Published on December 22nd, 2011 | by Wild Gender0
News: A Wild Gender Quickie
It’s been a busy week for the gender-variant community. Here is some of the buzz:
- A Massachusetts newspaper’s parody version of a holiday carol pokes fun at Chaz Bono’s gender reassignment surgery and the state’s new transgender protections law has been met with a frosty response from human rights activists and other organizations. #gross.
- In the latest developments of the Wikileaks case, Private Bradley Manning’s espionage trial continues. Manning’s attorney is using “Gender Identity Disorder” as a form of insanity defense in the hopes of preventing a conviction. A picture of the Army private dressed in women’s clothing has been introduced during court proceedings. “As transgender identity gains greater acceptance, few reasons remain to designate gender non-conforming behavior as a disorder,” writes the Daily Kos.
- Susan Bryant-Snure, resigned from the girl scout troop that promised to admit a 7-year-old transgender girl from Colorado. The Girl Scouts’ action is “extremely confusing” and an “almost dangerous situation” for children, told Bryand-Snure to The Baptist Press. “This goes against what we [Northlake Christian School] believe.” Two other leaders of the group have chosen to resign and dissolve their troops. As The Christian Post is reporting, all three of the troop leaders were affiliated with the Northlake Christian School in Covington, Louisiana.
- The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and two other activist groups took out a full-page ad in Wednesday’s edition of Variety calling on ABC to kill a midseason sitcom, “Work It,” about straight guys who dress in drag to land jobs. Under the headline, “Work It Doesn’t Work,” the advocacy groups say the show “invites the audience to laugh at images of men trying to adopt a feminine appearance,” making it “easier to mock” transgender people in the real world. As of Tuesday, ABC executives had no comment on the flap. The network plans to launch the series Jan. 3 as part of its midseason lineup, with another episode scheduled for Jan. 10, a spokeswoman said.Joe Solomonese and Mike Thompson penned their thoughts in a Huffington Post article following their talks with ABC this week.