Friday, 26 August 2016
A 13 year-old girl and her conservative Christian mother are fighting against legislation that allows transgender students the right to use bathroom and changing facilities that match their gender identity, claiming that it will result in her failing High School.
Sigourney Cole has told school officials that she is being discriminated against because transgender students have been given the right to use the bathrooms and changing facilities that best match their gender identity. Speaking out on the issue Sigourney told officials that she did not wish to use the same facilities as transgender students due to religious reasons, and that her feelings should trump the law.
Sigourney and her mother have been fighting hard to get her school, Emmaus High School in Eastern Penn, to ban transgender people from using bathroom and changing facilities, despite the fact that there are no actual transgender students in the same class as Sigourney.
Speaking on Monday evening at a school board meeting the young woman said, 'I am a woman, and I identify as a woman, and you can't make me change in front of someone who I don;t identify with who is physically male.'
She went on to say that because transgender students are allowed to use the same facilities as her (again, despite not having any trans students in her own class) she feels that she must sit out of gym class, a choice that will result in her failing gym and ultimately High School. She is claiming that this is somehow her being discriminated against.
'I feel nothing against transgenders, I would just not like their rights to overrule mine.' She spoke out, somehow equating equal rights to a marginalised group having more rights than she does in some warped view on reality where not being privileged means being discriminated against.
'Gym requires us to participate to pass high school and if I don't change I'm not allowed to participate. So my options are to let myself be discriminated against or fail gym for not participating and not pass through high school, which would jeapardise my future.'
Sigourney's mother, Aryn Coyle, shares the same extreme views on the situation and has been actively supporting and encouraging her daughter, going so far as to likening the fight to discriminate against transgender students as a 'battle' on her Facebook account.
Aryn has tried to write tot he school to have them allow Sigourney to be excluded from the class due to religious reasons, however, the school principal responded to her to say that 'religious exemption from class only applies in health class due to sexuality content and not gym class'.
'I have always been an advocate of any special arrangement that prevents any group of people from being mistreated based on who they are.' Aryn wrote on social media, blissfully unaware of how contradictory that statement is to her actions and just how bigoted she actually is. 'But I will NOT stand by while the law dictates that male bodies are allowed to walk into my daughters locker room, undress next to her, and shower alongside her. Whether or not the male bodies are covered in pants or skirts is irrelevant. They have no place in her locker room.'
Aryn has said that she is proud of her daughters bigotry, and that she will stand by her even if her selfish hate leads her to fail high school for wanting transgender students to be discriminated against. Again, just to make this clear, there are no transgender students involved in this case at all, Sigourney Coyle has no transgender classmates, she just wants her religion to trump any potential real people.
After 11 years a third entry in the American Ring series has finally been revealed.
The new film will be separate from the first two in the series and will not see the return of series lead Naoimi Watts. The new film, directed by F. Javier Gutierrez, is a direct sequel to the other two films in the series, and follows a new protagonist called Julia (played by Anna Ingris Lutz) and her boyfriend Holt (Alex Roe).
After Julia watches a mysterious video that has been circling the internet and in said to kill whomever watches it after seven days she finds herself marked by the deadly spirit of Samara, who has a larger plan in mind for the young woman.
'Rings' is set for release October 28th.
A school teacher in Australia has been forced out of her job after beginning her transition, sparking allegations of discrimination against the school who told her that she should 'think about the children'.
Blaise Harris, who worked at Cessnock High School in New South Wales for three years before her transition, reported that the school abruptly stopped offering her work after she began her transition to her true gender, with the schools head telling her that her gender 'might be a problem' if she was to be continued to be employed there.
Balise began her transition in 2014, growing her hair out and taking female hormones before changing her legal name and gender. Blaise was further stunned when she took her complaint to the Department of Education, who quickly sided with the school and refused to take her case any further. A senior manager at the Department of Education told her 'I don't have a problem with what the school did at all. You have to think of the children.'
Following this response Blaise has chosen to make a legal case against both the school and the Department of Education via the Anit-Discrimination Board, who have accepted her case. Blaise is hoping to receive an official apology from both groups and possible compensation for the loss of earnings and severe emotional distress the situation has caused her.
At one point during the proceedings Blaise became so depressed with the situation that she reportedly stopped her transition and attempted to resume her work presenting as male, before the pain of which became too much for her to bear and she returned to living life as her true self.
'I thought at the time, I can't take on the Department, they're bloody massive, it would be easier to change me,' Blaise said, speaking about her de-transition. 'Then I changed back and sank into depression again, until I basically realised no, I'm not going to do this, I'm going to be who I want to be. I don't see how me having boobs and wearing a dress to work because that's how I want to be, I don't see how that negatively impacts on anyone else's life.'
The Department of Education has released a statement following the launch of the Anti-Discrimination Board case to say 'Schools are committed to diversity in the workforce and non-discriminatory environments.'
Wednesday, 24 August 2016
Armed French police have forced a woman on a beach in Nice to remove her clothing as part of a ban on the burkini. Thank god that armed men are there to protect us from women napping on the beach.
Photos have emerged of four police officers confronting a sleeping woman at a Nice beach on Tuesday, who then forced the woman to remove her clothing and issued her a fine. The woman was wearing a long sleeve blue tunic and a head scarf, yet the officers deemed the outfit to be inappropriate.
This comes after authorities in several French towns implemented a ban on the burkini, citing concerns over religious clothing, saying that the clothing 'overtly manifests adherence to a religion at a time when France and places of worship are the target of terrorist attacks'.
Nice is just one of fifteen French resorts to have banned the article of clothing, somehow believing that women relaxing at the beach and following their religion somehow constitutes a threat to the French people.
The 34 year old woman, who gave the press only her first name as Siam, said 'I was sitting on the beach with my family, I was wearing a classic headscarf. I had no intention of swimming.'
Witnesses to the incident have gone on to confirm that during the incident members of the public were shouting at Siam to 'go home' and cheering and applauding the police officers as they issued her with a fine. It is also being reported that her daughter was left in tears during the incident.
Despite the incident receiving a huge backlash from the public and on social media from people around the world the local mayor, Ange-Pierre Vivoni, who banned the garment to begin with, said that the ban is necessary to 'protect the population'.
I'm sorry, but this is where I go out on a rant about this subject now. I am simply astounded that this entire incident is being allowed to happen and that a country as apparently advanced as France thinks that banning women from wearing religious clothing is a good thing.
All of these people who are saying that it's wrong to wear this clothing, who are telling women what they can and can't wear, who are allowing armed police to force a woman to publicly strip are no better than the terrorists they claim to oppose. There is no difference between extremists with religion telling women they have to cover themselves and these people who are telling women that they have to uncover themselves.
The burkini is not a terrorist garment. It is not clothing of oppression. This woman who was fined for wearing it and forced to remove it was not being oppressed into wearing it, she chose to wear it to spend time at the beach. The burkini was not designed by terrorist, it was created by a woman to allow other women more freedom.
You are not fighting against terrorism and oppression by forcing women out of their clothing, you are engaging in terrorism and oppression. Your thiny veiled Islamophobia is showing France.
Following much fan speculation around the current Dragon Ball Super villain Black Goku possibly revealing a new form of Super Saiyan transformation the official reveal for the next episode of the series has shown that Super Saiyan Rose is coming.
The new transformation involves a reddish-purple aura and gives the villain with almost white pink coloured hair.
Dragon Ball Super has added new Super Saiyan transformations to the Dragon Ball mythos already with both red and blue haired forms, but as of yet there is no explanation for what this new transformation means, though fans suspect that it's a result of the villains fight with series lead Goku.
The next episode of Dragon Ball Super sees the villain in a rematch fight with Goku and Vegeta.