In June, JK Rowling released an essay and a series of tweets calling for limits on transitionary care for trans youth. Business Insider reports that Rowling also mocked gender-inclusive words. Cynthia Nixon told the Independent JK Rowling's transphobic comments were "really painful" for her 23-year-old transgender son, Samuel. "It was really painful for him because so much of his childhood was tied up with Harry Potter," Nixon said. "We're a Harry Potter family.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday he was cracking down on a few Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods following a spike in COVID-19 infections. According to HuffPost, city officials will start issuing fines in those areas to people who refuse to wear masks. Hundreds of outreach workers and contact tracers are going to nine Brooklyn and Queens ZIP codes that have seen an upswing in positive COVID-19 tests.
70-year-old geneticist and devout Christian Francis Collins is director of the National Institutes of Health. Collins was awarded the 2020 Templeton Prize on Thursday. The prize is one of the world's top religious awards. According to HuffPost, Collins received the award for demonstrating how science and faith are compatible. He used his acceptance speech to decry the political divide that is causing some Americans to question the science behind climate change and COVID-19.
In what's being hailed as a great leap forward for pediatric sleep science, doctors have identified a new sleep disorder in children aged six to eighteen. According to HuffPost, Restless Sleep Disorder, or RSD, is a condition in which children toss and turn while asleep, and often fall out of bed. HuffPost reports RSD sufferers often have a difficult time focusing, and face emotional and behavioral challenges as a result. Work into the mechanisms underlying RSD is ongoing.
Comedian and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres has publicly promised to turn over a new leaf in how her show is run. According to HuffPost, a contrite Degeneres pledged to make a fresh start as she kicked off a new season of her eponymous talk show on Monday. We have made the necessary changes, and today, we are starting a new chapter.
A staunch never-Trumper of the entertainment world, music icon Cher attacked President Donald Trump on Thursday. HuffPost reports Cher was irate over recent comments Trump made about pursuing a 'herd mentality' in relation to the coronavirus pandemic. On Twitter, Cher urged fellow Americans to protect themselves and ensure they vote in the upcoming election. She also taunted the president over the nearly 200,000 people who have died in America of the novel coronavirus.