Bathroom Fears Are What Failed Houston’s Anti-Discrimination Bill

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shame. shame. shame. shame.

As of this week, people living in Houston, Texas can legally be discriminated against because of their sexuality, gender identity, race, age, and pregnancy. If someone doesn’t agree with some aspect of an individual, they can discriminate. Voters in Texas did not pass the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance—commonly known as HERO—and have put the metropolis steps behind its peers. How, after all the progress our government made this summer with legalizing same-sex marriage and the building campaign for transgender rights, did such a disgraceful thing happen? Fear.

A smear campaign against HERO, dubbed the bill “Houston Proposition 1 Bathroom Ordinance,” argued “any man, any time, can enter a woman’s bathroom simply by claiming to be a woman that day. No one is exempt.” It then jumps to say registered sex offenders could do the same and that a business would be fined for denying him or her access to the facility. “Protect women’s privacy,” it continues. “Prevent danger. Vote no on the Proposition 1 Bathroom Ordinance.” Aside from the campaign’s obvious bigotry and sincere prejudice, it instills fear and misunderstanding. Over half of the voters bought into it. There were even signs saying “NO Men in Women’s Bathrooms” outside polling sites. Because so many American’s still don’t understand what it means to be trans, the fear-mongering worked. That is not okay. Calling those negatively affected by the vote “perverts” and “mentally ill,” like a Red State post that went live last night, doesn’t help either.

At least 20 trans people have been killed this year, many of them trans women of color, because of a lack of understanding. Underneath yesterday’s vote is an inherent misunderstanding of gender identity and consequential fear of what one doesn’t know. It ignores the progress we’ve made and yields what progress might have been. It’s too late to reverse what happened. What needs to happen now is a louder battle cry for education and a means of humanizing the very thing the campaign demonized: the trans experience. Increased visibility is one way to do it, and talk of how hurtful transphobia is is another, but empathy is hard to instill in folks who are already afraid. What needs to happen is a unified declaration from the LGBTQ community that what happened in Texas this week is wrong. Simply wrong.

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Showtime just ordered a pilot episode of Casallina "Cathy" Kisakye's comedy anthology series, which will be executive-produced by Lena Waithe. The show, called How to Make Love to a Black Woman (Who May Be Working Through Some Shit), sounds like it'll be... informative.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, though the series is a comedy, it will also touch on some vulnerable subjects as well. It described the show as being about "connection and rejection that explore our most harrowing—and harrowingly comic—sexual secrets." Waithe said in a statement about the news, "Cathy's script is haunting, funny, and extremely vulnerable—it's the kind of script that doesn't come around very often." She continues, showing her excitement for the project: "I'm honored that Cathy trusts me with such a special project. I can't wait for the world to see it."

Kisakye, who previously worked with Waithe on The Chi, says that the show is close to her heart, and that the series will portray three-dimensional, complex women. "With How to Make Love, I'm thrilled to tell stories about the women I know, who are complicated, passionate, resilient, and relatable," she said in a statement.

Kisakye is the creator of the show, and will be writing the pilot script. It's the latest project to come to Showtime through Waithe's first-look deal and, according to The Hollywood Reporter, should it go to series, this would be the first anthology for the network.



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While the song should serve as a reminder to your exes

Just a day after dropping new single "Nunya," featuring Dom Kennedy, Kehlani has released the winter-wonderland visuals to go along with. The singer, NYLON November cover star, and mother-to-be rocks some of the best winter 'fits I've seen in a while, including a glorious puffer jacket that could double as a down comforter that I absolutely need in my life right now.

Kehlani is clearly living her best life up in some snow-filled forest hideaway, vibing on the beach at sunset and sipping on something bubbly as she coolly reminds nosy exes that who she's with is "nunya business." There's not much of a story line (unlike her recent "Nights Like This" video); the main takeaway is that Kehlani is busy dancing through a forest, missing no one and chilling amongst people who are clearly not the subjects of the song.

Kehlani is only two short months away from bringing baby Adeya into the world, who she thanked for helping her get through the video process. "Shot that 7 months pregnant in da snow..." Kehlani wrote on Twitter, adding, "thank u baby for da motivation, mommy was FROZE."

Even from the womb, Adeya has been hustling hard alongside her momma. Twitter user @ODtheMC pointed out that this is already her second music video appearance, and she's not even been born.

Get some mulled wine ready and escape into Kehlani's winter getaway, below. Stay tuned for her forthcoming mixtape, While We Wait, out on February 22.

Kehlani - Nunya (feat. Dom Kennedy) [Official Music Video]