D.C. schools to allow students to register as ‘non-binary’

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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In a little-noticed development, the D.C. public school system earlier this year adopted a policy that will allow parents to select a category of “non-binary” rather than male or female when asked on school enrollment forms to indicate their child’s gender.

D.C. Public Schools spokesperson Shayne Wells said the school system’s interim chancellor, Amanda Alexander, finalized the policy over the summer as part of an annual effort initiated by D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser to streamline and update D.C. government forms.

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From muse to Master: Celebrating Women in Art

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Join us on Thursday, January 18th, at 12:30 p.m. for our first session on “From Muse to Master: Celebrating Women in Art”.  This session will be led by the one and only Adrienne Lee, who will educate you on the Early Masters.  You will explore female artists of the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque periods whose work was often attributed to their male teachers or male family members

Tickets will be on sale for $35. Which will include your seat at 1921, a 3-course menu to choose from, and an amazing lecture on the Early Masters of Art. Please call (352) 385-0034 to reserve your seat today!

From muse to Master: Celebrating Women in Art

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Join us on Wednesday, January 17th, at 6:30 p.m. for our first session on “From Muse to Master: Celebrating Women in Art”.  This session will be led by the one and only Adrienne Lee, who will educate you on the Early Masters.  You will explore female artists of the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque periods whose work was often attributed to their male teachers or male family members

Tickets will be on sale for $50. Which will include your seat at 1921, a 3-course menu to choose from, and an amazing lecture on the Early Masters of Art. Please call (352) 385-0034 to reserve your seat today!

One Million Moms boycotts ‘Roseanne’ reboot over gender-fluid character

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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One Million Moms is outraged that “Roseanne” is including a gender-fluid character.

In the reboot, Darlene (Sarah Gilbert) and David (Johnny Galecki) have a nine-year-old son, Mark (Ames McNamara). The character is described as “gender creative” who “displays qualities of both male and female young child traits.”

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Orlando Fringe Review 2016: Oh Manada!

By : Danny Garcia
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When attending the Fringe Festival with a Fringe virgin, what kind of show should one expose them to? Perhaps a light-hearted musical, a deep dark dramatic play, maybe a pantomime comedy?

Nah, screw all that.. I decided to go for the skin! And there’s lot of skin as there usually is at the Fringe this year. As usual, there are several groups of burlesque shows featuring all sorts of ladies, you also have some rock hard and perfectly manicured men gyrating a la Magic Mike, not bad but just watch out for the puddles of baby oil.

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Wide stance: Kansas “bathroom bill” scrapes the bottom of the bowl

By : Billy Manes
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If you weren’t aware that absurd anti-LGBT policy discussions had reached the horizon of legislative credulity, then you should probably take a look at Kansas (or Sarasota, or South Dakota or North Carolina, really). Today, progressive website thinkprogress.com reports that some strangely obsessed legislators in Kansas are taking the toilet-talk to a new level. Kids could be paid a ransom for outing trans students in the “wrong” bathrooms.

“The complementary bills (SB 513 and HB 2737) declare in no uncertain terms that transgender students are going to harm other students just by using the same facility alongside them. ‘Allowing students to use restrooms, locker rooms and showers that are reserved for students of a different sex will create potential embarrassment, shame, and psychological injury to students,’ they read.”

“Like bills proposed in other states, these measures attempt to define “sex” in a narrow way — in this case, ‘the physical condition of being male or female, which is determined by a person’s chromosomes, and is identified at birth by a person’s anatomy.'”

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IOC lifts restrictions on transgender athletes

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London (AP) – Transgender athletes should be allowed to compete in the Olympics and other international events without undergoing sex reassignment surgery, according to new guidelines adopted by the IOC.

International Olympic Committee medical officials told The Associated Press they changed the policy to adapt to current scientific, social and legal attitudes on transgender issues.

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Transgender woman’s body found near Tampa community center

By : Jeremy Williams
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Tampa – Police are trying to find out what happened to a 25-year-old transgender woman whose body was found at a Tampa community center playground July 21.

Samuel Clarke, who identified as female and went by the name India, was discovered by an employee of the University Area Community Center as it was being opened just before 9 A.M.

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Hillary Clinton to announce 2016 presidential run

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton will launch her long-awaited 2016 presidential campaign on April 12.

That’s according to people familiar with Clinton’s plans, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss them publicly.

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Thailand may soon legally recognize third gender

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Bangkok – A new version of Thailand’s constitution could acknowledge a “third gender,” according to a member of the Constitution Drafting Committee, the group working on the document.

A third gender would be defined as someone who doesn’t consider themselves to be male or female. It would also give the citizens of Thailand the right to self-identify.

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Guest column: Diversity requires mutual respect, not jealous ranking of oppressions

By : Richard Rosendall
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Sierra Mannie, a University of Mississippi senior, wrote a commentary picked up by Time eirlier this month titled, “Dear White Gays: Stop Stealing Black Female Culture.” Here’s a portion:

“I need some of you to cut it the hell out. … I don’t care … how cute you think it is to call yourself a strong black woman, who taught you to twerk, how funny you think it is to call yourself Quita or Keisha or for which black male you’ve been bottoming — you are not a black woman, and you do not get to claim either blackness or womanhood.”
Someone was looking for a throw-down. She talked about Beyoncé, white privilege and the legacies of racism and sexism. She made some valid points. She also said that black women “cannot hide their blackness and womanhood to protect themselves the way that you can hide your homosexuality.”

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