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'Barbie Boy' Is A Heartbreaking Exploration Of Gender Identity And Childhood - WATCH

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Barbie Boy is a short film about a seven-year-old boy growing up, discovering his identity and working out what he should be playing with after his dad tells him dolls are for girls and learning to let go.

Winner of audience awards in film festivals worldwide, the film has also received the Alfred C. Kinsey Award for its major contribution to the discussion of gender.

Described by Rage Magazine as “the film does what a good pop song should do: it leaves you wanting more,” Barbie Boy just might make you cry.

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New Jersey School Refuses To Enroll Transgender Student as Female - VIDEO

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Rachel Pepe, a transitioning transgender student from New Jersey, has been refused permission to return to school using her new gender identity, reports The Raw Story.

Pepe last year attended Thorne Middle School in Middletown, New Jersey, but when she tried to register for classes with her new gender identity, the school district said she would have to return using her birth name “Brian.”

Rachel’s mother Angela Peters said that sending her daughter back to school as “Brian” would cause a recurrence of the crippling depression that she suffered with last year.

“She would get off the bus and just cry. Then she would go to sleep for 17 or 20 hours and refuse to go back there. Although Pepe wouldn’t share her grief, a mother knows when something was wrong.”

An official also told Peters that the school lacked the ability to accommodate Rachel and rejected her attempts to propose possible solutions.

Although Middletown Schools Superintendent William O. George said he had no knowledge of the controversy, he added that “every child is different and their education and social and emotional well being is my priority. We will work with them to find the appropriate placement.”

Last year, California passed a bill requiring schools to allow transgender students to use the bathroom that corresponds to their chosen gender identity

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Anti-Gay French Protestors Take Over Student Led Protest Against Sexism - VIDEO

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Protestors from France’s anti-gay group Manif Pour Tous hijacked a student-led protest against sexism in the western town of Nantes this week.

The protest originally sought to show male support for gender equality, but Manif Pour Tous — a group that used violent rhetoric in opposing French marriage equality — used the protest as a way to highlight their own opposition to a number of gender equality measures recently passed in France, suggesting that the real goal of gender equality class lessons is to covert Socialist plot to teach children to become gay and transgender:

The notion that gender is socially constructed is a bugbear of France's anti-gay marriage movement, which has called for "the withdrawal of the concept of gender theory from all school manuals, decrees and draft laws”…

Vincent Peillon, the education minister, said the suggestion that "we teach little boys how to become little girls" was a "totally false rumour", adding: "Don't worry, this is about education on equality between girls and boys, respect between girls and boys, that's all."

… The controversy (over gender equity lessons in schools) erupted as France's parliament approved a sweeping gender equality law, whose measures include extending paternity leave in France to six months, increasing fines for failure to reach parity in politics and business and banning "mini-Miss" beauty pageants for under 13-year-olds.

France’s new gender equality laws include penalties for those who try to prevent female access to aborition information, banning companies with male-dominated boardrooms from bidding on public contracts and fining political parties and other political organizations for failing to nominate or appoint equal numbers of female candidates.

The student protests still went off without much incident. Earlier in the school year, France’s far-right and anti-gay organizations encouraged thousands of parents to keep their kids home from school to protest the gender equality lessons.

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Change.Org Petition Asks OkCupid To Expand Options For Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity

Brooklyn web-user Ryley Pogensky has started a Change.org petition asking OkCupid to offer more options for users’ gender identity and sexual orientation.

Okcupid-logoPogensky explains:

With such a strong presence of queer, trans*, and poly folks utilizing OkCupid every day, it is extremely limiting on those members to have to fit such rigid gender and sexuality options. Trans* individuals for instance are forced to chose M or F and then Gay, Bisexual, or Straight. These binaries do not fit for all of us and you will see more often than not a paragraph (or more) in these profiles devoted to trying to explain who they are and questioning why OkCupid has yet to catch on. The time has come for OkCupid to take notice of all of its members.

Unlike Facebook’s expanded gender identity options which include 50 choices, Pogensky’s petition only asks that OkCupid expand its orientations to include straight, bisexual, gay, and queer and that its gender options include male, female and trans.

At the time of this post’s writing, Pogensky’s petition had 1,130 out of 1,500 signatures.

OkCupid showed its support for the gay community when it temporarily blocked access to its site from Mozilla’s Firefox in protest of Mozilla appointing anti-gay CEO Brendan Eich. Although it later came to light that OkCupid’s co-founder Sam Yagan had once made a campaign donation to an anti-gay politician, Yagan apologized for it.


In Rare Moment of Lucidity, FOX News Host Apologizes for Gender Identity Remarks: VIDEO

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FOX News Host Clayton Morris took a moment on Saturday morning to apologize for remarks he made while commenting on Facebook's recently-added gender identity options.

Said Morris:

“Look, I made a pretty ignorant statement a few weeks ago, we were talking about the Facebook story where they added the bunch of different gender-identifying things. And I made sort of an offhanded comment and I regretted it later because now, ‘Wait a second. There are people who are actually dealing with this and I’m an idiot for saying something stupid like that.’ So before you open your mouth, just think about it a little bit.”

Will his colleagues listen to him? Doubt it.

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Fox News Mocks Facebook's Expanded Gender Options: VIDEO

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Yesterday Facebook massively expanded their gender identification options for users from two to over fifty, and right on cue the conservative talking airheads over at Fox News have responded with bizarre false equivalencies, melodramatic confusion, and outright mockery.

One reporter commented "[I]ntersex, whatever that is..." apparently forgetting that his job as a reporter is to know what he's talking about. Another pair snarked, "Heading over to the male, Clayton." "No, I changed mine to 'Intersex.'"

And then great thinker Todd Starnes posted a shabby straw man on his own Facebook wall, writing, "What if you identify as a pine cone or a chicken or a weed whacker?" Identifying as a chicken or pine cone means one is suffering from species dysphoria, which is utterly unrleated to gender or sexuality, and identifying as an inanimate object was not a mental condition I was able to find with a cursory Google, Wikipedia, and DSM-IV/5 search.

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