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Emil Guillermo: Bruce Jenner has people talking, but does he represent the diversity in the trans world?

brucejennerRich people like Bruce Jenner can afford surgery and treatments.

But there are poor and working class trans people who aren’t covered by insurance and fear the price of their journey may be too high.

On top of that, I know trans people of color who fear discrimination and harassment every day.

It all makes Jenner such a poor spokesperson for the trans community.

His announcement is good for Jenner in Malibu, and his reality shows. But his trans reality isn’t what most people experience.

He’s hardly representative of the trans world.

See my column on trans diversity here.

 

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Emil Guillermo: So slips in 7th round match to Caruana at Gashimov chess tourney; Carlsen next.

A disappointing loss for American Filipino Wesley So at the hands of Fabiano Caruana of Italy.

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So is seen here on the right.

Playing black, So could not find an answer in this relatively quick match that ended when Caruana’s bishop over knight advantage prevailed.

The round 7 loss of a full point put So further behind  World No. 1 Magnus Carlsen, who won his 7th round against Vladimir Kramnik.

The two are scheduled to meet in the 8th round.

But So enters the match with 4 points and in third place.   Carlsen is a top the leaderboard at 5.5 points. India’s Viswanathan Anand, who beat So in their head-to-head matchup, is in second with 4.5 points.

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Emil Guillermo:Britt McHenry’s video displayed how “Media Privilege” is more intoxicating than “White Privilege.”

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Still talking about that “ugly” Britt McHenry video?

Kudos to her employer for getting it right.

No matter what anybody says, her words and tone on that video were indefensible.

A suspension is light by comparison.  I explain why in this column you can click on here.

Every person who has been on TV for a living knows this is the dual edge of “media fame.” You can cross the line and think you are “above it all.”

You’re not.

 

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Emil Guillermo: The new Asian American Identity– Just American, please?

 

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Recently, I asked some young Asian Americans how they liked to identify.

I was surprised.

They didn’t say  “Asian American.”

Now I understand a Samoan saying , “Poly,” or “Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander.”

But these were two people in their ’20s, of Japanese and Chinese descent. Old school.

And they didn’t say,” Asian American.” Read my column here.

Names evolve. Now we have Asian Pacific American, Asian American Pacific Islander, Asian American Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander.  It’s always about inclusion, right. Not about bringing poetry to bureaucracy.

But there’s something to be said for how a phrase ages in time.

I don’t know the exact reason why the NAACP doesn’t say change the “cp” part of its name to make it  more “PC.”

Who says “colored people,,” except for racists, right?

But I imagine they kept the phrase because of the history of the term. It’s a phrase that proudly shows its age. And shows what’s been overcome.

Asian American is the seed, not just our root phrase.  From it, the community has expanded to include all different Asian and Pacific Islander ethnicities.

There’s still good reason to hoist it as a unifying banner. There’s history.

And it shows how far we’ve come.

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