing is neuter”.  Or in-between.  Appearance changes lose their existential eventful nature.  The alien assassin character Pie ‘o’ Pah in Clive Barker’s “Imajica” is gender-fluid, as he/she actually changes physically according to desire, a very threatening idea. Gender-fluidity is not the same thing as polarity in the world of Paul Rosenfels, but that's another discussion.

I don’t really see this happening all that much in the clubs and discos, yet at least.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Spicer is lukewarm in answering question on anti-gay vandalism


Sean Spicer was recently asked about a series of attacks against LGBT community centers .


These incidents include minor vandalism at the Casa Ruby center on Georgia Ave. in Washington recently.  I had volunteered there in a clothing sort activity on MLK day.

Spicer’s remarks attracted some criticism as being an insufficient answer insofar as “free speech” and “religious freedom” has been promoted by the right as a cover for continued discrimination.  Also mentioned is Trump’s removal of guidance in using Obama’s more inclusive interpretation of federal  Civil Rights laws in the bathroom bill controversy.

The Washington Blade story by Chris Johnson is here

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Mr. Gay New Zealand stokes controversy over HIV+ sex


Milo reported on an article in Vice, “Stop Stigmatizing HIV-Positive Sex”, in which John Walker supports Mr. Gay New Zealand, Charlie Treadway, for his connection to “barebacking”, link .

However Walker’s article indeed gives a glowing record for HIV treatment with protease inhibitors and with PrEP.
 
But a New Zealand Herald editorial takes a more sobering view here.
 
Wikipedia attribution link for picture of Lake Gunn by Jocey under CCSA 2.0.

Friday, March 10, 2017

South Dakota passes religious freedom bill regarding public funds; GA lesbian loses employment case before 11th Circuit


South Dakota, which had been already reported as preparing a bill that would deny trans people the right to birth certificate change, has also passed a bill allowing adoption agencies get public friends to turn away LGBT couples if based on religious conviction.  Instinct Magazine has a story here.  This was Senate Bill 149.

And the 11th Circuit has upheld the firing of a security guard in Jameka Evans v. Georgia Regional hospital, apparently for non-conforming appearance and behavior, opinion here.

Lambda Legal has sent out fund raising literature that poses its mission in terms of "resistance" (an all too trendy term these days of Trump and Sessions).  The plaintiff may appeal to the en banc court.

Saturday, March 04, 2017

Some states try to hinder birth certificate change by transgender people


Some states are trying to outlaw birth certificate changes for transgender persons, a most upsetting development.
 
HRC has a report on a bill in Arkansas, H.B. 1894.
 
And about a year ago South Dakota had passed a similar bill regarding minor students, link here.

On Feb. 23 I had discussed Gavin Grimm’s Supreme Court case (to be argued March 28) and noted Virginia’s laws, which allow birth certificate change with medical supervision (and seem to presume surgery or hormonal treatment was done or at least started).  North Carolina (HB 2) seems to have a similar rule, here.
 
It seems common for states to require some medical approval (and an attempt at physiological change) and parental consent before allowing birth certificate change, and most school districts would normally have required such changes in the past.  Of course, some parents won’t consent, and many families could not “afford” the “treatment”.



These may have been the reasons why the Obama administration had tried to protect transgender students under broad interpretation of federal civil rights laws based on gender (under modern, non-binary interpretations of gender as recently documented in  National Geographic film. And the Trump administration, under controversial and beleaguered AG Jeff Sessions, is allowing this rule to expire and returning the authority to states and to school districts.

Trump has himself said that states ought to allow reasonable procedures to allow birth certificate change.
 
But in many more conservative southern and Midwestern states,, there is still a cultural bias to steer non-conforming or non-binary people to perform in life according to birth gender, as if this were necessary for the security and well being “of the group”.  That was the bias I grew up with.

Thursday, March 02, 2017

LGBTQ immigration and asylum seeking from Central America covered in new Blade story


The Washington Blade has a detailed story March 2 by Michael Lavers on LGBTQ immigration from Central America.  The migrants flee drug-related violence and lawlessness, most of all probably from El Salvador.

Some people try to arrange passage through smugglers, and then request asylum at the border and are usually put into detention.

The policies of Donald Trump certainly raise anxieties, but maybe not as much as people think – as there were so many deportations under Obama.

Central American culture is obviously very hostile to gender-related ambiguity, as the article notes.

Nevertheless, a local Arlington VA church, Mount Olivet, has in the past sent missionary groups to El Salvador.

Assistance for LGBT asylum seekers has tended to focus on sub-Saharan Africa (which is largely evangelical Christian rather than Muslim) and sometimes Russia, which passed its notorious law in 2013.

Monday, February 27, 2017

WJLA7 in Washington prepares for "We Will Rise" by covering Grimm SCOTUS case, providing Facebook town hall, and covering a male couple adoption in Maryland


WJLA7 in Washington DC covered the adoption of a baby girl by a male couple in Frederick, Maryland this evening, after matching with a birth mother in New York State.  They had been trying to adopt for three years  The story is here.

WJLA7 also covered the anticipated March 28 oral arguments for Gavin Grimm from Gloucester VA.

WJLA also had a Facebook live session in advance of “When We Rise”.

 A federal district court ruled in favor of Juliet Evancho, a transgender sister of a singer at President Trump’s inauguration, in Pennsylvania, in another public school bathroom case, Washington Blade story.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Houston has unusual club brawl; ABC miniseries on gay history coming next week


The Houston Chronicle has a report of an unusual and unfortunate event in a bar. A brawl broke out at the F Bar on Tuam Street in midtown Houston, story Feb. 24.    There were no reported injuries or arrests.  These events are rare in gay establishments.  I’ve witnessed only two of them.  One was in Wailuku Hawaii in Aug. 1980, and the other was in London, in the Soho area, in November 1982.  I did hear about an incident in the old Tracks in Washington in 1995 (when I wasn’t there).

These events of course don’t count external attacks, like the Pulse in Orlando in June 2016 or the arson at the Upstairs Lounge in Houston in June 1973, now the subject of a new film, “Upstairs Inferno”.   I’ve heard that fund raising will start soon for a film about Pulse, but I have no details.
 
I’ve actually been ejected once from a bar, the Gay 90s in Minneapolis, in October 2001, when a security person thought I was unsteady as I walked down stairs (I wasn’t).  Twice I was denied admission to the Brass Rail (small, no disco) in Minneapolis in the fall of 2002, and I have no idea why.  But security in bars was touchier in the period after 9/11 than it had ever been before.


At Cobalt last night, someone was wearing a T-shirt advocating California secession – an idea gaining steam in the era of Trump.



The ABC mini-series “When We Rise” will air next week on four nights, 2-hour segments (8 hours total) about gay history. 9 PM EST. schedule here.

Wikipedia attribution link for Houston picture by Trivillex, CCSA 2.0

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Gavin Grimm's arguments before the Supreme Court made public


The Washington Blade has a story by Chris Johnson outlining seven arguments made by Gavin Grimm before the Supreme Court, link here.  Essentially, the Tidewater Virginia school policy singles him out too much.



The clip above comes from the National Geographic film “Gender Revolution” with Katie Couric.

Here is the ACLU link on Grimm’s case and here is the brief.



Update: March 3, 2017 

It would be noteworthy to reference the rules for birth certificate change in Virginia.  It appears that a medical procedure would need to have been completed (link).



Update: March 6, 2017

The US Supreme Court removed (or vacated) a lower court's ruling in Grimm's favor and sent it back to the Fourth Circuit in Richmond, as a result of Trump's EO.

Update:  March 13, 2017

Gavin Grimm had indeed gotten his birth certificate changed.  The school district had argued that Title XI only protects women from discrimination, but that interpretation sounds discriminatory!  Here's the Salon story.

This sounds like something that states and school districts should be able to handle, but yet, indirectly at least, in this case, the school district wants a certain "gender-normative" interpretation, which is still discriminatory. I look at my own attitude.  Yes (like Milo) I personally admire and feel attracted only to "cisgender" gay men, of whom there are plenty. What I feel personally and know intellectually indeed are in conflict.