In S. Dakota there's an absurd law maker who wants to inspect genitals...of high school students.
A South Dakota lawmaker is hoping to pass legislation that could mean trans athletes could have their genitals inspected before they compete in high school sporting events.
Comparing his issues of gender with more progressive views in states such as California, Hunt said: ‘This is South Dakota. We haven’t adopted the East Coast culture. We haven’t adopted the West Coast culture. We maintain our own culture.’
Or rather, his own lack of culture.
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Billy Ray Cyrus on Pansexual Miley
Miley Cyrus came out as pansexual recently, which basically means she doesn't identify as a boy or girl and she isn't concerned with whether or not her partner is boy or girl. To paraphrase google, pansexual basically means you're not limiting yourself to any sex or gender...or gender identity. I remember the first time I saw the term used was when Ravenous Romance, one of my publishers, had a pansexual category for books. I'm not even sure that category is there any longer.
In any event, Billy Ray Cyrus, her dad, said this...
‘We’ve always been very open-minded,’ he told E! Online at Sunday’s VMAs. ‘Listen, it’s all about love and light. Forget the negativity and the haters. She’s rocking and rolling and having a good time. What the world needs is love. There’s too much hate…The world needs positive influences.’
This is not just an attitude Billy Ray has adopted in recent years.
‘Even when she was a little girl, we told her, “Hey, baby, do what you do and have fun doing it. Do it because you love it, not because you have to.” Seeing her happy is the greatest thing ever.’
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Candis Cane and Curb Your Enthusiasm
I have to hand it to Candis Cane with this one. I'm not sure I would have done something like this, especially with a show that I love, created by a man that I find close to comedic genius. But Cane actually walked out on a part while shooting a scene in Curb Your Enthusiasm.
‘The part was for a trans woman who had to go to the bathroom really bad and decided she was going to go in the men’s line because it was quicker,’ Cayne recalls in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
In front of the show’s creator and star Larry David, Cayne decided to gracefully bow out.
‘I said, “Thank you for writing a trans part, but I can’t audition because a trans woman wouldn’t do this. I have to honor my community,” and I walked out of the audition, exiting with, “But I love the show!”‘
This is a tough one for me because I "get" Larry David's humor and I've always liked the way he deals with issues social like this...and manages to bring humor to them. He's one of the few that I think has managed to move forward with his comedy, where others have failed.
You can read more about it here.