Annette Bening says she is ‘proud’ of her transgender son

From The Washington Blade:

by John Paul King
November 29, 2019

Hollywood icon Annette Bening has spoken up about her feelings toward her transgender son.

Bening, who is known for keeping quiet about her personal life, opened up in an interview for AARP, when she brought up a book recently given to her by her son, Stephen Ira. In the novel, “Little Fish” by Casey Plett, a young transgender woman finds out, to her surprise, that her Mennonite grandfather might also have been trans.

The four-time Academy Award nominee then went on to add:

“He’s managed something that’s very challenging with great style and great intelligence. He’s an articulate, thoughtful person, and I’m very, very proud of him.”

Ira, 27, is the firstborn child of Bening, who can currently be seen starring as Senator Dianne Feinstein in “The Report,” and fellow A-lister husband Warren Beatty. Assigned female at birth and given the name Kathlyn Elizabeth, he came out as trans and began transitioning at 14.

Beatty has previously expressed his own support for his son, telling Vanity Fair in 2016, “He’s a revolutionary, a genius, and my hero, as are all my children.”

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I fought ageing hard before deciding to go grey. It was the start of a brilliant new midlife

From The Guardian UK:

Casting off society’s expectations to grow old gracefully felt subversive. Ever since, I have grown bolder in body and mind

Louise Pendry
Mon 25 Nov 2019

In my early 40s, it hit me that I was ageing. At first, the physical signs really bothered me. Solving the grey-hair part was easy: I embraced hair dye, rejoicing that I could cheat the grey grim reaper for ever. Next came the wrinkles and saggy bits on my body. I fought them with an array of costly, time-consuming and mostly ineffectual rituals. Seduced by a barrage of ads playing on my fears of growing older, I diligently bought and applied a cupboard full of allegedly age-defying serums and moisturisers to my face and body. But it began to take so much effort, especially the hair. Those darned roots required a fortnightly touchup. I planned my life around the emergence of that badger stripe.

One day in my late 40s, I had an epiphany. What if I just … went grey? It really shouldn’t be a big deal, but for many women it is. No silver-fox badge of honour awaits us: we are likely to be pilloried for “letting ourselves go”. I feared not only being grey, but going grey; facing not so much a bad hair day as a bad hair year. Grey hair would unequivocally position me as old, heralding to everyone that my inevitable downward slide towards invisibility, senility and death had begun. Nonetheless, I decided to try it.

I can’t pretend that I enjoyed the process to start with. My burgeoning roots looked unkempt and it took for ever for the grey to grow out, offering a life lesson in humility and patience. Going grey led me to question the narrative I had mindlessly absorbed over the years: stay young at any cost.

Then, a few months into my great grey grow-out, something unexpected happened. I realised I was starting to enjoy the process. It felt subversive to deviate from the societal diktat that says women must not visibly age. And, as I became more comfortable with my grey hair, I scrutinised the rest of my outlook more closely. Whether or not I now looked older, I realised that I cared less. Casting off society’s expectations was curiously liberating.

Psychological research is clear: a positive outlook towards ageing is mentally and physically healthy. What’s more, there is mounting evidence (explored in books such as Bolder by Carl Honoré) that there are many upsides to growing older. Of course, there are some downsides, but the received wisdom that inevitable decline is to be expected as you age is vastly overstated. As a psychology lecturer and avid consumer of such literature, I knew this in theory, but had still succumbed to the whole anti-ageing narrative. Enough! I was ready for a midlife reboot.

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‘Jew Coup’: The Founder of a White House-Accredited Media Outlet’s Shocking Antisemitic Rant

From The Algemeiner:

by Ben Cohen
November 27, 2019

The host of a far-right Christian talk show whose outlet has frequently received White House press credentials from US President Donald Trump’s administration has posted a viciously antisemitic rant about the current presidential impeachment battle in the US Congress.

Pastor Rick Wiles let rip against what he called a “Jew coup” on his talk show last Monday on the extremist TruNews website that he founded.

Addressing the impeachment proceedings currently underway against Trump, Wiles raved: “That’s the way the Jews work, they are deceivers, they plot, they lie, they do whatever they have to do to accomplish their political agenda.”

The Democratic Party’s bid to impeach Trump was in fact “a Jew coup and the American people better wake up to it really fast because this thing is moving now toward a vote in the House and then a trial in the Senate,” the pastor insisted.

Comparing the current political divide in the US to the Civil War in the 1860s, Wiles said Americans would be asked, “Are you fighting for the North or the South?”

“People are going to be forced, possibly by this Christmas, to take a stand because of this Jew coup in the United States,” he continued. “There will be a purge. That’s the next thing that happens when Jews take over a country, they kill millions of Christians.”

Antisemitic, racist and anti-LGBTQ content is a staple of the TruNews site, which was founded by Wiles. Lurid headlines and teasers on the website’s home page on Wednesday included, “Kosher Cash: How Kushner and Evangelical Zionists Profit From West Bank Proclamation” and “Human Life on Trial: American Abortion and Modern Child Sacrifice.”

Despite this record, TruNews continues to receive press accreditation from the White House and invitations to official events.

In Sept. 2018, a TruNews reporter named Edward Szall was even called on by Trump to ask a question at a White House press briefing. Szall duly asked Trump about his forthcoming “great peace deal” between Israel and the Palestinians, to which the president responded: “I’ve always heard the deal between, as you know, Israeli and the Palestinians, that’s like the toughest deal. Every possible thing is tough about that. I think we’re gonna make a deal.” Trump then repeated: “I think we’re gonna make a deal.”

According to Doc Burkhart, Wiles’ co-host on TruNews, the outlet enjoys “a very good relationship with the White House press office.”

Speaking on the channel on Sept. 5, Burkhart said that the attitude of the White House toward the far-right media outlet had “always been very cordial and very kind.”

“We’ve never been pushed away out of anything,” Burkhart said.

Added Wiles, who was sitting alongside: “We turn down more White House invitations; we don’t go to all of them because we just don’t have the funding and the manpower to go to every single event that the White House invites us to. We are very appreciative that the White House invites us to these things.”

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