31 October 2014

Philippines: Trans woman stabbed 33 times – a week after Jennifer Laude case (UK)

Aaron Day

to read more, go to:  http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2014/10/31/philippines-trans-woman-stabbed-33-times-a-week-after-jennifer-laude-case/

ezs note;  Why should you vote?  Do it for Mary Joy Añonuevo.

'Voting While Trans' PSA Focuses on the Group Hurt by Voter ID Laws We Rarely Talk About

Marcie Bianco

to read more, go to:  http://mic.com/articles/102942/voting-while-trans-psa-focuses-on-the-group-hurt-by-voter-id-laws-we-rarely-talk-about

ezs note:  C'mon,  people - 24,000 people who don't vote is 24,000 too many!  Let's do our part to bring 24,000 down to ZERO.

School District in Texas Adds Protections for Transgender Employees and Students

Aizumi to speak for transgender awareness at Roosevelt

27 October 2014

Dolly Parton Chastises Christians For 'Judging' LGBT Community

James Nichols

to read more, go to:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/27/dolly-parton-christian-lgbt_n_6056340.html

Rhode Island drops surgery requirement for transgender birth certificate changes

Gender-Neutral Restrooms Open at UNT

Emily Mathis

to read more, go to:  http://blogs.dallasobserver.com/unfairpark/2014/10/gender-neutral_restrooms_unt.php

Apple CEO: Alabama must do better on LBGT

Sexual assault reported at UNI dorm

Michelle Corless

to read more, go to:  http://www.kwwl.com/story/27023773/2014/10/27/sexual-assault-reported-at-uni-dorm

ezs note:  If you are sexually assaulted, please, please, don't put it off - report it to the police immediately!!!

26 October 2014

Mountainside Care Center awarded for LGBT healthcare equality for second straight year

Same-sex marriages official in six more states: Federal Announcement

Eric Holder Calls Increasing Support For Gay Rights 'Exhilarating, Gratifying'


to read more, go to:  http://www.ontopmag.com/article.aspx?id=19743&MediaType=1&Category=26

Prisoner has the right to a name change

Philippine Transgender Murder Becomes a Rallying Point for LGBT Rights

25 October 2014

Marlborough, Massachusetts

Credit:  http://www.marlborough-ma.gov

Pamittan to receive an award from AFP (Philippines)

Can Video Games Survive?


to read more, go to:  http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/26/opinion/sunday/the-disheartening-gamergate-campaign.html?_r=0

Julia Roberts Opens Heart For Bullied Gay Teens In Accepting Humanitarian Award


to read more, go to:  http://www.ontopmag.com/article.aspx?id=19739&MediaType=1&Category=22

Janesville schools offer gender-neutral accommodations to transgender students

24 October 2014

YOU make the difference!!!

Credit:  https://register.rockthevote.com

In my neck of the woods, it's getting cooler.  And I'm making one more plea for you to vote.  Maybe you're still reticent. Maybe you're right.

Do it for Brenting Dolliole.

Do it for Githe Goines.

Do it for Deoni Jones, 

Do it for ALL the transgender women and men, girls and boys whose lives were cut short.

Dammit, do it..


Surrey group's anti-gay stance 'sickens' trustee candidate (Canada)

Sheila Reynolds

to read more, go to:  http://www.surreyleader.com/news/280366842.html

ezs note:  Surrey voters - election day is November 15. Help Nicole Joliet make her case!

Smith students staging rally Saturday in support of including transgender students

Diane Lederman

to read more, go to:  http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2014/10/smith_students_staging_rally_s.html

Kyrgyzstan: UN urges country to scrap draft law violating rights of LGBT people (UN)


to read more, go to:  http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=49160#.VErFSWddUl8

‘Groundbreaking’ ruling for transgender Army employee released

Marisa Taylor

to read more, go to:  http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/10/23/transgender-federalemployeewinslawsuit.html

Brutally Attacked Native Transgender Woman Can Finally Speak Again

Simon Moya-Smith

to read more, go to:  http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2014/10/23/brutally-attacked-native-transgender-woman-can-finally-speak-again-157486

ezs note:  She was so brutally attacked, she has no memory of the assault at this point.  Be her voice!!  Call 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), text tips to 274637 (CRIMES) and then enter TIPS 577, or report them at NYPDCrimeStoppers.com.  Please, let's get these vermin!

Credit: WABC

23 October 2014

Subscribe to YOUR newspaper!

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I really like Emily's Virtual Rocket.  From my cozy little nest, I can let you know what's happening around the transgender world.  Literally! When I can tell you about the transgender woman who won a tremendous victory, (courtesy of Emily Wax-Thibodeaux  and The Washington Post) I cheer along with you.

But I can't see it all.

Subscribe to your LOCAL newspaper.  That way, you'll have a better chance of seeing it ALL.

Transgender inmate's lawsuit accuses state of not protecting her from attacks

The Right to Write: How the Disciplinary System Comes down on Incarcerated Writers

Christopher Zoukis

to read more, go to:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/christopher-zoukis/the-right-to-write-how-th_b_6035796.html

Best of Gay D.C. XIII: Lifetime Achievement Award

Lou Chibbaro Jr.

to read more, go to:  http://www.washingtonblade.com/2014/10/23/best-gay-d-c-xiii-lifetime-achievement-award/

ezs note:  People wonder why I have such a love for politics.  Mayor Vincent Gray is just one reason.  Keep it up, mayor!

Four deputies placed on paid leave in jail probe


to read more, go to:  http://www.vvdailypress.com/article/20141023/NEWS/141029908

Transgender federal employee wins historic discrimination case

Emily Wax-Thibodeaux

to read more, go to:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/federal-eye/wp/2014/10/23/transgender-federal-employee-wins-historic-discrimination-case/

ezs note: Let freedom and EQUALITY ring!!!

22 October 2014

Linking violence against women with HIV and AIDS (Pakistan)

Judge resigns so he won't have to marry gay couples


to read more, go to:  http://www.13wmaz.com/story/news/nation/2014/10/22/judge-resigns-to-avoid-marrying-gay-couples/17718733/

ezs note:  Bye, judge!  (what a jackass...)

Push for trans military service recalls efforts against ‘Don’t Ask’

Chris Johnson

to read more, go to: http://www.washingtonblade.com/2014/10/22/trans-military-forum/

Annie Lennox: I am so happy transgender people can come out the shadows (UK)

21 October 2014

When will Jeffrey Tambor peak? (Canada)

Richard Ouzounian

to read more, go to:  http://www.ourwindsor.ca/opinion-story/4926430-when-will-jeffrey-tambor-peak-/

Rights group: LGBT Jamaicans are targets of unchecked violence, discrimination


to read more, go to:  http://www.dailyjournal.net/view/story/bb81ceb460da462f91e271d0d2d142a5/CB--Jamaica-Gay-Rights/

ezs note:  This is an outrage!  Please, wherever you live, e-mail the ambassador of Jamaica a polite but FIRM  letter demanding the human rights of gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders - and put some real teeth in it! 

Lawsuit: Detained transgender teen treated as boy


to read more, go to:  http://www.monroenews.com/news/2014/oct/21/lawsuit-detained-transgender-teen-treated-boy/

ezs note:  How Connecticut of us... sorry, world... sigh...

Transgender troops seek to end taboo (India)

Support for statewide nondiscrimination law growing in Utah, poll shows

20 October 2014

Argentina gives asylum to gay Russian who claimed he was persecuted (India)

Don’t hide your pride (Australia)

Same-Sex couples can begin marrying tomorrow


to read more, go to:  http://www.torringtontelegram.com/v2_news_articles.php?heading=0&story_id=15647&page=34

Nancy Pelosi: Trans people shouldn’t be banned from serving in military (UK)

19 October 2014

Philadelphia's first director of city's Office of LGBT Affairs, Gloria Casarez, dead at 42

John F. Morrison and Alex Wigglesworth

to read more, go to;  http://www.philly.com/philly/news/breaking/Philadelphias_first_director_of_citys_Office_of_LGBT_Affairs_Gloria_Casarez_dead_at_42.html

ezs note:  Rest in peace, Ms Casarez. You helped thousands of Philadelphians live happier lives.

Getting Personal on Transgender Rights


to read more, go to:  http://takingnote.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/10/17/getting-personal-on-transgender-rights/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0

News Briefs, Oct. 16 (top news)

Amy Cooper

to read more, go to:  http://www.easternecho.com/article/2014/10/news-briefs-oct-16

Facebook and Apple deserve praise for their perks (UK)

Brooke Masters

to read more, go to:  http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/3b74d0fa-5530-11e4-89e8-00144feab7de.html#axzz3GcsHWfnf

Group awarded domestic violence prevention grant

18 October 2014

Hillsboro, Illinois

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Knitting Backward

Jennifer Finney Boylan

to read more, go to:  http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/19/opinion/sunday/jennifer-finney-boylan-knitting-backward.html?_r=0

US to hand over Marine who is suspect in murder of transgender Filipino sex worker (Australia)


to read more, go to:  http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-10-19/us-to-produce-marine-sought-over-murder-of-transgender-filipino/5824608

Julie Mack: Election season reflects GOP's shifting stances on gay rights, legalized marijuana

HRC Endorses PrEP & Calls for Bold Action to Expand Access to Anti-HIV Drug


to read more, go to:  http://www.hrc.org/press-releases/entry/hrc-endorses-prep-calls-for-bold-action-to-expand-access

ezs note:  Become one of the happy, healthy, RESPONSIBLE adults!  If you are one of the sexually active adults - or even just thinking about it - take your Truvada DAILY.

Akkai to speak on sexual minorities at Japan meet (India)

Rohith B R

to read more, go to:  http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/toireporter/author-Rohith-B-R.cm

17 October 2014

Now it's YOUR turn!!!

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You know, there are transgenders  and allies who don't see the point in voting.  They might be right.

Except for being kicked out of their apartment, they might be right.

Except for housing shelters (and these are the REALLY lucky ones), they might be right. 

Except for town or city councils who have no clue, they might be right.

Except for Boards of Education who are total airheads, they might be right.

Except  for members of Congress who call YOU "deviant" for the clothing you wear, they might be right



True Trans (review)

Transgenders and Theology

EXCLUSIVE Crime Minister: Police haven’t paid enough attention to homophobia and transphobia (UK)

U.S. to recognize same-sex marriages in 7 new states

16 October 2014

Baton Rouge man remains jailed in Metairie murder of transgender woman and her lover

Paul Purpura

to read more, go to:  http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2014/10/baton_rouge_man_to_remain_jail.html

LGBT Youth Homelessness Is Not an Us/Them Issue

Jama Shelton

to read more, go to:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jama-shelton/lgbt-youth-homelessness-i_b_5991742.html

Teen pleads in Oakland bus skirt-burning case

Vatican backs away from 'welcoming homosexuals' stance

15 October 2014

Transgender woman in critical condition after beating


to read more, go to:  http://www.metro.us/newyork/news/local/2014/10/15/transgender-woman-critical-condition-beating/

ezs note:  Police got a lucky break with one of the suspects being caught on tape. Don't let the scumbags go  free!!!

Aquino urged to cancel military accord with US (United Arab Emirates)

Manolo B. Jara

to read more, go to:  http://gulftoday.ae/portal/05b9234b-18af-47c3-a84b-fc941968dda9.aspx

Lincoln board gets earful on gender training

US: Las Vegas launches same-sex wedding ad campaign (UK)

Nick Duffy

to read more, go to:  http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2014/10/15/us-las-vegas-launches-same-sex-wedding-ad-campaign/

14 October 2014

Right Wing Fails to Stop Gender-Inclusive Training in Neb. Schools

Turkey’s first 'gay marriage' (Turkey)

Seoul mayor supports same-sex marriage (South Korea)

Kim Young-jin

to read more, go to:  http://www.koreatimesus.com/seoul-mayor-supports-same-sex-marriage/

Use ‘she’ for Jennifer Laude

Patrick King Pascual

to read more, go to:  https://ph.news.yahoo.com/blogs/the-inbox/use-she-for-jennifer-laude-200508656.html

The Next Civil Rights Frontier: How the Transgender Movement Is Taking Over

Nico Machlitt

to read more,. go to:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/nico-machlitt/the-transgender-movement-is-taking-over_b_5974198.html

13 October 2014

LGBT teachers to meet President Higgins today (Ireland)

Column: Treat everyone with respect

Dear Abby: Transgender ex a big problem

Scotland to host same-sex weddings (UK)

Marine Held in Death of Transgender Woman in the Philippines

12 October 2014

Call for hate crime legislation (Ireland)

‘South Park Season 18’ Talks Bathroom Rights, Transgender, Reveals Lorde’s Identity; ‘Yellow Flicker Beat’ Singer Reacts, Retweets Kanye West

Conan Santiago

to read more, go to:  http://www.hallels.com/articles/9311/20141012/south-park-season-18-talks-bathroom-rights-transgender-reveals-lorde.htm

ezs note:  Yeah, I know that not everyone likes "South Park". (such is life)  But, hell, I do, and this one's an absolute gem.  Don't read the story first (it's rife with spoilers).  It's entitled "The Cissy".    Enjoy!

Comment: National Coming Out Day is still important because we have a long way to go (UK)

‘I’m so flattered’: Transgender Walton student believed first in state to be elected to homecoming court

Russian rights group calls state legal attack 'insult' (Pakistan)


to read more, go to:  http://www.brecorder.com/general-news/172/1231947/

11 October 2014

First same-sex marriages in Gaston could come Monday

Lauren Baheri and Michael Barrett

to read more, go to:  http://www.gastongazette.com/spotlight/first-same-sex-marriages-in-gaston-could-come-monday-1.385744

New LGBT center welcomes central Iowans

Linh Ta

to read more, go to:  http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/2014/10/11/lgbt-center-safe-space-opening/17119199/

Ste Anne school adding gender-neutral washroom (Canada)

Ian Froese

to read more, go to:  http://www.thecarillon.com/local/Ste-Anne-school-adds-gender-neutral-washroom-278911881.html

Alexandra Billings, transgender actor: 'Transparent came up when I had nothing to lose' (UK)

Briefly in the arts (top story)

Bellingham, Washington

Credit:  http://www.fairhavenstorage.com

10 October 2014

VALERIE SCHULTZ: Coming Out Day may make road a little smoother

Help us find out why some hate crime victims suffer in silence (UK)

HIV Testing Rates Climb With Real World Social Networking More Than Other Referral Methods

It's YOUR right to vote!

Credit:  http://transequality.org

So, some of you are saying, "Eh, voting -- I'll get around to it sooner or later."

Well, guess what, pal?  In one state, you're already too late to vote!  

Crazy? I completely agree with you.  But that's one state's method  of limiting your voice.

If you live in the other 49 states, it's not too late.

But it will be -- very, very soon.


07 October 2014

Courier Mail slurs slain trans woman with 'she male' headline (Australia)

Matt Akersten

to read more, go to:  http://www.samesame.com.au/news/11446/Courier-Mail-slurs-slain-trans-woman-with-she-male-headline

ezs note:  This, *ahem*, "newspaper", is so utterly below disgust, I can scarcely know what to say.  Please  go to to change.org in the article and click on there.  Thanks. 

Trans inmates abused

Devon Strayer

to read more, go to:  http://www.pointparkglobe.com/news/view.php/850699/Trans-inmates-abused

Supreme Court Passively Clears the Way for Same-Sex Marriage

Nonnie Shivers

to read more, go to:  http://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/supreme-court-passively-clears-the-way-f-79591/

New York City Could Ease Requirements for Changing Birth Certificate Gender

06 October 2014

Macon woman says she owes her life to LBGT advocate

Sophia Danner-Okotie

to read more, go to:  http://www.13wmaz.com/story/news/local/macon/2014/10/06/remembering-life-legacy-johnny-fambro/16789043/

ezs note:  Rest in peace, Mr. Fambro.  You will be remembered always.

Homewood (Alabama) police searching for a missing person (small print)

Tachana Johnson

to read more, go to:  http://www.abc3340.com/story/26717368/homewood-police-searching-for-a-missing-person

ezs note:  If you live in the Homewood, Alabama area, or travel there, and you know the whereabouts of Cedric Trammel Mitchell, please call the police department immediately!!!   (205-332-6234)

Credit:  abc3340

New National Study: Five Things You Should Know About Aging and LGBT People

Across the USA: Reaction to same-sex marriage decision

Janet Loehrke, Joan Murphy, Julie Snider and Richard Wolf

to read more, go to:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/10/06/same-sex-marriages-states/16803631/

03 October 2014

It's almost time - and in some states, it IS time!

Credit:  http://www.tgeu.org
C'mon now.  I suspect you've heard this from me before.  If not, here it is:  VOTE. 

Analysis of PrEP Data Shows High Adherence in U.S., and Among Most at Risk of HIV

Barbara Jungwirth

to read more, go to:  http://www.thebody.com/content/75066/analysis-of-prep-data-shows-high-adherence-in-us-a.html

ezs note:  Be safe!!!  If you are a sexually active transgender person -- or you're just thinking about it -- the time to start taking Truvada is NOW.  Read the directions on the box or  bottle twice.  You'll be happy AND healthy!

Young trans people still struggling for social acceptance

Young trans people still struggling for social acceptance

Young trans people still struggling for social acceptance

Young trans people still struggling for social acceptance

Canada: 8-year-old transgender girl says she is repeatedly bullied by school parent (UK)

Organization to honor various local leaders for contributions to LGBT community


to read more, go to:  http://www.signaltribunenewspaper.com/?p=25277

Six times human rights laws helped LGBT equality (UK)

Nick Duffy

to read more, go to:  http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2014/10/03/six-times-human-rights-laws-have-helped-lgbt-people/

02 October 2014

How do I help someone who is self harming? (UK)

Jo-Anne Rowney

to read more, go to: http://www.getbucks.co.uk/news/news-opinion/how-help-someone-who-self-7874464

Why ABC Family is a leader in LGBT inclusion on television

League tables vote on transgender student-athletes

Report shows over 200 LGBT murders in Brazil this year (Australia)

Cec Busby

ezs note:  216  lgbt people murdered.  76 transgender people murdered.  THIS IS A TRAVESTY!!!

Who’s Real Enough for Facebook?


to read more, go to:  http://www.newyorker.com/business/currency/whos-real-enough-facebook

01 October 2014

'Insides Out' will share transgender tales for all

Study reveals which networks have the most LGBT characters

Samantha Highfill

to read more, go to:  http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/10/01/gladd-gay-depictions-television/

Hillsborough votes to include gays in civil rights protections

Facebook apologizes to drag queens for ‘real names’ policy (Canada)

Barbara Ortutay

to read more, go to:  http://globalnews.ca/news/1593254/facebook-apologizes-to-drag-queens-for-real-names-policy/