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Rowling’s 2007 reveal that she had always imagined Dumbledore as gay, and they may also remember the lack of explicit, textual basis for the claim.

This announcement comes less than two months after the discussion around the choice not to replace Johnny Depp in the wake of Amber Heard’s abuse allegations against him. December 2017 saw Warner Bros., Heard and Rowling all address Depp’s casting in the film, as Depp is set to play antagonist Gellert Grindelwald.

Each statement elicited passionate responses, with Warner Bros. saying, “This matter has been jointly addressed by both parties, in a statement in which they said ‘there was never any intent of physical or emotional harm.'” Both Yates and Rowling vocalized their support of Depp in the role, as well. Meanwhile, Heard responded by accusations made by Heard.

Two more things of note regarding Depp’s presence in the movie. First, there is no shortage of options to replace him, not to mention the fact that (spoiler) Colin Farrell’s character wound up being Grindelwald in disguise they could have simply cast Farrell as Grindelwald. Second, more than three months after Heard’s divorce from Depp, the Girlgaze Project posted a video of Heard talking about being a victim of abuse and the importance of speaking up for International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

Now here we are at the dawn of 2018, finding that the franchise has seemingly endless bad decisions up its sleeve. And here we are, debating LGBTQ+ representation in “Harry Potter” again.

I am a firm believer in the act of simply declaring a character gay. I do it all the time. Within the “Harry Potter” universe, it’s my unwavering belief that Remus and Sirius dated during the First Wizarding War.

Yet in 2007, all Rowling did was point to a character and said, “That one’s gay.” Saying Dumbledore is gay is great! It’s technically representation! But why not explicitly include it in the novels? Here’s how it could have gone:

I know, in my heart of hearts, what Gellert Grindelwald was? I think I did, but I closed my eyes, because I fell in love with him. Gay love, that is. I cannot stress this enough, Harry I was a young, arrogant, raging homosexual.”

It is not enough to say that an LGBTQ+ character’s sexual orientation does not need to be addressed or mentioned because “gay people just look like people.” That shows a fundamental misunderstanding of how LGBTQ+ people interact with their identity. Dumbledore’s story would not realistically be the same regardless if he was straight or gay. That’s not how it works in a heteronormative, cissexist world.

Dumbledore clearly hated himself for falling for Grindelwald’s charms, but because his sexuality isn’t explicitly addressed, we lose the opportunity to explore how much of this hate stems from the fact that he was specifically blinded by his love for a man. Did Dumbledore have to live with that particularly insidious form of internalized homophobia? We don’t know, because his sexuality has never been addressed in the context of his character.

When Rowling first confirmed Dumbledore was gay, she mentioned it when talking about vetoing a line in the script for “Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.” The line had Dumbledore tell Harry about a childhood crush he’d had on a girl. The script had room for a line about Dumbledore attraction as long as that attraction was straight. The line wasn’t changed to “boy”; it was done away with entirely once Rowling revealed Dumbledore was gay.

Of course, the “Fantastic Beasts” franchise may very well address Dumbledore’s sexuality in the later films but why put it off? Such a decision echoes Rian Johnson’s explanation for the lack of LGBTQ+ characters in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” As Johnson said, “Sexuality, in general, is not something that front of mind in any of these movies.”

The approach to LGBTQ+ representation in many mainstream, particularly fan driven, things seems to be “it’ll happen when it feels natural.” It seems many creators have difficulty imagining LGBTQ+ characters existing naturally.

You can explicitly have LGBTQ+ characters without solely dedicating your story to what it’s like to be LGBTQ+. It is possible.

The inclusion of LGBTQ+ characters is never going to feel natural as long as characters are treated as straight until proven otherwise. The same holds for representation in terms of gender and race in adaptations of books for the screen. There’s a reason Ava DuVernay’s coming adaptation of “A Wrinkle in Time” is incredibly important the characters are not all cast as white, challenging the tendency to make whiteness the literary default.

It is 2018 and the new on screen “Wizarding World” franchise is led by three white men, one of whom was accused of abuse (Johnny Depp) and one who will be playing a gay character whose gayness won’t be explicitly referenced (Jude Law). And while that may not be surprising, it’s still disappointing. After 11 years of barely subtextual LGBTQ+ representation, “Harry Potter” fans deserve better.
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currency declares “In God We Trust” and “we place our hands on our hearts as we recite the Pledge of Allegiance and proclaim we are one nation under God.”

President Donald Trump stands with Rep. Randy Hultgren, R Ill., right, and his wife Christy Hultgren after arriving for the National Prayer Breakfast, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

“No matter what, no earthly force can take those rights away,” he said at the 66th National Prayer Breakfast at the Washington Hilton hotel.

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House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R La., who was gravely wounded last summer when a gunman opened fire on Republican members of Congress, was among those seated on the dais with Trump and was scheduled to deliver a keynote address, along with Rep. Cedric Richmond, D La., chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus. Jeannette Kagame, the first lady of Rwanda, delivered the opening prayer.

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A costly and potentially bruising campaign is taking shape over rent control in California, with deep pocketed Los Angeles activist Michael Weinstein bankrolling a proposed November ballot initiative to repeal a state law that sets tight limits on the type of housing covered under local rent control laws.”Nobody’s fighting for the tenant,” said Weinstein, president of AIDS Healthcare Foundation, who partly funded the Proposition 61, the 2016 fight over prescription drug costs that became the most expensive initiative that year, with total spending at roughly $130 million.As California confronts a historic housing crisis, low and middle income renters are being pushed out, even in cities with some form of rent control.The disruption is fueling the push by Weinstein and other tenants rights’ activists to overturn a state law that prevents cities and counties from adopting strong rent control laws.Read more: California stands by its right to set emission standardsProponents say they have been met with enthusiasm this year while gathering signatures for a proposed November ballot initiative that would repeal the 1995 Costa Hawkins Rental Housing Act, which says rent control cannot apply to large amounts of housing, including all housing built after 1995, single family homes, condos and duplexes. If the proposed initiative is successful, efforts by local communities to strengthen existing rent control ordinances and pass new laws could drastically alter the housing market across California.”People are excited,” said Anya Svanoe, a spokeswoman for the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment,also behind the campaign. “This is the easiest signature gathering we’ve ever done. It’s telling . People are hungry for rent control and . to see solutions to the housing crisis that can provide immediate relief to themselves and their neighbors.”Critics, including the California Apartment Association, believe repeal would lead to “extreme versions” of rent control throughout the state, bringing new housing construction to a standstill. His argument that rent control deters new construction because it limits profit and financing options is backed by other powerful real estate interests and construction trades groups in Sacramento, including the California Chamber of Commerce and the California Building Industry Association.Supporters, on the street for just two weeks, have collected 100,000 signatures. They need 365,880 valid signatures by June to qualify for the November ballot. If the current law is repealed, any city or county in California could require rent control on any type of housing it chooses.The campaign, with real estate interests on one side and tenants’ rights activists on the other, could become the most expensive initiative this November.”Money wise, this could be the grand poobah of them all because of what’s at stake,” said Steve Maviglio, a Sacramento based Democratic political consultant. “On one side you have a multimillionaire fighting for rent control, and the (California) Apartment Association on the other . both sides have deep pockets, so it could be a very expensive battle. The question is whether it will overshadow other issues on the ballot designed to help housing.”More housing needed in stateHousing is a top concern among the state’s electorate. More than half of California voters say the state’s housing affordability crisis is so bad that they’ve considered moving, and 60 percent of likely voters support rent control, according to astatewide poll last fall. Both sides of the rent control battle have also poured money into ballot box fights in recent years.There is widespread agreement, among Democrats and Republicans and between pro growth activists and those concerned about tenant displacement, that California must build more housing to address its affordability problems. The stateneeds about 200,000 housing units per yearto keep pace with rising demand, though it is building an average of roughly 80,000 units per year.Rents in California, the most expensive in the nation, have gone up more than 40 percent in major metropolitan areas since 2015, according to a January housing analysis by the Public Policy Institute of California. Median rents for all types of rental housing range from $1,595 in Sacramento, to $4,395 in San Francisco, to $2,933 in Los Angeles, according to the real estate listing service Zillow.Nearly half of Californians 47 percent say the state’s high housing costs are a financial strain on themselves and their families, according to the Public Policy Institute analysis. That figure is higher among renters, with 61 percent saying they are financially burdened.Read more: 4 California lawmakers accused of misconduct; none punishedBackers of the Costa Hawkins repeal say building the housing California needs will take decades, and tenants facing big rent increases need help now.”There’s no building our way out of this crisis,” said Damien Goodmon, director of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation’s “Housing is a Human Right” campaign. “We have no illusion . that this will be costly and ugly.”The state Chamber of Commerce labeled a bill that also sought to repeal Costa Hawkins a “job killer.”It died earlier this year in the Assembly, setting up the ballot box fight.”I expect it to qualify,” said Allan Zaremberg, the Chamber’s president and CEO. “We’re concerned about increases in the cost of housing and being able to keep people in California. The consequences of a strong economy and an inability to keep up with the demand for housing is a problem we need to solve, but we believe that rent control diminishes investment in housing opportunities.”It costs more money to build (in California),” Zaremberg said. “If you can’t recover those costs, you’re less likely to put your money into a development.”Jeff Pemstein, a board member for the state Building Industry Association, acknowledged that economically thriving cities like San Francisco, which has rent control, have experienced a building boom, but he argued developers in other markets, like Sacramento, cannot absorb the high costs of construction, labor and permitting on top of rent control.”People will pay astronomical prices to live in niche markets like San Francisco. 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Nine people were killed on June 17 when gunman Dylann Roof opened fire at a weekly Bible study session at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church.

Investigators discovered Roof was the owner of a radical right wing website, on which he posted photos of himself proudly waving the Confederate flag as a symbol of his fealty to white supremacy. officials to push for the complete removal of the Confederate flag, which still flies outside a number of government buildings in America’s Southern states, and although many politicians have supported the cause, Jones, a former Democratic congressman for Georgia, is speaking out in favour of keeping the flag. Civil War and represent Southern family values and isn’t intended to offend.

He told presenter Ashleigh Banfield, “Through all of that (in the aftermath of the Civil War), through all of those resentments, through all of that segregation, and white supremacy and all that nonsense, we’ve come through that. We’re not here to offend anybody.”

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Jones, who marched in the civil rights movement, also claimed the use of the flag on The Dukes of Hazzard’s iconic 1969 Dodge Charger, nicknamed the General Lee, was never meant to offend and was always used in a “positive context”.

As such, Jones, who owns two Cooter’s Place stores in Virginia and Tennessee, is refusing to bow to pressure to stop selling items featuring the flag in his shops.

Despite Jones’ defence of the Confederate imagery in The Dukes of Hazzard, studio bosses at Warner Bros. announced they would no longer licence toy cars featuring the General Lee with the flag on its roof.
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“This is a work that will be a gift to all the people of South Dakota,” Black Hills artist Dale Lamphere said.

“I had three different Lakota models, different ages, 14, 29 and 55 and I borrowed features from each of them and tried to get a look that was truly native,” Lamphere said.

Another authentic native touch is the star quilt behind Dignity.

“The star quilt is represented in this piece is very meaningful in the Lakota and Dakota cultures. When a baby is born, they’re wrapped in a star quilt because they came down from the stars so to speak. That’s what people will see as the drive by on Interstate 90, just as they drop into the Missouri River basin, they’ll see the star quilt right on the edge of the horizon,” Lamphere said.

There’s LED lighting in the statue, so you’ll want to view it at night as well. The people viewing it on Thursday took a lot of pictures to prove they were there when Dignity went up.
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Hoyt, who lives 20 miles from Elmira in Sayre, Pennsylvania, came here to visit a friend Saturday morning and left the infant in the bag under some bushes around noon, said Chemung County District Attorney Weeden Wetmore.

Police say interviews with neighbourhood residents identified Hoyt as the baby mother. Her public defender wasn available for comment. Weeden said Hoyt had no prior criminal history.

Kayla and Karen Seals found the baby early Tuesday afternoon. They called 911 and cleaned up the child. She was wearing clothing and a soiled diaper and had a rash over parts of her body, but showed no signs of other physical abuse, Wetmore said. High temperatures over those days reached into the 70s with a low of 48 degrees on Saturday night, according to the National Weather Service.

The baby, whose name was not released, was taken to a hospital for examination and transferred to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, where she was in stable condition and may be released to social services officials as early as Wednesday.

Elmira police Sgt. William Solt called the two women sister came out off the porch and went to the side to the backyard of my neighbour house with a stick, thinking it was a dog, Karen Seals told the television station.

New York has a law that allows a parent to leave a newborn in a safe place, such as a hospital or fire station, without fear of being prosecuted, but it wouldn have applied to the 8 month old. The law was enacted in 2000 and amended 10 years later to increase the length of time when a newborn could be abandoned from five days after birth to 30 days.
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ok guys, as you can see I have been getting really slack with all my journal entries so this whole thing really isn working at the moment. I been really busy with school, I went to the snow and I been working on my geocities page. So I guess thats where you can find me more from now on. Thanks for all the support guys!

Ok. If anyone has any ideas for my site on geocities please let me know I trying to get some stuff up for you guys! Ok, see ya later.

Thursday, August 22, 2002

Hi everyone. I been sick for the last week, please don yell at me. I have a trachea infection or something and I been coughing heaps, had a runny nose, been unable to sleep, had a dry throat and blood noses. So yeah, I not that happy at the moment. 🙁

Also, I got sent a message from boomspeed saying they are going to close down my account because I am linking to my pictures from a non boomspeed site which is apparently against the TOS. !!!! I pretty angry cos now I have to find somewhere else to put my images and I have been looking around but it hasn helped. If you know where I can put my images please contact me!

Last night I had netball and I played goal defence for the first half. I was feeling really tired so I came off after that. It was really shocking though. We lost 17 to 53. How bad is that But my friend was umpiring another game and the score was 2 to 72 so it wasn that bad I guess.

Friday, August 9, 2002

I didn really do too much today. I only had one of my normal teachers, the rest are all on work experience or at camp with the year 9s and 10s.

Tuesday, August 6, 2002

Yay! Now I have my adoptions at the geocities section of my site. If you want to see that section just click on the pop up in that column!! I have also adopted some more pixels for my toybox and I have joined some more fanlistings.

Monday, August 5, 2002

I had netball training tonight. We are still training as a squad but soon they are going to announce the teams (scary!). I think I trained okay but I not sure. On the topic of netball how good was the Australia vs New Zealand match last night at the commonwealth games I was so scared that we would lose but thank goodness Australia got up and we won! I couldn sleep after that I was too hyped up but it was midnight so I had to try to.

Sunday, August 4, 2002

Yesterday I had my normal day full of umpiring, coaching and playing netball. We won our game which was really good now we are second on the ladder!
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(we kicked the third team so it was good to beat them). This morning I went to Uni Open Day to look at all the courses and stuff that was available. It was pretty good everyone was really helpful.

Saturday, August 3, 2002

If this page looks a bit weird it because I trying to add my quilting bee application to this site instead of geocities! I try and get this back to normal soon!

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Yesterday, Joe Strummer died peacefully at home in Somerset, possibly of a heart attack. This news comes at a time when the Clash were rumored to have had a reunion in the works and brings to a solemn close a year rife with the deaths of many legendary or revered musicians. After the Clash comfortably won NME Best punk Band of All Time poll this year, the time seemed ripe, and public reception strong enough, for activity from their camp. However, in all respect, Strummer memory is better preserved in looking back at the whole of his history and works, from the 101 to the Clash, from solo works to Mystery Train, from the Pogues to the Mescaleros. A detailed timeline appears on NME Clash page, while Strummerville and Strummersite cover his post Clash ventures. The Clash are slated to enter the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March 2003.

Precisely at the time when the year is quickly wrapping up, when everyone is dutifully serving up Best of 2002 lists and such, Strange Fruit has seemingly gone MIA for quite some time. During vacation, I thought I would be listless and updating far more frequently, but truth be told, vacation has actually kept me quite busy. I am currently traveling abroad, far from the city I call home, still shaking off jet lag, but otherwise quite awash in my surroundings. (I return in the second week January, after which point I will be able post a Best Albums of 2002 list. This plan of action may work better, with the year properly over by then and, so as not to dissuade myself, I will not look at other lists until mine is complete.)

Aside from a severe language barrier, things are going quite smoothly. One of the easiest ways to strike an instant rapport with someone (when traditional modes of conversation pose difficulty) is through comparing and exposing one another to individual music preferences. Even here, as I walk through crowded streets, shopping centers even mountain tops a soundtrack infiltrates the air. Mostly it pumpy, almost throwaway pop which carries with it a malaise inducing stickiness, yet in rare moments it piques my interest. chart pop, the most heavily saturated market and widely spread amongst the population: probably not indicative of the best music this place has to offer. I have set myself on quite a mission to find the so called underground and groups I would not otherwise hear.

The best glimmers of recognition come in hearing familiar songs gutted and revamped into completely different ones. Afroman hooks now underscore a love ballad. The “Axel F Theme” sounds rejuvenated with an accompanying rap break. And, perhaps most fortuitously, the 4 Non blondes get a continuous loop of public playtime, with Linda Perry vocals set atop simple, uncharacteristic techno beats. Suddenly, it 1994 again, with the feeling maybe it never ceased to be in some corners.

Tuesday, December 17, 2002SXSW 2003 Making up the Breakdown

South By Southwest has announced a preliminary listing of bands participating in its 2003 music conference. The Keynote speaker is Daniel Lanois, an artist about to release his third solo album and the producer of Bob Dylan Time Out of Mind, Peter Gabriel So, and U2 The Joshua Tree.

As SXSW e mail update notes, the preliminary line up includes the following:

Apples in Stereo (Denver CO), Avail (Richmond

VA), AZITA IL), Baby Woodrose (Copenhagen DENMARK), Baptist

Generals (Ft Worth TX), Bobby Bare Jr TN), Bergman Rock

SWEDEN), Dan Bern the IJBC (Truth or Consequences NM),

Damien Binder (Auckland NEW Dan Brodie And The Broken Arrows

(Melbourne AUSTRALIA), Buck 65 (Halifax NS), The Buhr QuartetMB), Burning Brides (Philadelphia PA), Call And Response (Oakland CA),

Camper Van Beethoven (Santa Cruz CA), Carissa Wierd (Seattle WA),Carroll Children of Bodom (Helsinki FINLAND), Clem

Snide (New York NY), Coin Op (Brighton UK), Dan Colehour the Camaros

featuring David Grissom, Condor44 (Tokyo JAPAN), The Connect Four

Orchestra The Constantines (Toronto ON), Core of(Meguroku JAPAN), The Cost (Oakland CA), Donnacha Costello

David Cross (New York NY), The Datsuns (Hamilton NEWCedell Davis (Helena AR), The D4 (Auckland NEW Dillinger.
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The controversy around Tom Kawczynski and flurry of national media attention that climaxed last week with his firing has blown through Jackman, leaving a position to fill in the town hall but changing little else, locals said Thursday.

With the manager out of office, if not gone from the town, Jackman residents are turning back to the work of securing their emergency medical care, which was threatened last summer, and searching for a solution to the frequent blackouts that roll through with winter storms.

They are also working to restore the community’s reputation, which many here believe was sullied by Kawczynski’s statements decrying Islam as “barbarism” and suggesting that the country would be better off off if people of different races “voluntarily separate.” This effort received a boost Thursday from Maine’s senior senator. Sen. Susan Collins told a group of 50 people who gathered for lunch at Schmooses Pub Grill on Main Street Thursday. “I want the world to know that this is a warm, welcoming community of hardworking people. It hired Mitchell Berkowitz as interim manager days after that, but plans to move more slowly in hiring a permanent replacement, according to Duplessis.

Berkowitz, who has been a town manager in several communities across northern New England, is now working remotely and is expected in Jackman by mid February, town administrative secretary Heidi Dionne said. The Maine Municipal Association, which also had a role in Kawczynski’s hiring, will help vet candidates and officials intend to proceed with care, Duplessis said.

“We’re not going to be in any hurry,” the selectman said.

Kawczynski, who did not respond to a request for comment Thursday, also appears to be moving on. “I think it improbable we stay in town much past when the weather makes moving practical,” he wrote in a post on the New Albion website the day after he was fired.

The 37 year old former manager was paid $30,000 upon the termination of his contract. He has since started a new website and is soliciting donations to “support white civil rights in America.”

For Bob Foster, who came to see Collins speak at Schmooses, that sum is a bitter pill. “I kinda frowned on paying him to leave, but it the lesser of two evils I guess,” said the 83 year old retired forestry worker.

The payment was made even as the town, which has a population of fewer than 900 people, is searching for funds to support the Jackman Community Health Center.

With the nearest hospital 50 miles away, the Penobscot Community Health Care facility is the primary medical care for a large swath of northwest Maine. Last summer, its ability to offer around the clock care took a blow when MaineGeneral closed its nursing home in Jackman, taking with it the night nurses who’d staffed the health center in off hours.

The nursing home had been losing hundreds of thousands of dollars a year for a decade, according to MaineGeneral spokeswoman. Since it left, the health center has sustained around the clock care by keeping its staff on call in off hours, but the arrangement is a challenge to sustain financially.
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