Lana Wachowski has confirmed the return of the show for a 2-hour special finale
After getting canceled by Netflix, shortly after the release of its second season, Sense8 is now getting a last-minute stay of execution in the form of a two-hour special. It will air in 2018, as by its creator Lana Wachowski on the show’s Facebook page:
The facebook post received hundreds of thousands of likes and reactions as well as shares
It is believed that, despite the overwhelming amount of viewers that the TV show had received, the production cost was amongst one of the highest in the world, estimated at $9 million dollars per episode, which may have contributed to the cancelation.
However, at this point, and paraphrasing Lana, it seems like nothing’s been said and there’s a big chance we might see more sense8 in the future.
By Ellie Van Leeuwen for Girl Things (@elliehopeauthor on Twitter & Facebook)
What a woman does in her privacy is nobody else’s business but hers. However, for the Washington DC police department, this may come as an excuse to suspend Sgt. Hawkins.
Washington DC, United States — Transgender Police Officer, Sgt Hawkins, is being accused of “taking interns assigned to her unit out drinking with other MPD officers.” At Freddie’s. A well-known LGBT bar in Arlington. The summer interns were both under the age of 21. One of them admitted to having a fake ID and showing it to Sgt. Hawkins who laughed at it. Fox News Reports.
The allegations also said Sgt. Hawkins showed the interns a “homemade video of her having sex with 4 men while she was intoxicated.”
While she hasn’t confirmed nor denied both allegations officially, sources say that Hawkins’ admitted were true in an interview conducted with internal affairs where the tenor was anything but serious.
Hawkins told investigators she pulled out her cellphone and told her interns “if you want to watch it, it’s right here,” and admitted to showing others an inappropriate picture.
Her reputation amongst DC’s LGBTQ community came into question because of her role in the unit. Allegations she gave preference to concerns from transgender citizens over others.
Officers claimed her role was undermined amongst her peers after her predecessor and now chairman of the DC police FOP, Sgt Matthew Mahl incited tensions between her and the gay community after Mahl left the unit on bad terms.
A spokesperson for the Washington DC Police Department released the following statement:
“Following misconduct allegations, Sergeant Jessica Hawkins was the focus of a recent internal affairs investigation. That investigation has concluded and the findings are currently with the MPD’s disciplinary review division. The DRD will review and determine an appropriate penalty. Throughout the investigation, Sergeant Hawkins remained in her current assignment and is still widely considered a valuable MPD team member in our special liaison division.”
Kansas, United States — The “Equality House”, owned by Aaron Jackson, Founder of nonprofit organization Planting Peace, has been vandalised.
“This happened last night. A sad reminder of how far we have to go. 2 days ago someone shouted “faggot” at me as they drove by. That happens almost every week. Every morning I look out my window to hate speech from the Westboro Baptist Church.” Davis Hammet, from Planting Peace, said.
“Queer folks are bullied, terrorized, assaulted, and murdered all across the United States. Our country continues to deny basic employment and housing protections to LGBTQ folks. Our politicians continue to use the LGBTQ community as a scapegoat and spew dangerous rhetoric that emboldens the hateful fringes of our society. We went from over 3 years without being vandalized to being vandalized twice in a few months.”
“This is an average experience for those marginalized in our society. Many will have much worse happen to them today. Please recognize that we still have so far to go. Please use your power to advocate for a better society for everyone.”
This happened last night. A sad reminder of how far we have to go. 2 days ago someone shouted “faggot” at me as they…
SCOTLAND, United Kingdom — For the second year in a row, Scotland has been rated the best country in the world for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) equality and human rights.
Scotland continues to be ahead of the rest of the UK, all other European countries, and the rest of the world in the legal protections offered to LGBTI people, according to an annual review of LGBTI equality and human rights laws and government policies.
Angela Crawley MP, spokesperson for Women, Children and Equalities, said: “The fact that Scotland continues to be rated the best country in Europe for LGBTI equality is welcome recognition for the progress we are making to ensure Scotland is a fair and equal country for everyone.”
“The SNP is committed to equality and social justice for all. We were proud to pass Scotland’s progressive equal marriage and hate crime laws, but we know that the job of achieving full equality is not yet done. “That’s why the SNP has pledged to reform gender recognition law to secure greater equality for transgender and non-binary people. She added.
We will require all new guidance and promoted teachers – and eventually all teachers – to undertake training on equality, so they are confident in tackling prejudice-based bullying.
We will work with the General Teaching Council for Scotland to ensure that schools address the important issues that LGBTI young people face, and that teachers have the skills, knowledge and confidence to take inclusive approaches in their schools.
By summer 2017 we will consult on reforming the Gender Recognition Act to ensure our gender recognition law is in line with international best practice.
The Scottish Government is working with Stonewall Scotland to support NHS Health Boards in tackling LGBTI discrimination.
We will establish an Equality in Sport and Physical Activity Forum to encourage the removal of barriers to participation in sport, including those for women and the LGBTI community.
Sport Scotland will ensure that funding for all sports includes conditions on taking action to tackle LGBTI discrimination. We have already provided £38,000 to LEAP Sports Scotland this year to challenge homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in sports.
We will continue work to reduce the stigma of HIV, raise awareness of the condition and reduce its transmission.
We will support new research on reducing transmission of HIV, including through PrEP. A separate working group will also look at the clinical utility of PrEP in Scotland.
While Scotland remains best country in the world for LGBTI equality, meeting 90.4% in the ILGA index, , the UK as a whole has fallen behind Malta (88 per cent) and Belgium (82 per cent).
United States — The Atlantic Coast Conference announced today that it would move its neutral site championships out of North Carolina for the 2016-17 season over the state’s discriminatory legislation House Bill 2, or HB2.
The law prevents cities and counties from passing protections based on sexual and gender orientation. Public schools must require bathrooms or locker rooms be designated for use only by people matching the gender they were assigned at birth.
The ACC rulling follows the lead of the NCAA, which announced on Monday that it would also relocate its championships for 2016-17.
Sports affected by this decisions are:
Men’s and women’s swimming and diving
Men’s and women’s Tennis
“The ACC Council of Presidents made it clear that the core values of this league are of the utmost importance, and the opposition to any form of discrimination is paramount. Today’s decision is one of principle, and while this decision is the right one, we recognize there will be individuals and communities that are supportive of our values as well as our championship sites that will be negatively affected,” ACC Commissioner John Swofford said in a statement. “Hopefully, there will be opportunities beyond 2016-17 for North Carolina neutral sites to be awarded championships.” USA Today reports
WASHINGTON, UNITED STATES — Whistleblower Chelsea Manning has endured great torment in prison since leaking State and Defence Department documents to Wikileaks in 2010, the amount of injustice Chelsea has had to suffer is almost incalculable. She came out as transgender shortly after sentenced, and, according to her lawyer, she will be receiving gender reassignment surgery.
Manning’s lawyer spoke with her on Tuesday after she was informed of the military’s decision. Manning, who is currently serving a 35-year prison sentence for violating the Espionage Act, received a recommendation from her psychologist in April in order to have her gender reassingment surgery or GRS, Buzzfeed reports.
“I am unendingly relieved that the military is finally doing the right thing. I applaud them for that. This is all that I wanted – for them to let me be me,” Manning said in a statement provided by her lawyers.
Sources say that while the US Army will not discuss the medical needs of individuals, she would be ellegible for transition, which includes SRS and HRT.
Nania is a 17-year-old transgender woman from India. India is considered to be a very homophobic and transphobic country. Coming out of the closet in a country where transgender women are often treated like a second-class citizen is a painful and difficult experience.
Despite her mother supporting her decision to transition, she still has to deal with obstacles of transitioning in a developing country on a daily basis. We learn, through her videos, what is it like to live in a country with a culture that is often transphobic, and where opportunities are denied to women simply for being women. Let alone trans.