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Ge­or­gia Gov. Nathan Deal and At­tor­ney Gen­eral Sam Olens broke their si­lence on May 17, four days after the White House is­sued a di­rec­tive to school dis­tricts na­tion­wide af­firm­ing trans­gen­der stu­dents’ rights to use the bath­room that matches their gen­der iden­tity.

The pair both re­leased state­ments crit­i­ciz­ing the di­rec­tive, with Deal say­ing it “has gen­er­ated con­fu­sion and con­tro­versy” and Olens ac­cus­ing the White House of ad­dress­ing a “sen­si­tive and com­plex is­sue with a sledge­ham­mer,” but they stopped short of an­nounc­ing any di­rect ac­tion such as fil­ing a fed­eral law­suit, which about two dozen Ge­or­gia Repub­li­can sen­a­tors have called for them to do.

Deal left it up to lo­cal school dis­tricts to ad­dress, say­ing, “While our 181 school sys­tems must each de­ter­mine an ap­pro­pri­ate re­sponse to this fed­eral over­reach, I have asked State School Su­per­in­ten­dent Richard Woods to pro­vide guid­ance to those lo­cal school sys­tems seek­ing as­sis­tance and clar­ity on this is­sue in or­der to en­sure that there will be as much uni­for­mity across our state as pos­si­ble.”

Olens called the di­rec­tive “yet an­other ex­am­ple of ex­ec­u­tive over­reach” but also said it’s up to par­ents, teach­ers and lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties to ad­dress it, adding, “As the State’s chief law en­force­ment of­fi­cer, I will take steps, when ap­pro­pri­ate un­der the law, to en­sure that these de­ci­sions are be­ing made at the ap­pro­pri­ate level, as de­manded by prin­ci­ples of sep­a­ra­tion of pow­ers and federalism un­der our Con­sti­tu­tion.”

Woman charged in the death of At­lanta drag per­former Lateasha Shuntel

Fed­eral au­thor­i­ties have ar­rested and charged Deanna M. Roberts, 46, of San­ford, Florida in the death of beloved drag per­former Lateasha Shuntel.

Roberts was taken into cus­tody on May 17 at her Florida home. She faces charges of falsely claim­ing to be a li­censed med­i­cal prac­ti­tioner and il­le­gally trans­port­ing liq­uid sil­i­cone from Florida to At­lanta. Ac­cord­ing to the U.S. At­tor­ney’s of­fice, Roberts in­jected the liq­uid sil­i­cone di­rectly into Shuntel’s but­tocks, which re­sulted in her death.

“The pub­lic should be wary of in­di­vid­u­als who use sub­stances like sil­i­cone in ways that are not ap­proved by the FDA, or that are ad­min­is­tered by per­sons who are not prop­erly trained or li­censed,” said U.S. At­tor­ney John Horn.

“Liq­uid sil­i­cone is strictly reg­u­lated by the Food and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion (FDA) and may be legally in­jected di­rectly into the hu­man body only as a treat­ment for cer­tain eye con­di­tions,” ac­cord­ing to Horn, the in­dict­ment, and other in­for­ma­tion pre­sented in court.

Shuntel, 45, was found dead on Nov. 18. An out­pour­ing of con­do­lences and trib­utes fol­lowed, in­clud­ing The Lateasha Shuntel Me­mo­rial Fund, which raised over $16,000 for fi­nal ex­penses.

Roberts made her ini­tial court ap­pear­ance on May 17 in Or­lando, Florida and could also face charges in Ful­ton County.

Lav­erne Cox praises At­lanta trans ac­tivist Raquel Wil­lis on so­cial me­dia

Ac­tress Lav­erne Cox may be one of the most vis­i­ble trans­gen­der women in the world at the mo­ment, but she re­cently jumped at the op­por­tu­nity to ac­knowl­edge the work of At­lanta trans ac­tivist Raquel Wil­lis. On May 16, Cox shared “The Trans­gen­der Dat­ing Dilemma,” a 2015 Buz­zfeed ar­ti­cle writ­ten by Wil­lis, with mil­lions of her so­cial me­dia fol­low­ers on Face­book and Twit­ter.

“I re­lated to so many of Wil­lis’ sto­ries and ap­pre­ci­ate her in­ter­sec­tional lens,” wrote Cox. “Thank you Raquel for your can­dor, nu­ance and em­pa­thy in telling it like it is. We must never give up hope that love is pos­si­ble. #Tran­sisBeau­ti­ful”

Not sur­pris­ingly, Wil­lis was floored to re­ceive a “shout out from the queen,” but the re­ac­tion from peo­ple con­nected to At­lanta’s own in ad­di­tion to Cox was equally heart­warm­ing.

“This is Raquel Wil­lis’ world and we just live in it. Yes ma’m!,” wrote Laura Bar­ton on Face­book.

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