Ellen Page Challenges Hollywood's Double Standard on Homosexuality

(EDGE) In a recent interview with Elle U.K., actress Ellen Page argues that there is a double standard in Hollywood when it comes to homosexuality and the roles LGBT people take on, The Guardian reports.

Page, 28, said she is often asked if she fears she will be pigeonholed to gay roles after coming out in February 2014. 

"Zachary Quinto is out and he stars in one of the biggest blockbuster franchises ['Star Trek']," she told Elle magazine. "I have four projects coming up -- all gay roles. People ask if I'm concerned about getting pigeonholed. No one asks: 'Ellen, you've done seven straight roles in a row, shouldn't you shake it up and do something queer?"

Page told the magazine that her six-year struggle to bring her gay rights film "Freeheld," starring Julianne Moore, to the big screen helped her come out two years ago.

"It was part of it," she said. "What blows my mind is how my own personal journey paralleled the development of that movie. It felt wildly inappropriate to be playing this character as a closeted person. Coming out was a long process, though."

Gay (This can be moved over to Briefs if need be, and replaced with the Intersex story. – Just thought it was worth highlighting since it’s something we’ve been following.)

Gay Veteran Kicked Out of Army Receives Honorable Discharge

(AP) An 82-year-old Ohio veteran is receiving an honorable discharge a half century after the Army kicked him out for being gay.

Donald Hallman of Columbus requested a reversal of his 1955 "undesirably" discharged status after President Barack Obama repealed the military's "Don't Ask Don't Tell" rule in 2010.

Hallman is scheduled to appear with U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, an Ohio Democrat, at a news conference Friday in Columbus.

Hallman served from 1953 to 1955 and was stationed in Frankfurt, Germany.

Brown's office says an estimated 100,000 Americans have been discharged from the military because of their sexual orientation since World War II.

Brown co-sponsored federal legislation to help service members discharged solely due to their sexual orientation correct their military records and receive reinstated benefits. 


You Tuber Starts Bye-Biphobia Campaign

(SFGN) Rachel Whitehurst, 23, from Seattle has launched the #ByeBiphobia campaign on YouTube with four episodes and thousands of viewers so far, according to the Daily Mail.

 “As an out bisexual woman, my sexuality is constantly being questioned by other people,” says Whitehurst in the first episode of the series, titled Stop Proving Your Sexuality

Whitehurst received a surge of positive feedback from viewers when she went on to say that it’s not necessary to have had sexual experiences with men and women to know that one is bisexual. 

Whitehurst’s second episode deals with coming out as bisexual, a decision of hers that many questioned because she has a boyfriend. But Whitehurst says she believes that staying in the closet and not being true to yourself will only hurt you in the long run and no matter the struggles you will be happier out. 

Her third episode deals with the negative stereotypes of bisexuals as promiscuous and hyper sexualized. Episode four is a Q&A among Whitehurst and her viewers. All episodes can be found by searching #ByeBiphobia.


Federal Court to Hear Arguments in Transgender Restroom Case

by Larry O'Dell

(AP) A federal appeals court will hear arguments in a Virginia transgender student's lawsuit challenging his school's restroom policy.

The hearing before a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is set for Wednesday morning. A ruling is expected several weeks later.

Gloucester High School junior Gavin Grimm was born female but identifies as male. In December 2014, the School Board barred Grimm from using the boys' restrooms. The board adopted a policy requiring students to use either the restroom that corresponds with their biological gender or a private, single-stall restroom.

Grimm says the policy is stigmatizing and discriminatory. The U.S. Justice Department has taken Grimm's side, but a judge ruled against him in September. 


Chilean Officials Oppose Gender Assignment Surgery on Infants

(SFGN) The Chilean government issued a document to the Ministry of Health expressing opposition to the “unnecessary ‘normalization’ treatments of intersex children” including “irreversible genital surgeries until they are of a sufficient age to make decisions about their bodies,” the Washington Blade reports. The document was supported by the Undersecretary of Health Jaime Burrows and Undersecretary of Assistance Networks Gisela Alarcón.

Chilean LGBT rights advocate, Camilo Godoy Peña, says the document contains specific recommendations for each branch of the country’s public health system, including the creation of an advisory board of endocrinologists, psychiatrists and other specialists to determine each specific case in the best interest of the child. Godoy lauded the document as the first example of clear instruction on the treatment of intersex children.

“From this point forward there is a concrete tool to use to enforce the human rights of a group of people who have ‘been made invisible,’” wrote Godoy on Facebook. “For decades they have been victims of violence, torture and ignorance.”