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January 20, 2014
Before we officially decided to post Caleb’s piece, we tried to stick as many trained eyeballs on it as possible. Somewhere between 13 and 15 people read the piece in all, including every senior editor but one, our two lead copy desk editors, our publisher and even ESPN.com’s editor-in-chief. All of them were blown away by the piece. Everyone thought we should run it. Ultimately, it was my call. So if you want to rip anyone involved in this process, please, direct your anger and your invective at me. Don’t blame Caleb or anyone that works for me. It’s my site and anything this significant is my call. Blame me. I didn’t ask the biggest and most important question before we ran it — that’s my fault and only my fault.
Grantland editor-in-chief Bill Simmons, discussing and apologizing for the publication’s decision to run “Dr. V’s Magical Putter,” a report about a golf putter that drew a large-scale backlash over the weekend after the details of the story—the outing of the article’s subject as transgender and the subject’s suicide prior to the piece’s publishing—were questioned on social media. Simmons described the piece as writer Caleb Hannan falling into “a reporting abyss,” then admitted that the backlash raised a number of realizations after the fact. The big one: “Someone familiar with the transgender community should have read Caleb’s final draft,” Simmons wrote. “This never occurred to us. Nobody ever brought it up.”
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June 11, 2013
breakingnews:

Oregon county to order gender-neutral bathrooms
The Oregonian: Multnomah County in Oregon has one of the first in the country to require single-occupancy, gender-neutral bathrooms in all new construction projects for the county.The Oregonian reported that the move, coming through an executive order scheduled to be signed Tuesday morning by county board Chairman Jeff Cogen, is intended to eliminate stigmas for transgender county employees and visitors using county-owned restrooms. Photo: Dana Tims/The OregonianMore from the Oregonian here.

Multnomah County board Chairman Jeff Cogen, leading the way on this issue. It’s a common criticism of the acronym LGBT that the “T” often gets forgotten, or overlooked in favor of more politically convenient, mainstream issues. But not this time, in Multnomah County, Oregon.

breakingnews:

Oregon county to order gender-neutral bathrooms

The Oregonian: Multnomah County in Oregon has one of the first in the country to require single-occupancy, gender-neutral bathrooms in all new construction projects for the county.
The Oregonian reported that the move, coming through an executive order scheduled to be signed Tuesday morning by county board Chairman Jeff Cogen, is intended to eliminate stigmas for transgender county employees and visitors using county-owned restrooms.

Photo: Dana Tims/The Oregonian
More from the Oregonian here.

Multnomah County board Chairman Jeff Cogen, leading the way on this issue. It’s a common criticism of the acronym LGBT that the “T” often gets forgotten, or overlooked in favor of more politically convenient, mainstream issues. But not this time, in Multnomah County, Oregon.

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June 4, 2013
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November 27, 2012
Republicans in New Hampshire’s state legislature have called for the first elected transgender official in the state – and the nation – to step down in light of a newspaper article that revealed her criminal past. Stacie Marie Laughton, a Democrat, made history this month when she was elected to a seat in the New Hampshire House of Representatives from Hillsborough County, which includes Nashua. But a story in the Laconia Daily Sun revealed that Laughton was a convicted felon who served more than four months in jail for ”conspiracy to commit credit card fraud” in 2008.
First Transgender Elected to Office Asked to Resign Over Past Conviction - ABC News (via firthofforth)

Next sentence is key: “Candidates can run for office in New Hampshire after they’ve been convicted of a felony as long as they are not incarcerated and have completed any court-ordered sentence, according to the New Hampshire Secretary of State’s Office.” She doesn’t have to do anything if she doesn’t want to.

(via firthofforth)

18:54 // 1 year ago
October 19, 2012
thisisandres:

How do you repurpose a deeply homophobic hashtag? Like this.

Today in refurbishing homophobic hashtags in a constructive way.

thisisandres:

How do you repurpose a deeply homophobic hashtag? Like this.

Today in refurbishing homophobic hashtags in a constructive way.

17:24 // 1 year ago
May 8, 2012
I’m going to have embarrassing moments, and that won’t be fun. But that’s part of what talking to you is about – is hoping people will understand, and hoping they’ll be fairly kind.
Against Me! lead singer Tom Gabel • Discussing the decision to begin living as a woman, to start taking hormone treatments and eventually transition to the name Laura Jane Grace. For Gabel, who says she dealt with gender dysphoria privately for years, the scariest part was revealing the decision to her wife. “But she’s been super-amazing and understanding,” she says. Gabel’s story will be discussed in-depth in the latest issue of Rolling Stone.
23:40 // 1 year ago
May 6, 2012

samstrident says: re: your recent post on PVC Manning, I don't know if you've reported on this before, but she identifies as a woman, and according to the Manning-Lamo Chat Logs, she goes by Breanna.

» SFB says: While there is evidence — specifically in the chat logs with Lamo — of this, and it has come up in court, we’re largely going off of evidence from correspondence initially intended to be private and court proceedings where it was suggested that Bradley Manning suffered from gender identity disorder in the past, but not whether he continues to do so. What if, for example, Manning never intended on going public until after they were out of the military? What if this was forced out into the public eye against Manning’s will? (While the Lamo chatlogs suggest against this, people can and do change their minds.) We have no problem with calling Manning Breanna. The trouble here is that there’s been no public overture that it’s Manning’s intention (from, say, Manning’s defense attorney, who posted the photo and called him “PFC Bradley Manning”), but Manning is in a situation where’s it’s difficult to say that out loud. I think that’s why you haven’t seen more mainstream outlets run with this story angle — the lines are blurry, and I think it’s hard for any outlet to make a change like this without public confirmation. What do you guys think? — Ernie @ SFB 

13:58 // 1 year ago
January 11, 2012

Looks like someone isn’t getting their “tolerance” badge: This 14-year-old Girl Scout from California is calling for the boycott of her own group for allowing a transgender child to serve as a Girl Scout, which is fairly progressive for the group, but something they only allowed after initially denying the child. Progress comes with resistance, guys; here’s the resistance. source

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10:59 // 2 years ago