News

Legislative Roundup: Anti-Trans Athletes Bill Moves Forward, Fight to Change Marijuana Initiative

Mississippi’s trans youth may find themselves barred from school sports if the Mississippi House of Representatives confirms a Senate bill, passed in the waning hours of last week’s legislative deadline, that targets trans children, especially trans girls. Both chambers saw similar bills to limit trans rights this session.

The anti-trans bill passed the Senate in the long hours of a Thursday session extended into early Friday morning. A contentious battle over a parallel marijuana program—an alternative to 2020’s successful ballot initiative 65—derailed regular floor debate until late at night.

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In-Depth

Becoming Jes Simmons: From Gender Dysphoria to Authenticity

Jes Simmons’ relationship with her transness growing up in Natchez was not only indescribable to her personally, but also to the rest of her world. Christine Jorgensen, the United States’ first widely known openly trans person, had only recently come into the public eye in 1952, and the words transgender and gender dysphoria were hardly the mots du jour they are now. 

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Shows Sammy Moon with LGBTQ Fund volunteers
In-Depth

‘It Makes Us Feel Human’: LGBTQ Fund Fights for a Mississippi ‘Without Alienation’

LGBTQ Fund of Mississippi founder Sammy Moon considered moving away with his partner amid a raft of anti-LGBTQ legislation, but decided to stay and use his experience in philanthropy to make it a better place. The fund envisions a Mississippi in which “all LGBTQ Mississippians will live safely, openly and without alienation”—the opposite of Moon’s own experiences growing up.

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Culture

A Lesbian Belle’s Out and Proud Path from Mississippi to the Stage and Page

A purple boa curls into a feathery collar on the cover of Elizabeth McCain’s new book—a whimsical nod to her knowing half-smile, her extrovert nature and a pivotal moment that preceded her life as a lesbian. The boa shows up early in her just-published memoir, “A Lesbian Belle Tells: OUTrageous Southern Stories of Family, Loss, and Love,” as a prop in a ploy that goes maddeningly sideways.

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