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Holy shit, it's Nice Times AGAIN! There is a lot of bad stuff happening, for sure. But Gavin Grimm and the rest of the kids in the Fourth Circuit can pee where they like in school now because yet another federal court just ruled that discrimination against trans people is sex discrimination. We're so excited we're leaking all over the Wonkette Seekrit Chatcave like a bunch of Russian pee hookers!


So, while we're mopping up, let's just take a little victory lap and think about how far we've come since Grimm got quarantined to a separate-but-unequal bathroom in 2014. Remember in 2016 when North Carolina passed its Check Your Neighbor's Bits bill? And then the state lost a gazillion tourism dollars, and the NBA noped out, and the NCAA pulled their tournaments in protest, and the legislature had to repeal it mostly? After that, state legislators kinda lost their zeal for bathroom bills. They all seemed to get flushed in committee. (Yeah, we said it!)

Huckabee and the rest of the dead-enders are still tweeting stupid shit about it, of course. But the world is moving on. The First, Second, Third, Seventh and Ninth Circuits have all recognized some right to sue for sex discrimination based on gender identity. If you can't fire someone for being a woman, you can't fire someone for being the wrong kind of woman, i.e. one who sleeps with other women, or was born with male sexual characteristics. This year, a federal court in Maryland refused to dismiss a trans boy's Title IX and Equal Protection claim against his school for barring him from the appropriate bathroom -- and Maryland is in the Fourth Circuit, same as Virginia where Gavin Grimm is suing his school. Just today, a federal court ordered the Missouri Department of Corrections to provide a prisoner with treatment for her gender dysphoria disorder.

Culturally, we've now had four seasons of Transparent on Amazon, five seasons of Orange Is the New Black, our kids go to school with trans kids, we've been peeing at Target next to each other for five years, and it's just not A THING the way it was then.

In fact, it wasn't really ever A THING for the kids in the first place. Gavin Grimm was just taking a leak like a normal boy until parents in the district lost their minds and decided they needed to persecute the poor kid to perteck the wimminz. From the Virginia order,

After a few weeks, Mr. Grimm sought permission to use the boys' restrooms. With the Principal's support, he began using the boys' restrooms on October 20, 2014, and did so without incident for approximately seven weeks.

The Principal and Superintendent informed the Board that they had authorized Mr. Grimm to use the boys' restrooms, but otherwise kept the matter confidential. However, several adults in the community learned of a transgender student's use of the boys' restrooms. They contacted the Board, demanding that the transgender student be barred from the boys' restrooms.

If I might be permitted a personal anecdote ... When my own son was 10, he had a female basketball coach.

"Wow, cool!" I said. And he said, "Mom, what are you talking about?"

Because our shit, is not their shit. They're growing up with brown coaches, and gay teachers, and trans librarians. And it's NOT A THING.

Sephora is bringing makeup classes for trans people to the same store in the mall where your teenager buys her lipgloss.

Bold Beauty for the Transgender Community - 2 MIN PROMO from Sephora Stands on Vimeo

We're not crying! You're the one who's crying!

This has been a hard year. Sometimes it seems like everything will always be awful. It's easy to look at the Nazis and the incels and the lunatic Trumpers and fall into despair.

DON'T. We will get through this. The kids are good. It will be okay.

XOX, Yr FDF!

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[Grimm v. Gloucester]

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Fellow Wonkers, this last week of horror has been wearing on us all, because here we are in a world where the "president" of the United States has ordered that migrant children be taken away from their parents at the border, and is simultaneously proud of it (for his base) and cravenly blaming it on Democrats because even he knows it's morally reprehensible. But what the hell can we do about it beyond calling our senators and representatives and posting sadness on Twitter, the latter of which is of dubious utility to anyone, and mostly depressing?

Resist the urge to disappear into a bottle. The kids and the families need you.

Slate has compiled a great list of places to start, which we will liberally summarize for you right now:

The thing these folks need most is LAWYERS. If you're an immigration lawyer, you're probably already swamped. But on the off chance you have time and expertise to spare, the American Immigration Lawyers Association is building a list of volunteers.

Yr Dok Zoom has given money to the fine folks at RAICES, a San Antonio-based group that has two major projects. They're getting lawyers for migrant families (and for the kids when possible) and raising money to pay migrant parents' bond so they can be out of jail and with their families. If you're in Texas, then click here to volunteer!

Also for folks who are in Texas:

The Texas Civil Rights Project is seeking "volunteers who speak Spanish, Mam, Q'eqchi' or K'iche' and have paralegal or legal assistant experience."

There's also CARA -- an umbrella organization for the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, the American Immigration Council, the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Together, they provide legal services at immigration detention centers.

To help kids who are already in immigration detention, there's Kids in Need of Defense, which provides children with representation in immigration court and also lobbies for children's legal interests. Donate here.

If you're not quite sure where to give, ActBlue has bundled several immigrant rights groups into a single donation button -- see the list and donate here.

Remember, there's always the ACLU, which is fighting family separation with a federal class action lawsuit.

You want to march? Former top government ethics lawyer Walter Shaub, who gave up trying to tell the Trump administration what ethics even are, will be announcing the details of a national march (think DC and local affiliated marches) tonight on MSNBC's "All In with Chris Hayes." We'll make noise here, too.

Good people are coming together to put an end to this cruelty. EVERY Democrat in the Senate is now co-sponsoring Dianne Feinstein's bill to stop family separation.

And hell, we'll even give the last word to Jennifer Rubin, who seems to have reassessed some of her previous political views. She has a reminder for all of us:

Damn straight. Remember it every damn day between now and then.

It's your open thread. Don't boo -- organize. Time to RESIST.

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There are perks to being the only Harvard professor willing to shill for the Bush League Mussolini. Everyone else has to haul ass to the Fox studio and sit for hair and makeup. Not Alan Dershowitz! He just parks his laptop in Pee Wee's playhouse and Skypes in that rant. Is he even wearing pants? We hope never to find out!

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