30 November 2012

From sea to shining sea... and north to the Arctic!

In Canada, things are generally better for LGBT folks than here than in the US.  (In states such as South Carolina, Mississippi, and Alabama, they're way better.)   But there are irksome spots.  What Canadian LGBTs want to do is to amend their constitution.

Jillian Page, who writes for the Montreal Gazette, has graciously allowed me to put in Canadian Members of Parliament along with US House of Representatives.

But now it's your turn!  Whatever side of the line you are on, it's your responsibility to let these people know that you expect respect, and it should be written into the constitution.

Lincoln, Nebraska - Jeff Fortenberry (R) - 1NE

Mountain View, California - Anna Eshoo (D) - 14CA

Moorestown, New Jersey - Jon Runyan (R) - 3NJ

Los Angeles, California - Linda Sanchez (D) - 39CA

Grosse Pointe, Michigan - Hansen Clarke (D) - 13MI

San Francisco, California - Nancy Pelosi (D) - 8CA

Moreno Valley, California - Mary Bono Mack (R) - 45CA

Corner Brook, Newfoundland(CAN) - Gerry Byrne (Liberal) - Humber—St. Barbe—Baie Verte

Harrison, Arkansas - Steve Womack (R) - 3AR

The representatives/MPs shown above are the product of the Internet.  To find out who the representative is go to www.house.gov.  If you are from Canada, go to www.gc.ca.


26 November 2012

It's time to send Nutcase Norquist to bed... or the looney bin

Nutcase Norquist has been around for a long, long time, mostly in the shadows. I think, though, that his coming-out party has proved to be a giant dud.  And so much the better.

For those of you who aren't in the know, his premise is quite simple. No money should be added to the federal budget, ever, ever, ever.  Sounds good, right?  On the surface,yes, it does.  But then, things happen.  Buildings fly into skyscrapers.  Roads and bridges fall into disrepair. A little virus named AIDS comes to call.  Hurricane Sandy does her thing directly over New York City. And on.  And on.

What does this have to do with us transgender folks? Damn plenty.  As long as goobers walk the streets, a policeman around can definitely make you feel safer.  And you should feel safe. I'm not saying that a policeman should be at every corner, twenty-four hours a day, 365 a year.  What I am saying, though, is when suspicious folks are are around and about, she or he will warn them that if they try anything, they will go to jail.  Period.

But not if Nutcase Norquist has his way.  It doesn't matter if all you transgenders are killed.  Or tortured. Or raped. He has his precious greenbacks to line his pockets.

It's time to tell him to fuck off.

Understanding Transgender Communities and Equal Rights in Newton - Melanie Graham - http://newton.patch.com

24 November 2012

MAINE JUDGE TOSSES TRANSGENDER STUDENT'S BATHROOM SUIT - ANDREW BELONSKY - http://www.towleroad.com

Hamburg, New York

Credit: www.tactical-life.com

Hello!

Uhhhhh... too much turkey... here's the latest... Hamburg, New York... Mountain View, California... Wilmington, Delaware... Marl, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany... Vincennes, Indiana... Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa... Norwalk, Connecticut... Birmensdorf, Zurich, Switzerland... Davenport, Iowa...  Hull, Kingston upon Hull, England, UK... Evanston, Illinois... Zephyrhills, Florida... Moreno Valley, California... West Point, Virginia... West Point, Virginia... Dallas, Texas... Orël, Orel, Russia... Strømmen, Akershus, Sweden... London, England, UK... Kingston, New York... Berlin, Germany... Utrecht, Netherlands...  Alexandria, Virginia... Epsom, Surrey, England, UK... Wonju, Kangwon-do, South Korea... Vancouver, British Columbia... Columbus, Ohio... Taoyuan, Hunan, China... Belmar, New Jersey... Moorestown, New Jersey... Warren, Ohio... Chicago, Illinois.... Roselle, Illinois... Philadelphia, Pennsylvania... Quezaltepeque, La Libertad, El Salvador...  Zaventem, Vlaams-Brabant, Belgium...

Hey, give a neighbor a hand!
www.redcross.org 

Once more - it's time!

I know, I know -- I'm beginning to sound like an ole broken record.  But the thing is, it's important. You may live in one of those fortunate states, but the thing is, there are those states that are not nearly as fortunate.  We need LGBT rights to be universal rights, not some crazyquilt map that you need to check every time you cross a state border.

Zephyrhills, Florida - Richard Nugent (R) - FL5
Moreno Valley, California - Mary Bono Mack (R) - CA45
West Point, Virginia - Richard Wittman (R) - VA1
Dallas, Texas - Pete Sessions (D) - TX32
Mountain View, California - Anna Eshoo (D) - CA14
Kingston, New York - Maurice Hinchey (D) - NY22
Houston, Texas - Al Green (D) - TX9
Columbus, Ohio - Steve Stivers (R) - OH15
Belmar, New Jersey - Frank Pallone (D) - NJ6
Moorestown, New Jersey - Jon Runyan (R) - NJ3

The preceding representatives are random selections from the Internet.   To find which representative is yours, go to www.house.gov and enter your five digit ZIP code.  

23 November 2012

FW woman alleges she was kicked out of Dollar General store for being transgender - ANNA WAUGH - http://www.dallasvoice.com

Transgender students push for unisex bathrooms at Oakland University - KEVIN GRAHAM - http://www.theoaklandpress.com

Gray, Ellerbe attend Transgender Day of Remembrance event - Michael K. Lavers -www.washingtonblade.com

Chaz Bono drops by 'Degrassi' to boost ground-breaking transgender storyline - CASSANDRA SZKLARSKI - http://www.vancouversun.com (Canada)

21 November 2012

19 November 2012

Transgender Day of Remembrance - Tuesday, November 20, 2010

Credit:  tdorarchive.comicdish.com

Man charged in murder of transgender South Beach prostitute - David Smiley - http://miamiherald.typepad.com

*more here*

ezs note:  Please, take another look at Rosita Hidalgo Hernandez and her alleged killer, Miguel Pavon.  If you have any information that the prosecutor may be unaware of, please let him/her know as soon as possible.  Thanks.

Cuba Elects First Transgender Person to Public Office - Camille Beredjick - http://voices.yahoo.com

Mass. transgender inmate seeking electrolysis - http://thetandd.com

Transgender Day of Remembrance in WeHo Tuesday Night - Karen Ocamb - http://lgbtpov.frontiersla.com

17 November 2012

Preston, Lancashire, England, UK

Credit:  www.townpages.co.uk

Hello!

Happy Turkey/Tofurkey  Day!  Here's what's happening... Preston, Lancashire, England, UK... Dublin, Ireland... Mougins, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur, France... Opico, La Libertad, El Salvador... Odense, Denmark... Moscow, Moscow City, Russia... Manila, Philippines... Malden, Massachusetts... San Antonio, Texas... Hay River, Northwest Territories, Canada... Bangkok, Krung Thep, Thailand... Kilcock, Kildare, Ireland... New York,  New York...  Las Vegas, Nevada... Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada... Anaheim, California... Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, UK... Zaventem, Vlaams-Brabant, Belgium... Godalming, Surrey, England, UK...  Brampton, Ontario, Canada... Naperville, Illinois... Somerset, Kentucky...  Limassol, Cyprus... Newcastle Upon Tyne, England, UK...  Rochester, New Hampshire... Port Angeles, Washington... Van Nuys, California...  Sunnyvale, California... Concord, North Carolina... Karlsruhe, Baden-Württemberg, Germany... Topeka, Kansas... Springfield, Ohio... New Holstein, Wisconsin... Atlanta, Georgia... Mountain View, California... Winter Haven, Florida... Moorestown, New Jersey... Cork, Ireland...

You can help!
www.redcross.org

Gobble, gobble, let your voice be heard, gobble, gobble!

If you are silent, well -- it just ain't right.  Let your voice be heard to your representative that you and your LGBT friends have every right to the same rights that are enjoyed by your heterosexual friends.

PERIOD.

Malden, Massachusetts - Ed Markey (D) - MA7
San Antonio, Texas- Charles A. Gonzales (D) - TX20
New York, New York - Jerrorld Nadler (D) - NY8
Las Vegas, Nevada - Joe Heck (R) - NV3
Anaheim, California  - Lorretta Sanchez (D) CA24
Naperville, Illinois - Judy Biggert (R) - IL13
Somerset, Kentucky - Hal Rogers (R) - KY5
Rochester, New Hampshire - Ed Guinta (R) - NH1
Port Angeles, Washington - Norm Dicks (D) - WA6
Van Nuys, California - Howard Berman (D) - CA28

The representatives listed above were from the Internet, randomly selected.  To find who your representative is enter www.house.gov and put your ZIP code in.

15 November 2012

Rose Ellen Epstein: Remembering transgender people who have been victimized - Rose Ellen Epstein - http://www.insidebayarea.com/

Illinois Hate-Group Wants Teachers to Reject 'Fiction' of Trans Students - SUNNIVIE BRYDUM - http://www.advocate.com

Transgender Day of Remembrance Set for Redeemer - http://morristown.patch.com

Center on Halsted transgender programming coordinator resigns in protest - Joseph Duggan Lyons - http://chicagophoenix.com

WATCH: Transgender Americans Say, ‘I Am…’ - Zack Ford - http://thinkprogress.org/