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Juliet (left) and Jackie Evancho. Photo: Facebook.

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9 Women Activists in “When We Rise”

(SFGN) The miniseries “When We Rise” debuted Monday night and documents LGBT history after Stonewall with a focus on San Francisco. Four nights cover roughly one decade each, from the 1970s to the early 2010s. News and blog site AutoStraddle, highlights nine lesbian and transgender activists portrayed in the miniseries:

Roma Guy (played by Emily Skeggs and Mary Louise Parker), women’s health advocate, Advisory Board member of the first national Lesbian Health & Research Center,

Cecilia Chung (played by Ivory Aquino), an activist and advocate for improving healthcare access and treatment for trans people, people of color, and people who are HIV-positive.

Pat Norman (played by Whoopi Goldberg), advocate for people with AIDS, the LGBT, and African-American communities.

Del Martin (played by Rosie O’Donnell) & Phyllis Lyon (played by Maddie Corman)

Founded the first lesbian socio-political organization, Daughter of Bilitis in 1955. Forty years later, they became delegates to the White House Conference on Aging.

Diane Jones (played by Fiona Dourif and Rachel Griffiths) a Registered Nurse, pioneered the “San Francisco” model of HIV care in the 1980s, and eventually married Roma Guy.

Sally Gearhart (played by Carrie Preston) worked with Harvey Milk to defeat California's Proposition 6. In addition to her LGBT activism, she wrote queer Science Fiction novels including “The Wanderground” and “The Kanshou: Book.”

Bobbie Jean Baker (played by Jazz Mum) was active in the Bay Area religious and nonprofit communities in the early ‘90s. An ordained minister she served at several ministries including Transcending Transgender Ministries and performed with the Transcendence Gospel Choir.

Bishop Yvette Flunder (played by Phylicia Rashad), also an ordained minister, gospel recording artist, speaker and published author, worked to serve the HIV/AIDS communities as well as African-American and LGBT communities, among her vast contributions.

When We Rise premiered Monday night, 2/27, at 9 p.m. on ABC.


Oregon Governor says State won’t Aide in ICE Raids

(SFGN) Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed an executive order expanding state protections for immigrants and Muslims, U.S. UnCut reports. Oregon state law prevents law enforcement from using state resources to investigate or arrest undocumented immigrants. Brown’s order now extends that restriction to include all state agencies and employees. The law also bans agencies from discriminating against people based on their immigration status, and bans agencies from using state resources to keep any registry of people based upon religion -- effectively giving Oregon “sanctuary state” status.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials will still be able to operate in the state, but without local government support. Oregon is the first state to issue such an order, but U.S. Uncut reports that other states including California, Massachusetts, Colorado, New York and Maryland are considering similar legislation, and estimates that there 300 sanctuary cities across the country and 150,000 undocumented immigrants living in Oregon.

“The president’s recent executive orders that divide and discriminate do not reflect the values enshrined in the U.S. Constitution or the principles we stand for as Oregonians or Americans,” Brown said prior to signing the order. “I want to make it very clear that here in Oregon, where thousands have fought for and demanded equality, where millions have put down roots and become integral to our economy and our culture: We will not retreat.”


Transgender Sister of Inauguration Singer Wins Injunction in Bathroom Lawsuit

(SFGN) Jackie Evancho received national recognition when she sang at Donald Trump’s inauguration ceremony. Now she and her transgender sister Juliet, have a message they’d like the administration to hear, the Washington Post reports.

. @realDonaldTrump u gave me the honor 2 sing at your inauguration. Pls give me & my sis the honor 2 meet with u 2 talk #transgender rghts

— jackie evancho (@jackieevancho) February 23, 2017

Juliet Evancho, 18, is one of several transgender students with cases challenging schools on their public accommodation policies.Evancho is one of three students suing her Pennsylvania school district after being barred from using the girls’ restroom. The students won a small victory Monday when the court ruled that they be allowed to use the restrooms corresponding with their gender identities until a final decision is made in the case. Attorneys from Lambda Legal are representing the students, saying that the bathroom restrictions violate Title IX guidelines for equal protection.

“This is wonderful news and a tremendous relief that we can now use the bathroom without feeling isolated and humiliated,” Elissa Ridenour, one of the student-plaintiffs said in a statement. “The past months have been incredibly stressful, and this was all so unnecessary. There was no problem before, and we are confident there will be no problem now.”

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