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I think it's been a while since I've posted something nice in this thread.  A Texas bakery got lots of cancellations for posting a pic of rainbow cookies to honor Pride Month, but people stepped up and bought those orders with around-the-block lines to help the business out:

Quote:A Texas bakery announced they’d received a flood of cancellations and lost followers after they posted a photo of rainbow cookies in honor of Pride Month — but then things turned around in a story that played out on social media.

The proprietors of Lufkin, Texas bakery Confections posted a tempting photo of heart-shaoped rainbow cookies, along with a message that read “More LOVE. Less hate. Happy Pride to all our LGBTQ friends! All lovers of cookies and happiness are welcome here.”

But the following day, the bakery shared the news that their gesture of inclusion had sparked a hateful backlash that included the cancellation of an order that they had already baked:


The dark times didn’t last long, as an outpouring of support ensued, and the bakery even held a special sale on the cookies that had literally been cancelled:
Wow. In LUFKIN? That IS surprising. Even for a smaller city in Texas, Lufkin is exceptionally bigoted..

(06-03-2021, 05:29 PM)Overlord Wrote:

These policies represent a tremendous mistake and the endless lawsuits and court battles will quickly show that I am right.

What this school district, and anyone else for that matter, should have done is simply compel teachers and administrators to refer to individuals by their actual name OR their gender expression of choice and leave it at that.  You don't want to use a particular pronoun?  Fine.  You get to use that student's actual name from now on or you can accept your pink slip.  

Trying to legislate "affirmative speech" (trying to compel speech as opposed to forbidding speech) may be THE legal minefield of legal minefields in the United States.  There are a few justices who believe that attempting to compel speech can NEVER be constitutional, and while I'm not sure I'd go quite that far I think they are more right than they are wrong.

An entirely predictable result.

I really wish there would be more focus from progressives on goals that are actually achievable.

Landlords have given a nonprofit seven days to sign an expensive lease for part of the original Stonewall Inn, or the unit will go back on the market:

Quote:When Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland toured the Stonewall Inn in Manhattan’s West Village last Thursday, her visit to the first national monument honoring the LGBT rights movement was meant to mark the beginning of Pride Month.

But instead, Haaland’s visit kicked off a seven-day countdown until the landlords who own part of the original Stonewall Inn—currently intended to serve as a permanent ranger station, visitor center, and community space for the monument—put the space back on the commercial market.

The empty storefront at 51 Christopher Street has been the subject of more than two years of negotiations between the building’s owners and Pride Live, the nonprofit organization working alongside the National Park Service and the National Parks Conservation Association to create the visitor center.

But hours after Haaland called the monument “an incredible reminder about the struggle the LGBTQ+ community across the country and globe face just to be treated fairly, love who they want to love, and live their truth,” the owners of 51 Christopher Street told Pride Live that they had one week to sign a long-term lease.

Talks for securing a long-term lease for the space included state and local officials, architects, historians, community leaders, and the National Park Service, and looked like they were nearing a successful conclusion. But the one-week ticking clock—a not-uncommon tactic in the bloodsport that is New York commercial real estate—could permanently thwart plans to recognize the Stonewall Inn’s pivotal role in queer history.
As means of having the last word against Al Qaeda go, this is pretty goddamn epic. One of the better pieces of news I've received in my life.

CNN: Biden administration moves to make gender confirmation surgery available through Veteran Affairs health care system
One person has died from injuries after a driver slammed into spectators at the start of a South Florida Pride parade:

Quote:A driver slammed into spectators Saturday evening at the start of a Pride parade in South Florida, killing one man and seriously injuring another, authorities said.

Some witnesses said the crash appeared to be an intentional act, but Fort Lauderdale Police Detective Ali Adamson told reporters that authorities were investigating all possibilities.

The collision happened during the Wilton Manors Stonewall Pride Parade. Wilton Manors is just north of Fort Lauderdale.

The driver and the victims were a part of the Fort Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus family, according to a statement reported by news outlets from the group’s president, Justin Knight.

“To my knowledge it was an accident. This was not an attack on the LGBTQ community,” Knight said in the statement. “We anticipate more details to follow and ask for the community’s love and support.”

Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis said a driver of a pickup truck suddenly accelerated when he was told he was next in the parade, crashing into the victims, according to WSVN-TV. In the immediate aftermath of the crash, Trantalis said he believed the crash was “deliberate.”

Police said the driver was taken into custody, but it was unclear whether he had been charged.
Support Democratic governors in red states for obvious reasons:

Quote:Gov. Edwards' statement on his veto of Senate Bill 156, which sought to prevent transgender girls and women from participating on athletic teams or in sporting events designated for girls or women at elementary, secondary and postsecondary schools.

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Various videos at the link:

Quote:There’s talk of mace happening right now at Washington Square Park. There is a sea of cops here.


Across the sidewalk, many many people are celebrating Pride. The police are now advancing closer to the park.

The police, in riot gear and on bicycles, are now blocking the entire road near the arch and now nobody is allowed to cross the road. Things are still tense but the cops have stopped moving closer to the gathering in the park.

The cops, now the community affairs officers in front, are backing off a little from the park. A bunch of cops on bicycles not far behind. But people are extremely pissed about the NYPD presence and have started to retake the road.
Disability activists are pushing for more inclusive Pride celebrations:

Quote:Annie Segarra, a disability activist, who has Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and uses a wheelchair, said things like video captions, translators and audio descriptions of visual events can mean the world to disabled individuals who want to join the celebrations but are afraid of being left out.

"Accessibility is not just about physical spaces," Segarra told CBS News. "Depending on your disability, your access needs are going to be different, and unfortunately, that's something that a lot of people just don't consider. I think that people see accessibility as solely a physical experience. So typically, I guess, a representation issue for wheelchair accessibility. But it's just so much larger than that and it's such an important conversation to be able to include a number of various disabilities so that the conversation of accessibility doesn't in itself become exclusive." 


Segarra said the ability to take inaccessible events virtual, like drag nights at clubs she could not attend in her wheelchair, expands just how many LGBTQ+ individuals can celebrate with their community and makes her heart "three times as full." But she also calls many COVID-19 concessions "emotionally complicated" as they are proof to the disabled community that accommodations now considered common could have been implemented sooner. 

"All of a sudden, the pandemic came and it very much felt like now that this affects non-disabled people, we can make those changes at the drop of a hat," Segarra said. "When disabled people requested it prior, it was in no way. So while it was such a relief to be able to get those accommodations, the sting of ableism was still there because then you had the option all along to get with these accommodations, but literally because of who we are, because this is the disabled community asking you for it, you thought that we were dismissable. Therefore, you wash your hands of being able to create an accessible, open space, accessible working environment for a single community."

Segarra also says that those trying to be more inclusive should keep in mind the larger goal of dignity rather than just checking accessible boxes. For both Hillyard and Segarra, their disabilities and queer identities are interwoven aspects of their lives. Every year, the discourse about making Pride more accessible emerges and often upsets some able-bodied people.

"Queer disabled people exist, trans disabled people exist, disabled people of color, and all of these intersections that we sometimes as a society look at as separate, but they're not, they exist," said Hillyard. "To make the best world possible, you aren't doing the full job unless you're making sure that everybody has access to the table to have those discussions and that you are able to amplify the forces that have been shut out for so long."
Never read the comments:

Quote:i have been reading so much anti-trans stuff on the internet lately, so i decided to don my biohazard suit and wade into the comments section - alongside trans academic & athlete, lexie matheson:
(07-05-2021, 09:39 PM)Iron Maiden Wrote: Never read the comments:

Quote:i have been reading so much anti-trans stuff on the internet lately, so i decided to don my biohazard suit and wade into the comments section - alongside trans academic & athlete, lexie matheson:

Lexie really went to town on those responses!



You know, if we're going to lambast the GQP when they constantly pass obviously unconstitutional laws (like anti-abortion laws, religion in schools, etc.), we should also fairly point out when progressives waste time and taxpayer money on similarly, and obviously, unconstitutional measures.

Three anti-transgender state laws and bills died this week, in Arkansas, Louisiana, and West Virginia, and it's not even Friday yet.

The Arkansas and West Virginia state laws were smacked down in federal courts, while the bill in Louisiana was scrapped when the state legislature upheld the governor's veto.

Via an executive order from their governor's desk, Minnesota became the 21st state (plus D.C.) to ban "conversion therapy" torture on LGBT+ minors.
I'm not sure what "sinfull" means:

Quote:A Wisconsin waiter who received no gratuity simply because, according to a nasty note scrawled on the receipt, “service was good, but we don’t tip sinfull [sic] homosexuals,” has gotten kindness — and cash — returned to him in spades.

“To the folks who felt it was necessary to write this hateful note and not tip...don't worry me and about 250 others will cover the tip for you,” wrote Eric Salzwedel in a Facebook post displaying the first receipt and a second, for a $45 meal that he had at the same Madison restaurant with the same (requested) server — and a whopping $4,500 tip.

It was the collective donations from about 250 people around the country who responded with grace and generosity to Salzwedel’s Venmo challenge, to right the wrong, which he blasted across social media through his Do Good Wisconsin organization, which aims to promote the vast amounts of good done by both businesses and individuals across the state.

Salzwedel, who works as a consultant for for-profit companies on community outreach and charitable giving, tells Yahoo Life that he learned about the first receipt through a mutual friend of the server’s and that he knew immediately that he wanted to respond.

“I’m always big into just treating people right, with respect and being kind to one another,” he explains. Seeing the receipt, he thought, “this just isn’t right… and I wanted to show there’s more love than hate out there.”
In a huge turnaround for the safety and care of young transgender people in the UK, Britain's Court of Appeal has ruled that minor patients are able to give informed consent and receive prescriptions for medications to delay the onset of puberty while they figure themselves out.
I bet UK twitter is losing its fucking mind. More than usual.
A lot more at the link:

Quote:Alert! Just dropped! Texas special session includes a bill to detransition trans youth, pull them from puberty blockers, and force them through the wrong puberty. It defines getting trans care for trans youth as child abuse. It will out trans children and irreversibly harm them.


Just for the cruelty of it, they also have 3 other bills that were just dropped. 
- 2 bills focus on banning trans kids from sports
- 1 bill focuses on banning birth certificate changes
I hadn't caught this over the summer:

Quote:A state senator says Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson should resign for calling homosexuality and transgenderism “filth.”

“There’s no debate here,” said Sen. Jeff Jackson, a Mecklenburg County Democrat. “This is open discrimination. It is completely unacceptable.

“Mark Robinson should resign.”

Robinson, a Republican, made the comments in June at Asbury Baptist Church in Seagrove, but part of the speech was posted Tuesday on the Twitter profile for Right Wing Watch.

“There’s no reason anybody, anywhere in America should be telling children about transgenderism, homosexuality, any of that filth,” Robinson said. “Yes, I called it filth.”

His diatribe began when he told the crowd it’s child abuse to force parents to send their children to school, tell them where to send children to school, and then teach their children to hate America and that they’re racist.

He doesn’t care who dislikes what he said, he added.
Robinson has racked up quite a track record of using his prominent place in state politics to promote vile conspiracy theories, as documented on his Wikipedia page. His review of "Black Panther" somehow manages to be entirely about how much Robinson hates Jews, for example. His peddling of the canard that public schooling is some kind of Satanic plot to turn children queer appears to be par for the course from him.
Where the fuck did the "hate America" part come in? I missed it..

(10-09-2021, 07:51 AM)fraid uh noman Wrote: Where the fuck did the "hate America" part come in? I missed it..

You see, Fraid, Critical Race Theory, according to Republicans, is all about teaching children to hate themselves by hating American history, thus hating America. If you discuss how northern and southern US economies were built on slave labor and perhaps that might have had consequences, you are hating America.

So, stop hating America, embrace the state's rights flag of the Lost Cause, and maybe think that race is not important in America

"Wilford Brimley can't be bothered to accept praise. He doesn't act because he thinks people will enjoy his work. He acts because it's his goddamned job." --Will Harris, AV Club
That's it. Dropping the "hating America" keywords within the context of complaining about public education, he's dog whistling white supremacist conspiracy theories about the 1619 Project, which is a package of college level course materials not taught in elementary schools to begin with.

He knows his constituency and what media bubble they live in.
That's quite the definition of "literally," Josh:

Quote:A Republican running for Senate in Ohio declared Monday that making a comic book superhero bisexual is part of a plan to “destroy America.”

An upcoming issue of Superman: Son of Kal-El will feature the new Superman, Jon Kent, coming out as bisexual and sharing a kiss with a male love interest, reporter Jay Nakamura.

Josh Mandel, a candidate for Senate, reacted to that by tweeting, “Bisexual comic books for kids. They are literally trying to destroy America.”
Dean Cain's phone only rings when new Superman stuff is going on and when he gets to feign outrage, so he got a few phone calls this week, I guess:

Quote:Former Superman actor Dean Cain has criticized DC Comics’ decision to have the current Superman come out as bisexual.

“They said it’s a bold new direction, I say they’re bandwagoning,” the 55-year-old actor told Fox & Friends on Tuesday. “Robin just came out as bi — who’s really shocked about that one? The new Captain America is gay. My daughter in [The CW series] Supergirl, where I played the father, was gay. So I don’t think it’s bold or brave or some crazy new direction. If they had done this 20 years ago, perhaps that would be bold or brave.”

“Brave would be having him fighting for the rights of gay people in Iran where they’ll throw you off a building for the offense of being gay,” Cain continued. “They’re talking about having him fight climate change and the deportation of refugees and he’s dating a hacktivist — whatever a hactivist is. Why don’t they have him fight the injustices that created the refugees whose deportation he’s protesting? That would be brave, I’d read that. Or fighting for the rights of women to attend school and have the ability to work and live and boys not to be raped by men under the new warm and fuzzy Taliban — that would be brave. There’s real evil in this world today, real corruption and government overreach, plenty of things to fight against. Human trafficking — real and actual slavery going on … It’d be great to tackle those issues.”
Abbott singed the bill:

Quote:Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Monday signed into law a bill banning transgender girls from participating in female sports at public schools, joining a wave of similar measures emerging from Republican-controlled statehouses across the country.

Supporters of the bill, due to take effect on Jan. 18, say it is aimed at protecting fairness in school sports by eliminating what they see as an inherent physical competitive advantage of transgender athletes playing on female teams.

Equal rights advocates decry such restrictions as discriminatory, "hate"-based measures whose real purpose is to energize hard-core social conservatives, with little or no evidence that trans women or girls are dominating sports.

Seven other states have passed similar laws this year, part of a Republican-led national campaign since Idaho in March 2020 barred athletes who were assigned a male gender at birth from competing on sports teams against those assigned as female in public schools or colleges.

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