LOCAL NEWS: Lower Merion School Board Unanimously Passes Trans-Affirmative Policy

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Lower Merion schools now have a transgender-inclusive student policy.

On Monday, the Lower Merion school board unanimously passed a transgender-inclusive policy that respects students’ names, pronouns, and personal identification in records and academic documents. The new policy also aims to ensure trans students are included in sex-segregated events and public spaces. “This policy is the icing on the cake,” Bruno Reiver, a trans student at Lower Merion, told the press. “As a graduating senior, I cannot express how grateful I am to have attended such a progressive, open-minded institution.” The Pennsylvania Youth Congress and local student groups helped to get the policy passed. Lower Merion is now one of five districts in Pennsylvania — Great Valley, Springfield, Upper Dublin, and Cheltenham are the others — to officially enforce a trans-affirmative policy. The Pittsburgh Public School Board plans to vote on a transgender student policy in June, while the School District of Philadelphia is currently reviewing a policy expected to reach the School Reform Commission this summer. Read more »

WATCH: The Roots Play “Action News” Theme for Danny DeVito

Check it out:

And sure enough:

It makes sense. The Roots are from Philly. Danny DeVito was promoting It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Why not get one of the city’s favorite pieces of theme music in on the act?

Always Sunny in Philadelphia Actor Gives The “Only Graduation Speech You Need to Hear.”

Slate explains: “The next few weeks will bring a deluge of wise and not-so-wise words from a host of writers, politicians, and celebrities, but the year’s best speech may have already happened: Charlie Day, of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia fame, spoke this past weekend to graduates at his alma mater, Merrimack College. As should be expected, it’s a hilarious and digressive spiel, covering everything from Day’s thoughts on graduation robes (reminiscent of a medieval pastry chef) to his undergraduate antics, which include cutting shower curtains at waist-level. But it’s not all jokes: Day couches his comedy in an eloquent discussion of his early days in New York, when he was a struggling actor who took a huge risk to work on Sunny. Worked out pretty well: the show recently became one of the longest-running comedies in the history of television.”

Always Sunny Renewed for Two More Seasons

AV Club reports: “Defying the life expectancy for characters who behave like that, It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia has been renewed for two more seasons—which will bring the length of show’s run to 12 seasons, making it the second-longest-running live-action comedy in TV history, tied with My Three Sons.” We’re making history, Philly! That means two more years of actors stealing into town for a few days for exterior shots, and posing for locals who post the pics to Facebook and Twitter.

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