21 April 2018

Donald Trump - Trump attacks New York Times journalist over Michael Cohen article

Lauren Gambino
The Guardian

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Kenya - President Kenyatta says gay rights 'of no importance' in Kenya

Daily Nation

Maasai people, Kenya

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civil rights - Paul Weiss Sponsors Play About Civil Rights Trailblazer

Meghan Tribe
The American Lawyer

Yale University

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Montana - Coalition Launches Campaign Against Bathroom Use Initiative

Eric Tegethoff
Public News Service

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ezs note: Montanans - Hey, it's great that you'll be voting for your member of Congress in November (um... you will remember that one, won't you?) but don't forget to vote NO on I-183.  Thanks!  

lead story - Film Review: ‘Anything’

Nick Schager

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20 April 2018

Hamburg, Michigan

Hamburg, Michigan

estimated transgender population: 123*
(rounded up)

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ezs note:  Hamburg Township, Michigan!  Yeah, I know, I know, I could've made a clever pun out of this one... but I took the high road!  


Tina Nguyen
Vanity Fair

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Nepal - Letter to Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Oli

Brad Adams
Human Rights Watch

Nepal temple

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Kashmira Gander

Fallsburg, NY, Sullivan Correctional Facility

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Ohio - Central Ohio woman featured in new national ad campaign about LGBT discrimination

Ted Hart
NBC Columbus

London, Ohio

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lead story - No reports of transgender troops affecting unit cohesion, Marine Corps and Navy leaders say

Geoff Ziezulewicz
Military Times

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VIDEO - Religion and Faith in the Age of Trump (Union Theological Seminary)

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19 April 2018

Donald Trump - Ted Cruz Loses Last Scrap of Dignity, Writes Time Tribute to His Bully, Donald Trump

Jonathan Chait
New York

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Hong Kong - How This Hong Kong Heiress Became An Unexpected LGBTQ Icon

Beh Lih Yi

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civil rights - LGBTQ students face discrimination while Education Department walks back oversight

Logan Casey, Elizabeth Mann Levesque
The Brookings Institution

The Brookings Institution, Washington DC

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South Dakota - Novotny to speak at Dems meeting

The Brookings Register

Brookings, SD

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lead story - Transgender woman says employer, Spectrum Health, insurer, discriminate

John Agar

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18 April 2018

Donald Trump - Transcript: James Comey's interview with ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos

ABC News

Former Director James Comey

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ezs note:  This is the full, unedited transcript of James Comey's conversation with George Stephanopoulos.  One caveat:  this is damn long, so brew a pot of coffee to have along with it.  Whether you love 'em, hate 'em, or just don't know what to make of the man, I think that you'll come forth with a greater understanding of James Comey.

Australia - Israel Folau’s comments remind us homophobia and transphobia are ever present in Australian sport

Ryan Storr
The Conversation

Minto, Australia

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civil rights - Push anti-LGBTQ legislation and we will come for you on Election Day

Chad Griffin
The Hill

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ezs note:  Having our civil rights move forward may be a wonderful thing, but it's really only meaningful if you register AND vote.


Oklahoma - New Oklahoma City medical practice targets LGBT patients

Meg Wingerter

Oklahoma City, OK

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lead story - Transgender Woman Booked Into Male Section Of Jail During Protest

Angela Musallam
CBS Sacramento

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17 April 2018

Canada - Chilliwack school trustee facing human rights complaint for LGBTQ comments

OHS Canada

Chilliwack, BC


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civil rights - Army Chief of Staff Undermines DOD Report Against Transgender Service

Chris Johnson

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Washington state - UW’s Kristina Olson wins NSF Waterman Award for studies of ‘how children see themselves and the world’

Kim Eckert
University of Washington

Suzzallo Reading Room, Univ. of Washington

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lead story - Coast Guard won’t ban transgender members unless compelled

Stephanie Beasley

USCG Bertholf

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please press:  www.politico.com

16 April 2018

Brazil - Five Sentenced in Killing of Brazilian Transgender Woman

Trudy Ring

Maarten van Heemskerk, Justitia

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civil rights - Leaders and Advocates: Duncan and Vitter Are Unfit to Serve as Judges in Louisiana

Shin Inouye
The Leadership Conference

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Florida - National Trans HIV Testing Day is Wednesday, April 18

Denise Royal
South Florida Gay News

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ezs note:  Get tested. That's all I have to say.  It's fast, it's ridiculously easy, and you'll feel a helluva lot better knowing the facts.  I DID!!!  

lead story - Transgender Kids Face High Risk of Mental Health Woes

Serena Gordon
US News and World Report

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To my Massachusetts friends, happy Patriots' Day!

Lexington, MA

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15 April 2018

Do you have information about Donald Trump and/or his Cabinet?

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ezs note:  It's a conundrum you face, of course.  You want to expose all the lies Donald Trump keeps blathering about, yet you want to keep your job.  It's kinda like Spy vs. Spy - only they're both after you!  What to do?  One possible solution might be found at McClatchy, found here.  They've got a good system going here.  Do they offer an ironclad guarantee?  No - no one does.  What they do is take this business damn seriously.

Donald Trump - Syrian refugees don't 'want to go to US', envoy says in defense of Trump ban

Jon Swaine
The Guardian

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Senegal - Submission to the Universal Periodic Review of Senegal (see esp. 'Education')

Human Rights Watch

Pointe des Almadies, Senegal

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civil rights - Gay rights advocates want Illinois schools to be required to teach LGBT history

Bill Lukitsch
Chicago Tribune

Springfield, IL (State Capitol)

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Minnesota - OutFront Minnesota announces LGBTQ winners

Insight News

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lead story - In 'protest suicide,' lawyer famed for gay rights cases burns himself to death in New York

Michael Livingston, Steve Padilla
Los Angeles Times

Thích Quang Ðuc, earlier

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please press:  www.latimes.com 

14 April 2018

Donald Trump - President Trump denounces James Comey as 'untruthful slime ball' in response to book

David Jackson, Gregory Korte
USA Today

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Singapore - Singapore couple's marriage annulled after sex change

SBS News

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civil rights - Iowa 4-H is reaching out to LGBTQ kids, and it's causing an uproar among conservatives

Courtney Crowder
Des Moines Register

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Idaho - Idaho Begins Allowing Transgender People To Change Their Birth Certificate

James Dawson
Boise State Public Radio

Boise, Idaho

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lead story - Federal judge keeps hold on Trump transgender troop ban

Jacqueline Thomsen
The Hill

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13 April 2018

Hartford, Connecticut

estimated transgender population:  715*
(rounded up)

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ezs note - What the... it's my favorite city on planet earth, Hartford, Connecticut!  (I didn't plan this...honest! ) Yeah, yeah, Hartford has its grumblers.  I don't freakin' care... I love this city!

Donald Trump - I’m a Peeliever and You Should Be, Too

Jonathan Chait
New York

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Spain - Book documents challenges of undefined gender in 1700s Spain

George Diepenbrock
The University of Kansas

Jusepe de Ribera, La Mujer Barbuda

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civil rights - These parents are pushing against a rollback of transgender rights

Bella English
The Boston Globe

Bridgewater (MA) Town Hall

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Tennessee - Opinion | I am a transgender Tennessean, and I am concerned that I am unwelcome at home

Henry Seaton


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lead story - Defense chief says he is 'prepared to defend' new transgender military policy

Claudia Grisales
Stars and Stripes

Sec. Jim Mattis

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