The U.K. is finally getting its first sitcom focused on trans characters.

The show is called “Boy Meets Girl,” about a guy who falls for a trans woman. And word on the street is that in this show, unlike in many others, her trans identity is NOT a punch line! (It’s sad that this is a big deal.) In fact, Boy Meets Girl was chosen for an award because of its positive portrayal of trans characters.

The sitcom is set in and around the city of Manchester, England, and the series pilot stars trans actress Rebecca Root. The synopsis of the series, which will air in six half-hour episodes on BBC2, seems to suggest a classic romantic sitcom with a trans twist:

"Leo’s had a bad day. He’s been fired (again), is being given a hard time by his mum and, to cap it all, his blind date fails to show up. But then he bumps into Judy and finds himself deeply attracted to this surprising and beguiling woman. They bond over drinks and, unfazed by the fact that there’s a bit of an age gap between them, arrange to meet the following evening. Leo’s mother is unhappy that he’s having dinner with an older woman. But Leo doesn’t care what she thinks; he knows that he’s just met someone very special."

The cast and premiere date have yet to be announced, but BBC says it’s committed to having a trans actress play the lead character. Awesome, awesome, awesome to hear. 

Author: Nadia Kim

Abstract: Situated within the context of US imperialist dominance over South Korea, I draw on interviews, observations, and archival newspaper data to examine South Koreans’ and recent émigrés’ sense of inferiority to White America and various positions vis-a-vis Black Americans. I capture such a racial formation by analyzing the White-led US military state’s subordination of, and mass media culture’s bias against, South Koreans (and their immigrant co-ethnics by way of the 1992 Los Angeles unrest). With respect to White and Black America, Koreans in the home country draw on Euro-American ideologies to conceive of themselves as “inbetween” the two. At the same time, Koreans are well aware that they are in a subordinate position to the Black American agents of the US occupational forces. These findings show that immigrants in the United States are often racialized by American racial ideologies long before they set foot on US soil. Specifically, they recognize that “race” is not just about color or class, but also about nation, political power, and recognition. This study shows that research on US immigrants should consider the global and transnational context in which “race” travels and profoundly shapes the lives of those who travel in body and mind.

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OPINION: Is it time to quit Facebook?

Each time we use Facebook, we perform labor, which is to say that we create value. There is no material product,but what we do produces cultural knowledge, shapes opinion and ultimately directs the flow of capital. Facebook has taken our relationships with one another and monetized it, turning our interactions into advertising opportunities. It relies on us to provide content, in the form of videos we shoot, articles we like, screeds we write, places where we check in and comments we post. Without our labor, it has no value; nor would it make any money (hence why Facebook includes the number of new and active users in each quarterly report). Which leads to the great deception of Web 2.0: We aren’t Facebook’s clients; corporations are. 

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While African-American suspects had been arrested in 54 percent of murders, 55 percent of thefts and 49 percent of assaults, television stations including WCBS, WNBC, WABC and WNYW have featured coverage of crimes that are predominantly committed by black people. The stations covered murders of which 68 percent of the suspects were African-American, 80 percent of the suspects of thefts were African-American, and 72 percent of the suspects of assaults were African-American.

Michael Sam made history earlier this year, first when he came out as gay and then when he was drafted to the St. Louis Rams. 

But that’s not reason enough for ESPN to respect him. Deadspin found a clip from this week where SportsCenter looks into details about Sam’s locker room showering habits and how they affect other players. 

Reporter Josina Anderson explained that one player told her that Sam was “simply just one of the guys, and he seems to be taking a rookie approach in terms of just listening and learning at his own pace.”

“[The player] said he was just trying to feel his way through and, perhaps, see what guys he can relate to,” she continued. “But another Rams defensive player told me — quote — ‘Sam is respecting our space.’”

“And that from his perspective, he seems to think that Michael Sam is waiting to kind of take a shower, as not to make his teammates feel uncomfortable,” Anderson said.

The ESPN correspondent added that two other players said that they could not verify the shower report because “they weren’t tracking that.”

“[Defensive tackle Kendall Langford] told me, ‘Listen, I have not been in the shower at the same time as Michael Sam.’ He said there definitely could be a million reasons as to why that is,” Anderson asserted. “He said he could be doing extra work on the practice field, he could be riding his bike, he could be doing extra cardio.”

BREAKING NEWS: Gay people shower! Sometimes in locker rooms with other people! And sometimes alone! And it literally shouldn’t matter to anybody else!

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No media outcry after BLACK cop kills young WHITE man!!?

On the surface, the cases appear nearly identical: Michael Brown and Dillon Taylor, two young, unarmed men with sketchy criminal pasts shot to death by police officers two days apart.

But while the world knows of the highly publicized situation involving 18-year-old Mr. Brown, whose Aug. 9 death in Ferguson, Missouri touched off violence, protests and an angry national debate, most people outside Utah have never heard of 20-year-old Mr. Taylor.

Critics say there’s a reason for the discrepancy in media coverage: race. Mr. Brown was black and the officer who shot him was white. Mr. Taylor wasn’t black — he’s been described as white — and the officer who shot him Aug. 11 outside a 7-Eleven in South Salt Lake was black.

The perceived double standard is fueling resentment and talk of double standards on conservative talk radio and social media, where the website Twitchy has compiled a list of Twitter comments asking why Mr. Brown’s death has been front-page news for weeks while Mr. Taylor’s was a footnote at best.

“Black cop kills unarmed white male #DillonTaylor in Utah,” says a Thursday post on Twitter by radio talk-show host Wayne Dupree, who is black. “#LiberalMedia can’t find [their] way to cover the story.”

A sarcastic Sunday tweet from Valerie said, “CNN Please! We need the name and home address of #DillonTaylor’s killer immediately. Why hasn’t he been arrested??!!!!!”

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“I just didn’t think that they would be going in this direction,” Mr. Capaldi said in a gentle, stately voice with only traces of a Scottish accent, on a visit to New York last week. Asked what he meant, he answered with a laugh: “Well, I guess, older. And more like me.”
“The Doctor doesn’t have a mirror, so he has no idea he’s gotten older,” Mr. Capaldi said. “So he keeps asking her about his face. ‘Does it look good?’ ”
“I took Matt to lunch and he came in on crutches,” he recalled, “and I said, ‘What happened to you?’ And he said, ‘This show.’ I thought: ‘My God, you’re 30 years younger than me and you’re on crutches. What’s going to happen to me?”
“I survived without any injuries,” he said. “It keeps you fit. It’s great to wake up in the morning and think, I’m Doctor Who.”

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“One of the nice things about ‘Doctor Who,’ and I know from being a fan myself, is even if a lot of people don’t like me, some people will love me,” says the 56-year-old Scot, dressed stylishly in a slim-cut blue suit and wingtip Doc Martens, “that somewhere there will be a little group of people that says, ‘Oh, that’s my Doctor,’ and the more everybody else hates me the more they’ll love me.”
“I’d wander in there and stand sort of close to people thinking, ‘They don’t know that Doctor Who’s standing next to them, and if they did know, they’d be very excited.’ I hope that maybe they’ll read this and in their memory they’ll go, ‘There was a strange guy standing next to me…’
“Toward the end it became a bit difficult because you’re actually just lying to people,” says Capaldi, who dodged other job offers by making vague references to nonexistent sitcoms. “I had my own personal pilot season.”

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anonymous said:

Hello, I have to write an paper in school about ADHD and the assignment is basically identitying an issue concerning ADHD and I figured the best way to find out what about ADHD is like controversial enough to write a paper about would be to ask people with ADHD. Is there anything that would be documented in news sources that people with ADHD are concerned about right now? thanks and sorry if this is a shitty ask

Probably the most common thing I see is abuse of medication by people who don’t have ADHD. You know, the whole “study drugs” thing people talk about regarding colleges and the like. That’s definitely been covered in news sources, and I’m sure that if you need some personal perspectives on it you’ll get lots of volunteers in the notes on this post.