30 August 2014

Welcome to Gallup, NM, Where ‘They Just Want Another Person Dead’

Our "Ann" Is Dying

Brazil poll favorite rows back on gay marriage (UK)

Community Makes Itself Known, With Discretion

Transgender Women's Killings Test Police Outreach

JULIET LINDERMAN
http://abcnews.go.com

to read more, go to:http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/transgender-womens-killings-test-police-outreach-25189565

ezs note:  The murders of two transgender women have shaken the good city of Baltimore to its core.  Please, if you have any information regarding Mia Henderson or Kandy Hall's murder, call the Baltimore police immediately!  Don't let the vermin get away!

Grants Pass, Oregon

Credit:  http://www.visitgrantspass.org/

28 August 2014

US: California bill outlawing trans and gay panic defenses headed to governor (UK)

Katie Dupere
http://www.pinknews.co.uk

to read more, go to:  http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2014/08/28/us-california-bill-outlawing-trans-and-gay-panic-defenses-headed-to-governor/

ezs note: 'Gay panic' or 'trans panic' are utterly stupid defenses that should have abandoned a decade ago.  Kudos to California for scrapping this byzantine defense.

Ottawa raises flag to mark pride week (Canada)

Brier Dodge
http://www.ottawacommunitynews.com

to read more, go to:  http://www.ottawacommunitynews.com/news-story/4802568-ottawa-raises-flag-to-mark-pride-week/

'Capitol 13' addresses charges for equal rights

27 August 2014

Top Pentagon officials say it is ‘likely’ that trans soldiers will soon be allowed to serve openly (UK)

Trans woman murdered in Detroit

Transgender Man Attacked in Montrose Wants Hate Crime Charges

Rams' Jeff Fisher angry over report on Michael Sam's shower habits

Would you support homophobia? (Peru)

Agnes Rivera
http://www.peruthisweek.com

to read more, go to:  http://www.peruthisweek.com/news-would-you-support-homophobia-103761

ezs note:  Emily's Virtual Rocket has relatively few people in Peru, but those of you with friends in Peru might encourage them to make a small (or big!) donation AGAINST Mr. Pandoro in his campaign for mayor.  

25 August 2014

The Pentagon can easily drop its ban on transgender troops, study finds

Cuomo: Time to outlaw gender identity discrimination

Pokin Around: The God I choose does not damn gays

Steve Pokin
http://www.news-leader.com

to read more, go to:  http://www.news-leader.com/story/life/2014/08/24/pokin-around-god-choose-damn-gays/14342173/

Did Bill de Blasio Keep His Promise to Reform Stop-and-Frisk?

Taylor Wofford
http://www.newsweek.com

to read more, go to:  http://www.newsweek.com/did-bill-de-blasio-keep-his-promise-reform-stop-and-frisk-266310

23 August 2014

Ecuador to grant same-sex unions ID recognition

Point of View: Why allow religious groups to discriminate?

DONALD CAVANAUGH
http://www.palmbeachpost.com

to read more, go to:  http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/news/opinion/point-of-view-why-allow-religious-groups-to-discri/ng7Wx/

Transcending genders: Working as a clerk at the commissioner’s office, Eraj Aftab wants true gender equality (Pakistan)

Palm Center's Belkin seeks to end military trans* ban

Gretchen Rachel Blickensderfer
http://www.windycitymediagroup.com

to read more, go to:  http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/Palm-Projects-Belkin-seeks-to-end-military-trans-ban/48740.html

Oakland, California

Credit:  http://www.alamedainfo.com/

22 August 2014

Being a Trans Ally: Where to Begin

Brynn Tannehill
http://www.huffingtonpost.com

to read more, go to:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/brynn-tannehill/being-a-trans-ally-where-to-begin_b_5697333.html

I Would Learn to Play Hopscotch

US: Nashville Mayor endorses same-sex marriage (UK)

Nick Duffy
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/

to read more, go to:  http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2014/08/22/nashville-mayor-endorses-same-sex-marriage/

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Skewers High Court For Forsaking Fight Against 'Real Racial Problem'

Shadee Ashtari
http://www.huffingtonpost.com

21 August 2014

New partnership makes reporting hate crime easier (UK)

Nigel Slater
http://www.eveshamobserver.co.uk

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
http://bostinno.streetwise.co

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

MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS
http://www.salon.com


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
http://sfist.com

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
http://thinkprogress.org

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

AMY FORLITI
http://www.kansas.com

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
http://www.huffingtonpost.com


ezs note:  Congratulations! You did it!

18 August 2014

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

http://www.fontanaheraldnews.com


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
http://abcnewspapers.com

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

PEGGY FLETCHER STACK
http://www.sltrib.com

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

Credit:  http://pics4.city-data.com/

15 August 2014

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

AJ Trager
http://www.pridesource.com

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

Oregon adds transgender procedures to Oregon Health Plan

Dana Tims
http://www.oregonlive.com

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
http://www.pinknews.co.uk

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

                  Credit:     http://tonyortega.org/

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
http://www.hrc.org

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
http://thechronicleherald.ca

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
http://www.huffingtonpost.com

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
http://time.com


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
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/

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’

MARK PRICE
http://www.newsobserver.com

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
http://roygbiv.jezebel.com

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
http://capitolcomments.blogs.theledger.com

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

http://gazette.com/


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

Credit:  http://upload.wikimedia.org/

08 August 2014

Yes we can (vote)!

Credit: http://wildgender.com/

Yeah, I know.  It seems a bit early.  Or a lot. But while you were sunbathing, Democrats, Republicans, Greens, were busy putting their candidates together. All that remains now is the final choices to be made in November.

And that means you, pal.

The time to register to vote is now.  Don't put it off.

New CBS News Poll Shows A Majority of Hispanics/Latinos Support Marriage Equality

Susan J. Demas: LGBT rights take a hit with Rep. Frank Foster's defeat

Susan J. Demas
http://www.mlive.com


to read more, go to:  http://www.mlive.com/lansing-news/index.ssf/2014/08/michigan_gay_rights_frank_fost.html

New memorial planned for gay veterans at Washington cemetery

Missouri Baptist leader arrested for attempted bestiality

Brett Wilkins
http://www.digitaljournal.com

to read more, go to:  http://www.digitaljournal.com/news/crime/missouri-baptist-leader-arrested-for-attempted-bestiality/article/395834

ezs note:  Just a question - does he commit rape once the horse says "neigh"? Just askin'...

06 August 2014

School board OKs transgender policy

Michael Dashiell
www.sequimgazette.com


to read more, go to: http://www.sequimgazette.com/news/270210881.html

Monica Jones Takes 'Manifesting Prostitution' Challenge to Arizona Supreme Court

Elizabeth Nolan Brown
http://reason.com


to read more, go to:  http://reason.com/blog/2014/08/06/manifesting-prostitution-law-challenged

1,000 rally for gay marriage before appeals court showdown

http://www.norwalkreflector.com


to read more, go to:  http://www.norwalkreflector.com/article/4798906

US author: Gay couples are perverts that corrupt our kids (UK)

Natassja Zielinski
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/


to read more, go to:  http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2014/08/06/us-author-gay-couples-are-perverts-that-corrupt-our-kids/

ezs note:  I particularly like the way Natassja Zielinski let Dunkin spout off, thereby making a complete ass of himself.  

05 August 2014

Respect For Transgender People

Daniel Blinn
http://www.courant.com


to read more, go to:  http://www.courant.com/news/opinion/letters/hcrs-21346--20140805,0,5270376.story

Fourth Circuit Court rules Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional

http://lgbtweekly.com


to read more, go to:  http://lgbtweekly.com/2014/07/28/fourth-circuit-court-rules-virginias-ban-on-same-sex-marriage-unconstitutional/

ezs note:  Honestly, the court decision is just a hilarious joke on the attorneys general.  Catch this last paragraph from LGBT Weekly:

"Today’s ruling applies to the entire Fourth Circuit, which includes Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.  This is the third appeals court ruling striking down state marriage bans in just one month."

C'mon, guys.   Give it up and save some money for your constituents.

Oakland Pride celebrates fifth year with parade down Broadway Labor Day weekend

'People are afraid of clowns': Laverne Cox slams Conan O'Brien while doing his hair in character as Sophia for hilarious skit (UK)

04 August 2014

Mayor: Petition to repeal Houston Equal Rights Ordinance ruled invalid

Olin teams up with Human Rights Campaign to host LGBT workplace inclusion conference​​

http://news.wustl.edu


to read more, go to:  http://news.wustl.edu/news/Pages/27180.aspx

Survey spotlight on transgender teens (New Zealand)

InterContinental employees participate in cultural competency program focusing on the LGBTQ community

03 August 2014

Former 'ex-gay' leaders publish open letter saying conversion therapy is damaging

Left Behind: LGBT Youth Struggle to Survive on Streets

Vietnam hosts third gay pride parade amid changing ideas (Taiwan)

http://www.chinapost.com.tw

to read more, go to:  http://www.chinapost.com.tw/asia/vietnam/2014/08/04/413956/Vietnam-hosts.htm

Iranian transgender refugee struggles for acceptance (Canada)

Watch: Transgender 13-year-old makes heartfelt plea for acceptance (UK)

Natassja Zielinski
http://www.pinknews.co.uk


to read more, go to:  http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2014/08/03/watch-transgender-13-year-old-makes-heartfelt-plea-for-acceptance/

02 August 2014

Mr Gay UK to represent Europe at Mr Gay World contest (UK)

Natassja Zielinski
http://www.pinknews.co.uk

to read more, go to:  http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2014/08/02/mr-gay-uk-to-represent-europe-at-mr-gay-world-contest/

U.S. Attorney retains hate crime listing in stabbing of trans teen

Lou Chibbaro Jr.
http://www.washingtonblade.com


to read more, go to: http://www.washingtonblade.com/2014/08/02/u-s-attorney-retains-hate-crime-listing-stabbing-trans-teen/

Annulment of Uganda`s Anti-homosexuality Law Hailed by UN

Honduras news captures two men beating a trans woman

Liam Johnson
http://www.gaystarnews.com/

to read more, go to:  http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/honduras-news-captures-two-men-beating-trans-woman020814

ezs note:  Chiefs of police:  in case you haven't checked the calendar lately, this is 2014, not 1914.  This means the police you hire are supposed to be professionals, not knuckledragging goofballs.  Just a hint.

Remove prejudices against gays: Malawi activists react to Catholic stand (Malawi)

Green Muheya
http://www.nyasatimes.com


to read more, go to:  http://www.nyasatimes.com/2014/08/02/remove-prejudices-against-gays-malawi-activists-react-to-catholic-stand/

ezs note:  Another shining light, this time from Malawi. Thank you, Mr. Trapence.

Springfield, Massachusetts

Credit:  http://icons.wunderground.com/

       

01 August 2014

Opinion: Pro vs. Con is a Matter of Fact vs. Belief

Diversity Camp offers refuge from hate

Ugandan court scraps new anti-gay law (Australia)

http://www.news.com.au

to read more, go to:  http://www.news.com.au/world/africa/ugandan-court-scraps-new-antigay-law/story-fnh81gzi-1227010851876

ezs note:  YES!!! Our finger-crossing worked!  

Activists want gay rights on Africa summit agenda

Fear and violence in transgender Baltimore: 'It's scary trusting anyone' (UK)


Ed Pilkington
http://www.theguardian.com

to read more, go to:  http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/aug/01/murder-transgender-women-baltimore-heighten-fears-mia-henderson

ezs note:  Don't let the deaths of Mia Henderson or Kandy Hall go unpunished!  If you live in or travel to the greater Baltimore area, and you have knowledge about either one of these murders, please go to the Baltimore police department IMMEDIATELY!!!