Argentina: doing it right. After passing a groundbreaking gender identity law on Wednesday, Argentina, which became the first Latin American country to legalize same-sex marriage, now leads the entire world when it comes to trans rights.
The new law, which was passed by 55-0 and is expected to be signed by president Cristina Fernandez, grants trans people the right to legally change their gender identity without having to get approval from doctors or judges–and, importantly, without having to change their bodies at all first. Not having a valid ID that matches your gender identity is a huge barrier to access to education, employment, health care, you name it. As Kalym Sori, an Argentinian trans man said, “This is why the law of identity is so important. It opens the door to the rest of our rights.”
Back to home-cooked fine dining: Edamame Three Ways
As part of the epic (and epicly healthy) “Thank you” meal called “Numero Un" that I served my mother featuring a first course of Causa and Chalaquitas, a second course of Jasmine-style Gazpacho and a third course of Tuna Avocado Tartare, I present to you my fourth course and a wonderful healthy snack idea: Oven Roasted Edamame, Traditional Edamame with Sea Salt and Pickled Edamame with Ginger and Sesame.
- For the Oven-Roasted Edamame: Preheat the oven to 220 degrees celcius. In a mixing bowl, toss the edamame with olive oil, salt and pepper (to taste) and even add chilli flakes if you like spice. Then, covering a baking pan with aluminium foil, put the edamame on the baking pan and roast for 30-40 minutes until they’ve lightly browned.
- For the Traditional Edamame: If you’ve bought pre-cooked Edamame, simply heat them up in a microwave and toss them with the best sea salt you can find. If you’ve bought Edamame pods that are uncooked, add them to a pot of boiling water (you can add salt to the water if you like a saltier taste) and if they’re frozen, cook for 4-6 minutes (test their hardness at around 5 minutes) and for fresh peas, cook for 3 minutes in the boiling water. Take them out and put them in cold water immediately.
- For the Pickled Edamame: Shell your edamame pods, and then add water, rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, salt, soy sauce, fresh slivers of ginger and sesame seeds (both white and black). Leave it in a jar to pickle overnight or, if serving in a hurry, leave the liquid and edamame on a low heat for a while to speed up the pickling process.
When a white teenager named Steve Lohner was stopped by the police last month and refused to show his ID after carrying a loaded shotgun on the streets of Aurora, Colorado (the same city where a mass murderer killed 12 people and injured 70 others in a packed movie theater in July 2012), the teen walked away with nothing but a citation.
But when a 22-year-old black kid named John Crawford picked up a mere BB gun in a Walmart store in Dayton, Ohio last week, customers called the police, who then shot and killed him.
Here lies a racial disparity that’s difficult for honest people to ignore. How can black people openly carry a real gun when we can’t even pick up a BB gun in a store without arousing suspicion? The answer in America is that the Second Amendment doesn’t really apply to black people.