Caitlyn Jenner Is Finally “Free” on Vanity Fair’s Cover

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Now we know the name and look of the newest member of the Jenner household. Meet Caitlyn Jenner. From the Vanity Fair press release:

Speaking publicly for the first time since completing gender transition, Caitlyn Jenner compares her emotional two-day photo shoot with Annie Leibovitz for the July cover of Vanity Fair to winning the gold medal for the decathlon at the 1976 Olympics. She tells Pulitzer Prize–winning V.F. contributing editor and author of Friday Night Lights Buzz Bissinger, “That was a good day, but the last couple of days were better. . . . This shoot was about my life and who I am as a person. It’s not about the fanfare, it’s not about people cheering in the stadium, it’s not about going down the street and everybody giving you ‘that a boy, Bruce,’ pat on the back, O.K. This is about your life.”

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http://www.wspa.com/story/25798082/anderson-dmv-asks-teen-to-remove-makeup-for-picture

ANDERSON, SC (FOX Carolina) –

An Upstate teenager was told to take off his makeup before he was allowed to get his picture taken at the DMV. However, the 16-year-old said he was not in disguise. He was dressed as who he is.

Chase Culpepper, of Anderson, was told he needed to look more like a boy before he could receive his new license.

He said he was only dressed the way he does every day to school and to his job at McDonald’s. He doesn’t think he violated any rules and now he wants the DMV to let him re-take his license picture, wearing makeup.

Culpepper got his license in March but felt like he had been singled out and mistreated at the DMV for dressing differently.

He went to the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund, and on June 9 the group contacted the DMV explaining that Culpepper’s rights had been violated.

South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles spokesperson Beth Parks said it’s important for a license picture to portray who the person is legally.

“When this young man has to show his ID, his ID shows that he’s male. The card says he’s male [and therefore], he needs to look like a male,” said Parks.

She explained that if someone is transgender and changes their name and gender through the courts, the DMV will honor that change.

According to the South Carolina DMV’s photo policy, which was updated in 2009:

“At no time will an applicant be photographed when it appears that he or she is purposefully altering his or her appearance so that the photo would misrepresent his or her identity.”

Culpepper said he thinks people should be able to walk into the DMV and take a picture no matter what he or she is wearing.

“This is how I am every day. And if a police officer wanted to recognize how I am, then, he would want to see who I am in my picture as well,” said Culpepper.

His mom has stood behind him throughout and said she is appalled that her government is telling her son that he needs to conform to specific ideals of what a man should look like.

Culpepper hopes his story can be part of a movement toward change so that others don’t go through what he did.

Parks said that the staff at the DMV acted in accordance to policy. She said that Culpepper will not be allowed to take his photo with makeup because he needs to look like a male, as indicated on his legal identification.

Copyright 2014 FOX Carolina (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.

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http://www.foxcarolina.com/story/25792916/upstate-teen

ANDERSON, SC (FOX Carolina) –

An Upstate teenager was told to take off his makeup before he was allowed to get his picture taken at the DMV. However, the 16-year-old said he was not in disguise. He was dressed as who he is.

Chase Culpepper, of Anderson, was told he needed to look more like a boy before he could receive his new license.

He said he was only dressed the way he does every day to school and to his job at McDonald’s. He doesn’t think he violated any rules and now he wants the DMV to let him re-take his license picture, wearing makeup.

Culpepper got his license in March but felt like he had been singled out and mistreated at the DMV for dressing differently.

He went to the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund, and on June 9 the group contacted the DMV explaining that Culpepper’s rights had been violated.

South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles spokesperson Beth Parks said it’s important for a license picture to portray who the person is legally.

“When this young man has to show his ID, his ID shows that he’s male. The card says he’s male [and therefore], he needs to look like a male,” said Parks.

She explained that if someone is transgender and changes their name and gender through the courts, the DMV will honor that change.

According to the South Carolina DMV’s photo policy, which was updated in 2009:

“At no time will an applicant be photographed when it appears that he or she is purposefully altering his or her appearance so that the photo would misrepresent his or her identity.”

Culpepper said he thinks people should be able to walk into the DMV and take a picture no matter what he or she is wearing.

“This is how I am every day. And if a police officer wanted to recognize how I am, then, he would want to see who I am in my picture as well,” said Culpepper.

His mom has stood behind him throughout and said she is appalled that her government is telling her son that he needs to conform to specific ideals of what a man should look like.

Culpepper hopes his story can be part of a movement toward change so that others don’t go through what he did.

Parks said that the staff at the DMV acted in accordance to policy. She said that Culpepper will not be allowed to take his photo with makeup because he needs to look like a male, as indicated on his legal identification.

Copyright 2014 FOX Carolina (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.

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http://newsbusters.org/blogs/katie-yoder/2014/06/16/daily-beast-st-joan-arc-was-transgender?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=Marketing&utm_term=Facebook&utm_content=Facebook&utm_campaign=JoanofArc-Gender

Was St. Joan of Arc a medieval French heroine who followed God’s instructions and united her country against the marauding English? Or was she a dude Jay Michaelson sat next to in his Queer Theory survey class?

Michaelson, writing for The Daily Beast, recently bashed the 2014 Southern Baptist Convention for declaring, to his ears, that, “Trans People Don’t Exist.” He vented that “the Southern Baptist Convention has gone ahead and decided gender is only about your junk” – and countered the decision by claiming St. Joan of Arc as a transgender.

 

“Conservative Christians,” Michaelson explained, “are threatened by transgender people for the same reason they were threatened by Galileo: Because the world just isn’t the way their traditions say it is.” He continued by delving into definitions: “Trans people exist; they experience their gender as different from their sex.” To prove that “it has always been this way,” he offered up Queen Christine of Sweden and St. Joan of Arc as prime transgender examples.

(Nice. Now the Catholics won’t feel left out!)

To begin his “informed critique,” he bashed the convention for making transgenders “a matter of theology, not rationality.” (The two are incompatible, of course.) Because, despite the eunuchs and intersex people in the Bible, “If you’ve got a penis, you’re a man, plain and simple.”

But then he admitted that the convention acknowledged transgenders when the “unqualified assembly of 5,000 people” confirmed: “We invite all transgender persons to trust in Christ and to experience renewal in the gospel.” Which, meant nothing to Michaelson because the convention’s resolution also highlighted things like, “We affirm God’s good design that gender identity should be determined by biological sex and not by one’s self-perception.”

Because the resolution opposed transgender protections like the Employment Non-Discrimination Act and gender-reassignment surgery “of any kind,” Michaelson called out the convention for “legal, familial, and institutional persecution.”

Michaelson then dusted off some academic tropes. Baptists, he said, are scaredy-cats because “the hierarchies of male and female are essential to the forms of social control their ideologies seek to promote.” He translated the resolution into, “We don’t like the effects of transgender reality, so we’re simply going to deny that it even exists by misquoting the Bible instead of engaging with the evidence” – which, in his words, is “radically anti-science, anti-rational position, albeit couched in calm, even analytical terms.”

By centering beliefs on “non-rational misreadings of sacred text,” the Baptist Convention’s resolution proves “harmful to the idea of democracy itself” and to “transgender people who find themselves trapped in communities ruled by this cruelty and ignorance.”

So the Baptists refusing to play make-believe with Michaelson is an existential threat to our pluralistic system of governance? How dramatic! And you thought enthusiasm for transgenderism was just another passing liberal fad.

— Katie Yoder is Staff Writer, Joe and Betty Anderlik Fellow in Culture and Media at the Media Research Center. Follow Katie Yoder on Twitter.