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“More than a few transgender people feel they’ve been sold out by the gay-rights movement and lament the way the ‘T’ in ‘L.G.B.T.’ always comes last.” That’s Jennifer Finney Boylan, in an op-ed about transgender rights, in today’s New York Times.

A new edition of Rachel Simmons’s Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls, with new chapters on how technology has changed the way young women relate to each other, is out now.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand wants to see more women involved in politics, and 78% of New York voters agree with her.

Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Sonia Sotomayor is going to appear on Sesame Street. I love everything about that sentence.

A gay couple in Louisiana is trying to change their adopted son’s birth certificate so they can be recognized as his parents – and the state won’t let them.

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3 Comments

  1. Posted August 13, 2011 at 1:08 am | Permalink

    I was lucky enough to have Jenny Boylan as a professor my junior year of college. She is smart, inspiring and absolutely flat out hysterical. I’m glad to see she is getting a shot at the Times.

  2. Posted August 13, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Permalink

    Original birth certificates should not be tampered with, period. There is no justification for erasing the names of the biological parents and substituting those of the adoptive parents. Documentation of adoption, not birth certificates, can and should be used to establish the legal relationships of adoptive families. This is an issue of basic civil rights for adoptees, who deserve to know the factual details of the circumstances of their birth, not of adoptive parents, whether straight or gay. Certainly adoptive gay parents should have every right and protection afforded to straight adoptive parents, but changing an original birth certificate to misstate the facts of the child’s birth is unfair to adoptees and frankly makes no sense, as it is literally falsifying a government document.

  3. Posted August 13, 2011 at 6:57 pm | Permalink

    I’m glad to see Odd Girl Out is getting an update to reflect these new means of harassment employed by bullies. I remember doing a series of comic strips inspired by the original, which was very insightful.

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