Elaine Stritch rests her bike, reads a note, almost causes a riot.      

NEW YORK, June 26—TOLD TO KEEP HER SHIRT ON – Blonde Elaine Stritch, understudy to Ethel Merman in the Broadway hit, “Call Me Madam,” wears halter and shorts which cause her arrest in Central Park. Today she was fined $1 and told by Magistrate Emilio Jones, “A beautiful girl like you could cause a small riot and cause a large crowd to collect by removing your shirt.” “Well,” she replied, “I was there all day and nothing happened.” (AP, 1951)

Transgender Children in California Can Choose Bathrooms and Teams Based on Gender Identity

According to The Associated Press, lawmakers in California approved a bill requiring public schools to allow transgender students to pick which bathrooms and which groups or teams they want to join based on their gender identity. Similar policies have been put into action in other school districts around the U.S., but this is the "first time a state has mandated such treatment by statute.“

Via Mashable

A long debate preceded the 21-9 vote in the California State Senate, including one objection from a senator who suggested that the rules would allow mediocre male athletes to join female sports teams for competitive advantage.

FJP: Because even a mediocre male athlete is better than the best female on a sports team, apparently. (Insert growl here.) - Krissy

Image: Children celebrating Gay Pride in Durham Region Pride Parade, via Demotix


Jennifer Lawrence opens up about ‘American Hustle’


Afghanistan daily life

Associated Press photojournalist Anja Niedringhaus is the only woman on a team of 11 AP photographers that won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography for coverage of the Iraq War.That same year she was awarded the International Women’s Media Foundation’s Courage in Journalism prize.

Niedringhaus began full-time work as a photojournalist in 1990 when she joined the EuropeanPressphoto Agency in Frankfurt, Germany. As EPA’s Chief Photographer she spent the first ten years of her career covering the wars in the former Yugoslavia.

In 2001, Niedringhaus photographed the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks in New York City and then traveled to Afghanistan, where she spent three months covering the fall of the Taliban.

In 2002, she joined Associated Press, for whom she has worked in Iraq, Afghanistan, the Gaza Strip, Israel, Kuwait and Turkey.

In 2006, Niedringhaus was awarded a prestigious Nieman fellowship at Harvard University. She was part of the 69th class of Nieman Fellows where she studied culture, history, religion and the issues of gender in the Middle East and their impact on the development of foreign policy in the United States and other Western countries. (AP Photo)

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Report: Journalists going missing at unprecedented scale in Syria
  • 30 journalists have been missing for a year or longer, according to an Associated Press report based on information from the Committee to Protect Journalists. As the AP puts it: “The widespread seizure of journalists is unprecedented, and has been largely unreported by news organizations in the hope that keeping the kidnappings out of public view may help to negotiate the captives’ release.” source

These beautiful images show the faces of refugee Afghan children living in slums on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan.

Huddled in threadbare headscarves and woolly hats, some clutch baby relatives, others, caked in dirt, simply weep.

But all are unflinching as they gaze into the lens of Associated Press photographer Muhammed Muheisen.

SHAME: Associated Press helps spread anti-trans hate

According to the Associated Press attorneys for a group of concerned parents have forced a Colorado school district to seriously consider taking up an anti-trans school policy:

The Florence-Penrose School District is reviewing a draft policy on privacy from attorneys who represent families concerned about their teenage daughters sharing bathrooms and locker rooms with a transgender female student at Florence High School. The authors say the policy seeks to reconcile assertions of gender identity with constitutional privacy rights. The school district is refusing to release a copy of the draft report.

According to the Canon City Daily Record ( ), several Colorado high school girls are alleging harassment because a transgender student is using the girl’s bathroom. The complaints allege that the student is a biological boy using a girl’s bathroom in violation of the rights of other students.

What might one learn from the above short article? Let’s review:

  • Parents of Florence High are “concerned” about a “biological boy using a girl’s bathroom.”
  • When a trans girl uses the restroom, the privacy of cis girls is violated.
  • There is a valid conflict between “assertions of gender identity with constitutional privacy rights.”
  • The trans girl may very well be harassing cis girls in the bathroom.
  • These policy recommendations are presumably new.

Let’s review some critical facts that are MISSING from this AP article:

  • The ex-gay group, the Pacific Justice Institute (PJI) is behind the “policy,” not one group of “concerned” parents.
  • The school investigated if there was any truth to PJI’s harassment claim. There wasn’t.
  • PJI hounded Jane Doe, the one trans girl they’re targeting with this “policy” to the brink of suicide.
  • These “policy suggestions” aren’t new. PJI sent the Board these “suggestions” months ago. PJI’s own press release makes it clear that this policy isn’t new: “This week, an attorney for the school district acknowledged that the policy proposal had been received (after being submitted by PJI before Christmas)… 
  • The Board is currently considering PJI’s policy suggestions in the same way they considered them in 2013.

The policy that PJI wants is that should anyone, at any time, for any reason, object to the mere presence of a trans person, the trans child – not the person who objects to trans people – must be removed:

In any case where a sincere objection is raised to the use of a gender-specific facility by an affected person who uses such facility on the basis of anatomical gender identity, the District shall reasonably accommodate such objection and provide alternative facilities for persons claiming gender based on non-anatomical factors. – Proposed PJI Policy

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