Homosexuality may be considered “a psychological disorder” in the eyes of Chinese law. Citing controversial academic literature, a court in the eastern Chinese province of Jiangsu ruled that a textbook defining queerness as a disorder is not “factual error,” but a divergent “academic view,” the South China Morning Post reported. The ruling, from the Suqian Intermediate People’s Court, upholds a lower court’s ruling. China’s LGBTQ community has criticized the decision. Ou Jiayong, 24, who filed the lawsuit as a college student in 2017 to get the textbook’s publisher to pull its “poor-quality work” from circulation, called the ruling “random and baseless.” Ah Qiang, a spokesperson for PFLAG, a support group for the queer Chinese community and their families, accused the textbook’s editors and the courts of being out of touch with contemporary culture.
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Talk about Three Men and a Baby. But unlike that 1987 film, this is a real-life gay polyamorous San Diego throuple. Dr. Ian Jenkins and his partners, zoo hospital worker Jeremy Hodges and Dr. Alan Mayfield (a psychiatrist), made history in 2017 becoming the first California family to have three parents on a birth certificate. Now, Jenkins has written about their journey to become the legal fathers of daughter Piper, 3 – born via surrogacy with a female friend – in a new book, Three Dads and a Baby, out March 9 (Cleis Press).
‘You don’t get to punch us, buddy’: Confrontation with unmasked Canadian Tire customer under investigation
VANCOUVER — Mounties confirmed they are investigating several videos that show a confrontation between a man who refused to wear a mask and staff at the Canadian Tire in Burnaby, B.C. Shortly after 4 p.m. Monday, the RCMP detachment received a call about employees being assaulted. “The information we got originally, and from the statements, is that he did punch some of the staff,” said Cpl. Michael Kalanj. “I do believe it was more than one person in an effort to not be escorted out of the store.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hopes to be reopening his country in April. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson hopes to have Britain reopened in June. Here in Canada, Toronto just cancelled all large events until July and our Chief Medical Officer of Health is hopeful that public health restrictions can be lifted by September. Let that sink in for a moment. No large events, no concerts, festivals, sporting or cultural events this coming summer. We will need to keep wearing masks and keep our distance until the fall. That’s the official word for Canada. So much for two weeks to flatten the curve.
The Rev. Will Campbell was forced out of his position as director of religious life at the University of Mississippi in 1956 because of his calls for integration. He escorted black children through a hostile mob in 1957 to integrate Little Rock’s Central High School. He was the only white person that was invited to be part of the group that founded Martin Luther King Jr.’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference. He helped integrate Nashville’s lunch counters and organize the Freedom Rides. But Campbell was also, despite a slew of death threats he received from white segregationists, an unofficial chaplain to the local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan. He denounced and publicly fought the Klan’s racism, acts of terror and violence and marched with black civil rights protestors in his native Mississippi, but he steadfastly refused to “cancel” white racists out of his life. He refused to demonize them as less than human. He insisted that this form of racism, while evil, was not as insidious as a capitalist system that perpetuated the economic misery and instability that pushed whites into the ranks of violent, racist organizations.
Texas has recently been battered by severe winter weather and power blackouts, and some on the far right have been claiming that green energy is to blame. Fox News host Tucker Carlson, for instance, claimed, “The windmills failed like the silly fashion accessories they are.” But according to Bloomberg News, the problems that some wind turbines have recently suffered in Texas account for only a fraction of the state’s energy problems.
TORONTO — A hospital in the United Kingdom has issued new guidelines for midwives asking they stop using terms such as “breastfeeding” and “breast milk” to be more inclusive of transgender and non-binary people. In a statement posted to its website, the Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals (BSUH) said it is encouraging staff to use phrases including “birthing parents” and “human milk” rather than using language that only refers to women and mothers. According to the new policy, the hospital says “maternity care” should also be called “perinatal services.”
A post-mortem of the Trump campaign’s 2020 election loss written by the former president’s chief pollster makes no mention of the unproven voter fraud claims that have dominated Donald Trump’s post-election rhetoric, instead linking the defeat to his handling of the coronavirus pandemic and a perceived untrustworthiness.
In the wake of the allegations, Manson’s current record label, Loma Vista Recordings, issued a statement Monday dropping the artist from the label. “In light of today’s disturbing allegations by Evan Rachel Wood and other women naming Marilyn Manson as their abuser, Loma Vista will cease to further promote his current album, effective immediately,” the label said. “Due to these concerning developments, we have also decided not to work with Marilyn Manson on any future projects.” AMC Networks, the owner of the network Shudder that was set to show Warner as an actor in the upcoming Creepshow anthology, told Vanity Fair that they would not show the segment following Monday’s allegations.
The death spiral of the American empire will not be halted with civility. It will not be halted with the 42 executive orders signed by Joe Biden, however welcome many are, especially since they can, with a new chief executive, be immediately revoked. It will not be halted by removing Donald Trump, and the crackpot conspiracy theorists, Christian fascists and racists who support him, from social media. It will not be halted by locking up the Proud Boys and the clueless protestors who stormed the Congress on Jan. 6 and took selfies in Mike Pence’s Senate chair. It will not be halted by restoring the frayed alliances with our European allies or rejoining the World Health Organization or the Paris Climate Agreement. All of these measures are window dressing, masking the root cause of the demise of America — unchecked oligarchic power and greed. The longer wealth is funneled upwards into the hands of a tiny, oligarchic cabal, who put Biden into office and whose interests he assiduously serves, we are doomed.