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“Dear Abby” Straightens Out Florida Bigots Whining Over Social Exclusion

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Is there anything funnier (sad-funny, I mean) than bigots who are completely incredulous about the fact that they are bigots? They are so unwilling to admit it. They usually have some other excuse — which only makes sense to them —  about “disagreeing with lifestyle choices,” “some of my best friends are ___,” “sexism/racism/homophobia doesn’t really exist” or “love the sinner, hate the sin.” The moral/intellectual contortions are truly something to behold.

A perfect example would Unhappy In Tampa, a woman who wrote to the advice columnist Dear Abby to complain about how their not-asshole neighbors are now socially excluding Unhappy In Tampa and her husband. Oh no! That is horrible! Why would these mean neighbors do such a thing? Because Unhappy In Tampa and her husband refused to invite their gay and lesbian neighbors to their parties:

DEAR ABBY: My husband and I relocated to Florida a little over a year ago and were quickly welcomed into our new neighbors’ social whirl. Two couples in the neighborhood are gay — one male, one female. While they are nice enough, my husband and I did not include them when it was our turn to host because we do not approve of their lifestyle choices. Since then, we have been excluded from neighborhood gatherings, and someone even suggested that we are bigots! Keep reading »

Virginia’s Same Sex Marriage Ban Overturned!

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Happy Valentine’s Day, sinners and sodomites! Yesterday, a federal judge in Virginia ruled that the state’s 2006 constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. The ban is in violation of the equal protection and due process clauses in the United States Constitution’s 14th amendment. Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen’s wrote in the ruling, “Our Constitution declares that ‘all men’ are created equal. Surely this means all of us.” She also singled out the ban for “unlawful prejudice.” (This ruling also means VA has to acknowledge same-sex marriages which are legal in other states.)

Earlier this month, VA’s Attorney General had made clear that he would not defend the same-sex marriage ban on behalf of the state. Gay marriage opponents are already planning to appeal the decision and it’s likely this could head to the Supreme Court.  [New York Times, CNN, NPR]

Beyond “Male” And “Female”: Facebook Now Allows More Inclusive Options For Gender Identity

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The gender options on Facebook have worked well enough for those of us who identify as “male” or “female.” But what about folks who wish to publicly identify as something else? Until now, their only option has been to leave that option blank or be mis-gendered. After working with LGBTQ activists, Facebook announced an “Other” option to customize your correct gender identity. A scroll down menu (like shown) listing a bunch of different gender identities: transgender male, intersex, cisgender female, queer, and so on. It even offers the option “gender questioning” for folks who aren’t sure which label, if any, fits them just yet. Currently, the new inclusive options are only available for users in the United States, but it’s a great start. It’s not often Facebook does something that we actually like, so this makes the new extra exciting. Good job, everyone! [The Verge] [Image of Facebook via Shutterstock]

The Soapbox: Piers Morgan, It Shouldn’t Be So Hard For You To Interview Janet Mock

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If there was one thing Piers Morgan got right in his interview with writer Janet Mock last night, it was when he called her, “brave, frank, and honest” about coming out as transgender. Sadly, the interview sort of falls apart after that.

From almost the start of the interview, the header “Was a boy until age 18” ran across the screen, insinuating that Mock wasn’t truly a girl or woman until she had genital reconstruction surgery. That is not only incredibly reductive regarding gender, but missed the entire point of Mock’s new memoir, Redefining Realness: My Path To Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More about her road to girlhood, which began far earlier than one moment in Thailand at age 18.

Instead of treating the topic of disclosure with the nuance and sensitivity that it deserves, Morgan went straight for the sensational, wanting to know how the various men Mock has dated have reacted when she finally told them about being trans. He treated Mock, her body, and her past as a spectacle, rather than with respect as befitting the lived experiences of a fellow human being. (You can read the transcript here, although Morgan’s responses on Twitter are a better illustration of his blowhard behavior.) Keep reading »

NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio Boycotts St. Patrick’s Day Parade Over Gay Ban

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  • New York City’s new mayor Bill de Blasio announced he will boycott the St. Patrick’s Day parade, the largest in the nation, because  of the organizers’ ban on pro-gay banners and signs. De Blasio is the first-ever NYC mayor to decline participation in the parade. [ABC News]
  • Louisiana has scrapped its kinda shady new abortion restrictions (which would have closed all of the state’s clinics) following pushback from reproductive rights protestors. [Feminist.org]
  • Mary Barra, GM’s first female CEO, will make half of what her predecessor made. And her predecessor will still earn more than her as an outside senior advisor. [Think Progress] Keep reading »

Frisky Q&A: Janet Mock, Author Of Redefining Realness

Frisky Q&A: Janet Mock, Author Of Redefining Realness

After being the subject of a 2011 Marie Claire profile, writer and activist Janet Mock decided to tell her story in her own words. And what a story it is. Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More, is out this week. It’s a brave, honest and gripping memoir detailing Mock’s turbulent childhood and experiences as a young trans woman finding herself.

Despite digging deep and sharing intimate details of her past, Mock still manages to pepper her book with vital LGBT statistics and snippets of important history regarding trans women. While her debut book is most certainly a memoir, it also provides a carefully crafted way to begin discussing the very real issues and challenges many trans women and men face on a daily basis. After quickly devouring the book, I had the pleasure of speaking with the author herself. Keep reading »

Gabourey Sidibe Under Fire For Using The Word “Tranny”

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“American Horror Story: Coven” star Gabourey Sidibe is the latest celebrity to use a verboten transphobic slur — although in Gabby’s case, she used it while speaking out about police profiling and harassment against transgender folks. Keep reading »

Love This: Edith Windsor Quote On A Tote

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This June, the Supreme Court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional in a case called Windsor v. United States. The woman behind the nation-changing lawsuit is Edith Windsor, an 84-year-old lesbian whose spouse, Thea Spyer, died in 2009. The ladies got engaged in 1967 and for 40 years they stayed near-secretly engaged, finally marrying in Canada in 2007. After Thea died, Edie was hit with $600,000 in taxes, because the U.S. government did not recognize her same-sex marriage as valid. By ruling DOMA unconstitutional, the Supreme Court affirmed the right for gay couples to have their marriages recognized on the federal level. Keep reading »

“Orange Is The New Black” Actress Laverne Cox Teaches Katie Couric About Doing Interviews With Trans Women

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  • Transgender actress Laverne Cox, who plays Sophia, the trans woman on “Orange Is The New Black,” and model Carmen Carrera appeared yesterday on “Katie” and Katie Couric kept pushing the issue of their genitalia. Fast foward to 2 minutes and 45 seconds into this video where Laverne explains to Katie what focusing on transitions — the surgeries, the hormones — takes the attention away from the real issues that face trans folks every day: discrimination, violence, lack of legal protections. “By focusing on bodies, we don’t focus on the lived realities of that oppression and that discrimination,” she says. Well put. [Salon Keep reading »

Transgender Woman Cece McDonald To Be Released From Men’s Prison

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  • CeCe McDonald, a transgender Black woman who was sentenced to 41 months in a men’s prison, will be released. CeCe was attacked in Minneapolis by a group of people yelling racist and bigoted slurs, one of whom also threw a drink at her. CeCe stabbed and killed one of the men and claimed self-defense. She eventually plead guilty to second-degree manslaughter. Her arrest has drawn international attention because not only because she was defending herself against an attack, but because she was sentenced to a prison full of men. [MSNBC]
  • The Supreme Court has halted same-sex marriage in Utah, where it was legalized on December 20 and quickly appealed by the state. Around 900 gay and lesbian couples have married in UT since the emergency order was handed down today. [TIME]
  • Ma’lik Richmond, the high school student convicted in the sexual assault of a female classmate in Steubenville, Ohio, has been released from a federal detention facility. [Reuters] Keep reading »
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