21 August 2014

New partnership makes reporting hate crime easier (UK)

Nigel Slater

to read more, go to:  http://www.eveshamobserver.co.uk/2014/08/22/news-New-partnership-makes-reporting-hate-crime-easier--114594.html

ezs note:  Congratulations, West Mercia! (UK)

3 Colleges in Massachusetts Recognized as the Most LGBT-Friendly

Lauren Landry

to read more, go to:  http://bostinno.streetwise.co/2014/08/21/campus-prides-list-of-the-most-lgbt-friendly-colleges/

Is NY’s Plaza Hotel Going in the Way of Shariah Law?

Leading gay-rights group backs Cuomo

20 August 2014

Someone On Capitol Hill Seems Obsessed With Editing Wikipedia Articles On Transgender Topics

MA Transgender Equal Rights Coalition Applauds City of Worcester’s Passage of Nondiscrimination Protections for Transgender People

Michelle Duggar’s hateful anti-transgender rights campaign


to read more, go to:  http://www.salon.com/2014/08/20/michelle_duggars_hateful_anti_transgender_rights_campaign/

19 August 2014

First Transgender Officer Graduates From San Francisco Police Academy [Video]

Whitney Phaneuf

to read more, go to:  http://sfist.com/2014/08/19/first_transgender_officer_graduates.php

Department Of Labor Extends Employment Protections To Transgender Workers

Zack Ford

to read more, go to: http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2014/08/19/3473317/mia-macy-transgender-labor-guidance/

Kluwe, Vikings reach settlement to avert lawsuit


to read more, go to:  http://www.kansas.com/news/nation-world/article1253308.html

Smithsonian adds LGBT history to museum collection

A Transgender Student Who Was Reportedly Banned From Her School Receives Good News

Rebecca Klein

ezs note:  Congratulations! You did it!

18 August 2014

Arraignment scheduled for man who allegedly killed Fontana transgender woman in 2013


to read more, go to:  http://www.fontanaheraldnews.com/news/article_07e5bc76-270f-11e4-9588-001a4bcf887a.html

ezs note:  Fortunately, Dantijer Powell, is having to pay the piper now.  If you know of any transgender person who has been murdered, assaulted, or raped, please call the police now!

Italy: Gossip magazine under fire for giving away homophobic joke book (UK)

The American Museum of Natural History Presents The 2014 MARGARET MEAD FILM FESTIVAL: “PAST FORWARD,” 10/23-26

16 August 2014

Documentary chronicles student suicides in Anoka-Hennepin

Olivia Koester

to read more, go to:  http://abcnewspapers.com/2014/08/16/documentary-chronicles-student-suicides-in-anoka-hennepin/

Former Atherton student now transgender advocate

Video reveals Mormon woman’s transgender journey


to read more, go to:  http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsfaithblog/58301928-180/transgender-daughter-eri-hayward.html.csp

Take lead on nondiscrimination

Transgender teen told she can't come to school as girl

Mesa, Arizona

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15 August 2014

Welcoming First Trans Man To U.S. House of Reps

AJ Trager

to read more, go to:  http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67545

Oregon adds transgender procedures to Oregon Health Plan

Dana Tims

to read more, go to:  http://www.oregonlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/08/oregon_adds_transgender_proced.html

Knowing signs of mental illness helps prevent suicides

LGBT short play show returns to Lauderdale

US: Memorial to be held for murdered Baltimore trans woman (UK)

Nick Duffy

to read more, go to  http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2014/08/15/us-memorial-to-be-held-for-murdered-baltimore-trans-woman/

ezs note: Sadly, neither the cases of Mia Henderson nor Kandy Hall have any leads yet.  If you have any information about either of these cases, contact the Baltimore police immediately!!!

13 August 2014

Robin Williams 1951-2014

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In case you haven't heard about it yet, Robin Williams committed suicide on Monday.  He did not "pass on". He committed suicide.

In the few days that have passed, I was struggling with what I could say.  It sounds terribly macabre, but a regular death seems so much easier.  Whether he or she contracts cancer, is hit by a car, or just passes on in his/her sleep, there is just a sad sense to it all.  In the midst of the terrible grief, there is a certain sense of finality to it all.  And it's not all bad.

Am I mad at Robin Williams?  Not really.  However, I am very, very, disappointed in him.  It's as if he was given a handful of diamonds, sapphires, rubies, and emeralds, and he just flushed them all down the toilet.

And then there is you.

If you are a transgender person, there are some trials which exist in your life particularly, and you feel very lonely indeed.  I know. I'm there too.  Just remember that you have gifts in hand too.  

Do you feel sad - or lonely - or suicidal? Please know that I am rooting for you.  Please know that there are good friends out there for you.  There are counselors out there for you. All you have to do is talk.

Above all, despite all the gifts he had, don't be like Robin Williams. That would be doubly tragic.

12 August 2014

HRC Joins National LGBT Organizations in Letter of Support for Family of Michael Brown

Charlie Joughin

to read more, go to:  http://www.hrc.org/blog/entry/lgbt-organizations-stand-with-family-of-michael-brown

ERO foes ask court to force city to certify repeal petitions

Fortress of Louisbourg welcomes gay community (Canada)

Tom Ayers

to read more, go to:  http://thechronicleherald.ca/novascotia/1229022-fortress-of-louisbourg-welcomes-gay-community

State of the Arts: Queer Film Fest focuses on diversity (Canada)

Chelsea Manning's lawyers threaten to sue over gender identity treatment (UK)

11 August 2014

ACLU wants Army to help 2 transgender veterans

Finding Power in the Beauty of Everyday Women

Camp Aranu'tiq: A Safe Haven for Transgender Kids

Mary J. Moss

to read more, go to:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mary-j-moss/camp-aranutiqa-safe-haven_b_5665060.html

LGBT Americans Less Likely to Be Religious

Nolan Feeney

to read more, go to:  http://time.com/3101372/lgbt-religion/

Gay Canadians still face an inequality which may surprise you (UK)

Joseph Patrick McCormick

to read more, go to: http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2014/08/11/gay-canadians-still-face-an-inequality-which-may-surprise-you/

09 August 2014

Museum makes history with ‘LGBTQ’


to read more, go to:  http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/08/09/4059066/museum-makes-history-with-lgbtq.html

Police Apologise for 1994 Raid on Gay Club (Australia)

Kat Callahan

to read more, go to:  http://roygbiv.jezebel.com/police-apologise-for-1994-raid-on-gay-club-1617418359

Long awaited transgender documentary TransJourney to premier tonight

Marriage cases have Bondi in tough spot

Lloyd Dunkelberger

to read more, go to:  http://capitolcomments.blogs.theledger.com/10800/marriage-cases-have-bondi-in-tough-spot/?tc=ar

Ugandan homosexuals hold pride parade


to read more, go to:  https://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=5344044929567172395#editor/target=post;postID=6987298727113867207

ezs note:  From the other side of the pond, we salute you!

Vancouver, British Columbia

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