The backlash against transgender rights has moved to Texas, where Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is picking up where North Carolina left off.
Patrick has listed passing the “Women’s Privacy Act,” which requires people to use restrooms that correspond to the gender they were assigned at birth, as a priority for the upcoming legislative session.
The bill has split the business and religious wings of the state party because of its estimated costs to state commerce.
According to the 4,300-member Texas Association of Business, it could cost the state at least $964 million.
“The message from the Texas business community is loud and clear,” Chris Wallace, president of the Texas Association of Business, said at a news conference in December, according to the Texas Tribune.
“Protecting Texas from billions of dollars in losses is simple: Don’t pass unnecessary laws that discriminate against Texans and our visitors.” Read more
Five years ago, we learned in Texas what can happen when efforts to defund Planned Parenthood are carried out: The network of health-care providers falls apart and women lose access to essential preventive services. Now Trump and his allies are poised to wreak the same havoc on the country that the 2011 Republican state legislature imposed on Texas.
The motivation for the Texas action was the same as the motivation for what Congress plans to do: appeasing groups opposed to legal abortion. But none of these family planning programs pay for abortion care, which the law already prohibits spending federal money on. Defunding Planned Parenthood only reduces access to contraception and other necessary health care. Indeed, by reducing unintended pregnancies, the programs Republicans want to cut Planned Parenthood out of actually reduce the number of abortions.
My nun friend: “Well, I could never vote for Hillary, she’s for abortion!”
*Me* “Between you and me: How many do you think Trump has paid for? On the side. This is an honest question and I would like an honest answer. How many?”
*Her* “He’s pro-life now.”
*Me* “He took his mistress on the family vacation once, you know. He’s bragged about all those hundreds of women he’s been with.”
The University of Texas is teaching a class about Beyoncé’s Lemonade.
The university of Texas at San Antonio launches new college course “Black Women, Beyoncé & Popular Culture”. The university is about to give students a sip of Beyoncé’s Lemonade in the form of an English course.
According to the UTSA magazine, Dr. Kinitra D. Brooks, the Sombrilla, English professor is going to teach the class. In the description, she pointed out that the Beyoncé’s projects have become more than successful peace of art, it’s a movement that needs to be thoroughly studied.
Beyoncé got the entire world to watch a 55-minute avant-garde film. LEMONADE is a meditation on contemporary black womanhood. The purpose of this class is to explore the theoretical, historical, and literary frameworks of black feminism, which feature prominently in LEMONADE. We will use LEMONADE as a starting point to examine the sociocultural issues that are most prominent in black womanhood through black feminist theory, literature, music, and film.
“The course will be new, fun, and exciting—but I expect my students to come in hungry for knowledge and open to new theories about race and gender in popular culture.”