National Geographic, the official magazine of the National Geographic Society, recently revealed the two cover designs chosen for their special issue titled “Gender Revolution.”
One cover features a 9-year old Avery Jackson, a 9-year old boy who identifies as a girl, wearing pink from head to toe and lounging above the quote, “The best thing about being a girl is, now I don’t have to pretend to be a boy.” Whatever that means.
The alternate cover shows a group of seven individuals, each accompanied by a small white caption noting the individual’s “gender.” Although National Geographic found room for two individuals who are identified as “transgender female,” and one identified as “male” there apparently wasn’t enough room to include every gender. Notably, although not surprisingly, missing from the “gender revolution”: WOMEN.
According to National Geographic editor-in-chief, Susan Goldberg, “Today that and other beliefs about gender are shifting rapidly and radically. That’s why we’re exploring the subject this month, looking at it through the lens of science, social systems, and civilizations throughout history.”
Let National Geographic know what you think of their special issue here.
Why We Put a Transgender Girl on the Cover of National Geographic — National Geographic
“Gender Revolution” — National Geographic
Trans activist students at Reed College in Portland, OR, protested against “transphobia” in a series of actions focused on intimidating and harassing director Kimberly Peirce, who was invited to hold a Q&A session on campus following the screening of her 1999 film Boys Don’t Cry.
First, the students removed posters advertising the film screening and subsequent Q&A session prior to the event. This action is an attempt to reduce the attendance at the event, allowing the protesters the opportunity to overwhelm non-protesters and appear as though they represent a more significant percentage of students. This is intimidation.
Next they arrived early to hang up posters in the lecture hall where the film screening would take place. Some of these posters featured generic slogans such as, “Fuck Your Transphobia,”and “Trans Lives Do Not Equal $$.” Although it’s clear a lot of time and intention went into these posters, some of the statements feature more ambiguous messages such as “Autonomy for Trans People” and “You Don’t Fucking Get It.” Finally, a sign left at the podium Peirce was invited to speak at read, “Fuck This Cis White Bitch.” This is intimidation. This is harassment.
In a display of transgender activism, the students entered the lecture hall following the screening to disrupt the Q&A session. For several minutes these students interrupted, talked over, and screamed slogans from their posters (among others) at Peirce as she attempted to give her presentation until she left the room. One protester yelled “Fuck you scared bitch” over the crowd. This is harassment. This is misogyny.
Among the students’ complaints were the fact that Peirce, a lesbian who they viewed as a non-trans person, was profiting on the “representation of violence against transgender bodies;” that a non-trans actor was cast as the film’s lead character; and that they didn’t like the “poorly orchestrated” rape scene in the film.
Regardless of whether these concerns hold any validity (hint: they do not) it’s worth noting that the tactics these students used — isolating one’s political adversaries from potential allies, using repetitive slogans to advance an ideology, and publicly attacking an individual to intimidate others who may be considering dissension — are not unique to this incident.
This is trans activism.
In December 2015, a judge issued an order barring a male 4-year old child from wearing “what was clearly female clothing in public,” while allowing the child’s mother to remain the primary caregiver. The father, who filed for primary custody upon learning the mother had allowed the child to wear “either male, female or gender neutral clothing” and “to go by a female name,” appealed the decision. In February 2016, a second judge upheld the clothing restriction and granted the father primary custody of the child. In September a third judge overturned the clothing restriction, saying “The child must be provided with male and female clothing and be allowed to choose what to wear.”
According to the child’s mother, the orders have had a negative impact on the child, alleging “[w]hen my child was removed and placed with Dad, they internalised it and took it like they did something wrong. They were being bad because the judge doesn’t like them to be a girl.” She plans to file a complaint demanding “better train[ing] on gender identity,” in hopes that “it would prevent other families going through the same experience.”
Sergeant Jessica Hawkins, male D.C. police officer who identifies as a transgender woman, was briefly suspended following allegations that the officer “[took] interns assigned to her unit out drinking with other MPD officers” and later showed them a “homemade video of her having sex with 4 men while she was intoxicated.” Both interns were under the age of 21. After admitting both allegations were true, Hawkins returned to active duty, including leading the department’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender liaison unit.
The D.C. police department released the following statement regarding Sergeant Hawkins:
“Following misconduct allegations, Sergeant Jessica Hawkins was the focus of a recent internal affairs investigation. That investigation has concluded and the findings are currently with the MPD’s disciplinary review division. The DRD will review and determine an appropriate penalty. Throughout the investigation, Sergeant Hawkins remained in her current assignment and is still widely considered a valuable MPD team member in our special liaison division.”
FOX 5 uncovers disturbing info about DC police Sergeant Jessica Hawkins
On the evening of December 8th an anonymous group calling themselves the “Feral Pines Revenge Coven” affiliated with the anarchist site itsgoingdown.org put superglue in the locks of the Rainbow Bakery in Bloomington, IN. The group’s actions were in response to treatment that transwoman Feral Pines allegedly received while working there before moving to Oakland. Feral Pines died in the Ghost Ship fire in Oakland, CA on December 2nd and this act was meant as a sort of revenge for his treatment during his life. The alleged mistreatment at Rainbow Bakery involved owners Matt Tobey and Lisa Dorazewski paying Feral Pines a “shitty training wage” and cutting his hours down to zero after he called out for a week due to a mental breakdown.
Rainbow Bakery has only expressed condolences regarding the death of Feral Pines and posted this statement to their Facebook page after needing to close due to the glue in their doorknobs.
The anarchists end their statement with this threat to the Rainbow Bakery, “Rainbow Bakery fucked with the Troll Queen, and now they will pay. This bit of sabotage is only a taste of what is to come for you goofy-ass muppet motherfuckers. We are going to destroy your business. Nothing will fucking stop us.”
Andrea Lafferty, head of the Traditional Values Coalition, and an unnamed minor referred to as “Jack Doe,” filed a brief with the Virginia Supreme Court in their lawsuit against the Fairfax County School Board. The lawsuit alleges the defendants “violated state law when they added LGBT-specific protections to the district’s nondiscrimination policy in November 2014 and May 2015 respectively.” Further, the suit describes Doe as being “distressed” regarding the school board’s failure to define “gender identity” or “gender expression” and worries he may face discipline for “unknowingly violating the ambiguous code of conduct.”
According to the reply brief filed with the Virginia Supreme Court, “[t]he question is whether the circuit court should have granted declaratory and injunctive relief instead of dismissing the Complaint with prejudice, because the Board violated Virginia’s long-standing Dillon Rule.”
The ACLU has filed a lawsuit against San Diego’s e3 Civic High School, alleging “the charter school denied admission to a transgender student because of gender identity.” According to the lawsuit, Helen Griffith, executive director of e3 Civic High, met with Mayra Velazquez and her child, a 15-year-old transgender girl who was seeking admission at e3 Civic High in October 2015. “Griffith declined to admit Velazquez’s daughter, claiming there was no space at the school and allegedly placing her on a waiting list,” although the ACLU claims e3 Civic High was “at least 70 students under its enrollment capacity” and that “[t]he charter subsequently admitted another student who was not transgender.”
ACLU sues charter claiming transgender student denied admission — The San Diego Union-Tribune
Acting Suffolk County (NY) Supreme Court Justice James Hudson waived a requirement that a litigant’s name be published when seeking a name change, “[c]iting potential dangers to the safety of [the] transgender litigant.” According to the litigant’s attorney, this decision is the “first published decision regarding the waiver of the publication requirement for a transgender individual since a 2015 change in New York’s civil rights law.”
Name Change for Transgender Person May Be Completed Without Publication — New York Law Journal
A military prison psychologist has refused to recommend Chelsea (Bradley) Manning’s “gender be changed to female” in the Army’s Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System, complicating Manning’s pending lawsuit. The ACLU filed a lawsuit “against Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and other Department of Defense (DOD) and Department of the Army officials for their failure to provide necessary medical treatment for her gender dysphoria” on behalf of Manning in 2014. Currently, Manning is “seeking a court order allowing her to wear her hair longer than 2 inches, the maximum length prison standards allow for men.”
Bradley Manning (USA) – GIW, April 24, 2014
Bradley Manning (USA) – GIW, August 13, 2013
Manning v. Hagel, et al — ACLU
Jaiowyn Robinson, a 35-year-old man who identifies as a transgender woman, appeared at the Warren County Board of Commissioners in Ohio, following their recent actions to ensure that sex reassignment surgeries (“SRS”) are not covered under the county’s employee health plan. County Commissioner David Young, who signed the letter directing the county’s insurance provider to remove SRS coverage from their plan, said of their decision, “If someone wants to do that (gender reassignment surgery), that is between them and God. It’s just not something I think taxpayers should be paying for.”
Although not employed by the county, Robinson nevertheless felt entitled to attend the commissioners’ meeting and read a prepared speech in response to the updated health plan for county employees. Before the meeting, Robinson told a reporter, “Fighting these systems gives me purpose.”
Commissioner Young cited “the federal government’s overreach” as the inspiration for the change, saying “It’s in the last six months someone is telling us what we do have to do, which we don’t like.” Robinson then responded, “Maybe someone needs to tell you to treat people like a (expletive) human being,” apparently failing to conceal the rage brought on by being denied access to surgeries under a health plan he didn’t qualify for in the first place.
The next day, Robinson posted a “Letter to the Commissioners” on Facebook “with intent to open discussion and offer education from my unique insight into these issues from perspective of the afflicted.” In the letter, Robinson estimates the transgender population of Warren County, alleging “that is 33 human beings you’re potentially denying medically necessary care for.” Robinson also makes the argument that providing additional coverage that most of the individuals covered under the county’s health plan won’t even use is actually “cost reductive, beneficial and equitable when compared to the lifetime of therapy and treatment of mental health disorders that arise from lack of treatment.” At the end of the letter, Robinson expresses particular discontent at the idea that the county’s changes to their health plan might affect county workers’ children, “who are also directly denied care while ironically having the premier care facility for treatment and wellbeing of trans youth in Children’s hospital, just down the road.”