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Pride: Gavin Grimm | My Trans Hero

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Pride has fully kicked off here in London, and with that I have created this illustration as an ode to one of the most inspiring and tenacious young men to have taken on the US judicial system. Gavin Grimm is a 19-year-old from Virginia, who came out as transgender to his fellow classmates at 15. The school he attended had allowed him to use the male bathrooms, however revoked this right after an uproar of complaints from “disgusted” parents.
What should have been a private and intimate discussion for a child, turned into a worldwide spectacle. As a child, Gavin had to stand in front of his peers, teachers and the court to fight for his right to use a bathroom. A CHILD. Gavin sued his district for violating the Title IX (US Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination “on the basis of sex” in education) and was immediately thrust into the spotlight as the face of bathroom rights for trans* people. Two years later in 2016, a 2-1 decision marked the first time a federal court had ruled that Title IX protects transgender individuals and their right to use the bathroom that aligns with their identity.

The battle continued as a district court initially ruled against Gavin, but was ordered to review its ruling after the Obama administration issued a guidance advising public schools to let trans* students to use whichever bathrooms they like. The case entered the Supreme Court but was quickly suspended as the Trump administration withdrew the previous guidance on bathroom use, therefore sending the case back to the lower courts.
Fast forward to May 2018 where the case has been revived and could end up making lasting changes to transgender rights in America. The school requested to dismiss Gavin’s case, but a Virginia court has rejected this request as US district judge Arenda Wright Allen’s refused to throw out his case, even suggesting that Gavin might win:

As Mr. Grimm contends, attempting to draw lines based on physiological and anatomical characteristics proves unmanageable: how would the Board’s policy apply to individuals who have had genital surgery, individuals whose genitals were injured in an accident, or those with intersex traits who have genital characteristics that are neither typically male nor female?

Gavin graduated from high school in 2017, but has continued to fight this battle, leaving behind a legacy of transgender activism. From the moment I heard his story, his determination and perseverance stunned me. Children should not be forced to grow up so quickly, nor should they be forced to justify their existence to a court, and to the rest of the world. Gavin is a true American hero and has pathed the way for transgender rights.

Gavin is what makes me proud to be a part of Pride.

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The Standing “O”

Creative agency Deep Focus created a micro-site to say thank you to our favourite president, Obama. The site The Standing “O” contains user-submitted GIFs of people giving Obama a standing ovation, creating a mosaic of Obama himself.

As President Obama’s time in office comes to an end, we wanted to send him off properly – by bringing the world together for one last standing ovation. Join us in #TheStandingO.

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The micro-site allows users to submit a GIF, zoom in to the mosaic and select individual gifs to view. Deep Focus partnered with Giphy and NowThis to collect the GIFs, or videos (that were then turned into GIFs by the agency’s team) of people applauding Obama, which were then moderated to make sure they were not offensive. Algorithms placed the GIFs in the photo of Obama based on colour schemes to create the wonderful tribute wall to the 44th President.

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Obama announces executive order on gender identity

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President Barack Obama said Monday that the White House is preparing an executive order banning job discrimination among federal employees on the basis of gender identity. Obama mentioned the planned measure while addressing a White House reception marking LGBT Pride Month.

The White House announced earlier this month that the president also intends to sign an executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating against employees on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity — a measure for which LGBT rights groups have long clamoured.

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Steven Spielberg’s “Obama”

Hilarious!
How are there people stupid enough to say “he doesn’t deserve a film” blah blah blah…? It’s not real! Give me strength.

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Kid President meets the President of the United States of America

Cute video of the day!

“After previously only speaking via can and string, Kid President and President Barack Obama finally meet face to face. The two met in the Oval Office to discuss how kids and grown-ups can work together to change the world. This meeting is proof that dreams can come true and ordinary people can do extraordinary things. Thank you for watching and spreading the Kid President message! You made this happen.

Footage courtesy of The White House.”

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Barack Obama’s re-election

I haven’t had time to write about this sooner, but here’s an Obama post!

I find myself far more interested in American politics than British politics…. Probably because Barack Obama has changed the meaning of equality for so many people in the USA. Here, ‘gay marriage’ does not actually exist, just civil partnerships. Some people (including gay people) might not see the difference, but I do. Marriage is marriage, so why does it have to be a ‘partnership’? One of the reasons I was hoping for his re-election was to influence the UK with the amazing job he has done in making gay marriage equal in so many states. It’s unbelievable! If you told someone 50 years ago that a black president was making gay marriage legal in tones of states in the USA, you’d be laughed at.

Not only that, but women’s rights … the right to their own body and their own reproductive control. The right to be treated equally to men in the workplace.

The fear of Romney I had was for those thousands of gay partners who dreamed of one day getting married and having a family, having to question their ability in the future to do so. Dedicating your life to someone, and having and loving a child with someone you adore is a basic human right. I cannot comprehend the fear and worry thousands of gay Americans felt at the possibility of this being taken away from them by Mitt Romney.

Not only that, but the right to have contraception and abortions. Every woman should have the liberation to make her own choices, and the freedom to control her own body.

Ok, Obama may not have solved America’s financial crisis, but those using that against him seem to forget who was in power before. Obama didn’t just create this debt, it was handed down to him. If I’m honest, what he has done for people, and for parity, is outstanding, and just as outstanding as the abolition of slavery. Slavery is wrong, gender prejudice is wrong.

Obama, you are amazing!!!

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