This week read about Jamie Barton joining a musical cast on a New Year's Eve PBS special, T'Nia Miller of "Bly Manor" commenting on her identity, and Oregon schools keeping their trans-inclusive policy.
Bisexual Opera Star Rings in the New Year on PBS
Jamie Barton, a bisexual opera singer, was part of an all-star musical cast that performed on PBS New Year’s Eve. The program, titled “United in Song: Celebrating the Resilience of America,” was meant to “encourage our nation to come together and celebrate our irrepressible strength as we welcome the New Year,” according to a PBS press release.
Barton has gained a following on social media with over 16,000 followers on Twitter and over 20,700 on Instagram. She proudly claims that she is a “queer opera singer into drag queens, bluegrass, social justice, equality, & cats.”
She is a strong advocate for body positivity and women’s rights. Barton also serves as a voice for the LGBT community. The mezzo-soprano showed off her impressive skills on New Year’s Eve by delivering a powerful opera performance.
‘The Haunting of Bly Manor’ Star Comments on Her Identity
T'Nia Miller. Photo via Facebook.
T’Nia Miller, who plays housekeeper Hannah on “The Haunting of Bly Manor,” opened up about her identity in an article for The Advocate.
She said that she had never really spoken about her identity publicly until recently. “I don’t hide things very well, and I never have, and I walk around unapologetically. Not anything with arrogance, but just because I really love life and people,” Miller said.
Recently, Miller has opened up about how she identifies because she wants young Black LGBT to be seen and feel represented. “The reason why I started talking about my personal life is because there’s been lots of difficulties with mental health with children. As an older queer Black woman, we don’t see that for our younger Black and my younger Black children — the men and the women out there in the world,” said Miller.
Oregon Schools Will Keep Their Trans-Inclusive Policy in Place
Photo via Pixabay, edited by Brendon Lies.
Though some parents wanted to fight the existing transgender-inclusive policy in Oregon schools, the Supreme Court declined to hear the case.
The American Civil Liberties Union was pleased with the Supreme Court’s decision and put out a press release saying, “The Supreme Court has once again said that transgender youth are not a threat to other students. As we look towards state legislative sessions that will likely continue the attacks on trans youth, the decision not to take this case is an important and powerful message to trans and non-binary youth that they deserve to share space with and enjoy the benefits of the school alongside their non-transgender peers. We will continue to fight in courts, in legislatures, and in our families and communities to ensure that all trans people feel safe and belong.”
The hope is that this decision will inspire other states to maintain their transgender-inclusive policies so that transgender students can feel safe and welcomed in the classroom.
Each week ‘Beyond the G’ looks at news featuring the many letters of our LGBTQIA+ spectrum.