31 October 2011

Hello!

Boo!  Here's what's happening...  Charleston, South Carolina... Atlanta, Georgia... Groningen, Netherlands... Torrance, California... Miami, Florida... Mountain View, California.... Neudorfl. Niederosterreich, Austria... Boston, Massachusetts... Salt Lake City, Utah... Council Bluffs, Iowa... Los Angeles, California... Williamsport, Pennsylvania.... Cavite, Cavite City, Philippines... London, England, UK... Taipei,Taiwan... New York City, New York... Laurel, Mississippi.... Sanford, Maine... Alburtis, Pennsylvania... Herndon, Pennsylvania... Norwalk, Connecticut... Mansfield, Nottingham, England, UK...        Bradford, England... Oxford, Mississippi... Sherman Oaks, California... 

28 October 2011

International Healing Foundation apologizes to the LBGTQ community on its 21st anniversary (www.prnewswire.com)

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Peace

"Peace is the marriage of the people
and the planet,
with all attendant vows."
Anonymous

Bobby Montoya: Colorado Girl Scouts say yes to boy who wants to join them (www.dailymail.co.uk)

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1st ever San Diego LGBT Pride contingent in Veterans Day parade (www.windycitymediagroup.com)

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'Southern Comfort' extends at CAP21 (offoffbroadway.broadwayworld.com)

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Your towns: readers respond (blogs.montrealgazette.com {Canada})

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26 October 2011

Peace

The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life.
Jane Addams

Turkey jails trans activists for 'insulting police' (www.care2.com)

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'I was called a basketball, a penguin,and an Ewok': Chaz Bono blasts 'disrespectful' Dancing With The Stars judges for bullying him over his weight (www.dailymail.co.uk)

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Black transgender face startling levels of discrimination, report finds (sdgln.com)

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Transgender children welcomed by the Girl Scouts of America (www.imperfectparent.com)

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ezs note:  just a question... why do the Girl Scouts seem so welcoming, but the Boy Scouts seem so... well...

23 October 2011

Peace

If someone thinks that love and peace is a cliche that must have been left behind in the Sixties, that’s his problem. Love and peace are eternal. –John Lennon

Homophobia exacts a chilling price as hate crimes climb (www.independent.co.uk)

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ezs note:  If you are transgender, gay, lesbian, or bisexual and are being harassed, please turn them in!  It's time for you to stop worrying, and let the trolls do it for a change!

New plays, new views (www.citizen.co.za)

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Tennessee resident inspires General Mills to abandon transphobic ad (www.outandaboutnewspaper.com)

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22 October 2011

Cookeville, Tennessee

credit: Chuck Sutherland

Hello!

Yep, the chill is definitely in the air... here's what happened... Cookeville, Tennessee... Woodland Hills, California... London, England, UK... Council Bluffs, Iowa... El Cerrito, California... Swansboro, North Carolina... Concord, North Carolina... Guildford, Surrey, England, UK... Brussels, Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest, Belgium... Arlington Heights, Illinois... Tamuning, Guam... Groningen, Netherlands... Bangor, Maine... Santa Cruz, California... Taipei, Taiwan... Medan, Sumatera Utara... Plattsburgh, New York... Athens, Attiki, Greece... Salt Lake City, Utah... Mountain View, California... Atlanta, Georgia... Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania... Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada... Mount Horeb, Washington... Tulsa, Oklahoma... Forfar, Angus, Scotland... Jiddah, Makkah, Saudi Arabia... Denver, Colorado... Kings Park, New York... Santa Monica, California... Saint Charles, Illinois...

US residents: If you want to vote, please remember to register!

Today's topper: FDNY welcomes first transgender firefighter

I know, the holidays are upon us, but please don't forget those less fortunate.  Here's a few:

American Red Cross
www.redcross.org

International Red Cross/Red Crescent
www.ifrc.org

Doctors Without Borders
www.doctorswithoutborders.org

Rainbow Fund
www.rainbowfund.org

Thank you!

Karger making history and proud of it (www.fosters.com)

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More schools take action to stem anti-gay bullying (www.sfgate.com)

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LGBT history month: Victoria Kolakowski, first openly transgender US trial judge (www.lgbtqnation.com)

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Transgender woman Asia Santana sentenced to prison for 2010 fatal stabbing of boyfriend Eric Nevith in Norristown (timesherald.com)

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19 October 2011

The real modern family (www.huffingtonpost.com)

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Hinsdale group rallying support for young homeless (hinsdale.patch.com)

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ezs note:  The Unitarian Universalist churches are good ones. See how your local congregation is doing, or send a check to Hinsdale UU, specifying aid for homeless transgender youth. The address is:

Unitarian church of Hinsdale
17 W. Maple St.
Hinsdale, IL 60521

Coverage denied: trans Utahn fights SelectHealth (www.cityweekly.net)

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16 October 2011

Peace

Then all that has divided us will merge
And then compassion will be wedded to power
And then softness will come to a world that is harsh and unkind
And then both men and women will be gentle
And then both women and men will be strong
And then no person will be subject to another's will
And then all will be rich and free and varied
And then the greed of some will give way to the needs of many
And then all will share equally in the earth's abundance
And then all will care for the sick and the weak and the old
And then all will nourish the young
And then all will cherish life's creatures
And then all will live in harmony with each other and with the earth
And everywhere will be called Eden, once again.
-- Judy Chicago

Law for welfare of transgender under way (www.asiantribune.com {India})

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California schools scrambling to add lessons on LGBT Americans (www.latimes.com)

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Indonesia's transgender couples surrounded by fear and persecution (www.guardian.co.uk {UK/Indonesia})

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University students push for gender-neutral washrooms (winnipeg.ctv.ca {Canada})

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15 October 2011

Council Bluffs, Iowa

credit:  The Lincoln Highway National Museum & Archives

Hello!

Yep, the chill's in the air... here's what's happening... Council Bluffs, Iowa... Groningen, Netherlands... Spring, Texas... Rosrath, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany... Marysville, Washington... Jersey City, New Jersey... Taipei, Taiwan... Kings Park, New York... Brussels, Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest, Belgium... Dublin, California... Fukuoka, Japan... Phoenix, Arizona... Laurel, Mississippi... Madras, Tamil Nadu, India... Erlanger, Kentucky... Berlin, Germany... Minden, Nordrhein-Westfalen... Canton, Ohio... Mountain View, California... Nuremberg, Bayern, Germany... Sydney, New South Wales, Australia... Atlanta, Georgia... Kollam, Kerala, India... Chicago, Illinois... Alicante, Comunidad Valenciana, Spain... Klang, Selangor, Malaysia... Rome, Lazio, Italy... Charleston, South Carolina... Santiago, Region Metropolitana, Chile...

U.S. citizens:  DON'T FORGET TO VOTE!

This month's topper: FDNY welcomes first transgender firefighter

Please help!

American Red Cross
www.redcross.org

International Red Cross/Red Crescent
www.ifrc.org

Doctors Without Borders
www.doctorswithoutborders.org

Rainbow Fund
www.rainbowfund.org

Thank you!

Uganda gay activist wins human rights award (bikyamasr.com)

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Peace

There ain’t much glory in seeing a man with his guts hanging out.


'Zeb Rawlings' (played by George Peppard)

Sex-change inmate in dress plea (www.adelaidenow.com.au)

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Chaz Bono and Vinny Guadagnino team up for anti-bullying campaign (realitytvmagazine.sheknows.com)

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Peace


At different states of our lives, the signs of love may vary: dependence, attraction, contentment, worry, loyalty, grief, but at the heart, the source is always the same.  Human beings have the rare capacity to connect with each other, against all odds.

Soren Kierkegaard

Federal government cracking down on LGBT housing discrimination (www.gayapolis.com)

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13 October 2011

Why Frank Kameny belongs at the Smithsonian (www.advocate.com)

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For transgender individuals, online dating is a minefield (www.theglobeandmail.com {Canada})

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Push made for LGBT curriculum (www.queenstribune.com)

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Mass same-sex marriage & commitment ceremony in Odessa (www.cbs7kosa.com)

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PU celebrated 2nd annual Coming Out Day celebration (www.wlfi.com)

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Peace

If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there'd be peace.


John Lennon

Event to help displaced London (Canada) business owner, following transgender controversy (www.metronews.ca {Canada})

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Viki Knox, Union Township New Jersey teacher, investigated for alleged anti-gay Facebook posts (www.huffingtonpost.com)

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11 October 2011

Wanda Sykes, Lady Gaga among LGBT history month honorees (www.shewired.com)

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Minnesota man convicted of raping, robbing trans man (www.advocate.com)

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Don't ask, don't tell (at work, anyway) ( www.huffingtonpost.com)

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Peace

“What is objectionable, what is dangerous about extremists is not that they are extreme, but that they are intolerant. The evil is not what they say about their cause, but what they say about their opponents."  John F Kennedy 

Anna Grodzka becomes Poland's first openly transgender member of Parliament (www.huffingtonpost.com)

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ezs note:  Wow!! Congratulations, Anna!

Peace

One of the sanest, surest, and most generous joys of life comes from being happy over the good fortune of others.
Archibald Rutledge



O

Today is National Coming Out Day (www.southfloridagaynews.com)

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10 October 2011

Nicole Kidman's transgender film shelved (www.advocate.com)

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National Coming Out Day - spreading a message of equality for all (www.examiner.com)

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Peace

“I keep the telephone of my mind open to peace, harmony, health, love and abundance. Then whenever doubt, anxiety, or fear try to call me, they keep getting a busy signal and soon they’ll forget my number.” – Edith Armstrong

Leave your bias at the door (www.mtsusidelines.com)

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Chesham transgender appeals for people to 'understand' and not 'judge' (chesham.buckinghamshireadvertiser.co.uk)

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Conference works to address LGBT issues in Catholic schools (ncronline.org)

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California governor signs trans rights and anti-bullying bills (www.justout.com)

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Transgender woman poised for seat in Poland's new parliament (www.telegraph.co.uk (UK/Poland)

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09 October 2011

Peace

We live in fear. I’m very scared ... The authorities don’t do anything. If they did, we would not be living this situation. The police always patrol the same place, not where things are happening. I want them to do something so we can live in peace..SOURCE: AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL 2011-10-08 14:45:00

Britain threatens aid cuts to Uganda and Ghana over LGBT repression (lezgetreal.com)

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Parenting and coming out (www.baywindows.com)

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Peace

I like to believe that people in the long run are going to do more to promote peace than our governments. Indeed, I think that people want peace so much that one of these days governments had better get out of the way and let them have it.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Trans woman killed by brother who claims he has "cleansed his honour" (news.pinkpaper.com)

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08 October 2011

SDSU-IV to hold first lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender flag raising ceremony (imperialvalleynews.com)

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London, England, UK

Credit- Getty images

Hello!

Happens every year - the last, beautiful summery weather before winter comes... here's what happened... London, England, UK... San Fernando, Buenos Aires, Argentina... Marion, Kentucky... Minneapolis, Minnesota... Midland, Texas... Kings Park, New York... Council Bluffs, Iowa... San Francisco, California... Istanbul, Turkey... Brussels, Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest, Belgium... Columbia, Missouri... Ashburn, Virginia... Atlanta, Georgia... Fort Collins, Colorado... Taipei,Taiwan... Austin, Texas... Kingston, Rhode Island... Albany, New York... Mountain View, California... Samara, Russia... Naga, Philippines... Dehli, India... Newton, Georgia... Groningen, Netherlands... Kingston, Saint Andrews, Jamaica... Chatham, New York... Kennewick, Washington... Alburtis, Pennsylvania... Redmond, Washington... Wayne, Pennsylvania...  

This month's  topper: FDNY welcomes transgender firefighter

Make our world a wee bit better... please give...

American Red Cross
www.redcross.org

International Red Cross/Red Crescent
www.ifrc.org

Doctors Without Borders
www.doctorswithoutborders.org

Rainbow Fund
www.rainbowfund.org

Thank you!

Dan Savage does not hate you* (thenewcivilrightsmovement.com)

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07 October 2011

TV show reveals shocking prejudice endured by transgender couple on Rochdale estate (menmedia.co.uk {UK})

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Should gay marriage be legal in the entire United States? (www.usnews.com)

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The October 12 ally (www.huffingtonpost.com)

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'Southern Comfort' (review) (www.theatermania.com)

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MassEquality in support of Occupy Boston (therainbowtimesmass.com)

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Job training efforts grow for transgender workers (www.timesunion.com)

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Breaking the silence: Including the 'B' and 'T' in the Black LG community (www.washingtonblade.com)

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Transgender prejudice squaddie back in court for resisting arrest (www.perthshireadvertiser.co.uk {UK})

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ezs note:  Isn't it time - in fact, long past time - for police officers to act responsibly and courteously toward transgender people? They can go act like dumbass dinosaurs at home, but once on the job, their failure to treat ALL people with dignity should be fired!!!

05 October 2011

Chaz Bono's place in history (www.huffingtonpost.com)

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FOX, HBO, top LGBT list (gaynewsnetwork.com.au {Australia})

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Transgender people, transitioning, and those darn standards of care (www.autostraddle.com)

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Gender expression non-discrimination act: transgender New Yorkers still waiting for equality (WTF????) (www.huffingtonpost.com)

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Trans-health group's new standards of care (www.windycitymediagroup.com)

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ezs note- Once again, please read the document written by WPATH.  Yes, it's long, but very important.

Feds update transgender prison guidelines (www.windycitymediagroup.com)

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Transgender dating mixers now in Ottawa, Toronto, and Montreal (www.agoracosmopolitan.com {Canada})

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04 October 2011

A look at Obama's speech to the Human Rights Campaign (campusprogress.org)

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Hudak serves java, sympathy (www.stthomastimesjournal.com {Canada})

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Peace

It's voting time again...

Yep, it's that time again.  Just one month to go until Election Day.  Now, as some of you may be aware, I'm a Democrat (strong lefty leaning), but that's beside the point.  In my old state Senatorial district, there was a guy running, who was a Democrat.  He also hated transgender folk (oh, and gays, lesbians, and bisexuals).  Normally, I'd vote for a Democrat, but not this joker.

My point is this:  although it would be folly to vote for a single issue, it would be proper to put that issue very high in your consideration.  Once again, this is your life and dignity at stake.  Please consider it as such.

Oh, and one more thing:  If you're not certain whether you've registered, get off your rump and register! Then vote!

Trans man mistreated by NYPD during 'Occupy Wall Street' protest (lezgetreal.com)

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Transgender woman tells of street abuse (www.pinknews.co.uk {UK})

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Why are museums so afraid of LGBT stories?

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Peace

Every goal, every action, every thought, every feeling one experiences, whether it be consciously or unconsciously known, is an attempt to increase one's level of peace of mind.
Sydney Madwed 

Many thanks to Hiwatari Saki

As many of you who read this blog know, I also enjoy the reading of manga.  Like other media, there's some which is fair, some good, some very good - but there are the very few which are truly stellar.  One such manga is Global Garden.  Wow.

I won't disclose too much to you, except the overarching theme of peace.  I decided to give an occasional thought to peace. It's too important not to.


Once again, thank you, Hiwatari Saki!

01 October 2011

Guntersville, Alabama

credit:  Kelli

Hello!

Ah, the air is just a wee bit frosty today... Here's what happened... Guntersville, Alabama... Chicago, Illinois...  San Francisco, California... Toronto, Ontario, Canada... Novato, California... Kings Park, New York... Aldie, Virginia... Council Bluffs, Iowa... Freiberg, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany... Bronx, New York City, New York... Los Altos, California... Groningen, Netherlands... Ankara, Turkey... Vadares, Pays-de-la-Loire, France... Orange, California... Seoul, Seoul-t'ukpylosi, South Korea... Lloydminster, Alberta, Canada... Duvall, Washington... London, England, UK... Atlanta, Georgia... Redwood City, California... Taipei, Taiwan... Latham, New York... Bullhead City, Arizona... Dubuque, Iowa... Katy, Texas... Smyrna, Delaware... Woodland Hills, California... Inverness, Florida... Austin, Minnesota... Richland, Washington... Borghetto Santo Spirito, Liguria, Italy... Woodstock, Illinois... Izhevsk, Udmurt, Russia... Detroit, Michigan...

This month's tops:  'Melissa Joan Hart speaks out...' and 'Hello! (9/17/2011) (tie)

Our kindness can do more than we think... please give!

American Red Cross
www.redcross.org

International Red Cross/Red Crescent
www.ifrc.org

Doctors Without Borders
www.doctorswithoutborders.org

Rainbow Fund
www.rainbowfund.org

Thank you!