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“That is not my natural physique. Boy, would I love it to be. I did have to get into shape. The play asks very specifically for - it’s gotta be physical. This is how I saw it and so did the director. At the same time, it became a great challenge to want to get into shape. But, it coincides with another little project where I have to be in shape, so why not kill two birds with one stone?” - Sebastian Stan
THE DARK SIDE OF MYTH & FOLKLORE: JIANGSHIIn Chinese folklore, the Jiangshi (“goeng-si” in Cantonese, “gangshi” in Korean, “kyonshī” in Japanese, and “cương thi” in Vietnamese) is reanimated corpse, similar to the Eastern European vampire and the West African zombie, who seeks to feed on the qi of the living. The Jiangshi can range in appearance from a rotting corpse to freshly dead, but are almost always dressed in official garments from the Qing dynasty and move around by hopping (because rigor mortis prevents regular walking). Jiangshi can be created in a number of ways, such as magical resurrection, possession, imbalance of the hun and po, premature burial, improper burial, or the spirit of the dead person simply failing to move on.
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ANNAPOLIS, Md.–The Maryland Senate on Tuesday approved a bill that would ban discrimination based on gender identity and expression in the state.
The measure passed by a 32-15 vote margin after senators debated on its third reading for less than 20 minutes.
“I just hope people realize this is a fairness issue,” said state Sen. Allan Kittleman (R-Howard County).
“It is not our job to discriminate,” added state Sen. Delores Kelly (D-Balitmore County) before the vote. “The bill is carefully crafted. The definitions are clear”
State Sen. Bryan Simonaire (R-Anne Arundel County) questioned the definitions of public accommodations and gender identity in SB 212. The Anne Arundel County Republican also sought additional religious protections in the measure that state Sen. Jamie Raskin (D-Montgomery County) maintained already exist.
“The intent of this bill is discrimination,” said Simonaire. “There is an absence of religion.”
State Sen. Rich Madaleno (D-Montgomery County), who introduced SB 212, applauded its passage.
“Today marks a historic milestone in the continued fight to advance equal rights for all Marylanders,” he said in a statement. “The Senate’s passage of the Fairness for All Marylanders Act sends a reaffirming message throughout our state that regardless of whom you are, prejudice and discrimination will no longer be tolerated or exempted from law. With these new anti-discrimination protections for transgender persons one step closer to full passage.”
“Today is a huge day for transgender rights in Maryland,” added Equality Maryland Executive Director Carrie Evans. “With their vote, 32 Senators stood up to say no one should be denied the opportunity to work for a living, secure housing or eat lunch at a restaurant just because of their gender identity.”
Gender Rights Maryland Executive Director Dana Beyer, who announced her candidacy against Madaleno in late January, specifically applauded her opponent in a statement after senators approved the measure. She also praised Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee Chair Brian Frosh (D-Montgomery County), former Equality Maryland Executive Director Dan Furmansky and “the trans community who came every year to Annapolis to lobby and tell their stories.”