London University’s “Diversity Officer” Arrested After Alleged Tweet With #KillAllWhitePeople


Ugh. She’s a monster.

Via The Guardian:

A student diversity officer who came to prominence in a race row after allegedly tweeting the hashtag #killallwhitemen has been charged by police with sending a threatening communication.

Bahar Mustafa, of Goldsmiths, University of London, is set to appear at Bromley magistrates court on 5 November.

The 28-year-old from Edmonton, north-east London, faces two charges. One is sending a communication conveying a threatening message between 10 November 2014 and 31 May 2015. The second is for sending a grossly offensive message via a public communication network between 10 November 2014 and 31 May 2015.

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Michael Moore Calls Lack of Diversity In Hollywood “A Form Of Apartheid”…

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Alternate headline: Michael Moore makes millions off racism!

Via Hollywood Reporter:

“When you block out whole groups of film by that cinema, what are the great films that you and I are missing because their great voices can’t be heard?” he said in a Sunday discussion.

Among Michael Moore’s list of grievances is the lack of diversity among Hollywood filmmakers – particularly, that the low number of female directors is “a form of apartheid.”

During the audience Q&A portion of a conversation with Moore at the New York Film Festival on Sunday, Just Another Girl on the I.R.T. director Leslie Harris asked about the oft-discussed topic – particularly, what their white male counterparts can do to help minorities break through.

“It’s amazing, really, that women are so nice, or that any of us have throats left – I mean, seriously, we’re lucky,” said Moore, after quoting the USC statistic that only 1.9 percent of the top-grossing 100 films over the past two years were directed by women.

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All Hail Diversity! Great Falls, MT School Passes Transgender Protection Policy…


Education is secondary in school.

Via Great Falls Tribune:

Approximately 100 people crowded into the school board room on Monday night to both praise and criticize Great Falls Public Schools for changing its non-discrimination policy back in January to include transgender and students who struggle with gender identity as a protected population of students.

Though there were a number of people in the crowd sporting “rescind 3210” buttons (the board policy number for the equal education, non-discrimination and sex equity policy), far more people spoke in favor of the school district’s decision to include such language than those who spoke against.

“No children will be safe until all children — including transgender children — feel safe,” said Tammy Bull.

To be clear, Board Chairman Jan Cahill told the crowd the school board was not taking any action on the policy on Monday night and encouraged the crowd to remain civil on such an emotional topic.

Superintendent Tammy Lacey reviewed the policy, what the exact language included and what it didn’t, as well as described the public process used to approve the policy change.

“In my conversations with many (people), many had not read that policy,” Lacey said. “There’s no mention of bathrooms or locker rooms or curriculum in this policy.”

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Black Teachers Are Fleeing Urban Schools And Diversity…


Take a look at the students in the urban schools.

Via CSM:

While the percentage of minority teachers has risen in the US, the number of black teachers has declined between 2002 and 20012 in nine cities, according to a recent study by the Albert Shanker Institute.

What does this mean not only for the communities in which these schools exist, but for the nation as a whole?

“Diversity is a key component to equality and opportunity,” Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, told the Washington Post. “Where there’s a diverse teaching workforce, all kids thrive. That’s why we note with alarm the sharp decline in the population of black teachers in our cities.”

There are several factors which may be behind this decline. The first is low pay for teachers. According to a study by Young Invincibles, an advocacy group, the average starting salary for a teacher is $34,575 – or about $6,000 less than the average starting salary of 28 professions.

The second is the recurring emphasis that education policy tends to place on test scores. This rigidity, argues Nekita Lamour, a Haitian-American and tenured educator, disincentivises black and Hispanic educators from participating in the system: they are not being encouraged to teach their fellow man, but to the test, instead.

The Shanker Institute’s study found that over a ten-year period, from 2002 to 2012 (a period marked by an explosion in the development of charter schools, and an accompanying dialogue about education reform), the population of black teachers declined by as much as 62 percent in the cities studied (although in the case of New Orleans, many black teachers were fired).

“Minority teachers quit because of working conditions in their schools,” Richard Ingersoll, an expert who teaches at the University of Pennsylvania, also told the Washington Post. “In surveys, those teachers cite lack of autonomy and input into school decisions [in large urban schools].”

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All Hail Diversity! Disney Removes Gender-Labeling On Halloween Costumes…

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Little Frankie can trick or treat as Tinker Bell.

Via The Daily Mail:

Disney has done away with gender-based labels on its Halloween costumes and is instead marketing its vast selection of looks as ‘kids’ – encouraging children to choose any trick-or-treating attire that appeals to them.

The change comes just a month after Target announced that it would no longer be using gender-specific signs in its children’s bedding and toy departments, acknowledging that both boys and girls can be interested in princesses and cars.

Like most major retailers, Disney has a history of marketing princess costumes to girls and superhero attire to boys, however, The Mary Sue reported that the brand has removed the gender-specific Halloween sections on its website, opting to group the ensembles as ‘Costumes for Kids’.

Last year, the site labeled ‘Costumes for Girls’ in pink and ‘Costumes for Boys’ in blue, and Disney has since gotten rid of the color distinctions, giving children a variety of costumes to choose from with out any gender-specific influencing.

It appears that the brand is truly embracing the spirit of Halloween, recognizing that kids should be whatever they want – regardless of their sex.

Whether a child wants to be Captain Hook or Tinker Bell, both outfits are now inclusively labeled. Disney has made the same changes to its Halloween accessories department, marketing tiaras and swords to both sexes.

And if users try to search for Halloween costumes under the drop-down menus for boys and girls, the customers are redirected to the gender-neutral Costumes for Kids section.

The Mary Sue also reported that Disney has started listing action figures from Star Wars and Marvel Comics in the girls section of the website as well as the boys.

‘I’m feeling all warm and fuzzy cause somewhere there are boys being told they can be princesses if they want to and that’s something I really wish I’d been told as a kid,’ one person commented on The Mary Sue’s website.

Meanwhile, one mother praised Disney for ending the gender divide frequently found in children’s toys and costumes.

‘My little girl is going to be so excited,’ she wrote. ‘She’s currently waffling between Black Widow and The Hulk, but just to be able to poke through and see those choices next to each other will mean a great deal to her.’

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All Hail Diversity! Obama Nominates First Openly Gay Army Secretary…


Best for the job or serving the agenda?

Via Army Times:

Eric Fanning, formerly one of Defense Secretary Ash Carter’s closest advisers, has been nominated to be the next Army secretary, the White House announced Friday.

Fanning has been serving as the acting under secretary of the Army since June. Before that, he served as Carter’s chief of staff. If confirmed by the Senate, Fanning will succeed Army Secretary John McHugh, who has said he will leave the post by Nov. 1 after six years on the job.

“Eric brings many years of proven experience and exceptional leadership to this new role,” President Barack Obama said in a statement. “I am grateful for his commitment to our men and women in uniform, and I am confident he will help lead America’s Soldiers with distinction. I look forward to working with Eric to keep our Army the very best in the world.”

Widely viewed as one of the most capable leaders in the Pentagon, Fanning became Air Force undersecretary in April 2013. He served several months as acting secretary while the confirmation of now-Secretary Deborah Lee James was stuck in Congress.

Before that, he was deputy undersecretary of the Navy and its deputy chief management officer from 2009-2013.

In addition to his long resume, Fanning would also mark a milestone if he does become the Army secretary, as the first openly gay secretary of a military branch.

Fanning’s nomination comes during a critical transition period for the Army, which has not only seen key leadership changes at the top but also continues to struggle with increasingly tight budgets and growing demands for troops all around the world.

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Celebrate Diversity! University Of Texas Removes Jefferson Davis Statue…

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Soon to be replaced with an all-inclusive transgender minority statue to empower the special little snowflakes. Update to this story.

Via Stars and Stripes:

A statue of Jefferson Davis has been removed from its place on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin after a failed appeal by a Confederate heritage group.

Crews could be seen Sunday morning removing the statue of the Confederate president from its place near the university’s iconic clock tower.

University President Greg Fenves recently said the statue would be moved to a museum.

The statue has been a target of vandalism as well as criticism that it is a symbol of racism and discrimination. Confederate symbols nationwide are being re-considered following the recent mass shooting of members of a black church in Charleston, South Carolina.

A judge last week ruled against the Sons of Confederate Veterans, which sued to stop the university from moving it.

Apple Ramps Up Diversity Efforts, Most Employees Still White Guys


Instead of diversity, maybe they could work on not hiring Chinese slaves?

Via PC Mag:

Apple this week said its hiring efforts over the past year included its largest number of minority hires in a 12-month period.

“In the past year we hired over 11,000 women globally, which is 65 percent more than in the previous year,” CEO Tim Cook wrote on Apple’s website. “In the United States, we hired more than 2,200 Black employees—a 50 percent increase over last year—and 2,700 Hispanic employees, a 66 percent increase.”

Overall, that’s “the largest group of employees we’ve ever hired from underrepresented groups in a single year,” Cook said, while nearly 50 percent of Apple’s new hires in the first six months of 2015 were women, Black, Hispanic, or Native American.

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All Hail Diversity! Target Removes Gender Labels From Kids Sections…


Next up the restrooms.

Via Bloomberg

Target Corp. is removing gender labels from most of its children’s departments after customers complained about signs designating certain toys for girls.

The kids’ bedding section will no longer feature boy and girl signage, and the toy department will be without labels and pink or blue paper on the shelves, Minneapolis-based Target said on its website Friday. Gender labels will remain in the kids’ clothing section because of sizing and fit differences.

Retailers have been moving away from gender stereotypes, and some startups have emerged to break down the divide in kids’ clothing and toys. The signage that sparked the dispute at Target was for building sets, like GoldieBlox, that are targeted at girls.

“As guests have pointed out, in some departments like toys, home or entertainment, suggesting products by gender is unnecessary,” Target said. “We heard you, and we agree. Right now, our teams are working across the store to identify areas where we can phase out gender-based signage to help strike a better balance.”

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Illinois Taxpayers Funding $205K/Year Salary For University’s “Chief Diversity Officer”…


Every lefty’s dream job.

Via College Fix:

The recently tapped chief diversity officer at Northern Illinois University will make $205,000 a year – a $185,000 salary and $20,000 in allowances and expenses – collecting more than 99 percent of U.S. Congress members and all U.S. governors.

In an email to The College Fix, a spokesman for the public university confirmed Vernese Edghill-Walden’s compensation package of $205,000 annually, and defended the remuneration as a good use of taxpayer dollars.

“Northern Illinois University serves one of the most culturally and ethnically diverse regions in the country,” spokesman Joseph King said in an email to The College Fix. “…We believe that there is great value in that diversity. By creating this position we are trying to ensure that all of our students will reap the benefits of living and learning on a campus filled with many cultures and points of view.”

Edghill-Walden, whose full title is senior associate vice president for academic diversity and chief diversity officer, started her new job at NIU on Aug. 1, according to campus officials.

Edghill-Walden’s hefty salary comes at a time when Illinois is facing large budget problems, and state lawmakers are at an impasse. Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, a Republican, has called for a 30 percent cut to higher education spending to help balance the budget. Rauner, who took office in January, has given up a $179,400 salary and only pays himself $1 a year.

All Hail Diversity! San Diego Pride Parade Celebrates Military’s Plan For Transgender Troops…

San Diego

The social experiments continue while the draw down continues.

Via Stars and Stripes

In a drenching rain, Evander Deocariza, an active-duty Marine, was the flag bearer Saturday for the transgender community flag in the color guard for the city’s 41st LGBT Pride Parade.

By sheer coincidence, the San Diego parade was the same week that Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced formation of a six-month working group to study “policy and readiness implications” of “welcoming” transgender people to serve openly.

Carter’s implication was clear: Make it happen.

Once Carter made his announcement, Deocariza knew what he had to do. He announced to his command, where he is known by a different name, that he is transgender. And he decided to go public at one of the nation’s largest pride parades.

Deocariza, 25, a corporal, wore a T-shirt with the slogan “Serving With Pride” and a button reading “Trans and Proud.” His girlfriend, a civilian, marched along with several hundred military personnel as the crowd lining the streets of Hillcrest cheered.

“I want to set an example of what a transgender person can be like — a good Marine,” said Deocariza, a linguist.

Weeks ago parade organizers had decided to feature the transgender community as the collective grand marshal, under the slogan “Liberty and Justice For All.”[…]

As the U.S. military’s policy toward gays and lesbians has evolved, the annual LGBT Pride Parade in San Diego, as befits a military community, has been in the forefront.

In 2011, with the “don’t ask, don’t tell” rule still in effect, upward of 200 military personnel marched defiantly in the San Diego parade, many wearing T-shirts identifying their branch of the service.

In 2012, after the policy was repealed, the Pentagon issued a one-year exemption to the rule banning the wearing of uniforms in the parade just days before the San Diego event. Several hundred military personnel marched, some in uniform, others in T-shirts.

Now that the no-uniforms rule has been lifted permanently, the number of military personnel, active-duty and retired, in the San Diego parade has grown each year, many from local bases, others from bases around the country. Saturday’s contingent was estimated at more than 300.

San Diego Councilman Todd Gloria, who is gay, said that while he is pleased with changes made by the Department of Defense, there are still challenges facing the transgender community. “It isn’t time for a ‘Mission Accomplished’ banner,” he said.

Several activists staged “die-ins” along the parade route to emphasize the need for continued political action involving transgender issues, including spousal rights, health care, protection from violence, nondiscrimination in employment and housing, and overall public acceptance.

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Palestinian Man Celebrates Diversity By Painting LGBT Rainbow Flag On West Bank Security Wall, Flag Whitewashed By Angry Mob “Just A Few Hours Later” …

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The guy’s lucky he wasn’t killed, but hey, let’s all focus on those evil Jews!


Via Breitbart:

A Palestinian artist who painted an LGBT rainbow on a security wall in the West Bank has angered many within the area, where homosexuality is illegal.

Khaled Jarrar– who, after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that gay marriage is now legal in all 50 states, drew the LGBT rainbow on the wall to draw attention to the Israeli “occupation”– was disappointed that his own people decided to abruptly paint over his art on a security barrier.

The security walls, which divide the West Bank and Israeli territory, were erected following the first and second intifada – when Palestinian terrorists launched wide-scale attacks against Israel’s Jewish population.

The painting “ignited angry responses and [Palestinian] activists whitewashed the flag on Monday night, just a few hours after it was painted,” the Associated Press reports.

Jarrar told the AP that the whitewashing “reflects the absence of tolerance and freedoms in the Palestinian society.”

“People don’t accept different thinking in our society,” he added.

Muhammad al-Amleh, a lawyer, disagreed that Jarrar should have the right to free speech, telling the AP, “It would be shameful to have the flag of gays in our refugee camp.”

Another man named Muhammad, who participated in erasing the painting, said, “We cannot promote gay rights” in the Palestinian-controlled West Bank.

Macy’s Celebrates Diversity! . . . By Dumping Donald Trump…


Via CNN:

Macy’s is pulling Donald Trump brand merchandise from its stores after the Republican presidential candidate’s recent controversial remarks created a public uproar.

The department store has come under intense pressure to cut ties with the real estate magnate and businessman after he referred to immigrants from Mexico and other countries “killers and rapists.”

In a statement Wednesday morning, Macy’s said the company “stands for diversity” and that it had no tolerance for discrimination.

“We are disappointed and distressed by recent remarks about immigrants from Mexico. We do not believe the disparaging characterizations portray an accurate picture of the many Mexicans, Mexican Americans and Latinos who have made so many valuable contributions to the success of our nation,” Macy’s said. “In light of statements made by Donald Trump, which are inconsistent with Macy’s values, we have decided to discontinue our business relationship with Mr. Trump and will phase-out the Trump menswear collection, which has been sold at Macy’s since 2004.”

Horror! Report Says America’s Top Spies At The CIA “Do Not Prioritize Diversity”…

People pose with laptops in front of projection of  binary code and CIA emblem in this picture illustration taken in Zenica


Via Reuters

The CIA has consistently failed to promote minorities into its leadership ranks and progress in building diversity at the top of the spy agency has largely stalled in the last decade, according to a CIA-commissioned report released on Tuesday.

“Agency leaders, managers and supervisors do not prioritize diversity in leadership,” the report said.

“This fact is evident at the highest levels of the CIA, wherein the most senior positions – with few notable exceptions – are consistently occupied by white male career officers,” it said.

Among the report’s most striking findings is that since 2008, the percentage of minorities hired by the CIA has declined to below what is needed to sustain current minority representation in the agency’s workforce.

It also found that a 1984-2004 increase in African-American officers at the agency’s top rung, known as the Senior Intelligence Service, has been reversed in the last 10 years.

CIA Director John Brennan, who ordered the study in December 2013, said he was committed to improving hiring, promotion and training of a diverse workforce. Brennan described that as vital to the spy agency’s mission of understanding and predicting events in an increasingly complex world.

An insufficiently diverse workforce “has lead to less than comprehensive appreciation of the world as we know it,” the CIA chief said. Other perspectives are needed, he said, “so we do not fall prey to group-think.”

Since its 1947 founding, the CIA has often been seen as a bastion of white males – often educated at Ivy League universities.

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All Hail Diversity! Oakland A’s Make History With First Transgender Woman To Sing National Anthem On LGBT Pride Night…

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Is nothing sacred?

Via Daily Mail

History was made at the Oakland Athletics stadium this week when a transgender woman sang the national anthem at a professional sporting event for the first time ever in the country.

Classically-trained opera singer Breanna Sinclaire took the mic at the Coliseum for a sold out game between the A’s and the San Diego Padres on Wednesday.

Sinclaire had a 30,000 audience at the A’s LGBT Pride Night as she belted out the Star-Spangled Banner, and that wasn’t counting the people who were watching the game on television.

‘The biggest audience I’ve had before is 1,000,’ she told the San Francisco Chronicle before the game. ‘So you see where the nerves come from.’

Just years earlier, Sinclaire had been homeless.

The singer was studying at a small conservative Christian college in Canada when she was truly able to embrace her gender identity, Sinclaire told Out Magazine.

But it was a decision not supported by her peers, and soon her family disowned her as well.

Sinclaire lived on the streets of New York for several months before she was saved by her talent, landing a spot at the famous California Institute of the Arts before she became the first transgender graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s classical voice program.

The singer, who began transitioning her senior year, battled both the changes hormone therapy brought on her voice and struggles to afford the surgery she needed.

In 2013 Sinclaire hosted a benefit concert dubbed ‘Opera’s Greatest Tits’ and raised $8,500. She completed sexual reassignment surgery two months ago, which she said has made her more confident performing female roles in operas.

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Oklahoma Elementary School Invites CAIR To Conduct “Diversity Training” For School Staff…


Repeat after me, “Islam is a religion of peace.”


The name Sequoyah is synonymous with education and progress. Sequoyah, the great legendary Cherokee figure, worked towards these goals and preserved his native language by creating the first Cherokee alphabet, eventually propelling it to be the strongest surviving indigenous American language. In the spirit of his name, the Sequoyah Elementary School also takes great strides towards education and progress. In working to make a more open and accepting environment for its students, the school is creating a more productive learning environment.

On Tuesday morning, upon invitation by school officials, Adam Soltani and Veronica Laizure of the Council on American Islamic Relations Oklahoma Chapter held a diversity-training program for the school’s educational staff. In this diversity-training program, the two CAIR officials made presentations outlining some of the basics of the Islamic faith and the challenges faced by Muslim Students, and they answered questions in an environment which was truly open and inviting.

Veronica, CAIR Oklahoma’s Civil Rights Director, gave an outline of some of the basic tenets of Islam and showed the teachers how these would affect their students in their school. Her topics ranged from the significance and procedure of prayer and proper religious attire, to the meaning and scheduling of Islamic holy days. She and Adam also answered questions on how these religious matters would affect the students in during the school day and how to have an open, comfortable dialogue with Muslim families to facilitate a productive environment.

Executive Director Adam Soltani gave the next presentation on how “Islamic Extremism” is perceived in the public and in the media. He also inspired an insightful discussion on how miscommunication and misunderstanding can cause problems for the overwhelming majority of Muslims who do not prescribe to this extremist ideology. These problems can be especially harmful to young students, which can affect the way that society continues to develop in the future as a whole.

The diversity-training program at Sequoyah Elementary School was a positive step forward in the cause of making our community more inclusive and open for all. From my own perspective, as a white-American-born-Muslim convert, I often find myself living in the midst of a common identity crisis among Muslim converts: that of living in two different worlds at the same time. This identity crisis is often exacerbated by feelings of abandonment and isolation because of personal choices, and it often results in an individual feeling as if they must abandon everything about one of these identities in order to be accepted in one of these worlds. Educational events like this go a long way as to help encourage inclusiveness in our society and ensure that these worlds do not become mutually exclusive.

Cincinnati Mayor ‘Disturbed’ By Lack Of Diversity In Police Department Command Staff, Blames Written Exams…


Lower the standards if it’s in the name of diversity.


Mayor John Cranley and the Sentinel Police Association want to change testing procedures used to determine promotions in the city’s police department.

“Mayor Cranley is disturbed by the lack of diversity in the police department’s command staff,” reads a prepared statement from the mayor’s office. “Of the three assistant chiefs, none are African-American; and of the 12 police captains, only one is African-American.”

U.S. Census statistics indicate the city of Cincinnati’s population is 49.3 percent Caucasian and 44.8 percent African-American, the statement reads.

A police department should reflect the city it serves to effectively police the community and to develop a good relationship with residents.

“We clearly need some diversity in our command staff to foster trust and cooperation with the community,” Cranley said. “For years, the Sentinels have said the way we test and grade the examination process for promotions is unfair.”

An upcoming vacancy in the captains’ ranks will create an opportunity to add diversity in the command staff of the police department. Last week, Assistant Chief Paul Humphries announced he is leaving later this month for an out-of-state job.

“…. not only will an assistant chief’s position be filled due to a retirement, but presumably a captain’s position will be vacated if a captain is promoted to assistant chief,” the mayor’s statement reads.

The Sentinels say they believe the lack of diversity stems from promotional tests that were written and graded by the command staff. They are calling for a fair test that is “double blind” – written and graded by outsiders, and graded anonymously.

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Report: Growing Number Of High Schools Are Celebrating Diversity By Ditching Different Color Graduation Robes For Boys And Girls….


One of America’s most pressing issues.

Via WaPo:

Chloe Martin-Poteet will be wearing a white cap and gown when she graduates this month. Her brother, Julian, will be dressed in royal blue. It’s part of a two-color tradition at James Hubert Blake High School: girls in one hue, boys in another.

That tradition is ending.

As a growing number of the nation’s schools work to embrace transgender students and enact policies to protect their rights, there’s a movement afoot in Maryland’s Montgomery County to make graduation robes gender-neutral, with one color for all. Some students argue that no one should have to wear a garment that doesn’t reflect who they are, nor should there be any separation between the genders as they all cross into adulthood.

“Some people say it’s just a color, but if it is just a color, why can’t they all be the same color so we can be inclusive?” asks Chloe, a leader in her school’s gay-straight alliance, which has pressed for change in letters to principals at the county’s 25 high schools.

With graduation season here, three Montgomery high schools — Damascus, Sherwood and Walter Johnson — have shifted to single-color robes, and at least five others have decided to make the change for next year’s graduates.

Principals at several of those schools said the student letters played a role in the decision.

“They are all Class of 2015,” said Jennifer Webster, principal at Damascus High, where students graduated late last month in green caps and gowns. “Why differentiate?”

Webster said she has worked with students who are conflicted about which gown color to choose because they associate with one gender yet are listed as another. When she received the letter from students at Blake, it immediately resonated. “You’re right,” she recalled thinking as she read it.

The move comes amid growing awareness of the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students nationwide.

“Schools around the country are beginning to reconsider their policies to ensure that unspoken assumptions and long-held ideas about gender don’t have a discriminatory effect on their students,” said Eliza Byard, executive director of the national Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network.

All Hail Diversity! Transgender Children’s Books Hitting The Bookshelves…

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WTF, over.

Via Inquisitr

Transgender children’s books, which address a topic once considered so taboo that no mainstream publisher would touch it, are gaining a wider audience thanks to a handful of authors and a few mainstream publishers willing to reach out to children struggling with gender identity, the New York Times is reporting.

Children’s literature has often been reluctant to take on taboo subjects — Judy Blume’s candid descriptions of menstruation and teen sexuality were considered scandalous in their day, according to NPR. But the children’s publishing industry has taken on a handful of difficult subjects in recent years, including rape, suicide, and sex trafficking. But the subject of gender identity in teens, adolescents, and children has gotten scant little attention.

David Levithan, vice president and publisher of Scholastic Press, says that publishers are now becoming willing to take on the subject of transgender children — however slowly.

“In our culture, it was really something that was in the shadows, but suddenly people are talking about it. As our culture is starting to acknowledge transgender people and acknowledge that they are a part of the fabric of who we are, literature is reflecting that.”

Much of the body of work in transgender children’s literature is aimed at teens and adolescents, according to SFGate. Sam Martin, a 43-year-old who has transitioned from female to male, will be releasing later this month a semi-autobiographical teen novel about a transgender teen boy who falls in love with another boy. Similarly, the memoir Rethinking Normal by Katie Rain Hill, about a transgender teen girl in Oklahoma who falls in love with another transgender teen girl, hit the shelves last year.

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Director Cameron Crowe Apologizes To “Diversity Campaigners” For Casting White Actress Emma Stone As A “Part-Asian” Character…


I love when libs get a taste of their own PC medicine.

Via Guardian:

Cameron Crowe has apologised for casting the white actor Emma Stone as a “part-Asian” Hawaiian in controversial “whitewashed” romance Aloha.

Crowe addressed the issue on his blog after diversity campaigners took him to task for allegedly failing to recognise that Asian-Pacific Islanders make up the majority of the state’s population. The casting of Stone as the quarter Asian and quarter Hawaiian character Allison Ng drew particular criticism.

“Thank you so much for all the impassioned comments regarding the casting of the wonderful Emma Stone in the part of Allison Ng,” Crowe wrote. “I have heard your words and your disappointment, and I offer you a heartfelt apology to all who felt this was an odd or misguided casting choice.”

The film-maker said he had based Ng on a real-life redheaded Hawaiian who always struggled to explain her unlikely ethnicity. He took the blame for the casting decision entirely upon himself and praised Stone for her “tireless research”.

“Whether that story point felt hurtful or humorous has been, of course, the topic of much discussion,” he said. “However I am so proud that in the same movie, we employed many Asian-American, Native-Hawaiian and Pacific-Islanders, both before and behind the camera … including Dennis “Bumpy” Kanahele, and his village, and many other locals who worked closely in our crew and with our script to help ensure authenticity.

“I am grateful for the dialogue,” the director continued. “And from the many voices, loud and small, I have learned something very inspiring. So many of us are hungry for stories with more racial diversity, more truth in representation, and I am anxious to help tell those stories in the future.”