Last September I told you about Gavin Grimm, who was born female but identifies as male. He/she had sued school officials over a policy requiring him to use either the girls’ restrooms or a single-stall, unisex bathroom open to all students. The special snowflake got his/her way yesterday via a court ruling.
Via Daily Mail
: A transgender Virginia teen won the right to use the boy’s toilets at his high school Tuesday in an appeals court decision that will affect four other states – including North Carolina.
Tuesday’s decision came from the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
, which ruled that Gloucester County School Board was discriminating against Gavin Grimm, 16, by making him use female toilets in line with his biological sex
That decision establishes legal precedent in all five states of the 4th Circuit, including North Carolina, which on April 1 passed a bill forcing people to use bathrooms based on the sex on their birth certificate.
Grimm, who was born female but identifies as male, was allowed to use the boys’ bathroom at the school for several weeks in 2014, until parents complained. (Grimm, 16, told his parents he was transgender in April 2014. They helped him legally change his name, and a psychologist diagnosed him with gender dysphoria, characterized by stress stemming from conflict between one’s gender identity and assigned sex at birth. Grimm had his breasts removed and began hormone treatment to deepen his voice and give him a more masculine appearance.)
He was then told he could use either the girls’ bathroom or a single private stall – a policy he called stigmatizing. School officials said it respected the privacy of all students.
The U.S. Justice Department filed a ‘statement of interest’ in Grimm’s case in July, saying that not allowing students to use the restroom that corresponds with their gender identity amounts to sex discrimination.
And now Grimm has won in the state of Virginia – creating a precedent that may concern politicians in neighboring North Carolina. On March 25, North Carolina’s House of Representatives voted 82-26 for House Bill 2, which ordered public schools, government agencies and public college to designate bathrooms by biological sex stated on a person’s birth certificate
. It also removed protections that stopped businesses discriminating against people based on their sexuality or gender.
Now, however, precedent has been set in all 4th Circuit states: Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia and Maryland.
North Carolina Governor Pat McRory is to meet with house attorneys to see how Tuesday’s decision will affect the bill that he signed, North Carolina News
And back on March 26, Joshua Block, attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union, told The Citizen-Times
: ‘What the court rules in Gavin’s case will likely be precedent for district courts in North Carolina that they will have to follow. It does seem odd that even though the governor and legislature presumably know a decision is going to come down from the Fourth Circuit, that they rushed in to enact this sweeping policy without seeing how the court rules. It seems like they are exposing the state to a lot of legal liability for no reason.’
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Just an “honest mistake.”
Via The Daily Mail: Parents of fourth-graders at an Oregon elementary school were ‘furious’ to discover that their children – some as young as nine – had read an explicit sex education book featuring cartoons of sex acts and masturbation, Fox 12 Oregon reported Thursday.
In a letter to parents, Hudson Park Elementary School admitted that copies of ‘It’s Perfectly Normal,’ a guide to sexual health aimed at children ten and up, were passed around to students. It added that the book, which is about ‘changing bodies, growing up, sex, and sexual health,’ was actually intended for the school’s sixth-graders.
‘Inappropriate human development and sexuality books were disseminated to students who had library,’ the letter read. ‘Procedures have been put into place to make sure this doesn’t happen again. All questionable books have been pulled from library shelves.’
The school’s principal, Heidi Blakely, also apologized
, Fox reported. The book is aimed at children aged 10 and up, and features cartoon depictions of male and female teens and adults. Acts featured in the drawings include male and female masturbation, and sex.
It also discusses subjects such as homosexuality, puberty and menstruation. It is on the state’s list of approved books
, the school said.
The school added that the incident was an ‘honest mistake,’ and that the book had originally been read by sixth graders who had left copies out, leading to the fourth graders finding and reading them.
However, some parents who did not want to be named to protect their kids told Fox 12 that the school’s librarian showed the children the books directly and encouraged them to take it home
. They were angry that the book was allowed in the library, especially as they had not been warned.
The school told Fox 12 that the librarian had been disciplined and an investigation was ongoing, but that they did not want to say anything else as it was ‘a personnel issue.’
In the letter to parents it also said that policies regarding which books were allowed in the library were being discussed, and the school will notify parents ahead of sex education classes so their children can opt out if they are uncomfortable
The American Library Association placed ‘It’s Perfectly Normal’ at number 12 on its list
of the Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books, 2000-2009.
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So NASCAR shouldn’t be “clouding its image with politics”? Wonder if these sports writers that are so upset had anything to say when Bob Costas pushed for gun control on Sunday Night Football? Or were they concerned when the NBA partnered with Everytown for Gun Safety to produce a video urging an end to gun violence? Or were they concerned when ESPN pushed a pro-gay agenda? I highly doubt it.
From Todd Starnes at Fox News: My good buddy Phil Robertson has drawn the ire of a bunch of Jesus-bashing, liberal lug nuts after he petitioned the Lord during a NASCAR invocation to put a “Jesus-Man in the White House.”
Brother Phil delivered the pre-race invocation on April 9th at the Texas Motor Speedway’s Duck Commander 500. And it was a mighty fine invocation, indeed.
“I pray Father that we put a Jesus-Man in the White House,” he prayed. “Help us do that and help us all to repent, to do what is right, to love you more and to love each other. In the name of Jesus I pray, amen.”
Brother Phil also mentioned the Bible, guns and thanked the Good Lord for the United States military – just like any good church-going, Christian man would do.
But the Duck Commander’s heartfelt invocation caused the Mainstream Media to blow a collective head gasket. Sports commentators and journalists suggested pre-race prayers were too “Southern” and too “redneck.” As if there’s something wrong with being a Southern-fried redneck? Deadspin called Brother Phil an “unapologetic bigot” and a “duck call industrialist.”
The Associated Press auto racing writer accused Brother Phil of pushing an agenda – and accused NASCAR of “clouding its image with politics.” “There are Democrats who enjoy NASCAR,” writer Jenna Fryer sneered. “Jews and atheists and women, too.”
Consider the words from this Orlando Sentinel column titled, “NASCAR doesn’t need Phil Robertson’s prayers.” “What if at next Sunday’s race, someone got up and prayed for gun control, the Koran and that a Muhammad-woman be put in the White House?” writer David Whitley opined. “Most of the people defending Robertson would be throwing tire irons at their TVs.”
Well, I sincerely doubt a devout Muslim would be asking Allah to put a “Muhammad-woman” anywhere near the White House. And let’s be honest, you don’t see too many burkas at Bristol.
“Beyond the Flag” ran an essay written by Christopher Olmstead that contemplated whether or not religion still belongs in NASCAR. “For a sport that is trying to become a global success is it appropriate to attach a certain religion or religious tone to yourself? For a sport that might have several drivers who might not believe in God or religion is it appropriate to hold the pre-race invocation? For a sport that is trying to reach out to different cultures around the world who may believe in a higher power other than God, is it appropriate to have the invocation?”
It’s tempting to tell Brother Phil’s critics to blow it out their tail pipes – but that’s not the Christian thing to do. And besides – Brother Phil has more supporters than detractors – including the president of Texas Motor Speedway.
“He said what he felt and believed there are a lot of people that agree with him and a lot that disagree with him,” Eddie Gossage told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “Nowadays, you cannot say what you think because of political correctness. So I guess everyone has a right to free speech or nobody does.”
Prayer is an important part of Southern culture. It’s what we do. It’s who we are — whether we’re asking the Good Lord to bless the butter beans or offering an “unspoken” prayer request before Bible Study. And that’s why the Mainstream Media may be in for a rude awakening if they think they can “prayer-shame” the good, church-going racing fans of America. It’s not going to happen. Why, NASCAR without Jesus would be like biscuits without gravy
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Let’s see the proggies try and defend this.
From The Daily Mail: British Muslims disagree with the rest of the country on a range of key issues such as sexuality, freedom of speech and polygamy, according to new research. A poll carried out by ICM discovered that more than half of Muslims disagree with homosexuality being legal in Britain, while a quarter support Sharia law being introduced into parts of the country instead of British law.
The full findings will feature in a Channel 4 documentary presented by Trevor Phillips, former head of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, on Wednesday. Entitled What British Muslims Really Think, the programme will investigate the ‘split’ between Britons who follow Islam and the rest of the population.
Among the most startling findings by the research was the attitude of Muslim men and women to the treatment of wives. A third of those polled said it was acceptable for a British Muslim to keep more than one wife, while 39 per cent said wives should always obey their husbands. Nearly half of those questioned said it was unacceptable for a gay or lesbian person to teach their child, with the majority also opposing gay marriage.
Former equal rights chief Phillips, who speaks to several members of the Muslim community on their views during the documentary, states that ‘the integration of Muslims will probably be the hardest task’ the country has ever faced.
He told The Sunday Times Magazine: ‘I thought Europe’s Muslims would gradually blend into the landscape. I should have known better. Britain desperately wants us to think of its Muslims as versions of the Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain, or the cheeky-chappy athlete Mo Farah. ‘But thanks to the most detailed and comprehensive survey of British Muslim opinion yet conducted, we know that just isn’t how it is.’
More than 80 per cent of Muslims surveyed said they felt British and were happy living here, yet conceded they were more likely to stay within their own communities, especially when it came to relationships. The ICM figures reported that more than half mix with non-Muslims each day, normally through work or education, but one in five never enter a non-Muslim household.
Phillips, who was head of the equal rights commission from 2006 and 2012, published a report on Islamophobia twenty years ago, in which he underestimated the number of Muslims that would be living in the UK.
Nearly three million Muslims currently call Britain home, half of which were born abroad, while it is projected that at least six million will live in Britain by 2050. As part of its research, ICM carried out interviews with 1,801 adults compiled from a random sample who categorised themselves as being Muslim.
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“Teacher” Yoselis Ramos
From The Daily Mail
: Parents of seventh and eighth graders at Monroe Middle School
in Tampa, Florida, were furious Monday after a teacher asked their kids to mark down their gender, sexuality, disabilities, religion and other details – in a Spanish class
Spanish teacher Yoselis Ramos handed out an English-language form titled ‘How Privileged Are You?’ that asked children as young as 12 to describe themselves and their identities
One section asked children to declare whether they were ‘abled,’ ‘mentally disabled’ or ‘physically disabled’ – another, on gender, asked them whether they were ‘genderqueer.’
One upset parent was Regina Stiles, whose daughter brought the sheet home because she wasn’t happy with the lesson. ‘She has ADHD and apparently the teacher said, “There are some kids in this class that have ADHD, and ADHD is a mental illness,” and that’s why she circled that,’ Stiles told WTSP. ‘To me ADHD is not a mental disability. It’s something she has,’ says Stiles.
A section on ‘Gender’ asked the students if they were ‘Transgender,’ ‘Cisgender’ (meaning their gender identity matches their biological sex) or ‘Genderqueer’ (meaning they reject gender norms).
‘She’s 12. Some of these things should be taught at home,’ Stiles said.
Other sections of the form were ‘Race,’ ‘Skin color,’ ‘Religion,’ ‘Sex’ and ‘Sexual orientation.’
Several parents complained to the school’s principal, Peter Megara, who launched an investigation that is now being handled by the district. Ramos has been taken out of the classroom while they look at the issue.
Stiles told USA Today
that Megara had called and left messages with all the parents whose children had received the form.
Hillsborough County School Spokesperson Tanya Arja told WTSP that students were not required to hand in the forms, and that the project was entirely Ramos’s work and not part of the school’s curriculum
. ‘This is not a district form, this is a teacher-generated form and it was without principal consent and at the district level we do not collect that information,’ Arja said. She added that Ramos was trying to teach the children about issues of inequality related to the literature they had been reading in their Spanish classes
This is Ramos’s first year at the school district.
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Her story from the WaPost: My new cats were freaking out. In carriers in the back seat of the car, they yowled their displeasure. I reassured them: “Don’t worry boys, we’ll be home soon.”
Whoops! I had called them boys, when in fact they were girls. An understandable mistake, as I’ve had cats for about 50 years, and all of them have been male. “I’m going to have to work on using the right pronouns,” I thought. And then another thought: “Why? They’re cats.”
That’s when I decided to raise my cats to be gender neutral.
The cats’ lives wouldn’t change, I reasoned, and it would help me learn to use plural pronouns for my friends, neighbors and colleagues who individually go by they, their and them. Even though using they, them and their as singular pronouns grates on many people because it’s grammatically incorrect, it seems to be the most popular solution to the question of how to identify people without requiring them to conform to the gender binary of female and male. It also just feels right to refer to people as they wish to be referred to.
Around the house, with just me, Essence and Trouble – named for Rare Essence and Trouble Funk, for the DC music lovers reading this – things were pretty easy. I’d make a mistake (called “misgendering”), saying something like “Where’s your brother?” (Yes, I talk to my cats.) Usually, I’d remember to fix it (“Where’s your sibling?” or “Where’s your pal?”). Just as I’d hoped, I began finding it easier to remember to use gender-neutral language for the humans in my life.
And I began to get an infinitesimal taste of what transgender and gender-nonconforming people face. I’m not talking about the outright bigotry and hatred –something I can’t know without being in their shoes — but the complete cluelessness. Friends would come over, I’d introduce the cats and their pronouns, and some would ask, “But what ARE they?” Some would randomly use “he” and “she.” Some would stumble, unable to form a sentence when talking about one of the cats.
Things got a little more real when Essence got sick. They were really sick. I took them to the vet and had to weigh the question: Do I explain their pronouns not only to the vet, but also the front-desk workers, the vet techs, and everyone else we interacted with? Before the illness was over, we saw five vets, two sets of front desk people, and countless vet techs. I chose to fall back on my cis-gender privilege (look it up) and used the singular pronoun for Essence. I understood that wouldn’t have been so easy if I were the patient — or if Essence were human.
While all of this was unfolding, friends would ask me: How is your cat? “They’re better” or “The same. The vets don’t know what’s wrong with them,” I’d say. “Wait a minute—are they both sick?” people would reply, confused.
It is confusing. We’ve had gender drilled into us as part of language since we first heard adults talking when we were infants – decades of “he” and “she.”
But at the same time it’s necessary. People are coming to understand that not all of us fit into the “girl” box or the “boy” box. Those who don’t are claiming space to be who they are. We all need to find ways to acknowledge and respect that. My way of respecting it just happens to be raising my cats gender neutral. You can choose your own.
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“Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.”
– Sun-tzu (and Don Vito Corleone)
I am on a few enemy email lists, just to know what they are saying. Today I received an email from the ACLU, asking for my support in their fight against North Carolina’s recently passed law to keep the school restrooms gender specific.
Below is their message. Don’t feel obliged to wade through it.
My name is Gretchen Peters. I’m a Grammy-nominated songwriter and singer, a proud Nashvillian, and most importantly a mom. My son is transgender. And the “bathroom bill” that Tennessee lawmakers are trying to pass will harm my family.
You may have heard of these “bathroom bills” – efforts by lawmakers to exploit fear and ignorance about transgender people to bully and harass vulnerable transgender students across the country. North Carolina just passed the country’s first one. They say that all people must use restrooms that correspond with their gender assigned at birth and not the gender with which they live and identify. Last month, South Dakota’s governor just vetoed one of these anti-transgender bills, thanks to the tireless work of community activists in the state and around the country.
We can do this in Tennessee. If we raise our voices together, we can make sure Tennessee’s lawmakers do the right thing and kill this bill.
My son is the bravest person I know. At age 3, the child I had been raising as a girl declared himself a boy. In my ignorance, I didn’t understand. In an unfriendly world, he internalized the message that he was “born wrong.” Eventually both his certainty about his identity and the agony of suppressing it for over 20 years were so great that he mustered up the courage to do something I couldn’t imagine myself doing – he came out as transgender.
I have empathy for parents who are fearful about issues related to gender. But I have greater empathy for the kids themselves. They face something more terrifying than most of us will ever have to face – often all alone.
Make sure the many courageous transgender children of Tennessee don’t stand alone in this fight. Add your name to say that transgender students deserve our love and respect – not punishment for being who they are.
As a parent, I am horrified by the vitriol swirling around this bill in my state. The opposition is actively threatening parents like me who support transgender children, accusing us of not caring about children’s welfare. The hypocrisy here is staggering – these people are the ones trying to make a law that explicitly targets students for discrimination.
When we institutionalize this kind of discrimination, we force transgender kids deeper into the closet and shut them off from the support they so desperately need. We impart to them the message that they are “born wrong” – and that is the very last thing that parents should want for our children.
Raise your voice to tell Tennessee’s lawmakers that if they care about our children’s welfare, they must not pass this terrible anti-transgender legislation.
Thank you for all that you do,
Gretchen Peters for the ACLU Action team
Dear ACLU Action Team,
Chastity Bono becomes Chaz Bono
Not my circus. Not my monkeys.
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Heaven forbid the lawmakers try to enforce accepted standards of privacy that the majority of citizens approve of.
Via NY Post: PayPal says it’s canceling plans to bring 400 jobs to North Carolina after lawmakers passed a law that restricts protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
The San Jose, California-based company said Tuesday it was canceling its planned expansion in Charlotte because of the law, which was signed March 23. Gov. Pat McCrory was on hand to celebrate days earlier when PayPal announced plans to hire about 400 people at a new operation center in Charlotte.
The PayPal announcement is the biggest tangible economic backlash to the state law that more than 100 corporate heads have decried as unfair. They say the law makes it more difficult to attract talent to North Carolina.
“This decision reflects PayPal’s deepest values and our strong belief that every person has the right to be treated equally, and with dignity and respect,” the company said in a statement.
Spokesmen for McCrory and legislative leaders did not immediately comment.
The legislation marked the first state law in the nation limiting the bathroom options for transgender people, requiring them to use those conforming to the sex on their birth certificates. The law also excludes lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from anti-discrimination protections, and blocks municipalities from adopting their own anti-discrimination and living wage rules.
New Jersey-based Braeburn Pharmaceuticals said last week the legislation was causing it to re-evaluate whether to build a $20 million manufacturing and research facility in Durham County. The 50 new jobs paying an average of nearly $76,000 a year were announced two weeks ago.
Lionsgate, the California-based entertainment company, shifted a planned shoot for the pilot episode for a comedy series to Canada. Charlotte convention officials and the organizers of one of the world’s largest furniture markets say some customers have pulled out, also citing the new law.
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Pepsico CEO Indra Nooyi
Via Fox News
: The CEO of PepsiCo, Inc., has joined the growing list of company heads and municipal officials voicing opposing to North Carolina’s new law that prevents specific anti-discrimination rules for LGBT people for public accommodations and restroom use.
The Human Rights Campaign and Equality North Carolina released Friday the names of another 10 company executives that have signed on to a letter criticizing the law and seeking its repeal, bringing the number of names to more than 120. New executives include those from Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Qualcomm and EMC Corp.
Gov. Pat McCrory
The law, approved by the Republican legislature and GOP Gov. Pat McCrory
, responded to a Charlotte City Council ordinance approved in February that would have extended protections to gays and lesbians as well as bisexual and transgender people while at hotels, restaurants and stores. Charlotte also would have allowed transgender people to use the restroom aligned with their gender identity.
Also on Friday, Pepsico CEO Indra Nooyi sent a letter to McCrory calling on him to consider repealing the measure when the General Assembly convenes in Raleigh later this month.
Nooyi said she was taken aback by the law as well as McCrory’s decision to sign it so quickly.
She said the measure is “completely inconsistent” with the way her company treats its workers, and that it undermines efforts to advance North Carolina’s long-term interests
Pepsi-Cola traces its roots to North Carolina, where it was created in the late 1890s by New Bern pharmacist Caleb Bradham. PepsiCo’s annual shareholder meetings have been held in New Bern in the past several years.
Separately Friday, the venture capital arm of Google’s parent corporation confirmed it won’t invest in North Carolina startup businesses while the law is in place.
GV spokeswoman Jodi Olson cited written comments by CEO Bill Maris in which he asked his firm’s partners to flag possible North Carolina investments because he’s “not comfortable deploying dollars into startups there until the voters there fix this.”
The move was first reported by Re/code, a tech-focused news site.
The new law blocked Charlotte’s rules and prevented other local governments from approving similar ordinances. And government agencies of all kinds must now require people who use multi-stall public restrooms to use the one that corresponds with their biological sex.
NCAA President Mark Emmert says he has spoken to North Carolina’s governor about the state’s new law excluding LGBT people from antidiscrimination protections, making clear if it remains in place it will affect the state’s chances to host major college athletic events
A rally was held early Friday night in front of the Legislative Building to support transgender people and to oppose the law. Supporters of the new law held prayer vigils Thursday night in multiple locations in eastern North Carolina. One was held across from the Executive Mansion, where McCrory lives.
Supporters of the law say hundreds of businesses support the law and have signed on to their own letter praising McCrory and the legislature.
McCrory and a key lawmaker this week suggested some changes are possible to the law. But Senate leader Phil Berger, has no appetite for them because “an overwhelming majority of North Carolinians we’ve heard from support” the law
, spokeswoman Shelly Carver said in a release. The General Assembly reconvenes April 25.
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One of the Left’s malicious portrayals of conservatives is that we are intolerant and prone to violence.
Alas, the evidence is quite to the contrary.
Edie and David Delorme
own Kern’s Bake Shop in Long View, Texas, and are members of a local Baptist church.
On Feb. 17, 2016, a homosexual couple, Ben Valencia and Luis Marmolejo, came to the shop
to buy a cake for their wedding.
When Edie realized it was for a same-sex wedding, she politely refused. Edie told Fox News
: “We don’t do cakes that might conflict with our spiritual convictions. It was not something personal against the two young men. We just need to be able to run our business in a way that honors God.”
First Liberty Institute
lawyer Michael Berry said, “She (Edie) said, ‘I’m sorry, but we don’t make same-sex wedding cakes, but here’s a list of other bakers in the area who would most likely be able to meet your needs. It was pretty civil. The gentleman said, ‘Okay’ and left.”
Julie Brown Patton reports for The Gospel Herald
, March 15, 2016, that a few days later, the Delormes were informed by a local newspaper reporter that Valencia and Marmolejo were publicly accusing them of discrimination.
Harassment and threats poured in, including vile posts on the bakers’ Facebook and Yelp pages.
Edie said, “Our son got a call where they threatened to burn our house down and violate him with a broken beer bottle. That was probably the worst.” The couple also have an eight-year-old daughter.
Attorney Berry said: “The Delormes’ property has been damaged. They’ve experienced minor vandalism at their home, including their mailbox being destroyed. We reported both the vandalism and the threats they have received to the Harrison County Sheriff. The Sheriff’s office sent a deputy to talk to the Delormes and they are now patrolling the area to make sure no additional acts are perpetrated against the Delormes. Americans value and protect our freedoms, especially freedom of expression and religious liberty. For America to remain free and prosperous, we must secure the rights of small business owners to operate their businesses according to their beliefs.”
David Delormes said he and his wife “try to live scripture every day. Our faith is who we are.” The couple said they do not want to discriminate against same-sex couples but that they have to follow their religious beliefs. In the past, they have consistently refused to bake alcohol, tobacco, gambling, or risqué-themed cakes.
H/t FOTM‘s maziel
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