Bites: Tegan and Sara at Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras, Trans Girl on Nat Geo Cover!

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Lesbian - Tegan and Sara to play at Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras in Sydney

(SFGN) Canadian music duo, identical twins, and LGBT right advocates Tegan and Sara will perform at the Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras festival, in Sydney Australia March 4, 2017, BuzzFeed reports. 

The sisters, who are both lesbians, have been open about their stance on LGBT rights throughout their careers. Following the release of their eighth studio album “Love you to Death” in June, Sara Quin told Billboard,

“Not to take away how amazing the Supreme Court ruling was for same-sex marriage in the United States [in June 2015], but one of the things Tegan and I talk about a lot is internationally,” said Sara, who was born in Calgary but now lives in Los Angeles.

“We spend a lot of time in countries where we’re not just talking about marriage; we’re talking about health care; we’re talking about security; we’re talking about adoption rights, hospital rights; these things, they need to be legislated. They have to be protected by the government. And this just shows that there are still so many things that can be done to protect people -- not just gay people, but people.”


Transgender - National Geographic Features Trans Girl on Cover of Gender Special Issue

(SFGN) Avery Jackson, a nine-year-old girl from Kansas City is the first transperson to be featured on the cover of National Geographic. The January issue is headed “Gender Revolution” and will be available Dec. 27. 

The cover photo, taken by Robin Hammond, is captioned by a quote from Avery, “The best thing about being a girl is, now I don’t have to pretend to be a boy.”

National Geographic has received a great deal of attention on the issue since the release of the cover on social media, prompting Editor-in-Chief Susan Goldberg to respond with this editorial,

“The portraits of all the children are beautiful. We especially loved the portrait of Avery—strong and proud. We thought that, in a glance, she summed up the concept of ‘Gender Revolution.’

Like her, all of us carry labels applied by others. The complimentary ones—‘generous,’ ‘funny,’ ‘smart’—are worn with pride. The harsh ones can be lifelong burdens, indictments we try desperately to outrun.

The most enduring label, and arguably the most influential, is the first one most of us got: ‘It’s a boy!’ or ‘It’s a girl!’ Though Sigmund Freud used the word ‘anatomy’ in his famous axiom, in essence he meant that gender is destiny.

Today that and other beliefs about gender are shifting rapidly and radically. That’s why we’re exploring the subject this month, looking at it through the lens of science, social systems, and civilizations throughout history.”

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