Quickies: Trans Women in Law, on Time, and Under Attack
- The Houston City Council passed an the Equal Rights Ordinance, which bans discrimination against LGBT people in housing and employment. Her support for the bill may or may not be related to the recent death threats Houston Mayor Annise Parker has reportedly received.
- After being snubbed from the “Person of the Year” issue, Laverne Cox is on the cover of Time. The story is behind paywall, but this Autostraddle critique, noting Time‘s misgendering and use of birth names, is not. To round out the coverage, here’s the NYTimes interview she did last week.
- Reminding why us why trans-inclusive antidiscrimination laws and trans visibility is such a big deal: two trans women were assaulted while taking public transit in Atlanta as onlookers took video and cheered.
According to the victims, the attack occurred because the two assailants wanted to know whether or not they were “real” women… The saddest, and perhaps the most disheartening, aspect of this attack is that onlookers stood idly by. Not one person called 911. Not one person intervened.
Although the victims reported that transit officers refused to take her statement, police have now made two arrests related to the attack.
- Janet Mock has written an open letter to the 16-year-old trans girl of color who’s been held without charges in an an adult prison in CT since April 8th.
- Finally, a departure from today’s theme: new parents experience changes in their brains, regardless of whether they are the both the biological parents or if one is the adoptive parent in a gay male couple. The changes gay fathers display seems to be a mix of those experienced by biological mothers vs fathers.
Featured image: Time