NBA teaches North Carolina a lesson: Gov. Pat McCrory learns that bigotry has consequences
It’s pretty hilarious - in a horrible, repulsive, you-remain-a-human-disaster way — when an arrogant bully boo-hoo-hoos upon the discovery that actions have consequences.
By Mary Elizabeth Williams

“The league issued the statement that “Since March, when North Carolina enacted HB2 and the issue of legal protections for the LGBT community in Charlotte became prominent, the NBA and the Charlotte Hornets have been working diligently to foster constructive dialogue and try to effect positive change. We have been guided in these discussions by the long-standing core values of our league. These include not only diversity, inclusion, fairness and respect for others but also the willingness to listen and consider opposing points of view…. We do not believe we can successfully host our All-Star festivities in Charlotte in the climate created by HB2.”

HB2 is the state’s controversial law, passed last March, which tamped down any local movement to extend anti-discrimination regulations to members of the LGBT community, and prevents transgender individuals in government buildings — including schools - from using the bathrooms that correspond to their identity. In May, the ACLU challenged the bill and asked the state to block the enforcement of it, saying it is a source of “ongoing and serious harm.”

Speaking with the Charlotte Observer Friday, McCrory went on to bemoan, “I strongly disagree with their decision. To put it bluntly, it’s total P.C. BS. It’s an insult to our city and an insult to our state.”

As the Huffington Post noted in May, he’s been fighting against LGBT protections for 25 years. Back in 1991, he insisted that “No other group should be given special status, and this community is often wanting special status.” 

Read the full piece here



McCrory and Mike Pence are birds of a feather - so bigoted they’ll demolish their state’s financial welfare just to discriminate against LGBTQIA+ folks.

I lived as a transgender woman in peace for years. Then the GOP got involved.
Since the "bathroom bills," I've experienced newfound humiliation, threats and harassment. The Republican National Convention will only make it worse.

Since March, when the North Carolina “bathroom bill” was first introduced and a leading presidential candidate saw fit to launch his own crusade to net a few primary votes, I have experienced harassment unlike anything since I first transitioned in the ’90s.

“Proud to fly the #TransFlag over Boston City Hall for the 1st time in MA history. It is a sign that everyone is welcome. And we will keep flying this flag until everyone is equal in MA. #TransBillMA

As seen on Boston Mayor Marty Walsh’s Facebook page


Boston Mayor Flies Trans Pride Flag After State Legislature Advances Trans Rights Bill

Nope. No way. The biggest Halloween shop in the U.S. is trying to sell a costume that makes fun of transgender celebrity Caitlyn Jenner. Spirit Halloween needs to know trans people are not a costume, and trans people are not a joke.

Caitlyn coming out was a huge deal this year – she gave millions of people a greater understanding of what it’s like to be trans. But prejudice and violence against transgender people are rampant. By selling a “Call Me Caitlyn” costume, Spirit Halloween will be cashing in on this bigotry.

Sign this and tell them it’s got to go:

(And yes, Halloween is fun! But if the model shown here with the costume is any indication, this is not a fun costume for trans people on Halloween night.)
Vietnam passes law protecting rights of transgender people
Vietnam has passed a law which protects the rights of transgender people.

“The landmark law was hailed by LGBT rights activists, and the hope is that next gender reassignment surgery will be available. The surgery is illegal in the communist state, and trans people who want to under go it usually have to travel to Thailand to receive it.

However Tuesday’s legislation will allow those who have undergone gender reassignment surgery to register under the gender appropriate to their gender identity.

With a while to wait, the law will come into effect in the first part of 2017.

The state-controlled website VNExpress, wrote that “individuals who undergo transgender change will have the right to register [their appropriate gender]”.

It went on to say that they would then receive “personal rights in accordance with their new sex”.

The change has been welcomed by LGBT rights activists in the country.

It is seen as the next step towards legalising gender reassignment surgery.”

Read the full piece here

Second Wachowski filmmaker sibling comes out as trans

So yeah, I’m transgender.
And yeah, I’ve transitioned.
I’m out to my friends and family. Most people at work know too. Everyone is cool with it. Yes, thanks to my fabulous sister they’ve done it before, but also because they’re fantastic people. Without the love and support of my wife and friends and family I would not be where I am today.

Lilly Wachowski

“Fashion is a reflection of the current state of things, not the other way around.”

Gogo Graham is a transgender fashion designer living and working in New York City. Her most recent collection debuted at Manhattan’s Ace Hotel in September during New York Fashion Week and featured all trans femme models wearing one-of-a-kind designs individually tailored in a celebration of trans femininity. In the words of Gogo, she creates pieces specifically with the trans femmes in mind that she designs for, “so their individual presences permeate the designs and become inextricably linked to the garments and the look.” Read the interview below to learn more.

Read on for more from Gogo Graham here. 

(Photo Source: GUANG)