Texas Passes Trans Bathroom Bill

On March 14th Texas passed its own version of North Carolina’s infamous HB6, with a 21-10 vote.  The bill was introduced by Lt Governor Dan Patrick and requires trans people to ‘disassociate’ from their gender identity and use bathrooms which match up with their biological gender.  Patrick insists this is to prevent sexual predators from entering women’s bathrooms.  Senators debated the bill for four and a half hours.   Hope remains that the bill will not to be sent to the House of Representatives, thanks to House Speaker, Straus.  Straus says Texas needs to ‘send the right signals’ if they want to keep their economic edge.  There’s nothing like resorting to putting things in terms of money in order to stronghold people to do the right thing.

Oklahoma Senator Found in Motel Room with Underage Male

Oklahoma senator, Ralph Shortey, a Republican who also happens to be married to a woman (since 2002) with children was found in a motel room with an underage male.  The Senate suspended Shortey, by taking away his parking space and office.  However, Shortey is still allowed to vote on legislation on the floor and is still being paid.

The senator is likely to face charges of soliciting prostitution of a minor, prostitution within 1,000 feet of church and transporting purpose of prostitution, but Democrats are calling for his expulsion or resignation.

Oh, Shortey was also state chairman for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.


Mocked for Having “Gay” Voice

Ryan Murphy, the creator of two beloved American TV shows, “American Horror Story” and “Glee,” has been mocked by TV executives for having a “gay” voice.

‘I never thought that my voice was gay until he repeated it back to me, but I literally was stunned into silence. He was just being really, really brutal to me.’

That didn’t stop Murphy.  He carried on, despite the obstacles.

‘I didn’t dare even start off writing gay characters, but I had sort of outlandish characters in there and I would get notes literally from executives saying, “Can this character dress less gay?” Even if it was like a straight woman.

‘Or, “The language coming out of this character’s mouth seems very flamboyant, which we think is too gay and will offend some of our viewers. Can you take that out?’

‘Then two things happened,’ he added. ‘It just sort of made me mad, so I just sort of leaned into it and, you know, I wrote a bisexual character. I started to write about lesbianism … I had gay characters. I would say, “No. I won’t do it. Why do you want it taken out?”

We’re glad Murphy persevered.  His writing has given us some of our favorite characters.

Republican Stands Up to Trump’s School Bathroom Ruling

Republican Ileana Ros-Lehtinen called Trump’s school bathroom ruling, a “lamentable” decision.  ‘Every transgender person is part of someone’s family and should be treated with compassion and protected from discrimination,’ she said in the PSA.

A year ago, Ros-Lehtinen, along with her husband former U.S. Attorney, made a Public Service Announcement with their son, who was transitioning.  ‘We should be working toward ensuring all American children feel safe and accepted in their schools, regardless of where they live, their race, creed, gender identity or sexual orientation.’


Another LGBT Win

Italian Olympian, Rachele Bruni has just officially upped the number of LGBT athletes competing in the Olympics this year to fifty-one.  After winning her medal and dedicating it to her “beloved,” people wanted to know who she was referring to.  It was then she admitted it was for her girlfriend who had accompanied her to Rio.  “I’ve never done a big coming out. Undoubtedly there are people who have too many prejudices, but I live peacefully. I do not think about the prejudices, I live for myself, for my passion for swimming and for the people who love me,” said Bruni.

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Nike Celebrates Diversity in Rio Olympics Ad

Chris Mosier, the first transgender duathlete to qualify for a US national team is being featured in a Nike ad.  The ad is inspirational, a series of “How did you know?” questions to which Mosier responds, “I didn’t.”

Gaystarnews states, “The IOC ruled in January transgender athletes are eligible for competition without having undergone gender-affirming surgery.  While Mosier will not compete in the Olympics, as duathlon is not a sport at Rio, he will compete in the World Championships.”

Mosier gives a whole new meaning to Nike’s famous “Just do it” slogan.  We could all use some motivation from Mosier: don’t know?  Just do it anyway.

View the inspiring ad here.

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Slurs at LGBT Olympians

Reports show that LGBT athletes are the target of homophobic slurs.  Megan Rapinoe, a lesbian from the US women’s soccer team said she’s heard words like “bicha” and “puta” while on the field.  (“Bicha is a Portuguese word similar to ‘faggot.’)  Rapinoe told the LA Times, “It is personally hurtful, I think a sort of a mob mentality kind of takes over.”  She adds, “I don’t think that all Brazilians fans or everyone that was there last night is homophobic.”

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