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That is a great story about Jessica Velez, who aspires to be a Navy SEAL!
And Joan, for a fossil-fuel-free future, somehow we need to frame supporters of the fossil fuel industries as not just fossils themselves -- people think of fossils as harmless ancient artifacts -- but toxic fossils!
This is such a great story about a local Chicago high school student who played on her school's football team, was crowned prom king, and will now be attending the U.S. Naval Academy.
The article doesn't mention or imply her sexuality, but that doesn't matter. I think the important point to take away from this story is that if society and parents would allow children to pursue who they truly are, without shoving them into specific gender roles, they will prosper.
These are good things, indeed. More diversity in our Judicial system has the potential to put USA on a healthier tack. Now, if we could only get the Legislative branch members off their knees and doing the work of legislating, we could have some hope.
Of course, the Executive branch needs a strong, progressive, with a vision of a fossil fuel free future. Oh there we have a new motto Power to the 4th dimension: fossil fuel free future! Try to say that fast four time.
Great progress continues. Gay and a man of color.
Senate confirms first openly gay black federal judge
The U.S. Senate on Tuesday for the first time confirmed an openly gay black man to become a top-level federal judge, voting 98-0 to approve President Barack Obama’s choice of Darrin Gayles for a district court in Florida.
***Judge Gayles hails from the midwest:
Gayles – appointed to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, one of the nation's busiest federal benches – has served as a Miami-Dade Circuit Court judge since 2011. He was born in Peoria, Illinois in 1966 and earned a law degree from the George Washington University Law School.
***From the same article, even more great progressive news:
By a vote of 52-44, senators also endorsed Obama's pick of Staci Yandle, an openly gay black woman, to serve on a federal district court in Illinois. While that is not a first, the White House said that vote was a milestone because it brought to 112 the number of female federal judges appointed by Obama, more than any previous president. She is the federal bench's second openly lesbian black woman.
In a third roll call, the Senate voted 92-4 to make Salvador Mendoza a federal district judge in Washington state. The White House said Obama has appointed the most Hispanics — 31 — to the federal bench of any president.
These appointments are extremely important because rulings by federal and state judges ultimately have the biggest impact on our everyday lives. It's great to see the face of our judicial courts becoming more representative of our true population.
Joan, I couldn't agree with you more about your assessment of Daniel. Truer words cannot be spoken of his character.
Oh Daniel! I am so sorry. To be young, alive, and have to hide who you are creates scars that make you strong, like scar tissue. Well, the struggle goes on, even as things are getting better.
The good news is, your experiences haven't made you hard; rather you have a compassion and empathy and sensitivity to emotional pain of others. You stand heads and shoulders over the bigots of the world. You have courage and wisdom born of challenges.
Now, finding joys in the simple pleasures of life, having loyal and faithful friends who care about you, and a partner that you share your life, and the lovely animals that also share your life. There are blessing for which you can be grateful, and I know you are.
Back in the early 80s when I lived in W. Lafayette, Indiana, police were entrapping gay men and after arresting them, published their names in the newspaper. Careers ended and some wound up thrown out of their homes. I had dated a guy who was arrested, and he lost his career. I wondered if I was next. When I finished my degree there, I moved to the Pacific NW. It was not heaven - the homophobic Oregon Citizen's Alliance was active and effective, and white supremists were also in the news in Oregon. But compared to Indiana, I felt like it was a new Spring. This video reminded me of those times.
Not grinning about this:
Hawaii middle-schoolers' parents will have to opt-in for sex ed, after a state rep's campaign to eliminate the program over fears it was "normalizing" homosexuality.
(I wish I could have posted the discussion here, in Secular Sexuality, and in Parenting Little Heathens simultaneously!)
Cute, Grinning Cat. :)
Oh, I love that! Just sent it to my gay friends...and librul atheist str8 musicians, too.
Thanks! (I'm smiling!)
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