Friday, September 04, 2015

PR 14 Ep 5: The One Where They Needed Real Guns

Tim and Heidi appear in silhouette on the runway, apparently armed with Tommy Guns and I rejoice in thinking this will be the week that someone is truly … truly … Auf’d — and I’m lookin’ at you Blake — but, sadly, it isn’t assault weapons, but paintball guns that will be used in a Battle For Fabrics.

Oh, and it’s another Team Challenge, though I knew that was coming since there are an even number of Designtestants. Blake, as the winner last week — and, yes, that win still stings — chooses first and opts for Swapnil; smart choice. Then Heidi pulls out the Dreaded Button Bag™ and chooses Candice to start a second team; Candice surveys the field and just when you’re thinking she’ll choose Ashley — given that they won when paired up and worked so well together — she picks Amanda because she wants to “help her.” Crazy say what?

Anyway the selection process continues and quickly becomes a girls versus boys plus Merline. Ashley, who has won two challenges thus far, for some odd reason is the last girl picked for Team Mean Girls, leaving even Heidi flummoxed.

So, now that we have our teams it’s off to the battlefield, where the designtestants will try and grab bolts of fabrics while being paint-balled by their opposition. Ashley takes out her anger at being chosen last by really pummeling the Boys + Merline, except for Blake, who hides in the back, grabs no fabric, and comes out in a pristine white jumpsuit. I am loathing Blake and his non-team-player-ness; not a word, I know, but it captures the spirit.

The challenge will be create a six look collection using fabrics collected in the game of paintball, with a twist: Tim tells the designers that their paint-splattered coveralls will be the main material for the challenge, while the fabrics collected will be their supplemental materials.  Oops Blake … good luck with the all-white; though, as happens in the PR where things are not always what they seem, the designers are also given white fabric and more paint to create more textiles.

Let’s rip …

THE TOPS
Five Guys and Merline
After the Battlefield, the Boys + Merline end up with blue, yellow, and green fabrics, and blue, yellow, and green splattered jumpsuits. They decide—after a brief discussion—to go with a 1950s inspiration and set about creating a Jackson Pollock-esque splattered fabric they can also use.

This is Team Get Along because they are all listening to one another, collaborating very well  — Jake dyed the fabrics, Blake painted flowers on some of the pieces — and Tim is quite impressed with what they’ve created and how they worked together. It’s clear from the first five minutes which team will win … but let’s talk clothes:

JOSEPH
My design aesthetic is not that Wow! Wow! Wow! factor.

WHAT I SAID
Joseph? I'm thinking you're gonna need to bring a Wow to the runway, and soon. This is cute — though I think Blake’s flowers accomplished that — but, again, it’s the older woman hemline that throws it off.

JAKE
I love my look because it flows.

WHAT I SAID
Stiff pants don't really flow. Especially not high-waisted blue Capri pants with a cape top. The cape, which Jake created with help from the team, is the best part, because it does flow; the pants seem off to me.

MERLINE
I designed something I’m super proud of.

WHAT I SAID
I don't get her POV; everything seems off about this Kimono-dress thing. It was my least favorite because, while we know it’s a coat since Merline told us, it looks like a dress with a blanket thrown over one shoulder.

BLAKE
My look is clean, fresh and crisp.

WHAT I SAID
And that's probably what he was going for after last week’s horrendously made winner, and the other week’s where he’s gone over-the-top. Blake scaled it down this week; sure, it’s simple, but it’s chic.

SWAPNIL
My look is looking quite nice. Kelly Osbourne is loving it.

WHAT I SAID
A poufy dress with a fitted bodice, this is a lot of work. Swapnil even took apart his shoes to create the lace up portion of the corset. While I think it’s odd to be longer in the front than the back, this is a lot of work and all of it good.

EDMOND
It looks really good … [it’s] more of a statement piece.

WHAT I SAID
He really used the jumpsuit, deconstructing it to make a floor-length halter gown. Blake’s flowers really worked on this one.

Plus, again, and I’m sorry … not really … he is adorable.

WHAT THE JUDGES SAID
Zac commended the team for stepping up this week; he called it a great collaboration. Heidi loved that they used fabrics they created, and thought Edmond’s dress was fresh; she also loved Swapnil’s balloon skirt. Nina loved that it was fun and energetic and sophisticated, and called it the best group challenge designs she’s ever seen on the PR. She also loved Edmond’s polished piece, and called him a very smart designer. Guest Judge, American designer and noted art collector Lisa Perry, loved the fresh textiles and Edmonds unique vision for a gown. Fellow Guest Judge, and fashion critic, designer, and upcoming “Project Runway Junior" judge Kelly Osbourne, wants Edmond’s gown, and commended each designer for sticking to their aesthetic while making a cohesive collection.

WHAT HAPPENED: Y’all know I loves me some Edmond, but I thought this would be Swapnil’s week. It was not, and Edmond gets another win, though he is sweet and gracious in thanking everyone from Jake to Blake for their help in making the collection work.

THE BOTTOMS
Mean Girls
After the battle, the girls end up with orange, pink, and purple fabrics and not much more. They cannot seem to decide on a cohesive collection and each one sets about making their own designs; cue ominous drumming. They then decide to paint their additional white fabrics, but it ends up looking like someone vomited Pepto and orange Juice on sheets; it’s a mess. They smashed pellets on the sheets and now they’re covered in paint and pellets, rendering them all ugly, and worst of all, useless.

And, after Tim visits, and confirms the hot messiness of the whole shebang, Mean Girls decide to scrap their painted fabrics and go for a Barney Purple theme that will be the glue which holds their team together.

The glue however won’t old, because there is sniping — Amanda is pissy because Laurie won’t let her use her scissors, but, um, yeah, Laurie was using the scissors when asked — and so Laurie tells Ashley that there will be a bus on the runway — The Downtown Candice-Amanda-Lindsey-Kelly Express  and they are gunning for Ashley.

Cue ominous drumming ….

ASHLEY
I love how everything fits.

WHAT I SAID
Good fit doesn't mean good design. This is not good; a ruffled pink clown color and a purple circle skirt. The top seems well-made but the bottom is a nothing. The pleats are cool; hey, couldn’t the theme have been pleating?

LAURIE
I love the culottes.

WHAT I SAID
I almost wished Laurie had been Auf'd for saying that. It’s cute; a crop top and culottes from the 1990s; hey, couldn’t the theme have been the 90s?

LINDSEY
I feel fine when I see my look … but it looks a little flat.

WHAT I SAID
A pair of too-short gray pants and a crop tank worn under a raincoat; hey, couldn’t the theme have been inclement weather and drab crop tops-and-pants?

KELLY
I am not happy with the fabrics or the colors.

WHAT I SAID
or the design or the execution or the styling? A bandage top with a strap-on … collar; and a mermaid skirt; hey, couldn’t the theme have been dominatrix-mermaid-workout wear?

CANDICE
There’s a vision in my top. It’s not the worst look.

WHAT I SAID
You say 'vision,' I say 'nightmare.' I've been to San Francisco and this isn't it. A pleated purple pouf on a hospital gray dress; hey, couldn’t the theme have been battered and bruised?

AMANDA
It does create drama. It’s not super basic.

WHAT I SAID
Um, it's a sheet with holes in it. A tent-like orange-and-purple-high-low sack; hey, couldn’t the theme have been circus?

WHAT THE JUDGES SAID
After Candice declared their theme to be "San Francisco," Kelly Osbourne wanted to know what was “San Francisco” about the collection, and was met with stammering and stuttering and something about ombré and being laid back and relaxed. Heidi pointed out that there was nothing relaxed about the collection, and called it amateur hour. She was also annoyed that Team Mean Girls didn’t use their hand-painted fabrics. Kelly said she’d seen it before—seriously, crop tops? She did like Ashley’s pleating, but called the skirt an afterthought, and said Candice’s wasn’t well executed. And when Team mean Girls decides to drive the bus over Ashley … their only team member who ever won a challenge—and Candice doesn’t count because she won with Ashley—Kelly calls them out on the Bitchfest and says they are all to blame. Nina called the whole shebang joyless and really hated on Kelly’s “bad mistake” and Amanda’s “maternity Easter egg” and then dubbed Amanda dead weight.

WHAT HAPPENED
When Nina calls you dead weight it’s time to be Auf’d. After three weeks in the basement Amanda goes home.

I played it back a couple of times, and I still heard Merline say how much she loved Jackson Polack, not Pollock. Seriously, girl?

Why Candice picked Three Time Bottom Girl Amanda is beyond me, except that they were pals—except in the confessional when Amanda constantly puts Candice down for being too confident and winning and stuff.
“You should be scared … all of you.” — Tim, to Team Mean Girls
And Candice seems to think that because her name was chosen from a bag of buttons, that she’s the team leader. Newsflash: she is not a leader when all she does is talk about what she’s doing; no guidance, no suggestion; no nothing.

Oh, and Candice? Note for the future: don't tell hair and make-up the theme is LA and then tell the judges it's San Francisco. Best to start with a theme and stick to it, rather than make one up to save your ass.

And, really PR producers, a segment on fingernail polish as part of the challenge? That was a stretch and a blatant commercial for the Sally Beauty Mobile Nail Studio™.
“I promise not to shoot you.” — Tim, to Blake
Oh, Blake; just when I loathe you — seriously, hiding during the paintball war — you come out as a team player by creating the floral motif. And, kudos for the smart pick of Swapnil after the rough start you two had; oh, and for sticking up for Ashley against the Mean Girls. Blake said it best to keep the drama for high school because they are all adults--except him of course, who is forever seventeen … age or IQ, I don’t know.  I may not like you, Blake, but this week I loathed you less.

And why go through with this paintball madness if you’re just gonna give the designers sheets and paints on the workroom? Was it because Blake might have had no painted fabrics and the producers want to keep him around longer? Is it because the Cubans killed Kennedy? Or, maybe because the moon landing was faked? I’m looking at all conspiracy theories.
“It looks like the 70s puked.” — Swapnil, about the girl’s painted fabrics
And the best part, for me, was that while sitting backstage awaiting their fate, Team Mean Girls chose that time to come up with their theme … after all the design and sewing and runway show, now they talk theme? And when Candice says "San Francisco!" I almost crapped my pants because didn’t she say in the hair and make-up session that their girl was from Los Angeles. Oy.

“I’m just praying for some color.” — Amanda
Each week she hits bottom and tells the judges she’ll do better, then doesn’t. What she does do, however, is complain that she isn’t the worst designer—high praise indeed—and that there were others who should have gone home. No, honey, three weeks in the Bottom and you are Auf’d. Complain at home and Instagram it to us.
“You did a really f**king good job!”  Kelly Osbourne, to Team Boys + Merline
What did YOU think?


I Didn't Say It ....

Mike Huckabee, future failed presidential candidate and wingnut, on Kentucky Kounty Klerk—thanks to Beth at Nutwood Junction for that—Kim Davis’ religious hypocrisy:

“I spoke with Kim Davis this morning to offer my prayers and support. I let her know how proud I am of her for not abandoning her religious convictions and standing strong for religious liberty. She is showing more courage and humility than just about any federal office holder in Washington. Kim is asking the perfect question: ‘Under what law am I authorized to issue homosexual couples a marriage license?’ That simple question is giving many in Congress a civics lesson that they never got in grade school. The Supreme Court cannot and did not make a law. They only made a ruling on a law. Congress makes the laws. Because Congress has made no law allowing for same-sex marriage, Kim does not have the constitutional authority to issue a marriage license to homosexual couples.”

Um, Mike, you idiot? Kim’s job is to issue marriage licenses and nowhere in her job description—an elected position which means she should be serving everyone equally—does it say she can discriminate.
It’s simple, Mike, and because you don’t get it, means you will not now or ever be a president of this country.

Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican Senator and future failed presidential candidate, on Kim Davis:

“The rule of law is the rule of law. We are a rule of law nation. I appreciate her conviction, I support traditional marriage, but she’s accepted a job in which she has to apply the law to everyone.”

Bully for Miss Lindsey, who is saying this because maybe she’s faunally found Mister Right and he lives in Kentucky and wants to marry Miss Lindsey … or … he’s aware of how the country has changed and he’s just a pandering politician looking for votes.

Dan Savage, LGBT activist and advocate, on Kim Davis:

“This is a woman who’s been divorced three times and married four times, [who] gave birth to twins five months after divorcing her first husband, (and) they were fathered by her third husband but adopted by her second husband [and] She’s now onto her fourth husband. Jesus Christ himself in scripture condemned divorce, called it adultery and forbids it. Jesus Christ himself in scripture says not one word about same-sex marriage. She’s not being asked to perform a sacrament, she is tasked with ascertaining that the people in front of her, the couple in front of her, have a legal right to get married and to provide them with that license. She is not a minister. She actually thinks she works for God there in the county courthouse, when she actually works for Caesar — and someone needs to acquaint her with that fact.”

Word.

Mama Grizzly Bore™, on [t]Rump and, maybe, how she's like to be his Veep:

“Man he is just getting crucified out there just for telling the truth. He’s doing a good job of that and he’s shaking it up the way it should be, and he’s leading other candidates and having to talk about the issues that average Joe Six-Pack American wants to hear and wants to talk about. I’m certainly all about this ABC thing — Anybody But Clinton! We’ve had seven or eight years of a liberal policy that’s turning us into a socialist nation and that’s not what our founders have intended for us. If we were to elect someone who’s been part of the problem creating the socialism, really there is no hope. The skids are greased for her, I think the media is kind of playing this game, where they’re clobbering her a little today, you know they’re trying to hold her accountable, do that when she does though jump over this latest hump, which is this scandal with the emails, the media can say, ‘Hey, see, we were fair.’”

I wonder what kind of dressing Mama Grizzly Bore™ suggest for this word salad because if she thinks Donald [t]Rump is dumb enough to choose her as his Veep, when she’s one of the reasons Gramps McCain lost in ’08, she has definitely crossed over to Crazy.

Chris Christie, New Jersey Republican governor and future failed presidential candidate, offering up his solution to undocumented immigrants:

“At any moment, FedEx can tell you where that package is. It’s on the truck. It’s at the station. It’s on the airplane. Yet we let people come to this country with visas, and the minute they come in, we lose track of them. We need to have a system that tracks you from the moment you come in.”

Yeah, he wants to put tracking numbers on people, or microchip them like dogs.
Isn’t this kinda similar to tattooed numbers on the arms of Jews in Nazi Germany?

Thursday, September 03, 2015

Random Musings

Some good, and some great, American Horror Story news … creator Ryan Murphy teased a couple of new items for upcoming seasons.

One: My favorite; Jessica Lange, who said she was done with the show after Freak Show, just might be returning after she finishes her run in a play on Broadway.

Two: Next season might see two AHS stories, one in fall and one in spring.

Double the horror and Lange coming back? Oh.Yeah.

In other great horror TV show news … the great Patti LuPone has joined the Showtime fright-fest, Penny Dreadful, full-time.

I.Love.La.LuPone. Just don’t bring a cell phone around her.

Having Mama Grizzly Bore™ interview Donald [t]Rump for the conservative One America News network — all five of its outlets — is akin to sending a first grader to interview Obama about the Iran deal … except the first grader would have had better questions.

In Hot Men news, we’ve begun watching Public Morals on USA, which is about the Vice Squad units in New York City in the 1960s.

Oh, and Hot Men, too, like Neal McDonough, who plays killer Rusty Patton. Dreamy-eyed murderer … yeah, I can forgive the murderer part, I guess,

Austin Stowell plays Sean O’Bannon, the typical Hot Cop with a Heart of Gold, while Aaron Dean Eisenberg is another cop who could cuff me.

Just sayin’.

Kanye West was awarded the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the VMAs last weekend and threatened us with running for president in 2020.

Ladies and gentlemen, your First Lady, and former porn star, Kim Kardastrophe-West.

Obama has renamed Mt. McKinley Mt. Denali?

Um, no, he just changed the name back, m’kay?

And Denali isn’t some Kenyan word, nor is it an insult to McKinley—who is from Ohio and never once set foot in Alaska. M’kay?

So, it was same-sex couple David Moore and David Ermold who gave us Kentucky Kounty Klerk — thanks to Beth at Nutwood Junction for that — Kim Davis when they applied for a marriage license and she refused.

And so they went back and back, armed with a video camera and each time they were denied because Kim says God blah blah blah.

This week, even after being ordered by the courts to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, Kim again refused to grant David Moore and David Ermold one, saying:
"I’m willing to face my consequences as you all will face your consequences when it comes time for judgment."
Your consequences is that you will be a four-time married, three-timed divorced adulterer looking for a job, while Moore and Ermold were get married — having been together twenty-seven years — and being happy.

That works for me.

UPDATE: Kim has been jailed for contempt ... cuz she's contemptible.

Anthony Horowitz, the author of a new James Bond novel, announced this week that actor Idris Elba was not right for the part of James Bond if and when Daniel Craig leaves the role. Horowitz said, ahem:
“Idris Elba is a terrific actor, but I can think of other black actors who would do it better. For me, Idris Elba is a bit too rough to play the part. It’s not a color issue. I think he is probably a bit too ‘street’ for Bond. Is it a question of being suave? Yeah.” 
Too street? WTF does that even mean? And, remember, folks said Craig was too rough to be Bond, too; and too short. And when people went nuts at Horowitz’s lunacy, he quickly apologized:
“I was asked in my interview if Idris Elba would make a good James Bond. In the article I expressed the opinion that to my mind Adrian Lester would be a better choice but I’m a writer not a casting director so what do I know? Clumsily, I chose the word ‘street’ as Elba’s gritty portrayal of DCI John Luther was in my mind but I admit it was a poor choice of word. I am mortified to have caused offence.”
Idris took the high road in the kerfuffle, though with a hint of snark when he posted this to Instagram:
“Always Keep Smiling!! It takes no energy and never hurts! Learned that from the Street!!
Hot.Suave.Funny.Hot. He is Bond.

Josh Duggar boarded a private plane last week and flew to Illinois where he ALLEGEDLY entered rehab for being, I forget, child molester, adulterer, porn addict, religious wingnut, or hypocrite.

The faith-based rehab — called Reformers Unanimous — is a hyper-Christian rehab that involves lots of Bible study and manual labor and absolutely NO therapy. 

Oh, and Josh isn’t even there? Josh has not shown up to one single mandatory meeting or church service, so it appears that Josh is once again the “biggest hypocrite ever.”

And even his sister-in-law, has taken to Facebook to basically call him out for being a pedophile and an adulterer. And ruining the family's attempts to make money off being holier than thou without ever actually working a single day in their lives.

Yeah, Josh is the problem.

I love Cate Blanchett.

love Lucy.

But Cate as Lucy in an upcoming film? I’m wondering about that.


#DoYourJob: Jesse Rau Won't Drive A Rainbow Bus

Down here in "Amurica," we have our Bigot Bakers and Bigot Photographers and Bigot County Clerks who refuse to do their jobs because … The Gays. But this isn’t just an American thing … it’s spreading across the border into Canada.

Maybe Scott Walker was right about building a fence between Canada and the Us ... but use it to keep America's crazy out of Canada?

Anyway ... Jesse Rau, a Calgary Transit driver, has ignited controversy over his refusal to do his job, which is to drive a bus, because during Calgary’s Pride Festival the buses have been painted rainbow colors and he thinks that infringes on his religious freedom.

Seriously? Maybe he should head to Kentucky and drive Kim Davis to and from work in a bigot bus.
"I feel like people at Calgary Transit are now against me because I stand firmly for my Christian faith and won't compromise my values."
Um, no Jesse, Calgary Transit simply wants you to do your job … drive the bus. And be truthful, because, according to city manager Jeff Fielding, Jesse Rau has not contacted him, or anyone at his job, to say he doesn’t want to drive the bus and why he doesn’t want to drive it.

So, Jesse, this is all about you getting your Fifteen Minutes of Bigot Fame, and since it’s just about over, why don’t you quit, and find yourself a nice little Christian bus to drive because, let me make this perfectly queer, Jesse: driving a bus painted with a rainbow flag, or flying a rainbow flag, or painted with a pink triangle, or emblazoned with the words Gay Pride has absolutely nothing to do with your faith.

Keep your faith; keep your head in the sand. Look for a new job, and then do it.

Since you can’t do this one.

A Church Responds To Vandals With An LGBT Rainbow

Last month, up there in North Carolina, at the Wedgewood Church in Charlotte, someone spray-painted the front doors with the words:
Fags are Pedos.

Now, I don’t speak bigot, but I think they meant to say Homosexuals are pedophiles. Perhaps, as is the case with most homophobes, spelling doesn’t come easy, hence … pedos.

Still, it was a shock for parishioners at the church, known for its progressive views on religion; in fact, they even go so far as to post on their website that Wedgewood is a :::gasp::: “liberal” church, and brag that they actively opposed North Carolina’s ban on same-sex marriage, and believe that respecting LGBT people, members of other religions, and atheists as a “core beliefs.”  In fact, leaders added the phrase “LGBT Equality” to the church sign this summer, which no doubt lead to the graffiti.
“As a pastor I thought about all of the stories of rejection I’ve heard [from LGBT people] over the years.  That vandalism was a symbol of all of that negative stuff.” — Chris Ayers, the church’s pastor
And while Ayers called the incident “heart-piercing,” he and the members simply moved on as best they could, and set about to paint over the offensive, illiterate graffiti … with a rainbow flag.
“We didn’t want the focus to be on the damage to our church property, but on the damage that has been done to LGBT Christians through systematic abuse from so many — and, sadly, from so many denominations and Christians.”
Chris Ayers believes this new door means that “one’s sexual orientation and gender identity are not sins, but blessings from God [and] a celebration of the courage of LGBT people over the years to enable the progress that has been made recently. ... And, finally, it’s an example of positive, non-hateful response to homophobic people.”

The march goes on, and the folks at Wedgwood Church, lead by Pastor Ayers, are lighting the way …

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Architecture Wednesday: Tribeca Loft Reno

What do you do with a 130-year-old soap factory? Well, if you have the money, and you’re in La Grande Apple, you take that space and make it into a fabulous home.

So now, the top floor and the roof of that old warehouse are living life anew as a warm and welcoming residence with an expansive entertaining area, what looks almost like a floating greenhouse, and a huge rooftop terrace with views to die for.

The residence is part of the old warehouse mezzanine, with a sunken interior court and a retractable glass roof that connects to the planted green roof garden above.

It’s hip and funky and retro and industrial and green and view-worthy and fabulous.

Today In Stoopid: Pete Sessions and Roger Hunt

Wow, there’s something in the GOP water that spurs on lunacy and wild conspiracy theories … like the one recently put forward by Texas — yeah, I know … crazy — Republican — yeah, I know … crazier — Congressman Pete Sessions who claims that the Boy Scouts of America’s [BSA} recent decision to allow openly gay troop leaders is the result of anti-discrimination laws that are “designed” to take down the organization.

Yes, we fought against discrimination in the BSA so we could take down the BSA, y’all; we’re that powerful.

In a recent interview, Sessions said he disagreed with the BSA decision and that, as a former Eagle Scout who is “deeply involved” with the scout5s, claims, without one stitch of proof mind, because there isn’t any, not that that matters to a republican from Texas, that the decision was prompted by “outside factors” that are “trying to literally ruin the Boy Scouts of America over something they don’t understand.”

The Gays did it to ruin scouting, not, you know, to be able to be who they are and be a scout. But then Sessions dives deeper into the GOP Crazy Pond and says that all anti-discrimination laws — and I’m assuming he means just the ones that apply to The Gays — are designed to take down the scouts. 

Of course, because he’s a loon, Sessions has no response to the fact that not one single anti-discrimination law prompted the BSA to make this historic change, nor can he explain why, if some states began implementing non-discrimination laws back in the 1990s it took the BSA twenty-five years to make the change.

In fact, back in 2000, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the BSA was “allowed” to discriminate against openly gay troop leaders since the BSA was a private organization and therefore could make its own membership rules.

So, Congressman Sessions, take off the Tin Foil hat and listen up: the BSA policy shift came about because a great many sponsors of the group threatened to end their funding over the anti-gay policies of the Boy Scouts and had nothing whatsoever to do with any law.

Now, Congressman, sit down, sip some Sweet Tea and keep quiet until the Mother Planet calls you home ….

And maybe you can swap stories with South Dakota Republican legislator Roger Hunt who has proposed legislation in that state that would require physical examination of a transgender athletes genitals before they be allowed to compete in high school sports.

Uh huh.

Hunt — who has clearly never had an education beyond the sixth grade, nor read anything on gender and gender identity and transgender studies — says that gender begins at conception and so only birth certificates and visual inspections should be used to determine a student’s gender identity.

And so Roger Hunt — who doesn’t want South Dakota to succumb to what he dubs “East [and]West Coast culture” — drafted his idiotic and offensive legislation in response to the South Dakota High School Activities Association’s [SDHSAA]rational decision to make its policies inclusive to trans athletes last year.

The current policy allows for parents to notify the school of their child’s gender identity if it differs from what is listed on the child’s birth certificate or school registration records and it allows for written verification from a health care professional to attest to the child’s consistent gender identification and expression. Once a decision is made based on the available records and statements, trans students can participate in sports according to their gender identity for the rest of their high school career. The policy also provides guidance for correct pronoun use and access to locker rooms and bathrooms.

Rational, like I said.

Of course, being a Republican and being from South Dakota, Hunt isn’t the first legislator to act the fool. Another Republican state legislator, Jim Bolin, said the SDHSAA “decided to essentially question the validity of birth documents in the state of South Dakota,” and introduced a bill that would make the policy void. It also required that sexual identity would only be determined by birth certificates.

Again, because he’s never educated himself on gender issues.

South Dakota legislators tried twice to overturn the policy — it passed the House, but failed in the Senate — and the SDHSAA says they will take another look at the policy during a meeting next week, and so some in the statehouse want to wait and see what happens there before trying, again, to push through Hunt’s offensive legislation.

Luckily, though, Hunt’s proposal might be against federal law, which says that trans students are protected by Title IX in single-sex extracurricular activities, so maybe this kind of hateful, and backwards, and backwoods, legislation may never pass at all.

Let’s hope so … and let’s hope that these two lunatics are voted out of office in their respective states as soon as possible.
Roger Hunt source