Over the past two years, people on both sides of the aisle have been strangely obsessed with bathrooms, especially as they pertain to transgender people. “Bathroom bills” — bills that attempt to legislate which restrooms transgender people can and cannot use — have taken up an impressive amount of time and legislative attention, and often seem heavily divided on partisan lines, with libertarians awkwardly hovering in the camp of “do whatever you want” (as usual). Last week, Texas senators debated whether they should move forward with bathroom legislation.
My vote is no.
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June is Gay Pride Month, with cities across the country celebrating their LGBT citizens with grand parades, concerts and street festivals. The rapid growth of this annual event is truly remarkable considering that it traces its roots back to protests following the police raid on New York City’s Stonewall Inn in 1969. Less than 50 years later, what was once an act of resistance is now a mainstream celebration sponsored by dozens of major corporations — strong proof of capitalism’s ability to adapt to and even drive social change.
Sadly, some LGBT activists strongly disagree. A group called No Justice No Pride has disrupted Pride parades in at least eight cities in protest of the celebration’s increasing corporatization. In Washington, D.C., the group successfully held up the parade for more than an hour, blocking the streets with a sit-in and signs condemning companies like Wells Fargo.
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Barring a few exceptions, the outlook for LGBT individuals in the Middle East can be bleak, or even outright deadly.
The Kurds stand apart from their fellow Muslim-majority neighbors because of their progress on women’s equality — boasting the only all-female units taking on ISIS — but are there signs that the Kurdish areas could someday be a relative sanctuary for LGBT people?
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