"LGBTQ rights supporters rejoiced on Thursday with news that homosexuality is no longer illegal in Lebanon. A court ruling abolished a case against an unnamed transwoman – accused of having a ‘same sex relationship with a man’ – stating that homosexuality can no longer be considered a crime because it is ‘not unnatural.’ Lebanese law only prohibits sexual acts ‘contradicting the laws of nature.’This is great, don’t get me wrong, but to say it’s “legalized” being anything (whether trans or LGBQ) is a pretty fundamental misunderstanding of the way the civil code — and not common law — operates in Lebanon.
….Western onlookers have a very firm notion of the trajectory along which LGBTQ rights should advance. That trajectory places trans rights as a clear ‘next step,’ something that can only be achieved once the groundwork has been laid by the advancement of the ‘L,’ ‘G,’ and perhaps ‘B’ contingencies (representing lesbian, gay, and bisexual, respectively). But the Lebanese courts are not following that trajectory. The same ruling that decriminalized homosexuality also formally recognized gender variation and codified principles of self-identification. This nuanced view of the interplay between sexuality and gender identification doesn’t fit with the traditional (Western) ‘gay rights’ narrative, and has resulted in Western media coverage that almost completely silences the critical role a transwoman played in achieving this landmark ruling.” (x)
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hoechlin. what can i say about hoechlin. how loveable and sweet does he seem with his indefatigable smile, his gracefulness in interviews, the way he’ll play at being comfortable while strangers grope him….
that’s all wonderful, but i don’t want to talk about that right now. i want to talk about how long he’s been in the business. long enough to know he should be grateful for the gigs that come his way. it’s hard, though, because when he was 15 years old tom hanks himself pulled tyler aside on the set of road to perdition and told him, “you have It, kid” and tyler believed him. he believed with a lack of reservation and guile that makes him cringe now, to think on it. & it’s slowly gutting him, because mr. hanks changed his personal phone number more than eight years ago and never gave tyler his new one. because when people ask about tyler’s most rewarding acting experience, he has to refer to a movie that filmed more than a decade ago. because whatever else he has — good looks, great family, supportive castmates — he doesn’t have It and he never will.
halfway into filming the first season and people in the management, the older actors — they just kind of … know. dylan’s got It. most don’t talk about the subject directly. it’s gauche, especially around the younger actors, to anoint a newbie like that so early on set. whatever lack of reservation and guile tyler once had comes back with a vengeance when he thinks about dylan. dylan’s going places — he has real potential, a spark that isn’t going away.
five months into season three dylan changes his phone number. one of his old asshole friends gave it out on facebook and dylan’s gotten slammed with creepy texts and calls in the middle of the night. dylan reads the new number aloud so tyler can call his phone, but tyler can’t help wondering how many times this will happen before he’s not on dylan’s call-list anymore.
because it’ll happen, even if it’s not on purpose. he just wishes he knew when.