By Thomas Maxheimer
Yes, there actually is going to be a disco party with Gloria Gaynor at the Library of Congress
Programming starts April 12th, and free tickets are available now (though some events are sold out). The festivities to honor Gloria Gaynor’s disco anthem “I Will Survive”, are part of celebrating 25 new additions to the National Recording Registry, a collection of sound recordings considered “culturally, historically, or aesthetically important, and/or inform or reflect life in the United States”. Gaynor will perform in the Great Hall as part of the Library’s “Bibliodiscotheque,” a series of films, lectures and events celebrating the disco era.
Judge allows Oregon resident to be genderless
A judge in Oregon has ruled that a transgender person can legally change their sex to “non-binary”. Patrick Abbatiello has been granted a petition to go from male to “agender” and switch to the single name Patch.
Montana kills transphobic bathroom bill
Montana’s transphobic bathroom bill was terminated which would have been the state’s version of North Carolina’s infamous HB2. Referred to as the Montana Locker Room Privacy Act, it would not have automatically forced trans people to use the bathroom matching the gender on their birth certificate, but instead would have triggered a referendum, calling into question if trans people should be allowed to use the locker room or bathroom matching their gender identity.