31 December 2013

2014 - it's almost here!

In fact, in some parts of the world, it's already here!  Now, let me tell you about New Year's Day.  To be honest, it's really not my favorite holiday.  After going through Thanksgiving and Black Friday and the monthlong pre-Christmas rush and Christmas itself (not to mention, for some, Chanukah or Kwanzaa) I've had quite enough, thanks.  The fact that some merchants hawk their wares in September doesn't make most filled with good cheer.

That said, I do believe that there is one resolution we can all make.  It doesn't involve running the Boston Marathon.  Nor does it involve doing 100 chin-ups.  It does not involve swearing off alcohol (though you might want to cut back a wee amount - *ahem*.)  It does involve writing an e-mail to your Congressperson.  Then, you send it off.

You never know what that little e-mail will do for you.  Somewhere, transgender people in your state, in your country, in your hemisphere, in your world will thank you. I most certainly will thank you.

30 December 2013

Transgender immigrants often end up with "survival convictions"

Valeria Fernández
http://www.sdgln.com/



*more here*

New Years Honours: Funny Girls owner Basil Newby honoured (UK)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/


*more here*

Transgender female Robert Lancaster in LPGA pursuit

http://www.torontosun.com/


*more here*

ezs note:  The use of the name 'Robert Lancaster' is the decision of the Toronto Sun, not of me.  There was no other name in the article, so I had to use that one.  Please don't be mad at me!

In Their Own Words: LGBT Advocates on the State of Transgender Issues

Parker Marie Molloy
http://www.advocate.com/


*more here*

Choosing Social Work as a Transgender Career

Stephanie Mott
http://www.huffingtonpost.com


*more here*

27 December 2013

GLAD Lauds CT Insurance Dept. Bulletin on Health Coverage for Transgender Patients

http://www.therainbowtimesmass.com/



*more here*

ezs note:  YESSSSSSSSS!!!  'BOUT FREAKIN' TIME!

New number for Lancashire LGBT community for help (UK)

http://www.lep.co.uk/


*more here*

SunServe's new hire will serve transgender community

Nicole Brochu
http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/


*more here*

The most intriguing new LGBT characters of 2013

GLAAD's Entertainment Media Team
http://sdgln.com/


*more here*

Calif. schools prepare for transgender rights law

http://www.redbluffdailynews.com/


*more here*


24 December 2013

Jenya Kushin: Youth suicide is preventable

Jenya Kushin

http://www.gazettenet.com/

*more here*

ezs note:  Make the holidays brighter!  If you need help, see a competent counselor NOW!  

'Trans Bodies, Trans Selves,' Transgender Resource Guide, Available In 2014

James Nichols
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/


*more here*

TRANSGENDER RIGHTS: Effort to repeal law may face close call

 DAVID OLSON
http://blog.pe.com/



*more here*

Fallon Fox, transgender MMA fighter: Passing is everything

http://chicago.gopride.com/


*more here*

Transgender man’s suit claims Georgia jail ignored rape by corrections officer

 NINA GOLGOWSKI
http://www.nydailynews.com/


*more here*

ezs note:  Fortunately, this vile 'corrections officer' is getting what he deserves.  If you are a corrections officer who is a witness to such things, please turn him in.  Inmates deserve fair treatment too!!!

19 December 2013

Why trans people have won a major victory in the Scotland equal marriage fight (Scotland)

Nathan Gale
http://www.gaystarnews.com/


*more here*

Op-ed: Pope Francis Has Not Made Good on Transgender Rights

Parker Marie Molloy
http://www.advocate.com/


*more here*

Why Is Fox's Hannity Promoting A Group That Got Caught Lying About Transgender Kids?

 LUKE BRINKER
http://mediamatters.org


*more here*

The Good (Inte)review (UK)

 Margaret Manning
http://thegoodreview.co.uk/


*more here*

N.J. bill to allow transgender people to get get new birth certificates heads to Chris Christie's desk


http://www.nj.com/


*more here*

18 December 2013

Christian Group Upset That Transgender, Gay People Are Signing Up For Obamacare

 Michael Allen
http://www.opposingviews.com/


*more here*

ezs note:  Oh, god... this is too hilarious!  But don't feel too bad, straight mothers, fathers, sisters, or brothers... we don't discriminate!  Obamacare is for everyone who needs it!

The Netherlands Passes Landmark Gender Identity Law

J. Lester Feder
http://www.buzzfeed.com/


*more here*

LSU poll finds Louisiana opposes gay and transgender discrimination

 Julia O'Donoghue
http://www.nola.com/


*more here*

ezs note:  WOW!!  Way to go, Louisiana!!!

We are also human beings; let us live! (India)

Deepa Soman
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/


*more here*

Jenna Talackova Looks Gorgeous In Elle Canada Photo Shoot

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/


*more here*

17 December 2013

Sacramento School District to Vote on Trans-Inclusive Policy

 PARKER MARIE MOLLOY
http://www.advocate.com/


*more here*

A Transgender Volunteer for the Salvation Army

JENNIFER FINNEY BOYLAN
http://www.nytimes.com/


*more here*

How Obamacare Helps the LGBT Community

Gautam Raghavan, Matthew Heinz
http://www.whitehouse.gov/


*more here*

Southern Poverty Law Center files suit against Moss Point School District

 MARY MARGARET HALFORD
http://www.sunherald.com/


*more here*

This Just In: The LGBT news blog for Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013 (various articles)

http://sdgln.com/


*more here*

14 December 2013

13 December 2013

Japan court issues landmark ruling on transgender parent’s rights

http://www.lgbtqnation.com/


*more here*

ezs note:  Yay, Japan!

Church invites transgender choir to perform today (India)

Karishma Kuenzang
http://www.indianexpress.com/


*more here*

ezs note:  At last... a nice Christmas story!  Thank you, Bishop Matthew!

The hedge fund honcho who despises transgender kids and the gays

Ken Williams
http://sdgln.com/


*more here*

ezs note:  It's almost Christmas Day. C'mon, you can send an extra five or ten (or more) dollars to the Human Rights Campaign to counter Fieler's insane campaign.  The address is www.hrc.org.  Make Christmas a bit merrier!

New school policy protects transgender students

Frances Dinkelspiel
http://www.berkeleyside.com/


*more here*

HHS to Reevaluate Ban on Gender-Confirming Surgeries

Parker Marie Molloy
http://www.advocate.com


*more here*

ezs note: cross yer fingers...

12 December 2013

LGBTs to continue development activities despite court verdict (India)

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/


*more here*

Younger Americans Back Transgender Worker Protections

Scott Bland
http://www.nationaljournal.com/


*more here*

Two Transgender Women Killed—So Why Can't This City Call Them Hate Crimes?

Matthew Fleischer
http://www.takepart.com/


*more here*

Bay Area schools adapting to changing times

Doug Oakley
http://www.contracostatimes.com/


*more here*

Transgender woman suffers from disability, Brooklyn judge rules

Charisma L. Miller
http://www.brooklyneagle.com/


*more here*

11 December 2013

Buyin'!

Credit:  http://www.markevanstech.com/


Tis' the season to be buyin'!  Yeah, I know, it's a bit cheesy, but it's also serious.  The products here are LGBT-positive, so you know they're friendly.  I make no other claims regarding their quality, but, c'mon, there must be at least one you can use!

Oreo
Betty Crocker
Levi's
Cheerios
American Apparel
Walt Disney World
Starbucks
Wheaties
Tide
Microsoft
The Home Depot
Pampers
Pepsi
Safeway
Crest
Old Navy
Girl Scouts
Macy's
Target
JC Penney
Pillsbury
Walgreens
Ford
Gap
Green Giant

(thanks to www.huffingtonpost.com)
Happy shopping!

Transgender model Carmen Carrera makes no secret of wanting to be an Angel for Victoria's Secret (Australia)

MARIA LEWIS
http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/


*more here*

Coalition Still Short in Bid to Repeal Calif. Trans Student Law

Parker Marie Molloy
http://www.advocate.com/


*more here*



Grand Rapids rates below average for LGBT equality

 David Czurak
http://www.grbj.com/


*more here*

ezs note:  If you wish to view the full Human Rights Campaign article, go to www.hrc.org.

DU seeks third gender status for transgenders (India)

Shaswati Das
http://www.hindustantimes.com/



*more here*

Best workplaces for lesbian, gay employees named

http://www.democratandchronicle.com


*more here*

10 December 2013

Hello!

I recently read a story about two transgender woman who were murdered in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. These stories always sadden me, but this one hit me especially hard.  Her name was Betty Skinner.  A 52-year-old woman, she was disabled.  She lived in a senior housing complex.

Just like me.

Tell your Congressperson that there are people who are transgender people of all ages, all races, and all abilities.  Tell them that they are just as deserving of police protection as anyone else.  And if, god forbid, a transgender person is murdered, they deserve a thorough investigation into their murder.

We deserve nothing less. We are human beings.

New Haven, Connecticut  Rosa DeLauro (D)  CT3
Wilmington, North Carolina Walter Jones (R)   NC3
Birmingham, Michigan   Kerry Bentivolio (R)   MI11
Bushkill, Pennsylvania   Tom Marino(R)  PA10
Eastchester, New York   Eliot Engel (D)   NY16
Owings Mills, Maryland  C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D)   MD2
North Port, Florida   Vern Buchanan (R)   FL16
Hendersonville, North Carolina Mark Meadows (R) NC11
Kennesaw, Georgia  Phil Gingrey (R)   GA11
Denver, Colorado   Diana DeGette (D)   CO1

The towns and cities listed above are randomly listed through the Internet.  If you live in - not near - one of the towns or cities listed, simply place the cursor over the name of the Congressperson, click it, and you will be transported to the Congressperson's blog.  For any other location, go to www.house.gov, enter the ZIP code, and you will be shown who the Congressperson you should be in touch with.  For more than one Congressperson, enter ZIP+4.  (example: 12345-6789)  You can check the last 4 digits on virtually any mail you receive.

New Haven, Connecticut

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mmm...coffee... 

08 December 2013

Transgender appeal lost (Australia)

Stephen Ryan
http://www.theherald.com.au/


*more here*

Gay partner benefits growing at Fortune 500 firms

Lisa Leff  (AP)
http://www.fox19.com/


*more here*

Turning the page: Transgender woman brings LGBT awareness to Bemidji

 Crystal Dey
http://www.bemidjipioneer.com/


*more here*

Myths About Gender Confirmation Surgery

Brynn Tannehill
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/

*more here*

Two violent deaths in two days worry Cleveland transgender community

 Ron Rutti
http://www.cleveland.com/


*more here8

ezs note: Two transgender people - one of whom was disabled and living a senior complex - were brutally murdered over the last few nights.  If you live in Cleveland, or have business or pleasure there, and you know about either one of these murders, please contact Cleveland police immediately!  It's time to make these vermin shake in their boots!

 Their names are Brittany Stergis and Betty Skinner. 

06 December 2013

Nelson Mandela 1918 - 2013

Credit: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/ 

Nelson Mandela

A great leader

A great friend

Rest in peace, Mr. Mandela

04 December 2013

Transgender cop files complaint against Middletown Police for “hostile environment”

Kaitlyn Schroyer
http://www.middletownpress.com/



*more here*

ezs note: Middletown, only 15 miles away... oy...



Ohio Mother Accuses Other Parents Of Harassing Transgender Child On Social Media

 Sarah Fruchtnicht
http://www.opposingviews.com/



*more here*

Hyattsville bans discrimination against transgender people

Jamie Anfenson-Comeau
http://www.gazette.net/


*more here*

16-year-old transgender student speaks to School Board about being bullied

http://www.examiner.com/


*more here*

03 December 2013

'Night Of 1000 Genders' Celebrated Gender Non-Conforming Youth In NYC

James Nichols
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/


*more here*

Rhode Island Home to 1st Transgender High School Coach

Joe Siegel
http://www.edgeboston.com/


*more here*

Got what it takes?

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So, it's almost Christmas.  Time to buy presents for all the people in the family.  Or it's Hanukkah. Time to buy a beautiful brisket for family and friends.  Or just a time to relax after the bustle that comes with winter.  And it's time to think about your election.

What?

It's too early, you say.  And... me?  Little ole me? What can I bring to the table?  

Plenty.  You just haven't thought of those things yet.  Do you remember Islan Nettles, the transgender woman who was bludgeoned to death?  Or those transgenders who want to work, are desperate to work, but can't find any?  Or the transman who is about to be evicted for the sole reason of who he chooses to be.  Suddenly, you bring eloquence to the table.  One which is sorely lacking without you.

If you think that I'm saying this will be ridiculously easy, sorry, go to Fantasy Island.  The next year will be hard work.  Unless you run unopposed,  you're going to have to take some of the most ridiculous trash possible from your opponent.  And take it all with good cheer.  You may have to run on a shoestring.  A really bad, worn, about-to-fall-apart shoestring.  And if you come in second, you feel as if you lost the universe.  

You didn't, though.  We need voices like yours.  Have courage, and be our voice.

02 December 2013

'Preferred' Pronouns Gain Traction At US Colleges

LISA LEFF
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/


*more here*

An Open Letter to Katherine Svenson of the Delta County School Board

Dannie Dobbins
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/


*more here*

ezs note:  Well done, Dannie!

How The Pacific Justice Institute Plans To Continue Demonizing Transgender Children

ZACK FORD
http://thinkprogress.org/


*more here*

Hercules High fight prompts special school board meeting

http://www.ktvu.com/


*more here*




Nearly 80 Percent Of Transgender People Have Considered Suicide, Study Says

Sarah Rae Fruchtnicht
http://www.opposingviews.com/


*more here*

ezs note: If you have considered or attempted suicide, please consider seeing a psychiatrist or psychologist to help you through the rough patches in your life. There's no shame in it, and you'll feel a lot better!  One caveat though - make sure that the person is fully board certified.  If a person claims to "make you straight",walk out and don't pay the quack!

30 November 2013

Hello!

It's getting to the last month of the last month of the year.  Already!  Here in the United States Thanksgiving has come and gone, and Christmas preparations are on the way.  Little kids who believe in Santa Claus (or, kinda believe) are writing letters or e-letters to be sent to Ole Saint Nick.

However, what do we grown-ups write?  Isn't there anything that we wish for?  Well, let's see. I wish that every transgender person has a home to live in.  I wish that she or he would walk from the store to home without being accosted.  I wish that she or he would hold hands with a girl/boyfriend without being stared at or kicked out.  I wish that she/he be allowed to live, period.

Go ahead, write to Santa Claus. But then write to your Congressperson regarding these essential issues.  Whatever your belief or non-belief, you'll be jollier for it.

Wellington, Kansas   Mike Pompeo (R)  KS4
Scranton, Pennsylvania   Matt Cartwright (D   PA17
San Jose, California  Zoe Lofgren (D)   CA19
Asheville, North Carolina   Patrick McHenry  (R)   NC10
Lawrence, Kansas  Lynn Jenkins (R)   KS2
Yonkers, New York   Eliot Engel (D   NY16
Rowlett, Texas  Pete Sessions (R)   TX32
Belgrade, Montana   Steve Daines (R)   MT(at large)
Winnetka,california   Xavier Becerra (R)   CA34
Towanda, Illinois   Aaron Schock (R)   IL18

The listings above are at random, through the Internet.  If you live in (not near) one of the towns or cities listed above, simply press the name of the person, and you will be transported to their district office.  For other Congresspeople, press www.house.gov, and enter your ZIP code in the upper right corner.  For multiple Congresspeople, enter the ZIP+4 code.(example:  12345-6789)  This can be found on most of your regular mail.  Thanks!

Lawrence, Kansas

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29 November 2013

My Prairie Home with Rae Spoon bends genre, gender (Canada)

 KATHERINE MONK
http://www.calgaryherald.com/


*more here*

No more transphobia (UK)

http://www.varsity.co.uk/


*more here*


ezs note:  Thank you!

Tamil Nadu Schools to Invite Transgender Activists and Counselors to Take Gender Identity Sessions (India)

http://www.jagranjosh.com/

*more here*

Laverne Cox, Transgender Actress, Discusses Bullying In Vibe Vixen Interview

James Nichols
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/


*more here*

Killed for who they really were: Kingston remembers those murdered for being transgender (UK)

Hannah Pupkewitz
http://swlondoner.co.uk/


*more here*

ezs note:  She was hanged to death at age 13.

At age 13!!!

Remember... please, remember.

27 November 2013

WATCH: Navy Chaplain Claims 'Demon of Rape' Inside Call for Trans Student Rights

Sunnivie Brydum
http://www.advocate.com/


*more here*

ezs note:  Hey, kids!   Let's sing the "Gordon Klingenschmitt" song!

"If he only had a brain..."

Local vigil marks Transgender Day of Remembrance (with correction)

SULEIDYS TELLEZ
http://www.gazettenet.com/


*more here*

Transgender given hall ticket for TNPSC Civil Exam (India)

http://www.business-standard.com/


*more here*

BCPC Launches Women’s Groups, Observes Trans Awareness Month

Winnie McCroy
http://www.edgeboston.com/


*more here*

Transgender man settles discrimination lawsuit

http://www.outinjersey.net/

*more here*

Happy Turkey/Tofurkey Day!

Credit:  http://31.media.tumblr.com/

To all my Jewish friends, happy Hanukkah!

Credit: http://rlv.zcache.com/ 

26 November 2013

CAP Releases LGBT Detainee Report

Will O'Bryan
http://www.metroweekly.com/


*more here

ezs note:  No matter what state you reside in, you do have rights!  To find out what they are, go to these websites:

Transgender Law Center  (specifically for transgenders)

National Justice Law Center

CIVIC

Hate Group Wages War Of Words And Fake Signatures Against CA’s Trans Student Law

http://www.queerty.com/



*more here*

A Case Study in Transphobia: Rolling Stone’s “About a Girl: Coy Mathis’s Fight to Change Gender”

Leela Ginelle
http://www.pqmonthly.com/


*more here*

Hip hop artists Macklemore and Lewis join UN gay and transgender rights campaign (Canada)

http://www.nanaimodailynews.com/


*more here*

Cisgender bias and airline miles

 VI NGUYEN
http://www.dailycal.org/


*more here*

25 November 2013

Transgender Russian Lawyer Strips Down for Gay Rights in Russia

Joseph Pedro
http://www.passportmagazine.com/


*more here

Report: LGBT Immigrants Abused In Detention

http://www.talkradionews.com/


*more here*

Remembering fallen friends

Jess Bourget
http://www.theanchoronline.org/

*more here*


ezs note:  REMEMBER!!!

Colo. School Board Member: Transgender Students Need 'Castration' Before Using Bathrooms

Matt Ferner
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/


*more here*

Will Californians Get To Vote On Protections For Trans Students?

Tony Merevick
http://www.buzzfeed.com

*more here*

23 November 2013

Hello!

Silence...

There are times, to be sure, when it is good, even noble, to be silent.  When we are in our rooms, late at night, contemplating.  When we are in the woods or fields.  When we are in a rocker.

However, there are times when it is clearly not good to be silent.  When some yahoo spouts his garbage, who is there to speak up?

You are.

I have made this point clearly and abundantly.  I believe in inclusive equality.  This includes gays.  This includes lesbians.  This includes bisexuals. This includes queers.  This includes questioners.  And this includes (near and dear to my heart) transgenders.

I do what I can.  But you must do things too!  When a bill comes before Congress, e-write her or him.  When your Congressperson comes to town, go there and speak up.  When your town or city hall has a meeting, go there and speak up.  When you can't make it because of work, e-write the council members.  If necessary, protest.  And if all the people have hearts of stone, dammit, run yourself!

You've shown enough silence. Go out there and do something.

Alexandria, Virginia   Jim Moran (D)   VA8
Roselle, Illinois Tammy Duckworth (D)   IL8
Conshohocken, Pennsylvania   Patrick Meehan (R)   PA7
Leesburg, Virginia   Frank Wolf (R)   VA10
Crestview, Florida   Jeff Miller (R)  FL1
Overland Park, Kansas  Kevin Yoder (R) KS4
Lakeside, California   Duncan Hunter (R)   CA50
South Bend, Indiana   Jackie Walorski (R)   IN2
Sugar Land, Texas   Pete Olson (R)   TX22
Fremont, Indiana   Marlin Stutzman (R)   IN3

The listings above are randomly selected by the Internet.  If you live in (not near) one of the towns or cities listed above, just press the name of the Congressperson, and you will be transported to her/his site.  If you are at all unsure of your Congressperson, go to www.house.gov and enter your ZIP code.  If several people are the result, please enter the ZIP+4 code.  (example: 12345-6789)  Thanks.

Roselle, Illinois

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22 November 2013

Rest in peace, JFK...

Credit:  http://www.britannica.com/

Memories of JFK From His Gay Best Friend

http://www.advocate.com/

*more here*

WATCH: Activists Picket Calif. Group Targeting Trans Kids

SUNNIVIE BRYDUM
http://www.advocate.com/

*more here*


About Islan Nettles

Akiba Solomon
http://colorlines.com/

*more here*

ezs note:  Please, if you have any information or evidence about Paris Wilson or his accomplices, turn it in to police immediately.  Thanks. 

Glee's Transgender Character Actor Condemns Bill O'Reilly's Transphobia

CARLOS MAZA
http://mediamatters.org/

*more here*

Sweden's first retirement home for LGBT community opens in Stockholm

http://www.upi.com/

*more here*




21 November 2013

Gender neutral bathrooms should be more widespread

http://www.theonlinerocket.com/

*more here*

Preserving the Transgender Day of Remembrance: A memorial for our dead

Lorelei Erisis
http://outinjersey.net/

*more here*


ezs note:  REMEMBER!!!

Transgender Family Thanksgiving Celebrations

Wayne Maines
http://www.huffingtonpost.com

*more here

Good Samaritan Speaks Out After Helping Teen Set On Fire On Oakland Bus

http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/

*more here*


ezs note:  Thank you, Dan Gale!

Baltimore remembers the lives of its transgender victims

Kevin Rector
http://www.baltimoresun.com/

*more here

ezs note:  REMEMBER!!!

20 November 2013

***REMEMBER***

Today is International Transgender Day of Remembrance in North America.(November 20).  Below is a video which lists the 239 known murders of transgender people.  Unfortunately the actual number is far higher.  Below that is a listing  of places where you can find out where services are being held  If you cannot reach the sites where services are being held, please play the video at home.  In my opinion, it is quite moving.


SERVICES

Teaneck, New Jersey
(November 23)

Wichita, Kansas
(November 23)

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Kingston, Ontario

Fairfax, Virginia

Fargo, North Dakota/Moorhead, Minnesota
Joliet, Illinois

Albany, New York

Delaware County, Pennsylvania

Portland, Maine

London, Ontario, Canada

Kansas City, Missouri

Brighton, England
(November 24)

Denton, Texas

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Boise, Idaho

Croydon, United Kingdom

Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota

Richmond, Virginia

Baltimore, Maryland

Las Vegas, Nevada
(November 22nd)

Toledo,Ohio

Beaufort, South Carolina

Cincinnati, Ohio

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
(November 22),

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
(November 22)

Tucson, Arizona

Nijmegen, the Netherlands
(November 23rd)

Denver, Colorado

Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada  

London, United Kingdom
(November 22th)

Evansville, Indiana
(November 23th))

Oneonta, New York

St. Louis, Missouri

Providence, Rhode Island 
(November 21st)

Lexington, Kentucky 
(November 22nd)

Nashville, Tennessee

Chestertown, Maryland

Amarillo, Texas
(November 21st)

Tri-Cities, Tennessee (Johnson City, Kingsport, Bristol)
(November 21st)

Portland, Oregon

Raleigh, North Carolina

Milton Keynes, United Kingdom

Durham, New Hampshire

San Antonio, Texas
(November 21st)

Detroit, Michigan
(November 22nd)

Cleveland, Ohio
(November 22nd)

Seattle, Washington

Santa Barbara, California

Fresno, California

San Diego, California

Eugene, Oregon

Westport, Connecticut

Grand Rapids, Michigan
(November 22)

Fort Wayne, Indiana

Seaside, California

Berkeley, California

Tallahassee, Florida

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Prescott, Arizona

London, United Kingdom

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Olympia, Washington

Portland, Oregon
(November 24)

London, United Kingdom

South Bend, Indiana

Hilo, Hawai’i

Binghamton, New York

Chicago, Illinois

Rockford, Illinois

Memphis, Tennessee

Rochester, New York

New York, New York

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Chico, California

Hartford, Connecticut

Manchester, United Kingdom
(November 24th)

Columbus, Indiana
(November 23th)

Austin, Texas

Lawrence, Kansas

Rocklin, California

Knoxville, Tennessee

Omaha, Nebraska

Jacksonville, Florida

Baton Rouge, Louisiana
(November 21st)

New Orleans, Louisiana

Houston, Texas

Cincinnati, Ohio

St John’s, NL, Canada

Columbus, Ohio

Houston, Texas
(November 23rd)

Fort Worth, Texas

Strasbourg, France
(November 23rd)

Saskatchewan, Canada (Regina)

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Plymouth, New Hampshire)

Winona, Minnesota

San Francisco, California

Gloucester, United Kingdom
( November 26th)

St. Peter, Minnesota

Chattanooga, Tennessee

Gainesville, Florida
(November 21st)

Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
(November 21st)

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Chicago, Illinois

Chicago, Illinois(2)

Asheville, North Carolina

Washington D.C., USA

Chicago, Illinois(3)

New South Wales, Australia(Sydney)
(November 22th, 2013)

DeLand, Florida

Brandon, Manitoba, Canada

Portland, Oregon

Fort Collins, Colorado

Syracuse, New York

Quezon City, Philippines
November 24th
(check to see if still on due to typhoon)

Palm Desert, California

Highland Park, New Jersey
(November 24th)

Huntington, West Virginia

Internet*

Clearwater, Florida

White Plains, New York
(November 23rd)

Seattle, Washington

Sonara, California

Orlando, Florida

New York City, New York

Bend, Oregon

Rocklin, California
(November 23rd)

Hamilton, New Zealand
November 24rd

Gravenhurst, Ontario, Canada

Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Idaho Falls, Idaho

Long Beach, California

Dahlonega, Georgia

Unless indicated otherwise, all dates are November 20.  If you see a site you may be interested in, go to www.transgenderdor.org.  Thanks.

19 November 2013

Equality House gets new look for Transgender Remembrance Day

Celia Llopis-Jepsen
http://cjonline.com/

*more here*

ezs note:  Thank you, Equality House!  I find it especially fitting that " "Reverend" " Phelps gets stuck in his eye rather than the other way around.  Yay!

Sasha Fleischman: Oakland Councilmembers Propose "Transgender Remembrance Day"

Erin Sherbert
http://blogs.sfweekly.com/

*more here*

ezs note:  Good for you, Oakland City Council!  REMEMBER SASHA FLEISCHMAN!!!

Suspect in beating death of transgender woman walks

 SHAYNA JACOBS
http://www.nydailynews.com/

*more here*

ezs note:  Please, I urge you, if you have any evidence that leads either to Mr. Wilson or to another suspect, feel better about yourself and turn this in.  Thanks.  

Issuing a Universal Call for Trans Human Rights: OFL Statement on the Transgender Day of Remembrance, November 20, 2013

http://www.marketwired.com/

*more here*

ezs note:  Thank you, Ontario Federation of Labour!


p.s.:  REMEMBER!!

How I Went From Blogger to Crusader For Trans People

Parker Molloy
http://www.policymic.com/

*more here*


ezs note:  REMEMBER!!!

18 November 2013

Come on in!

Source:  http://easynuh.com/

Yes, I really am interested in what you have to say.  Whether yours is a commentary, an important addition which the author left out, or a compliment (I really like those!) ,  you are more than welcome to let your voice be heard.  While complaints - civil complaints - are heard, please bear in mind that a wide variety are open to be heard, and aren't necessarily *my* opinion.  

When you have something to say,  move your arrow until it lines up with "(number of)comments" section.  Click it once, and wait for a box to appear.  This is your dialog box.  Type to your heart's content, prove to the computer that you're not a robot, and you're done!  Yay! 

Transgender Day of Remembrance candlelight memorial on Wednesday

http://www.rrstar.com/

*more here*

ezs note:  REMEMBER!!!

Nebraska inmate, transgender partner lose lawsuit to marry

http://www.kearneyhub.com/

*more here*

Nepal’s transgenders shut out of voting (Pakistan)

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/

*more here*

Warren Beatty, Annette Bening’s Transgender Son Speaks Out for Health Care

 Lesley Messer
http://abcnews.go.com/

*more here*

Nicole Gibson, Transgender Model, Walks In Models Of Diversity's Ideal Home Show

James Nichols
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/

*more here*

16 November 2013

Hello!

We all know that, for better or worse, that the United States is a patchwork of 50 states.  For those of us who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender, we think that we know that the Southern states are the worst of the worst.  We know the South will fire an employee at will, but not us - we enlightened folks up North won't do such a thing.

Oh, really?  So this means Michigan is part of the South?
 
Yep, really.  If you are LGB or T, and your boss hates gays etc., you better keep things secret, 'cause if you don't, you're out of luck.  Hope you enjoy the unemployment line.

Do yourself a favor.  E-write your Congressperson, and tell her/him that things must change.  One's status as a lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender should not be a fireable "offense".

East Lansing, Michigan   Mike Rogers (R)   MI8
Wilson, North Carolina  G. K. Butterfield (D)   NC1
Livermore, California   Eric Swalwell (D)   CA15
Clifton Park, New York   Paul Tonko (D)  NY20
Germansville, Pennsylvania   Charlie Dent (R) PA15
Tampa, Florida   Kathy Castor (D)   FL14
Santa Fe, New Mexico   Ben Ray Lujan (D)   NM3
Lancaster, Pennsylvania    Joe Pitts (R)  PA16
Loudon, Tennessee   John J. Duncan (R)   TN2
Farmingdale, New York   Pete King (R)   NY2

The Congresspeople are selected at random. If you live in one of cities or towns, just press the appropriate name, and you will be transported to your appropriate Congressperson.  If not, go to www.house.gov and enter your ZIP code in the upper right corner.  If you live in a very large city, or live in an area where two districts intersect, it might be best to have the ZIP+4 code.  (example: 12345-6789)  You can find this on most mail you receive.  Thanks.

East Lansing, Michican

Credit: img2.10bestmedia.com/

15 November 2013

Transgender advocates seeking new public facility laws

Gina Curreri
http://www.capecodonline.com/

*more here

Transgender ex-seal announces campaign for Young’s seat

STEVE BLANCHARD
http://www.watermarkonline.com/

*more here*

ezs note:  You know what... good!  There are members of the U.S. House and Senate who have run and won their seat for the first race ever, Democrats and Republicans alike.  They have served well. There is no reason why she should not run.  She has served admirably in the elite force of the Navy, and, should she win, she will serve admirably in the House.

Go Kristen!

Officials: Brawl between bullies, transgender student possible hate crime

http://www.lgbtqnation.com/

*more here*

Gay Ugandan Activists Arrested, Detained Without Charge

SUNNIVIE BRYDUM
http://www.advocate.com/

*more here*

ezs note: Mr. Samuel K. Ganafa is being held without charge by the Ugandan government.  This is an outrage, and it must be stopped NOW.  Please e-mail the Ugandan embassy, and let them know Mr. Ganafa must be released immediately.  Furthermore, Mr. Ganafa's property must not be touched unless there is solid evidence of a crime having been committed there.  Thanks.

GLAAD Urges N.Y. Gov. to Help Trans New Yorkers Get Needed Health Care

JASE PEEPLES
http://www.advocate.com/

*more here*

14 November 2013

Transgender Day of Remembrance's Double Duty

John Riley
http://www.metroweekly.com/

*more here*

ezs note:  REMEMBER!!

Wall Street Courting Gay Students to Bolster Bottom Line

Ben Schenkel
http://www.businessweek.com/

*more here*

Gay Marriage Exorcism: Illinois Bishop Plans Prayer Service Opposing 'Evil' Marriage Equality Law

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/

*more here*

ezs note:  Um, "Bishop" Paprocki, just a thought - perhaps it would've been best to do the witch doctor ceremonies before the vote was taken.  Wouldn't have hurt, anyway.

On so many levels, what a dumbass.

Miss Universe Gabriela Isler Says Transgender Beauty Queens Should Have Their Own Pageants

Cavan Sieczkowski
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/

*more here*

Texas County Implements New Policy For LGBT Inmates

http://ualrpublicradio.org/

*more here*

13 November 2013

International Transgender Day of Remembrance

http://www.transgenderdor.org/

*more here*

This is a partial listing of the names in the transgenderdor.com website.  If you know of any others, please contact Marti Abernathey at transgenderdor@gmail. If you have any information about an unsolved case, please contact your local police.

My deepest thanks to Marti Abernathey and all who helped her on this project.

note: the list has been updated.

THE NAMES:

Natália Sotero (age:20)
Cause of death: gunshots
Location of death: Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil
Date of death: July 17th,

Rafael da Silva Tavares (age:21)
Cause of death:  six gunshots
Location of death: Baixada Fluminense, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Date of death: July 19th, 2013

Valeria (age:30)
Cause of death:  Beaten to death with sticks
Location of death: Conceição do Lago-Açu, Maranhão, Brazil
Date of death: August 1st, 2013

Unknown woman
Cause of death: Stoning, skull crushed.
Location of de
ath: Téofilo Otoni, Minas Gerais, Brazil.
Date of death: August 11th, 2013

Joales dos Santos (age:22)
Cause of death: gunshot at close range to left breast.
Location of death: Parn
aíba, Piauí, Brazil
Date of death: August 18, 2013

Wagner Paula Rodrigues (age:42)
Cause of death: Stoning
Location of death: Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Date of death: August 24th, 2013

Unidentified woman
Cause of death: Severe head injuries, body thrown under a truck
Location: Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Date of death: August 28, 2013

Unidentified woman
Cause of death: Gunshot wound to the head
Location: Cuiabá, Mato Grosso, Brazil
Date of death: June 25th, 2013

Otávio Nascimento Valadares (age: 20)
Cause of death: Gunshot wound to the head
Location: Cuiabá, Mato Grosso, Brazil
Date of death: June 12th, 2013

Unidentified child (age: 13)
Cause of death: hanging
Location: Macaíba, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil
Date of death: June 8th, 2013

Ronald Feitosa Souza (age:26)
Cause of death: beaten to death, severe head injuries
Location: Colniza, Mato Grosso, Brazil
Date of death: May 23rd, 2013

Fábio da Conceição Machado (age: 26)
Cause of death: stoning.
Location: Mumbuca, Mateiros, Tocantins, Brazil
Date of death: May 15th, 2013

Jorge Luciano Soares De Oliveira (age: 38)
Cause of death: blow to the head.
Location: Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Date of death: May 12th, 2013

unidentified woman
Cause of death: bullet to head and leg
Location: Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Date of death: May 11th, 2013

Rosa Fernando Domingues (age:36)
Cause of death: stabbed to death. Knive wounds to left eye, neck, and shoulder.
Location: São José do Rio Preto, São Paulo, Brazil.
Date of death: May 11th, 2013

unidentified woman
Cause of death: multiple gunshot wounds
Location: Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Date of death: February 24th, 2013

unidentified woman
Cause of death: seven stab wounds
Location: Gravataí, Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Date of death: February 24th, 2013

Nicole Galisteu (age:20)
Cause of death: Gunshot
Location: Santa Cândida, Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil
Date of death: January 8th, 2013

Stephanie (age:33)
Cause of death: Beaten and strangled to death.
Location:  Embu das Artes, São Paulo, Brazil
Date of death: March 3rd, 2013

Dalvalei José Alves Pereira (age:37)
Cause of death: beheaded and burned with trans partner in their home.
Location:  Novo Gama, Goiás, Brazil
Date of death:  December 24th, 2012

Camila
Cause of death: beheaded and burned with partner in their home
Location:  Novo Gama, Goiás, Brazil
Date of death: December 24th, 2012

Fernanda Queiroz
Cause of death: beaten to death, (multiple blows to the head), body burned.
Location:  Cuiabá, Mato Grosso, Brazil
Date of death: November 21st, 2012

Angel Francisco Martinez Gonzalez
Cause of death: beaten and shot in the head.
Location:  Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Date of death: April 11th, 2013

Ashley Sinclair
Cause of death: beaten and shot in the head.
Location:  Orlando, Florida, USA
Date of death: April 11th, 2013

Kelly Young
Cause of death: Gunshot
Location:  Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Date of death: April 3rd, 2013

Palmira Garcia (age:37)
Cause of death: partially scalped, signs of torture, laceration to face.
Location:  Las Marvales, Venezuela
Date of death: Feburary 5th, 2013

Gaye
Cause of death: strangulation
Location:  Istanbul, Turkey
Date of death: July 29th, 2013

Naomi Estrada (age:19)
Cause of death: two gunshots to the head and chest
Location:  Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Date of death: Feburary 1st, 2013

Karen
Cause of death: multiple stab wounds, beheaded.
Location:  Zimatlán de Alvarez, Oaxaca, Mexico.
Date of death: January 28th, 2013

“Tiffany” Wesley Holder (age 19)
Cause of death: multiple stab wounds.
Location:  Georgetown, Guyana
Date of death: January 11th, 2013

Adán Amilcar Iglesias (age 20)
Cause of death: four gunshot wounds to the head
Location: El Carmen, Honduras
Date of death: March 4, 2013

Daniel Mendoza Ricardo Macias (age:23)
Cause of death: multiple stab wounds.
Location:  Montemorelos, Nuevo León, Mexico
Date of death: January 9th, 2013

Domonique Newburn (age:31)
Cause of death: multiple stab wounds.
Location:  Fontana, California, USA
Date of death: August 20th, 2013

Islan Nettles (age:21)
Cause of death: blunt force trauma
Location:  Harlem, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA
Date of death: August 17th, 2013

Dwayne Jones  (age 16)
Cause of death: beaten, stabbed, shot & run over by a car.
Location: Montego Bay, Jamaica
Date of death: July 22nd, 2013

Cemia “CeCe” Dove (age:23)
Cause of death: multiple stab wounds, tied with a rope to a block of concrete and thrown in pond.
Location:  Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Date of death: March 27th, 2013

Renato Espinosa Reyes (age:23)
Cause of death: multiple gunshot wounds
Location:  Toluca, Mexico
Date of death: December 5, 2012

Yeison Ramirez Acosta (age:22)
Cause of death: multiple stab wounds to the face, chest, and abdomen
Location:  Avenida Lequerica Velez Magangue, Bolivar, Colombia
Date of death: December 2012

Eyricka Morgan  (age:26)
Cause of death: stabbing
Location:  New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States.
Date of death: September 24th, 2013

Mylene (age:42)
Cause of death: blugeoned to death with a hammer
Location of death: Limoges, France
Date of death: July 24th, 2013

Evon Young (age:22)
Cause of death: tied up, beaten with fists and other objects, choked with a chain, had a bag taped over his head, shot, set on fire, and discarded into a dumpster.
Location of death: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Date of death: January 1st, 2013

Artegus Konyale Madden (age:37)
Cause of death: Gunshot wound to the neck
Location: Savannah, Texas
Date of death: September 1st, 2013

Dora Oezer (age:24)
Cause of death: stabbed to death
Location: Kuşadası, Turkey
Date of death: July 9th, 2013

Natascha (age:27)
Cause of death: Gun shot wound
Location:  Várzea Grande, Mato Grosso, Brazil
Date of death: October 10th, 2013

Brunete Nascimento Chagas (age:22)
Cause of death:head trauma, beaten to death with sticks
Location: Marituba, Pará, Brazil
Date of death: October 06th, 2013

Unknown woman
Cause of death: Gunshot wound
Location: Parnamirim, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil
Date of death: October 23rd, 2013

Unknown woman
Cause of death: Found floating in a gully
Location: Houston, Texas
Date of death: July 07th, 2013

Unknown woman
Cause of death: strangled, body dumped in a pasture
Location: Sertanópolis, Paraná, Brazil
Date of death: October 14th, 2013

Unknown woman
Cause of death: stabbed in the neck
Location: Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil
Date of death: October 18th, 2013

Hilary Molina Mendiola
Cause of death: thrown naked from a bridge
Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Date of death: September 22nd, 2013

S. Athiswaran (age:31)
Cause of death: Multiple stab wounds, hands and legs were tied with a string, face was also covered with plastic
Location:  Bagan Ajam, Penang, Malaysia
Date of death: October 13, 2013

Gunce Hatun
Cause of death: stabbed in the chest
Location: Beylikdüzü, Istanbul,Turkey
Date of death: December 12, 2012

Diamond Williams (age:31)
Cause of death: dismembered, and body parts thrown in a field.
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Date of death: July 14th, 2013

Jock Maurice McKinney (aka Valarie)
Cause of death: a single gunshot wound to the lower body.
Location: Shreveport,Louisiana, USA
Date of death: July 12th, 2013

Dicky Othman
Cause of death: hands and legs bound, and her mouth stuffed with a piece of cloth
Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Date of death: December 4th, 2012

Fatima Woods (age:53)
Cause of death: stabbed twice in the torso
Location: Rochester, New York, USA
Date of death: May 30th, 2013

Melony Smith (age:28)
Cause of death: beaten to death
Location: Baldwin Park, California, USA
Date of death: September 9th, 2013

unknown woman (age:18)
Cause of death: gunshot
Location:  Goiânia, Goiás, Brazil
Date of death: September 11th, 2013

“Maiara” Castro Da Silva (age:23)
Cause of death: unknown, body dumped, in advanced state of decomposition
Location:  Porto Velho, Rondônia, Brazil
Date of death: September 9th, 2013

Unidentified woman (age:21)
Cause of death: stoned, shot, and beaten to death.
Location of death: Piracicaba, São Paulo, Brazil
Date of death: September 5th, 2013

Unidentified woman
Cause of death: multiple gunshot wounds
Location of death: Nova Serrana, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Date of death: September 10th, 2013

Unidentified woman
Cause of death: gunshot
Location of death: Maringá, Paraná, Brazil
Date of death: September 6th, 2013

Unidentified woman
Cause of death: stabbed, found dumped in a stream in an advanced state of decompisition
Location of death: Porto Velho, Rondônia, Brazil
Date of death: September 9th, 2013

Unidentified woman
Cause of death: unknown, body dumped in trash can.
Location of death: Detroit, Michigan, USA
Date of death: November 8th, 2013

Amari White (age:22)
Cause of death: multiple gunshot wounds
Location of death: Richmond, Virginia, USA
Date of death: November 9th, 2013

REMEMBER THEM ALL...






238 Trans People Murdered Worldwide In The Past Year

J. Lester Feder
http://www.buzzfeed.com/

(kind thanks to http://holybulliesandheadlessmonsters.blogspot.ca/)


*more here*

ezs note:  238 people.  That's a lot of people.

But think about it for a minute.  No listing for Russia.  No listing for China.  No listing for Mongolia.  No listing for all of Africa!  And the list goes on.

In case you haven't figured it out yet, this has nothing to do with some sort of transgender paradise.  If you add the unreported countries, and then add those countries who are reporting,but have police who are uncaring, my guess would be well over 1,000 innocent PEOPLE.

In the meantime, for those whose names are listed, I ask you to do one thing:

REMEMBER!!

12 November 2013

Oakland ceremony set for International Transgender Day of Remembrance

Kristin J. Bender
http://www.contracostatimes.com/

*more here*

ezs note:  REMEMBER!!!

Victoria’s Secret: How about a male model? (Canada)

Jillian Page
http://blogs.montrealgazette.com/

*more here*

Nevada assemblyman marries longtime partner in DC

http://www.ktvn.com/

*more here*

Becca Gorman, Student, Asks Apple To Change 'Gay' Dictionary Definition

James Nichols
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/

*more here*

Transgender H.S. Coach Comes Out

Michelle Garcia
http://www.advocate.com/

*more here*

Typhoon Haiyan

Credit:  http://static.guim.co.uk

By now, those of us in the West have likely heard of typhoons before, especially in the Philippines.In the past, Filipinos have dusted themselves off, made the necessary repairs, and moved on with life.  These are strong people.

Typhoon Haiyan is no ordinary typhoon, though - not by a long shot. 

Here in the Eastern United States, we would typically see hurricane winds of 100 mph).  We occasionally would see winds gust to 125 mph. These were generally not sustained, though.

Typhoon Haiyan had sustained winds of 225 mph, and these hit the Philippines directly.  Nothing in recorded history matched this. 

Please, whether it's a little or a lot, make a donation to rebuild the destroyed homes,  feed the hungry, and make the lives of our Filipino friends a bit better. The addresses are below.

11 November 2013

Oh... I forgot... happy Diwali!

Credit: http://www.happydiwalisms2013.in/

Oh, Bryan Fischer, f*** off!

Immigration Reform 2013 is Critical For LGBT Immigrants, Just Take a Look At This Map

 Jaime A. Oliva
http://www.policymic.com/

*more here*

I Stand With the Transgender Children of California... Do You?

Parker Marie Molloy
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/


*more here*

Why 'Dallas Buyers Club' Failed Trans Actors

 Chelsea Hawkins
http://www.policymic.com/

*more here*

Capitol Alert: Contributions flow to help repeal CA transgender rights bill

 CHRISTOPHER CADELAGO
http://www.sanluisobispo.com/


*more here*

Need to protect disabled gay people: MP (Australia)

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/

*more here*

Happy Veteran's Day!

Credit::  http://www.gayrva.com/