Topics covered in this installment of Sex in the News:
- Girl Scouts of Colorado welcomes transgendered youth
- Lesbian couple crowned homecoming king and queen
- Support the Every Child Deserves a Family Act
I simply don’t have time to discuss these issues in an in-depth fashion, after a horrifically busy, stressful month that is finally coming to a close. However, suffice it to say, the theme this October in sexuality-related news seemed to be one of equality. In case you’re pressed for time and are unable to read these inspiring stories, I have summarized them for you here. In short:
1. The Girl Scouts embraced a young transgendered girl, making a national statment after the child was initially turned away. This will hopefully pave the way for other youth to become involved in extra-curricular organizations that encourage an atmosphere of fun, adventure, and learning, as well as diversity and acceptance. (I was once a Girl Scout myself and have fond memories. In fact, I bet my mother still has that little Brownies vest stashed away somewhere…)
2. In California, Rebecca and Haileigh were crowned homecoming king and queen, becoming one of the first gay couples to receive that particular honor. In light of news articles in recent years, telling of the plight of young men and women being banned from their school dances, this news is particularly encouraging. It warms my heart the way the whole place just explodes when their names are announced. Beautiful.
3. This bill was introduced this past May, but it has received little to no media attention. I was made aware of it in my social policy class a couple weeks ago. If this bill were signed into law, it would “prohibit discrimination in adoption or foster care placements based on the sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status of any prospective adoptive or foster parent, or the sexual orientation or gender identity of the child involved.” In other words, while adoption is possible for single folks, transgendered people, and same-sex couples in some states, it is by no means guaranteed across the board. For example, until very recently, homosexual couples were allowed to foster children in Florida, but they could not officially adopt them, even if the child had been with them since birth. Please contact your representatives and show your support for HR1681, the Every Child Deserves A Family Act.