Gender Identity and Civil Rights
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The movement called LGBT — Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender -- has campaigned successfully for the rights of homosexuals. But the same activists have left out the rights of transgender people. Now that Bradley Manning is Chelsea Manning, will that make a difference? Will positive role models begin turning up in popular culture? Also, President Obama comes under increasing pressure to act on Syria, and the world is watching the massive fire on the edge of Yosemite National Park, and consequences are already being felt in San Francisco.
Banner image: Photo provided by the US Army in which Bradley/Chelsea Manning poses in a wig and lipstick
John Kerry Says Assad Will Be Held Accountable ()
Secretary of State John Kerry said this afternoon that the US has no doubt that Syria has used chemical weapons against its own people. Kerry said that nations of civilized world — even those who agree on little else — agree that such weapons should never be used. He added that President Obama would make an "informed informed decision about how to respond to this indiscriminate use of chemical weapons." Anne Gearan is diplomacy correspondent for the Washington Post.
Gender Identity and Civil Rights ()
Former PFC Bradley Manning is now Chelsea Manning, spotlighting transgender rights in the military and beyond. The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender movement has helped spread recognition of homosexual rights, but the "T" in LGBT has been silent. Now, state and local officials are grappling with protections for transgender people, including the choice of school bathrooms. The New York Times calls it the "next civil rights frontier." Will transgender sports figures reveal themselves? What about characters in films and TV?
Movies tackling transgender issues:
- Anne Speckhard: Georgetown University School of Medicine, @AnneSpeckhard
- Aaron Belkin: Director, Palm Center, @AaronBelkin
- Tey Meadow: Princeton University, @dr_tey
- Edward Schiappa: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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Rim Fire Approaches Hetch Hetchy Valley ()
The so-called Rim Fire on the edge of Yosemite National Park has scorched an area the size of Chicago near one of the world's natural wonders. So far, it doesn't threaten Yosemite Valley, but it has endangered hydroelectric plants on the O'Shaughnessy Dam in the Hetch-Hetchy Valley, as well as power lines leading to San Francisco. Governor Jerry Brown has declared states of emergency for Tuolumne County and San Francisco. Robert Righter is a research professor at Southern Methodist University and the author of The Battle over Hetch Hetchy: America's Most Controversial Dam -- and the Birth of Modern Environmentalism.
- Robert Righter: Southern Methodist University
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