Last night, NBC's reality competition show America's Got Talent ended its final audition episode with a musical performance from an 84-year-old man singing an original song about not wanting to date a woman because she had "male genitalia," and which included lyrics like "there's always some failure, always some flaw." As the song's "joke" dawned on the audience and judges, they erupted in laughter and the contestant was unanimously voted onto the next round.
In a recent post on the U.S. Department of Labor's website, Secretary Tom Perez announced forthcoming guidelines that will clarify the provision of full protection under federal non-discrimination laws for transgender individuals.
AB 1121, authored by Speaker Toni G. Atkins in 2013, ensures that transgender people are no longer required to publish an announcement of their name change in a local newspaper, and also will not have to go through the court system to request the birth certificate change.
Last night, President Obama spoke at the White House's Pride Month Celebration about LGBT-inclusive policy shifts and announced that he will sign executive orders to ban federal workplace discrimination on the basis of gender identity.
With the media flocking to cover news aside from the World Cup in Brazil, news outlets and publications would do well to keep in mind the brutal situation for transgender individuals in the Roman Catholic nation.
Yesterday, Orange is the New Black star, Laverne Cox, served as a Grand Marshal in New York City's 2014 Pride Parade, marking the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, along with the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force’s Executive Director, Rea Carey, and “Frozen” star, Jonathan Groff.