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Old 11th Jan 2017, 11:34 AM   #1
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Rick Riordan snubs Texas over transgender bathroom bill

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Acclaimed children’s book author Rick Riordan has turned down an invitation to be honored by the Texas legislature, citing a bill introduced in the state’s Senate last week that aims to control which bathrooms transgender people are allowed to use in the state.

Republican representative, and organizer of the author's invitation, was disappointed over the reasoning for declining the honor.

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Villalba said that the Legislature often recognizes Texans’ contributions to arts and culture. However, even with the controversy over SB 6, Villalba said the two issues shouldn’t be conflated. He said he recognized that bills like SB 6 have people worried about the impact it could have on other industries in Texas. But he added that the Legislature was simply trying to honor the authors. After all, he said, if he chose creative works based on the creator’s politics, he wouldn’t see many movies or read many books.

“I don’t want to challenge [Riordan's] belief system,” Villalba said. “I appreciate that this is his way of making his statement about what has occurred. My only disappointment is we can’t show him how much we appreciate his great work.”
Quotes were taken from the Texas Tribune's article and the Boston Globe's article.
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Old 11th Jan 2017, 12:20 PM   #2
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Re: Rick Riordan snubs Texas over transgender bathroom bill

I saw that he did and practically cried. This man is my hero and for good reason.
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Old 11th Jan 2017, 12:57 PM   #3
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Re: Rick Riordan snubs Texas over transgender bathroom bill

I was thrilled when I saw he did that, he used to be one of my fa

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Old 11th Jan 2017, 10:26 PM   #4
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Also don't forget he's got a canon gay couple in his books
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Rick Riordan is amazing, and props for him to sticking to his beliefs. I really need to pick the Heroes of Olympus series back up....
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Re: Rick Riordan snubs Texas over transgender bathroom bill

The more hateful/judgemental states are sure going to be on a deficit with all the creators turning them down. It's probably one of the less rude ways to teach a lesson, and I hope it eventually gets through the legislature's thick skulls.
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Also don't forget he's got a canon gay couple in his books
Also, he has a genderfluid main character in magnus chase too. I'm predicting that he/she will be magnus's love interest as well. Which is exciting to say the least. Also, solangelo is my otp above all otps. They are soooo adorable!
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I love Rick Riordan so much. Things like this are what give me faith in humanity.

Man, another reason to read the Magnus Chase series. I don't think either of my schools has them, though?
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Also don't forget he's got a canon gay couple in his books
Also, he has a genderfluid main character in magnus chase too. I'm predicting that he/she will be magnus's love interest as well. Which is exciting to say the least. Also, solangelo is my otp above all otps. They are soooo adorable!
Dang, I haven't started Magnus Chase yet! Still trying to finish IT and just started Raptor Red so it might be a while

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