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The Trump administration appears to be rolling back protections for transgender people despite pre-election avowals otherwise

This week, the Trump administration made its first move away from expanding rights for transgender students. On Friday, the Justice Department filed a legal brief that withdrew its objections to an injunction that had blocked guidance from the Education Department, which required public schools to allow students to use bathrooms that corresponded with their current gender identity. Here’s what that means.

On Tonight's Survivor:

I am a transgender woman, only out to a couple family members and all of you online. I’m pre-transition but about to start, which is to say that I have not yet begun to know the struggles I will likely go through in life to be myself.

On tonight’s episode of Survivor: Game Changers (Season 34!), a closeted trans-man named Zeke was outed, both publicly and on the show, by a fellow contestant at Tribal Council. This contestant, Jeff Varner, was likely to be eliminated from the game and announced to the tribe that Zeke was trans, ostensibly as a ploy to make people distrust Zeke.

The initial response by both Zeke’s fellow tribemates and the host Jeff Probst was stunned silence followed by intense anger and sadness directed at Varner. All five tribemates lambasted Varner as Zeke sat in shock.

My reaction was the same as Zeke’s. I couldn’t believe that someone I had watched on my local news for years, someone who I had loved on two previous seasons, someone who was an openly gay man, could do something so mindlessly cruel to another person. I expect those type of comments from ignorant assholes and spineless politicians, but certainly not from someone like Jeff Varner. I also realize that Varner surely regretted saying it once the words actually came out, but that doesn’t undo his actions. I know I have said stupid things in my life, but I can’t say I’ve ever stooped that low as an adult.

Despite all of this, somehow the overall feeling I have tonight is joy. Something so tragic could’ve left me feeling shaken and sad, but the way Zeke turned the moment into a beautiful one amazes me the more I think about it.

After regaining his composure at Tribal Council, Zeke found the strength to say this:

“Being trans and transitioning, it’s a long process, it’s a very difficult process, and there are people who know. But then I sort of got to the point where I stopped telling people, because when people know that about you, that’s sort of who you are. There are questions people ask, people who want to know about your life, they want to know about this and that, and it sort of overwhelms everything else that they know about you. You’re no longer Zeke, you’re ‘the trans person’.

I think I’ve been fortunate to play Survivor as long as I’ve been playing it and not have that label, and one of the reasons I didn’t want to lead with that is that I didn’t want to be ‘the Trans Survivor Player’, I wanted to be Zeke, the Survivor player. And I feel like I am! So I’m okay. I knew someone might pick up on it or it might be revealed, so I am prepared to talk about it, to have it be a part of my Survivor experience. It’s kind of crappy the way it’s happened, but, you know.

'Metamorphosis’ is the word of the episode, and I feel like I’ve seen such a metamorphosis of myself over the past 52 days I’ve played Survivor. I don’t know if the scared kid who hit the mat in the marooning of (Season) 33 would be as calm as I am right now, but I’ve started two fires with just bamboo, I’ve won challenges, I’ve been part of blindsides, I’ve done all kinds of crazy stuff and I am a changed, stronger, better man today than I was then. So you know what Varner, it was really not cool, but you know, I’m fine.

You know Jeff, I’m certainly not anyone who should be a role model for anybody else, but maybe there’s someone who’s a Survivor fan, and me being out on the show helps him, or helps her, or helps someone else, and so maybe this will lead to a greater good.”

As incredible as it was to hear these words delivered so eloquently by Zeke, and on national television no less, it was the words from another tribemate that amazed me the most.

Sarah, a conservative cop on the tribe, was the most reserved person at Tribal Council while the chaos caused by Varner’s words unfolded behind her, sitting deep in contemplation. What she finally said blew me away.

“I’m just thankful that I got to know Zeke for who Zeke is. I’ve been with him for the last eighteen days, and he’s, like, super kick-ass. I’m from the Midwest and I come from a very conservative background, so it’s not very diverse when it comes to a lot of gay and lesbian and transgender things like that. So I’m not as exposed to it as much as most of these people are, and the fact that I can love this guy so much, and it doesn’t change anything for me, it makes me realize that I’ve grown huge as a person.

Of course we want to come away with the million dollars, but the metamorphosis that I’ve even made as a person that I didn’t realize until this minute is invaluable. I’m sorry it came out that way, but I’m glad it did. I’m so glad I got to know you for Zeke, and not for what you were afraid of us knowing you as, and I’ll never look at you that way.”

Seeing someone who has obviously never had to confront feelings like this so directly, and quickly realizing that she still loved Zeke for Zeke, with his being transgender not changing anything, gives me hope. It makes me realize that most people, when given the opportunity, will treat you with kindness and compassion. And maybe what they need to explore these feelings is to have a personal moment of realization like Sarah did. Zeke, and Varner I suppose, gave millions of people the opportunity that Sarah had tonight.

Some people will hold onto their prejudices regardless and demonize Zeke to fit their worldview. Perhaps they’ll never become accepting of LGBTQ people, or maybe it will take someone directly in their life coming out to change. But I know that some people watching tonight, who rooted for Zeke every week not knowing he was trans, are spending tonight reconsidering their values. That’s progress. And what a beautiful thing it is.

On a personal level, the handling of this moment by both Jeff Probst and the producers/editors involved in it make me proud to be a “superfan” of this show. It could have gone haywire and turned into a purely rotten situation, but instead became a truly important focus on what it means to be true to yourself in this world. I have always wanted to be on this show, roughing it in the rain with people scheming against me, trying miserably to untie knots underwater because I want to be treated to Adam Sandler’s latest film, feeling the euphoria of making it onto the jury, and even the slim possibility of winning a million dollars. I had never truly thought I could make it onto the show, and coming out as transgender initially made me think that I had even less of a chance.

Zeke changed that for me.

I want to make an audition tape now. I feel like if he can do it, and do it so well, then why the hell cant I? I know millions of people have had that same thought, but I’ve never once felt this sense of drive in my young life. I owe that to Survivor first and foremost, but also to Zeke and the, dare I say it, heroism he showed on tonight’s episode.

Maybe you’ll see me on a future season of Survivor, maybe not. But I know that I got something life-changing out of the show tonight, and I’m sure I’m not alone. If eight year old me, sitting there enthralled by the very first season of Survivor, could know just how big an effect this show would have on her, she wouldn’t believe it. Mostly because she was eight and didn’t know anything about anything, but still.

Tonight, send your love to Zeke Smith for bravely confronting what could have been ruinous and transforming it into something worth celebrating. Send your love to Sarah Lacina, Ozzy Lusth, Tai Trang, Andrea Boehlke, and Debbie Wanner for speaking up on Zeke’s behalf, being true allies to trans people everywhere, and showing that there will always be people in this world who will have your back when the bullies try to knock you down. And send your love to Jeff Varner, who made a terrible mistake, and has by all accounts suffered ten times over for it. Allow him to learn from this and become a better person as a result. He will be most capable of doing this with your love and support. Do not excuse his actions and similar actions of others worldwide, but fight to turn the negatives into positives whenever possible.

We can do this.

Love always,
Claire.

anonymous asked:

honestly im really interested in the list of canon thing you found!! pls make a list

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so, all of the evidence towards dave being trans is SUPER subtle and mostly wardrobe based.

the main problem with it is that a lot of the context clues are based off of a cisnormative worldview, which doesn’t surprise me because andrew hussie is a cis guy and often writes in a a cisnormative way but here goes;

  • so first off lets talk about wardrobe as a child. we know that john has a spades shirt and dave comparatively has a heart shirt and since card suits are a recurring theme we could just leave it there. theres a bunch of speculation about why hussie gave dave the heart but heres mine;

    daves toxic masculinity arc indicates that bro is a man with a very homophobic, cisnormative, hypermasculine mindset. idk if you’ve ever seen a cis person like this try to pick out clothes for their kid but tldr i don’t think bro strider would give a heart shirt to his kid if he thought he was a boy. furthering that i do think he was vaguely accepting of dave being a guy but resultingly turned up the heat on training and forced dave constantly to “prove” himself as a guy in order to be validated. this would really cause some emotional constipation about sexuality and identity tbh.

  • then we have his infamous tank top+long sleeved shirt combo theory. to a lot of trans guys the next best thing is layering especially if they’re not allowed to have a binder. for this i feel like its a mixture of bro not getting dave a binder because why would he be that nice + the fact that dave at 13 probably wouldn’t be very developed yet, just enough to be uncomfortable and have to layer his clothes.

    i personally like to think of it like a loose tank over a tight compression shirt, which bro actually WOULD buy dave because it’s a garment designed for sports and training.

  • oh boy! my favorite! dave + suits. in case you didn’t notice, every single outfit dave alchemized is a suit. this goes back to the layering sitation but ALSO, in my experience as a trans guy who hangs out with other trans guys, we all wanna look a little dapper sometimes. especially when we first get that freedom of wardrobe. that’s not to say ALL trans guys are like that of course so don’t assume anything, but i perceive daves thing for suits as a very trans guy thing.

  • his hangup with being attracted to guys is dubiously indicative of being trans, but the fact that his masculinity hinges on who he’s attracted to is a red flag. i can’t tell you how invalidating to my identity it is when people assume or imply that im straight because i like dudes. i can’t imagine what a 13 year old would be like in that position, with the hypermasculine upbringing that he has.

  • the actual obsession with dicks. like this is really common among young teenage boys in general but daves sense of humor being irony its easy to make the connection of: dave, drawing many dicks: haha get it its ironic bc i dont have one lmao

  • hella jeff is trans (NSFW link; it’s a canon sbahj comic, tw for an incest joke) and you’d think that as much as dave likes to draw dicks he wouldn’t have been shy about putting one on hella jeff if he were cis but he’s not.

    there are a lot of theories about how dave self-inserts his insecurities in sbahj through hella jeff too especially about being attracted to dudes.

  • “one of you fuckers thought i was a girl” from this conversation with tavros.

    because of the context this is probably the most dubious bit of evidence towards trans dave out there. we know that female trolls are stronger/more violent, so this could be in reference to that.

    however, some female trolls(the adults, namely) are shown to have breasts, and i know by the time i was thirteen i’d already developed them, so it makes sense to me that he could be mistaken for a girl because of this.

    it also indicates pretty clearly that he was misgendered by a troll and it bothered him so much that he had to bring it up later.
huffingtonpost.com
Jeff Sessions reverses federal protections for transgender employees
It's an "appalling assault" on the queer community, they said.

In his latest act as literal walking garbage, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the reversal of 2014 guidance that had protected transgender federal government employees from discrimination. 

“Title VII’s prohibition on sex discrimination encompasses discrimination between men and women,” Sessions said in the memo, which was obtained by BuzzFeed, CNN and USA Today, “but does not encompass discrimination based on gender identity per se, including transgender status.”

“This is a conclusion of law, not policy,” Sessions said. The department, he added, will take this new position in all “pending and future matters.”

Justice Department spokesman Devin O’Malley doubled down on Sessions’ remarks Thursday. “Unfortunately, the last administration abandoned that fundamental principle, which necessitated today’s action,” he told USA Today. “This department remains committed to protecting the civil and constitutional rights of all individuals, and will continue to enforce the numerous laws that Congress has enacted that prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.”

Disgusting, bigoted, unacceptable. It’s hard to feel anything but hopeless right now. Don’t let that happen. Take a nap, have a snack, cry a little, do whatever you have to do to get yourself back into shape. There is more work to do. 

hollywoodreporter.com
'Survivor' Contestant Apologizes for Outing Zeke Smith as Transgender
"I own my responsibility in what was the worst decision of my life," Jeff Varner wrote on Twitter.

“Survivor’s Jeff Varner is accepting responsibility for outing fellow contestant Zeke Smith as transgender and has issued a lengthy apology.

During Wednesday’s episode of CBS’ Survivor: Game Changers,castaway Smith — who returned for his second appearance in two seasons — was outed by his fellow contestant and friend Varner as transgender.

In his apology, Varner called it the “worst decision” of his life and called outing someone an “assault” as he offered his apologies to Smith and his friends and family. Read Varner’s full apology, below. Click here for Smith’s emotional guest column and here for THR TV critic Daniel Fienberg’s column.”

Read the full piece here

As I wrote in my last post:

REMEMBER FOLKS, IF YOU ARE EVER EVEN REMOTELY THINKING ABOUT OUTING SOMEONE …

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From Left to Right, Top to Bottom:

Aces Captain || #20 || Calvin West*
Aces Alt. Captain || #65 || Marcus “Smithy” Smith*
Aces Forward || #90 || Kent “Parse” Parson (rookie)
Aces Forward || #94 || Jeff “Swoops” Troy (rookie)
Aces Defense || #6 || Nathan “Goose” Chopra* (rookie)
Aces Defense || #28 || Mateo “Perry” Perez* (rookie)

 
Ace Off  
is a collaborative illustrated fic project between @abominableobriens (fic) and @omgpieplease (art) .

It follows Kent Parson’s time with the Las Vegas Aces from his signing through the canon Check Please timeline!
The additional characters that populate this fic are mostly Original Characters* and embellishments of implied canon side characters!

Year One (20k+ words) is set to be posted in September.

Alrighty!! As prompted in this post I got these started on the 3.5-4 hour drive to Vegas from the Grand Canyon uhhhhh Monday? Worked on them a bit at the airport and now I’m home!

Lotsa Kents!

Thank you so so much to everyone who sent in a prompt!! <3
That was super fun.

tagging + little descriptions under the cut. 

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The Kent sketches from earlier today! I’ll tag everybody in the final post once they’re cleaned up/actually lined, but this is what I accomplished on the 4 hour drive to Las Vegas from the Grand Canyon!

(Some of these Kents are from @abominableobriens fic “Out of Gas”. There is also a Swoops/Troy in there.

buzzfeed.com
Jeff Sessions Just Reversed A Policy That Protects Transgender Workers From Discrimination
The Justice Department under Obama decreed that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 banned transgender discrimination in the workplace. But in a new memo, the attorney general rescinded the poli
By Dominic Holden
cosmopolitan.com
This Is the Ugliest, Most Explicitly Anti-LGBTQ Presidency in U.S. History
This administration is trying to force LGBTQ people back into the closet.

“In each instance, this administration is building walls between LGBTQ people and the American dream. Donald Trump, Mike Pence, and Jeff Sessions are using their powers and offices to make life as difficult as possible for everyone from the transgender worker, to the gay widower, to the queer undocumented immigrant. These efforts are not about bathrooms or religious freedom; they’re about driving LGBTQ people out of public life.” 

“But we know that no presidency can silence our voices. No administration can close the hearts and minds we’ve opened and changed. And try as they might to legalize discrimination, our Constitution and our nation’s sacred civil rights laws are – and must be – more powerful than the petty prejudice of a single president.”

“This administration is trying its damndest to force LGBTQ people back into the closet, to make us invisible. But we will remain vigilant and vocal in this fight until every single one of us – from the gay Muslim refugee to the transgender worker of color – is treated with dignity and fairness.”

Written by Sarah McBride, National Press Secretary for the Human Rights Campaign.

I am an avid reader. Or at least I try to be. But more often than not I have a book in my backpack that I’m just dying to get out and read. Books are a huge part of who I am and many have changed my life. Harry Potter showed me the power of love and friendship. We Are The Ants taught me that life gets better no matter how absolutely horrible it is right now. At The Edge Of The Universe taught me to keep believing in myself even if no one else does. But the most important book in my life, the one that has taught me the most is Symptoms Of Being Human.

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