Earlier this week, pre-surgery trans woman Jessica Yaniv was the cause of a Canadian Human Rights Tribunal hearing. A home-based beauty salon in Vancouver turned her away from a Brazilian wax. Yaniv says that allowing this could set a “dangerous precedent”, allowing discrimination against trans people. However, the proprietor of the salon, Marcia Da Silva, says that she has “no problem with LGBT”. Silva instead explains that she not only was uneasy about performing a Brazilian wax on someone with male genitalia but that she also had not trained for it. This issue is not the first instance of alleged transphobia Yaniv has complained about; it will doubtfully be the last. But this calling of a tribunal will focus on one core question relating to this case: should a business be able to deny services on the basis of gender identity?
On the 16th of July, 2019, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi endorsed a resolution condemning President Donald Trump’s supposedly racist comments on Twitter the day before. Because of her endorsement and the way she stated it, a floor fight ensued. Later that day, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer ruled her statements “out of order”. He elaborated, explaining, “The words used by the gentlewoman from California contained an accusation of racist behavior on the part of the president” and that “The words should not be used in debate”. However, this move was not a show of Hoyer’s demure sense of civility. Rather, it was a mistaken, though well-intentioned, dismissal of any harsh moral critique of the president.
The Federal statutes known as the Logan Act have been a hot topic in the mainstream news, with many figures accusing each other of committing felonious acts. Recently, Lt. General Michael Flynn was accused by many for urging the Russian government not to retaliate against American sanctions; at a White House press availability, President Trump claimed that “John Kerry violated the Logan Act. He’s talking to Iran and has had many meetings and many phone calls and he’s telling them what to do. That is total violation of the Logan Act.”
Just over a week ago, three Facebook users broke the internet with a peculiar event. In an effort to finally “see them aliens“, the users declared a (pretty clearly satirical) intention to storm Area 51 early in the morning on September 20th. Over a span of just a couple of days, the post skyrocketed in popularity, with hundreds of thousands of people “going” and “interested”. But late Sunday night, the event reached a new level: one million people now say they will attend.
Recently, two Facebook users posted a surprising event. With a mass of many types of internet memelords, they plan to storm the Area 51 compound on September 20th; the event will take place from 3:00 to 6:00 in the morning. Based on some supplementary posts, it’s pretty clear it was a meme designed to garner internet publicity. Boy, did it work. On Friday, the United States Air Force, via spokeswoman Laura McAndrews, reached out to those who have declared that they’re going, threatening violence against anyone who shows up at the compound.