Just wanted to point this one out, because I think the ruling is obviously the correct one, and we don’t always end up with those. In Maine, Nicole Maines(pictured below), along with the HRC, sued the school district for violating her rights by requiring her to use a faculty bathroom. The court there agreed with her, that the school district should not have done that.
This seems like such an obvious thing these days. Maybe before people knew much about trans-children you could understand why the school did what it did, but now they really should know better. I know some people are concerned that any student could just one day decide to go into the other bathroom and use this as an excuse, but that really is not what is going on here. Here we have a case where a student has consistently presented as a girl and the school still did this. This is not someone who one day showed up and decided to use the other bathroom on a whim. This is a little girl (5th grade at the time) who was being forced into using a separate bathroom from all her classmates because an adult had a problem with her. How is it ever fair to treat a child like that? You can read the whole story here.
Disney has added a new gay couple to one of their programs. You can see more details about it here, or a clip
This is huge. A lesbian couple as just another set of parents on one of the more conservative channels out there. This is Disney recognizing that this is normal now. That the average kid will see a set of gay parents at some point, and they won’t be shocked. I absolutely love this!
So there are groups like One Million Moms (who apparently has only a few thousand members, in reality) who are coming out and speaking against Disney on this. They are saying things like Disney is trying push an agenda when they should be providing family friendly programming instead. I just want to know what isn’t family friendly about showing that families aren’t all exactly alike, that some kids are going to have two moms? Um, isn’t the family with two moms still a family? Shouldn’t we be friendly to those families too?
I really didn’t see the show, but apparently there were a lot of weddings performed together at the Grammy Awards a few days ago. I’m sure you’ve all heard this, and many of us are happy at the show of loving support that everyone there got. And to have ‘Same Love’ by Macklemore and Lewis performed during this time was probably very touching. I know the song is quite beautiful.
Of course there are those who think the Grammy Awards are not the place for such an obvious ‘political statement’. Political statement is a funny way to refer to this, if you ask me. I guess it was, but it’s really just a show of love for one another. It’s a way to get people to see couples who love each other make a commitment. I suppose the point was to get people to talk, to get exposure for the cause of equality. So yeah, a political statement may be what it was. But how many times have artists over the years stood on stage and said they support everyone fighting for us overseas, or that they want us to end our involvement in Iraq or Afghanistan? Aren’t those political statements, too. The same people who think this time it was inappropriate probably supported it some of those other times. Seems it’s only the wrong place for a political statement if that statement is one they disagree with.
There are always going to be haters. People who think their version of how the world works is the only way, and anyone who doesn’t agree with them is just “forcing their agenda” down the throats of the people with the rigid point of view. And if any of you are reading this and you are one of the people with such a rigid view, please know that we aren’t trying to force anything on you, we just want you to let us live our lives and be happy, as anyone else can. We just all support equality, that’s it.
Congratulations to all the couples who wed. I wish every one of you a long and happy life together with your spouse.