A striking forty-four Republicans have cosponsored a bill in the Minnesota House that would block businesses and other employers from providing gender-neutral restrooms or from enacting policies that allow transgender employees to use appropriate restrooms. The bill, like one introduced in the Minnesota Senate on Friday, amends the Minnesota Human Rights Act, the nation’s first nondiscrimination law barring discrimination based on gender identity.
House committee hearing set for anti-transgender bill
HF3396 is a bill that targets Minnesota’s longstanding ban on discrimination based on gender identity, enacted in 1993. It would block gender-inclusive policies at school districts and local municipalities and force transgender people to use a restroom that does not correspond to their gender — putting many transgender people at risk for discrimination and violence, according to research at UCLA’s Williams Institute.
Every once in a while, someone sends me an email where the writer says that Republican’s don’t hate or discriminate against transpeople and I think about those emails when I read articles like this. I wonder why 44 people, Republicans or otherwise, would care if a private business offered a gender-neutral restroom. I also wonder why anyone could vote for a law that would reverse a ban on discrimination.
In the fall of 2016, I started modeling for Glamour Boutique, a store that specifically caters to the crossdresser and transgender community. Not too long ago, they interviewed me for for their blog and soon we started talking about doing some modeling for their new line of clothing. The photos were taken by the always fabulous Shannonlee. Shannonlee and I have done quite a few shoots in the past and I was thrilled to work with her again!
Here are some pictures of some of the behind the scenes action and candid moments. It was such a fun day and you can see the final photos here. Fun fact, the little tears in the paper are puncture holes from the stilletos I wore all day. Those heels were high and are serious business!
Not too long ago, I announced that I would be doing some modeling work for Glamour Boutique, a store that sells clothes, breast forms, makeup and shoes designed for the crossdresser and t-girl community.
I am thrilled to reveal some of the final photos that I shot with Minneapolis photographer Shannonlee of Fotofida. I’ve done quite a few photo shoots with her already and it’s always a thrill to work with her.
I am excited to share some of the final photos from that day. These and other photos are up on Glamour Boutique’s newsletter and website but you can also see more here. I hope you like them, too!