Mourning a colleague: Bernard Maris

One of the victims of the attack on satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo was an economist, Bernard Maris. He wrote a column under the name Oncle Bernard.

I didn’t know Professor Maris. I never heard of him until today. His Wikipedia page shows him to be prolific and multidisciplinary – he’s written novels, stood for local office, worked at the Bank of France, been in films and engaged extensively with media. It was this last that got him killed.

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Gender is not a choice

The heartwarming story of the Brisbane parents who posted a classified to announce their trans son’s coming out has been all over social media the past few days.

In the notice, the family says in 1995 they placed an ad to announce the birth of their daughter Elizabeth Anne.

“He informs us that we were mistaken. Oops! Our bad. We would now like to present, our wonderful son – Kai Bogert. Loving you is the easiest thing in the world. Tidy your room,” the notice read.

That’s awesome! What supportive parents. Too bad the media isn’t so supportive. Kai’s decision to share his true gender identity with his family is reported like this (emphasis mine): Continue reading