This is about Gavin Grimm v. Gloucester County School Board.
“The appeal, aside from directly challenging the government’s interpretation of a 1972 law, Title IX, which outlaws sex bias in federally funded education programs, also asks the Court to overrule a 1997 decision that requires the courts to defer generally to the way that federal agencies interpret their own rules and regulations. (That is the concept of “Auer deference,” named for the decision in Auer v. Robbins).
The Fourth Circuit Court relied on that notion in deferring to the government’s interpretation of rules implementing Title IX.
Three of the current Justices have suggested that the concept be reconsidered, arguing that it gives too much power to federal agencies, at the expense of the authority of the courts.”
“Summer is for beaches, ice cream and, now, transgender camp.
The first camp expressly for transgender kids will open in Tasmania this summer, ABC reports. The 2016 Trans Camp camp will be open to transgender kids of all ages, their families and friends. In addition to art workshops and sports activities, organizers will provide sessions on mental health, online harassment and transgender rights and courses such as “Makeup 101,” “BDSM 101” and “Paganism 101.”
Meanwhile, in Samoa…
Homosexuality may be illegal in Samoa, but the annual transgender beauty pageant is a mainstay of the island nation’s social calendar.
Miss Fa’afafine takes its name from the Samoan word for the society’s “third gender”, which literally translates to “in the style of” (fa’a) “woman” (fafine).
People say that fa’afafines are blessings, honestly,” Ms Ulberg said.
“We have that kind of talent that we can do boys’ chores and even the girls’.
“So if there’s no boys in the family, there’s always a fafa, or there’s no girl in the family, a fa’afafine can also do a girl’s part.”
According to this article, this population runs to mental health problems and they are concerned about suicide prevention. No mention is made of whether this might be connected to outlawing homosexuality, which is only mentioned as an aside.
Post-publishing addendum: this reminds me of 19th century racist crap about “happy darkies.”
When you go, you stay, but it takes
Forever for you to
Show up again
Though you do, you do
It’s one of those inevitable things
Like a late spring
Or finally the monsoon
Even though you take forever
Even though I had about forgot
And suddenly, there you are
Resplendent all over the place
I look at you there, and think “huh”
Who wouldda thought
But finally you are here without
Trapping me, I have finally
Made you my own
You will get filled with something
Sort of like plastic
Soaking up toxins
If I don’t keep you
These new unplanned places
Like tiny caves in my head
In my heart
What will I grow there?
How will I keep my breath in you
Blowing out the bad air
In with the good air
Blessing the growth
That is me.
I must remind myself
To do this, lest sorrow remind me
Of other projects.
Old sorrow, she will live
In the soil of this tremulous lacuna
Waiting for direction of rot.