21 June 2017

Thoughts and musings (2)

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We all live in extraordinary times.  In 1997, the movie Ma Vie en Rose was out, but save for a few crusaders, this film was definitely not for the popcorn crowd.  In much of the United States, it still isn't. The difference is, though, is that much of the transgender community is now knocking, knocking, incessantly knocking.  Which is why it's so sad to see Transgender On Screen by John Phillips.   I had hoped I would come back having read a thoughtful book.  What I got, despite its dense read, was a decidedly unintelligent tome.

I will grant Phillips this:  the book came out in 2008, giving him a bit of breathing room.  However, when I consider Alain Berliner's masterwork. it's not easy to forgive Philipps.  What he tries to do - unsuccessfully -  is to slap Jacques Lacan's papers on it.  And when did Lacan die?  In 1981.  Shit, I wasn't out of high school yet.  I don't wish to go so far as some critics do by painting him with the 'cult of Lacan', but I do have to say that he was a man of his time - not ours.

- Emily

Donald Trump Is a Crook

Jonathan Chait
New York

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Kicking Sexism in the Shins

Jessie O'Brian
Vegas Seven

The Shins

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ezs note:  To find out the show in Las Vegas, press  cosmopolitanlasvegas.com

Transgender North Carolina Musical, THE BODY POLITIC, Announces Full Cast for NYMF Premiere

Broadway World

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GOP Congressman: Soldiers Will Pretend To Be Transgender To Get Out Of Combat

Miranda Blue
Right Wing Watch

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A Transgender Groom Sees Beyond What He Ever Imagined

Alic Custer-Shook
The New York Times

Alic Custer-Shook

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20 June 2017

Donald Trump Is Proving Too Stupid to Be President

Max Boot
Foreign Policy

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ezs note:  To my friends at Foreign Policy -  geez, I don't want to be mean or anything - but how long did it take for you to figure this out?  (He's too dumb to sit on the town hall in a ghost town.)

Meet the Transgender Activist Who Confronted Her Political Opponent — in the Ladies' Room

Tim Murphy

Arkansas state Capitol

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Samy Nemir Olivares
The Village Voice

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Nevada Guard sergeant embraces DoD transgender policy

Tech. Sgt. Emerson Marcus

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Ellis Co. commissioner issues apology following comments about transgender inmates

Jonathan Zweygardt
Hays Post

Ellis County (Hays), KS

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19 June 2017

Thoughts and musings (1)

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So, this is it.  I have so many thoughts during the hours, the days, the weeks and, decades, really.  I haven't written in such a long time, though.  The stroke really did a number on my thoughts and musings.  But I feel OK now, really.  I think what helped me out a lot was my visit to Real Art Ways.  I felt that my mind, as broken as it might be, had a lot to announce to the world.  I remember my thoughts about Café Zehner and its raid by the police - and this was happening in 1921, in Germany.  How things might have radically changed, how little Adolf would have been relegated to some little hovel, how some aunt would have explained he was quite cracked, really.  

My thoughts are silent no longer. A better, more humane world - perhaps. 

-  Emily

Trump's Self-Contradictory Defense

David A. Graham
The Atlantic

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Indian government releases video to show support for its transgender employees

Lenyon Whitaker

Kochi Metro Rail

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Welcoming Schools Prepares for National Facilitator Certification Training

Kimmie Fink

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Here's What It's Really Like To Raise A Transgender Boy In 2017

Katelyn Burns

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ezs note: As mentioned in the article, Real Boy will be shown at 10 pm (Eastern Time) tonight.   Well, mostly.  Please check your local PBS station to be sure.

Why Transgender People Suffer from ‘ID Anxiety'

Jacob Tobia

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18 June 2017

Job Fair!

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ezs note:  This is a new feature for a transgender seeking new/better employment as a tool for better economic security.  A few tips: 1)  Dress professionally. If you need some pointers, Google here.  2)  Speak professionally.  Needless to say, no gum-chewing.  No matter how many butterflies you may have, speak and act confidently.  Need to speak proper English?  Google here .  3)  Do your freakin' homework.  Nothing is worse than going from a bad situation to an absolutely horrible one.  That goes double if you are transgender. Anyone can put 'LGBTs welcome' on a business card, but it's up to YOU to check it out.  If you can, talk to a few employees.  Check it out on Wikipedia.  If you are considering a mid to major corporation, see the HRC Corporate Equality Index.  

note: This is a random sampling of job fairs throughout US/Canada. To see more, type 'job fairs' under News.

Town/City: San Bernadino, CA
Location: 689 South E Street
Date:  June 22, 2017
Time(s): 9am - 1pm

note:  none observed

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Letter: The phenomena of Donald Trump

Byron Lund
The Salt Lake Tribune

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FDNY’s first openly transgender firefighter to lead Pride March as grand marshal

Aliza Chasan

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Comment: Transgender rights are women’s rights (Canada)

Kimberley Ens Manning and Julie Temple Newhook
Times Colonist

To the really, really, really simpleminded:  try this - dumbass.

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Celebrating and Supporting Our Fathers: It’s Time for Paid Leave

Ashland Johnson

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An Evangelical Pastor Rethinks His Beliefs After Learning His Dad Is Transgender

Hemant Mehta

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17 June 2017

The Best Late-Night Jokes About President Trump's Birthday

Jennifer Calfas

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California’s First Transgender Candidate Announces Congressional Bid

Suzanne DeWitt Clinton

Terra Snover

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Meet the former ultra-Orthodox rabbi now living as a woman

Alexandra King

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CCSU Professor, Transgender Son Write Book About Coping As A Family

Susan Dunne
Hartford Courant

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Army moves forward on transgender training

Julia Manchester
The Hill

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Liberty Lake, Washington

Liberty Lake document
(unknown date)

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ezs note:  Well, this time it's off to Liberty Lake, Washington!

16 June 2017

So, Will President* Trump Just Fire Everyone?

Charles P. Pierce

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ezs note:  A girl named Riley got a good laugh at Trump. Smart kid!

Oregon Just Added a Third Gender Option on Driver’s Licenses

Samantha Michaels
Mother Jones


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Memo lays out Trump administration's approach to transgender students' civil rights cases

Emma Brown
Chicago Tribune

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Transgender Activists to Facebook: A Pride Month Button Isn’t Enough

Lisa Marie Segarra

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Transgender actors effective in teaching new doctors to provide respectful care

Science News

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14 June 2017

I make changes through words, protests, and votes... NOT bullets!!!

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ezs note:  For those of you who haven't heard yet, Rep. Steve Scalise was shot today.  This is a DESPICABLE act.  Rep. Scalise, in spite of all the differences, I wish you well and a speedy recovery. 

Trump’s birthday celebrations marred by historically low approval rating (UK)

Fiona Keating
The Independent

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Reconstructing religion: West Philly transgender rabbi redefining roles in the Jewish faith

Timaree Schmit
philadelphia weekly

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Michael Cuby

Danica Roem

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This Transgender Worker Is Suing McDonald's For Discrimination

Cora Lewis

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Nine Chinese gay, transgender couples to tie the knot on cruise ship (Switzerland)

Engen Tham and Damon Lin

Shanghai, China

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13 June 2017

Warriors consider snubbing US President Donald Trump (Australia)

Tyson Otto

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A Trans Teen Explains Why He Took His School to Court (and Won)

Mark Joseph Stern

Kenosha, WI

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RI ACLU asks schools to create policies protecting transgender students

Linda Borg
Providence Journal

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American Medical Association Adopts Resolutions Opposing Policies that Harm Transgender People

Sarah McBride

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Group pushing to end Washington state transgender bathroom rule gets $50,000 boost

Nina Shapiro
The Seattle Times

Washington state

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ezs note:  people of Washington state - if you are transgender, or have a friend, relative, or loved one who is, YOU can stop this idiotic bill.  If you have a little money, make a donation.  Talk to your friends and neighbors.  Write or e-write letters to the editor.  If you have a little talent (or even if you don't) produce something for the local public TV station.  Do something I haven't thought of (yet💆).  Whatever you do, DO IT!

Donald Trump, psychotic

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ezs note:  If you (still) don't believe me, read THIS.