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Is the GOP Ready for ‘Her’?
The biggest surprise in the Bruce Jenner interview wasn't when he announced that "I'm a woman," confirming months of rumors and speculation, or that he (Jennerʻs currently preferred pronoun) hopes going public with his story will help others. It was his declaration of being a conservative Republican.
"Neither party has a monopoly on understanding," said Jenner in explaining his position.
Perhaps not, but there certainly is a large difference between how the two political parties act on that understanding. Not a single piece of transgender-inclusive legislation has been proposed by the GOP at the national, state or local level anywhere in the country. And it's difficult to forget the Republican Party Chair who said transgender people "should be put in camps," the Republican legislator who proposed a $2500 fine for "a person of the wrong biological sex" using a public bathroom and the countless Republicans who have opposed each and every attempt to grant transgender people the equal rights and protection of the law deserved by all Americans, including an effort just this past week to include specific protections for trans youth in renewal of the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act.
Then Jenner gave transgender advocates a ray of hope. Asked if he would speak about the issues with House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, he said "I would do that in a heartbeat, yes, and I think they would be very receptive."
We hope he'll carry through. There certainly is a lot for him to talk about with Boehner and McConnell, not to mention Bush, Cruz, Rubio, Walker and all the other potential Republican candidates for President in 2016.Employment Discrimination - Federal ENDA legislation is urgently needed to protect people in the 32 states that have no legal prohibition against transgender discrimination. Quality Health Care - Congress should pass a Health Equity and Accountability bill and clarify the Affordable Care Act to reduce the widespread discrimination against transgender people in the health care system.Safe Schools - Gender diverse youth are often denied an education because they don't feel safe at school. The Safe Schools Improvement Act would help protect them from bullying, harassment and violence.Identification Documents - Changing gender designation on official documents like social security cards and passports is a challenge for transgender people. The Social Security Administration, State Department and other agencies could help by revising their forms and regulations.Open Military Service - A simple revision of the Department of Defense medical regulations would allow the estimated 15,000 transgender people in the U.S. military to serve openly.Transgender Violence - There is an epidemic of anti-trans violence, especially against trans women of color. The Department of Justice should make this issue a priority for law enforcement and crime prevention. Transgender Seniors - As a 65-year-old, Jenner should be especially sensitive to the vulnerabilities of transgender seniors, and support efforts by the Administration on Aging and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to provide services free of discrimination.Participation in Sports - the one-time "best athlete in the world" is in an especially strong position to advocate for full inclusion of transgender people in all levels of athletics.
Conservative Republicans might think these issues have nothing to do with them because they don't even know any transgender people. But now they do -- and he's one of them.
Mr. Jenner identified himself as a conservative Republican. Can the future Ms. Jenner use her fame, visibility, incredible courage and Republican credentials to bring her political party to a more welcoming and inclusive point of view?
Find out more about the struggle for transgender visibility, fairness and equality at the National Center for Transgender Equality, Transgender Law Center and the Human Rights Campaign. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.more…
To Support Bruce Jenner, Internet Paints Nails Because ‘Everyone Deserves To Be Themselves’
People across the Internet are showing their support for Bruce Jenner in a beautiful way.
The former Olympian and reality TV star came out as transgender in an interview with Diane Sawyer which aired on ABC's "20/20" on Friday night.
Prior to Jenner coming out, Australian radio show, "The Kyle and Jackie O Show," planned a social media campaign, calling on people to paint their nails and upload pictures of their manicures to social media with the hashtag, #PaintYourNailsForBruce, to show their support for Jenner. Who's keen to take part in #PaintYourNailsForBruce @BruceJennerFans on Monday ( AEST) #KJSHOW We are all getting behind here. @kiis1065— Kyle and Jackie O (@kyleandjackieo) April 22, 2015
After the interview aired, the Internet responded with pictures of their sparkly nails. Kyle's been calling all men to #PaintYourNailsForBruce to show support for #BruceJenner & today's the day! #KJshow pic.twitter.com/iWLPIykDTq— KIIS 1065 (@kiis1065) April 26, 2015@kiis1065 Way to go Bruce!!!! I wonder if he'll wear dresses from the Karashian Kollection?#PaintYourNailsForBruce pic.twitter.com/jqX5aT2SqT— Richard Reid (@RReidsHollywood) April 26, 2015#PaintYourNailsForBruce @kiis1065 pic.twitter.com/2iU6Pvh0o1— ItsSavannah (@SavannahAbbott_) April 26, 2015
Fans tweeted photos alongside messages like, "painted my nails to support a brave man" and "everyone deserves to be themselves."painted my nails to support a brave man; not good at it, but I tried. :) #BruceJenner #PaintYourNailsForBruce pic.twitter.com/eulPlYwQ0e— Billy Kaiser (@BillyKaiser) April 27, 2015#PaintYourNailsForBruce
Because everyone deserves to be themselves pic.twitter.com/l8X8qMiUWS— Tre Savage (@TreSavage) April 27, 2015
Both men and women were more than happy to get in on the trend and stand in solidarity with the star. #PaintYourNailsForBruce "Tangtastic" ❤️ pic.twitter.com/c3b6X5frWl— #RIPTamirRice (@_jpsdm) April 27, 2015 We've got the whole @kyleandjackieo crew painting our nails in support for #BruceJenner #PaintYourNailsForBruce #SoSydney #KIIS1065 #KJshow A photo posted by KIIS 1065 (@kiis1065) on Apr 26, 2015 at 3:39pm PDT#PaintYourNailsForBruce @kyleandjackieo pic.twitter.com/V8PJoYaYTl— Reece Mastin (@reecemastin) April 27, 2015My daughter painted my Boyfriends nails! #PaintYourNailsForBruce @kiis1065 pic.twitter.com/LguUCwOCmq— Vegas Grl Chris (@vegasgrl2011) April 27, 2015
The radio station even offered some assistance to anyone who wanted their nails painted. Men of Sydney. Come down to Central station & get your nails painted. #PaintYourNailsForBruce @kyleandjackieo pic.twitter.com/QM27f8k78O— KIIS 1065 (@kiis1065) April 26, 2015
Bravo, interwebs! Note: Considering that Jenner has identified as, “for all intents and purposes, a woman,” but has not yet indicated that he would like to be known by a new name or female pronouns, this story uses male pronouns.Watch a clip of Jenner's "20/20" interview below. ABC Breaking US News | US News Videos Like Us On Facebook Follow Us On Twitter -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.more…
Meet the people trying to seize The ‘Last, Best Opportunity’ to stop gay marriage
WASHINGTON -- When asked why they’d come to the National Mall on a recent overcast Saturday, four days before the Supreme Court would hold its latest hearing on same-sex marriage, nearly all of the dozens of people I talked to opened with the same statement, pretty much word for word: “I believe that God’s marriage is between a man and a woman.”
Several added, as an afterthought, “God made Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve” -- looking at me frankly, as if that settled everything.
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Marriage Equality Supporters Camp Out At Supreme Court Days Before Oral Arguments
WASHINGTON -- When waiting for marriage equality, make sure you bring binder clips.
On Sunday afternoon -- still two days away from the Supreme Court's oral arguments on whether there's a constitutional right to marriage equality -- nearly 50 people were already in line to secure some of the coveted tickets given to the public to get into the courtroom.
Many of the people in line were paid placeholders. Most refused to reveal how much they were making, but one said they generally received between $10-$35 an hour.
Kathleen Perrin from California and Jason Hewett from Georgia were the first non-placeholders in line, in the 14th and 15th spots. To get that far up, they had to arrive Friday morning at 8:00 a.m. and endure a Saturday night of cold rain. They said a water-resistant tarp was a must, as was a sleeping bag, a comfortable chair, an umbrella, sunscreen, a flashlight, clean clothes, snacks, a phone charger and ... binder clips.
"Binder clips! That's the secret to line-standing," said Perrin, showing off her gear. "Especially if you have to have a tarp, the tiniest bit of wind blows it up. So you can secure everything."Kathleen Perrin, Jason Hewett and Brandon Dawson.
This binder clip pro tip was gleaned from past experience waiting in line for marriage equality. Hewett said he befriended Perrin in 2013, when they were trying to get tickets for the oral arguments against the Defense of Marriage Act and California's Proposition 8.
"I met a girl the last time we were here," said Hewett. "The first thing she did was sat down, put her tarp out and grabbed a giant bag of binder clips. I said, 'You win, I'm with you.'"
Perrin runs the popular Equality Case Files Twitter account and has been tweeting updates about life in the line. At night, in rain, #InScotusLine pic.twitter.com/ktIUWMq6V1— Equality Case Files (@EQCF) April 26, 2015
She was a bit of a celebrity, with one passerby stopping and asking for a photo when he heard who she was.
"Oh my gosh, are you Equality Case Files? I follow that all the time! It is my No. 1 source," said a starstruck Patrick Scarborough, who was in town from Birmingham, Alabama, with his husband, C.A. Lee III, and their neighbors, Jason Turner and Robert Listerman. Scarborough and Lee have been together for 14 years and married in Boston in 2013. Turner and Listerman have been together for 19 years and married about a year and a half ago, right on the steps of the Supreme Court.
"There are a couple of things that come with marriage equality. It's important at birth, it's important at death and important for securing yourself for the unknowns of the future," said Scarborough, discussing what it's like to have a marriage that many officials in his state don't recognize. C.A. Lee III, Patrick Scarborough, Jason Turner and Robert Listerman.
The line in front of the Supreme Court was a reunion for many people there. Perrin and Hewett were catching up with Frank Colasonti Jr. and James Barclay Ryder from Birmingham, Michigan, who were also there two years ago and were Nos. 17 and 18 this time.
Colasonti and Ryder married last year after 26 years together. They were the first couple to get married in Oakland County on March 22, 2014, when same-sex marriage became legal in the state.
The two of them were some of the lucky ones. After just a few hours, an appeals court halted same-sex marriages in the state and later upheld the state's ban, leading to the Supreme Court case Tuesday.
Colasonti and Ryder, however, were part of the group that sued the state of Michigan to recognize their marriage. A judge ruled that the state had to recognize the 300 same-sex marriages performed during that brief window of opportunity and in February, Gov. Rick Snyder (R) announced he would not be appealing the ruling.
"That's why we're here, to continue to show support for everybody else. It's not just about us," said Ryder. James Barclay Ryder and Frank Colasonti Jr.
Even though many of the people in line had been there for days, they seemed far from tired and bored -- especially since Sunday turned out to be warm and sunny, a nice break from the rain the previous evening.
The pop-up community largely operated on a trust system, although one of the placeholder organizers was keeping a list of where everyone was in line to prevent cutting. People would occasionally take breaks to use the restroom, visit family or go get some food, and it was up to their neighbors to save their spot. Some people in line had rented rooms nearby where they would run and take a hot shower now and then.List keeping track of people's places in line.
Well-wishers frequently came by with food, and Tracy Hollister, a longtime marriage equality advocate, said she was surprised by how little time she has had to simply relax and read a book.
"I've had probably 16 offers of free food. People keep feeding me!" she said. "We're doing well with the food."
Hollister, who was No. 20 in line, said she's thrilled to see the momentum marriage equality has had across the country and wanted to come to the Supreme Court to "celebrate our success."
"I am going to be taking copious notes in the courtroom. ... I'm just going to be soaking it up," she said. Tracy Hollister.
The folks in line or hanging out nearby seemed to be overwhelmingly there to support marriage equality, with the exception of one woman standing alone on the steps of the Supreme Court, holding up a sign that read, "Warning! God draws a line on gay marriage. ... Woe to those who cross it!" The lone marriage equality opponent.
On Saturday, anti-marriage equality protesters marched by for the National Organization for Marriage's rally. Many of the people in line stood by Eddie Reynoso's Pride Constellation flag, which he made to track each state that legalizes same-sex marriage with a pink star.
"Yesterday, when NOM was here, we used it as a shield from the hate," said Reynoso, who was No. 35 in line. "We were able to open it up and stand our ground and remind them that we have a consecutive 37 victories of winning this. And we're not far away. We have 13 states to go, and we're not going to leave until we gain those 13 states. It's just become a symbol of marriage equality"Eddie Reynoso with his Pride Constellation flag.
Reynoso, like the others, has been overwhelmed at the support he's received. He tweeted Sunday morning that they were hungry and wanted some pizza for lunch. The result? The California-based group Out in the Vineyard, which organizes LGBT-friendly wine tours, responded and sent over 16 pizzas. Hey Eddie. just ordered 16 pizzas for you. Thank U Eddie Rey and all the supporters for #MarriageEquality @ILoveEddieRey— Out In The Vineyard (@OutInVineyard) April 26, 2015 Want more updates from Amanda? Sign up for her newsletter, Piping Hot Truth. Enter your email address:-- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.more…
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