Some news items you might have missed:
• Edge Media: South Carolina’s governor has quietly signed into law a bill that would ban transgender students from playing girls’ or women’s sports in public schools and colleges as the state joins about a dozen others that have recently passed similar laws.
“Trans youth are not a threat to fairness in sports + this law now needlessly stigmatizes young people who are simply trying to navigate their adolescence, make friends, and build skills like teamwork and leadership, winning and losing” -Ivy Hill in @AP: https://t.co/XoYZcy5skp
— SC United for Justice & Equality (@SCUnited_LGBTQ) May 17, 2022
• The Advocate: The U.S. House seat currently held by far-right Republican Madison Cawthorn could end up going to a lesbian Democrat in the general election. Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara won Tuesday’s Democratic primary in North Carolina’s 11th Congressional District.
• OUT: Rafael L. Silva’s character Carlos got engaged to his boyfriend TK (Ronen Rubinstein) on this week’s season finale of 9-1-1: Lone Star, and Silva knew he got to do something really special.
— 9-1-1: Lone Star (@911LoneStar) May 18, 2022
• AP News: Thomas Lane, former Minneapolis police officer, pleaded guilty to a state charge of aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter in the killing of George Floyd, admitting that he intentionally helped restrain Floyd in a way that created an unreasonable risk and caused his death.
• New Music: Out actor and singer Cheyenne Jackson just released a new upbeat summer bop, “Celebrate Your Face.”
“I wrote this song several years ago for someone in my family who was suffering with depression,” Jackson said in a press statement. “I wanted her to see how beautiful and important and how much she actually mattered, even though she couldn’t see it at the time. I never did anything with it, I guess I just figured it would find a home when the time was right.”