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Obama administration to release guides on bathroom gender identity
The Obama Administration will release a letter to all public schools Friday in an effort to pursue transgender civil rights. Officials say the letter will notify public schools across the country that all transgender students must be allowed to use the bathrooms, locker rooms and other sex-segregated facilities that match the student’s gender identity.The letter says staff should address transgender students by their preferred names and pronouns. Schools cannot require students to have a medical diagnosis, undergo any medical treatment, or produce a birth certificate before treating them consistent with their gender identity, the guidance states.
The Justice and Education departments will issue the letter which reaffirms the administration’s stance on transgender student civil rights and also in direct opposition to several federal lawsuits with states — the key among them, a fight with North Carolina on the state’s controversial “bathroom bill”. The North Carolina law compels all citizens to use the bathroom that matches their gender at birth.
Officials say the letter will also contain an ultimatum for North Carolina — drop the “bathroom bill” or be sued by the government and lose federal funding. The same consequences will be applied to any other state that refused to comply with the letter’s terms.
Attorney General Loretta Lynch says the bathroom issue compares to the African-American civil rights movement and says “there is no room in our schools for discrimination of any kind, including discrimination against transgender students on the basis of their sex.”
“No student should ever have to go through the experience of feeling unwelcome at school or on a college campus,” says Education Secretary John B. King Jr. “This guidance further clarifies what we’ve said repeatedly — that gender identity is protected under Title IX. Educators want to do the right thing for students, and many have reached out to us for guidance on how to follow the law. We must ensure that our young people know that whoever they are or wherever they come from, they have the opportunity to get a great education in an environment free from discrimination, harassment and violence.”
Azealia Banks banned from Twitter, dropped from UK music festival
Twitter has blocked rapper Azealia Banks’ online profile after she posted a long string of racist, homophobic and vulgar comments bashing former One Direction member Zayn Malik, 14-year-old Disney channel star Skai Jackson and even Lady GaGa and Rihanna.
An announcement by a music festival in Britain also says they have decided to drop Banks as the show’s headliner. Rinse FM, which had recently booked Banks to headline their Born & Bred festival in July, says in a statement: “We have decided to cancel Azealia Banks’ headline appearance at Rinse Born & Bred.
“Rinse Born & Bred is a celebration of rave culture and has been created for everyone. We celebrate inclusivity and equality.”
In a feature News 3 brought you on Wednesday, Azealia Banks started trending worldwide over an angry rant that started when she accused Zayn Malik of copying her style in his new music video “Like I Would”.
Following a few cryptic Tweets by Malik which said “No lies… I see you reaching but I don’t care” and “My @’s too good for you”, Banks responded with vile remarks on Malik’s Pakistani heritage and more explicit insults. Banks also directed her anger at young Disney star Skai Jackson after Jackson tweeted Banks’ behavior was unacceptable.
Friday the 13th
Today is Friday the 13th of May and the superstitious will be keeping an eye out for black cats, ladders and will be looking over their shoulders as bad luck creeps their way. How did all the superstitions start? While there is no written history on the origins of bad luck charms, historical analysts say they may have a few ideas:
- Friday the 13th: Some historians believe the idea that 13 is an unlucky number comes from the Last Supper of Christ when Judas, the 13th guest, betrayed Jesus. Religious texts believe Jesus was crucified on a Friday before rising again on Sunday.
- Ladders: Ancient Egyptians considered the triangle to be the most sacred shape, as clearly shown by the shape of the pyramids. To place a ladder against a wall created the shape and therefore the trinity of three gods: Horus, Isis and Osiris. To walk under the ladder and break the trinity would bring the gods’ wrath.
- Opening an umbrella inside: In Victorian England, umbrellas had an early, clumsy spring design and opening one inside could be hazardous to anything or anyone nearby.
- Black cats: Western superstition associated black cats as the familiars of witches. European suspicion also says a black cat is the forewarning of the Grim Reaper, and thus predicting an early death.