News Briefs for the Week of Feb. 15, 2017

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Chicago's Surgery Museum Plans Sex Reassignment Exhibit

(AP) A Chicago museum chronicling the history of surgery through medical artifacts, paintings and sculptures is planning to open an exhibit later this year on sex-reassignment procedures.

Curators at the International Museum of Surgical Science said the issue has become more prominent in social, cultural and political conversations and the museum hopes to contribute to the discussion in medical and surgical terms, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Collin Pressler, the museum's director of exhibitions, said he hopes to "demystify" the "relatively obscure" topic.

"The museum doesn't shy away from real and accurate depictions of surgery," he said. "That's how you educate."

He hopes the exhibit will open before the end of the year as museum officials work on fundraising and designing the display.

About 700,000 people in the United States identify as transgender, according to a 2016 University of California study. Up to 500 sex change operations are performed annually in the country, according to the online Encyclopedia of Surgery.

The museum near downtown Chicago features over 7,000 medical artifacts that cover centuries of medical history, from acupuncture to X-ray treatments. Artist renderings also depict procedures, including a life-size painting of a woman undergoing a cesarean section in Colombia in 1844.

 

John Oliver Wants RuPaul to Run for President, #MakeAmericaFierceAgain

(EDGE) Could the Supermodel of the World also become the leader of the free world?

If it was up to John Oliver, RuPaul would become the 46th President of the United States. 

Oliver returned to "Last Week Tonight" Sunday and had a lot to say. In his epic takedown of President Donald Trump, the host suggested Ru could defeat Trump in the 2020 presidential election and #MakeAmericaFierceAgain.

"The notion that our leaders should be able to pass on mistruths with impunity should be alarming to absolutely everybody, regardless of politics," he said. "Republicans should badly want our sense of objective reality to remain intact, just in case the Democrats ever find their own appealing reality star to win back the White House. RuPaul, for instance. Make America fierce again. #MakeAmericaFierceAgain."

Ru took to Twitter Monday morning to respond to Oliver.

“Condragulations, @iamjohnoliver you are the winner of this week’s challenge. #MakeAmericaFierceAgain”

 

ACLU Is Seeing A Trump-Era Surge In Members And Donations

(AP) The nearly century-old American Civil Liberties Union says it is suddenly awash in donations and new members as it does battle with President Donald Trump over the extent of his constitutional authority, with nearly $80 million in online contributions alone pouring in since the election.

That includes a record $24 million surge over two days after Trump banned people from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States. The organization said its membership has more than doubled since the election to a record of nearly 1.2 million, and its Twitter following has tripled.

"It feels like we're drinking from a fire hydrant," said ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero, adding that the election has brought immigration, refugee, reproductive, civil and voting rights "to a high boil."

"What's really heartening is people are paying attention. They're aware of the crisis on the horizon," he said. "There's a real sense of urgency."

After Trump's election, the ACLU greeted the age of Trump on its website and magazine with a fresh slogan: "See you in court." That was the same expression Trump used in his tweeted response to a federal appeals court's decision refusing to reinstate the travel ban.

The ACLU has won court orders in New York, Massachusetts and Maryland against the president's travel ban. It has also filed a Freedom of Information Act request for documents on the billionaire's potential conflicts of interest. And it intends to bring a legal challenge accusing him of violating the Constitution's Emoluments Clause by accepting payments from foreign governments at his hotels and other properties.


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