13 December 2019

Philippines - Philippines president appoints transgender woman to government

Michael K. Lavers
Washington Blade

Manila, Philippines

please press:  www.washingtonblade.com

civil rights - Why Democrats just gave away their best chance at ending the trans military ban

Katelyn Burns

US Capitol
Washington DC

please press:  www.vox.com

Delaware - No place for discrimination in health care or insurance industry

Trinidad Navarro
Delaware Business Times

Dover, DE

lead story - More transgender men seeking care, psychosocial burden decreasing

Gesine Meyer et. al.

Frankfurt, Germany

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Donald Trump - Donald Trump keeps making history -- but not how he wants to

Chris Cillizza


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12 December 2019


Kelsey Dallas

ezs note:  Is the sun rising or setting?

please press:  sojo.net 

North Carolina - Bars became a safe place during a decade of change for the N.C. LGBTQ+ community

Alice Bennett
The Daily Tar Heel

Raleigh, NC

please press:  www.dailytarheel.com

lead story - Vandals Deface Mural Honoring Transgender Community In Dallas

Donald Trump - Report: Trump’s Ukraine Extortion Scheme Was Financed by Russians

Jonathan Chait
New York

ezs note:  The more things change...

please press:  nymag.com 

11 December 2019

Myanmar/US - Miss Universe celebrates its first openly gay contestant

Jessie Yeung

Naypyidaw, Myanmar

please press:  www.cnn.com

civil rights - Amid outcry, Seattle Public Library weighs decision to provide venue for ‘radical feminist’ event criticized as anti-trans

Crystal Paul
The Seattle Times

Seattle Public Library
Seattle, WA

please press:  www.seattletimes.com\

West Virginia - Carmichael backs proposed LGBTQ non-discrimination act

Steven Allen Adams
The Weirton Daily Times

Weirton, WV

please press:  www.weirtondailytimes.com

ezs note: I know that there are Republicans who feel they are treated unfairly.  It's a bitter pill to swallow, but there are transgender people who are treated unfairly, even horribly.  But there are those like Mitch Carmichael who have championed transgender causes.  Well done, Mitch.

lead story - Deputies say transgender woman attacked by teens in Tukwila

Donald Trump - Trump assaults facts to survive impeachment

Stephen Collinson

aerial view of White House

please press:  www.cnn.com

10 December 2019

Mauritius - Activist seeks to overturn anti-gay law of African island Mauritius

Erasing 76 Crimes

Port Louis, Mauritius

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civil rights - Medically necessary transgender surgery now covered by Wisconsin Medicaid after legal battle

Bruce Vielmetti
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Baraboo, WI

Florida - Transgender Florida student’s fight over school bathrooms could affect Alabama


Ponte Vedra, FL
Nease High School

please press:  www.al.com

lead story - "These women are targets": Transgender women fight for their rights in Colorado's prisons

Jonathan McDougle
CBS News

Canõn City, CO
Colorado Territorial Correctional Facility

please press:  www.cbsnews.com

Donald Trump - Articles of Impeachment read

09 December 2019

Donald Trump - House Judiciary Committee hearings

Jamaica - The power of transgender visibility in Jamaica

civil rights - U.S. Supreme Court rejects inmate's bid for sex reassignment surgery

Andrew Chung

US Supreme Court

please press:  www.reuters.com

Massachusetts - Remembering Rita: The 20th Transgender Day Of Remembrance Is Painfully Personal For Boston

lead story - Groundbreaking UW study: Transgender kids’ gender identity is as strong as that of cisgender children

Ryan Blethen
The Seattle Times

Seattle, WA
Gerberding Hall

please press:  www.seattletimes.com

 ezs note:  You can read the abstract or buy the full report HERE.

08 December 2019

New York - NY Courts To Add Transgender, Nonbinary & Other Gender Options To Jury Documents

lead story - In Pantene's new video series, transgender people talk about what it's like to go home for the holidays

Elizabeth Wolfe, Douglas S. Wood

Haines City, FL

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Donald Trump - Nadler: Impeachment would be a guilty verdict in 'three minutes flat'

Devan Cole, Manu Raju

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07 December 2019

SPECIAL - New House Judiciary Committee report defines impeachable offenses

Katelyn Burns

please press:  www.vox.com

ezs note:  Once again, the House Judiciary Committee goes into further detail as to why it's necessary to impeach Donald Trump.  I can't guarantee you'll change minds, but at least they'll give it a second thought.  The document will be found HERE.

Now let me see...

As you might know, Emily's Virtual Rocket has been around a while.  You'd think that  I  would get some fabulous clothes.  Uh, not really.  I get clothing, but it's male clothing.

I am not asking for a handout.  What I would like is if you see an article that really moves or inspires you, sending an article of clothing would be a way of saying "thank you".  Just send one item.  It doesn't have to be from Saks or Cartier.  In fact, sending a good lightly used item would be just as appreciated.  I am very large (280 pounds/127 kilograms), but I am following one item Weight Watchers diligently. Here's what I'm looking for:
  • tops (not too loud or flashy)
  • wig (medium to dark brown)
  • slacks
  •  skirt (knee length) 
  • panties (new only, cotton preferable)
  • bra (new only)
  • nylons (new only)
  • socks (extra-large please)
  • insert into bra (C cup, no larger)
  • sweater
  • coat
  • inexpensive necklace (long)
  • inexpensive perfume
For three of the items which I specify as new, I am not calling for expense or extravagance.  Family Dollar, Target, or Wal-Mart, for example, will do nicely.  Here's the address:

Emily Shorette
60 Starkel Road 
Apartment 60, #110

Ireland - Ireland to simplify process for transgender 16- and 17-year-olds to change legal gender

Vic Parsons
Pink News

Uragh, Ireland
Uragh Stone Circle

please press:  www.pinknews.co.uk

civil rights - Transgender women fight law blocking inmates' name change

ABC News

Huntsville, TX
Huntsville Unit

please press:  abcnews.go.com

Rhode Island - Newport’s Channing Memorial Church observes Transgender Day of Remembrance

lead story - Man sentenced to death for killing transgender cellmate

Tim Fitzsimons
NBC News

Delano, CA
Kern Valley State Prison

please press:  www.nbcnews.com

ezs note:  Personally, I don't believe in the death penalty.  However, I do believe that Mr. Crespo should stay in prison for a long, long, time.  Like, say, until the year 5000.

Donald Trump - Trump complains about light bulbs making him look orange and people flushing toilets 15 times in rambling monologue

Conrad Duncan
The Independent

ezs note:  Oh, but he's sane.  Obviously.

please press:  www.independent.co.uk

06 December 2019

Germany - Meet Anastasia: Germany's first transgender army commander

civil rights - Fox News host Tucker Carlson says transgender rights are a “boutique issue" for "rich people"

Matthew Rozsa

where all of us transgender people live
(didn't you know???)

please press:  www.salon.com

Delaware - Sarah McBride earns Victory Fund endorsement in State Senate campaign

lead story - Trump’s Rollback of Transgender Rights Extends Through Entire Government

Lola Fadulu
The New York Times

Kent, OH
(site of Kent State shootings)

please press:  www.nytimes.com

Donald Trump - Could this be Trump’s orange makeup?

Cheryl Wischhcover

Herr Donald, in all his glory

please press:  www.vox.com

05 December 2019

Colorado - Transgender pastor at Colorado church is preaching from a pulpit she once would have been banned from

lead story - Transgender woman with eight-year-old daughter sues over right to change sex listed in Japan's family register

The Japan Times

Amagasaki, Japan

please press:  www.japantimes.co.jp

Donald Trump - Trump’s Legacy Is Being Written Right Now

Carolyn Eisenberg
The New York Times

please press:  www.nytimes.com

04 December 2019

civil rights - What does EVSC's non-discrimination policy cover? A closer look at the district’s approach.

Wisconsin - ‘It’s just reality:’ Milwaukee group works to end violence against those who are transgender

Cassidy Williams

Milwaukee, WI

please press:  fox6now.com

lead story - The many faces of transgender people

Donald Trump - complete airing of House Judiciary Committee of impeachment hearing by C-SPAN3

03 December 2019

Donald Trump - Democrats release impeachment report detailing 'overwhelming' evidence of misconduct and obstruction

Manu Raju, Jeremy Herb

please press: www.cnn.com 

ezs note:  THIS is it.

Here is the complete report by the House Intelligence Committee reported by Adam Schiff, his Members, and many, many, staff.  You can find the complete report HERE.

If at all possible, please read the entire report.  When I'm done with today's news, I plan on reading it in its entirety.

02 December 2019

Pennsylvania - Harrisburg church hosts support group for parents with transgender kids

Frank Pizzoli
Pennsylvania Capital-Star

Harrisburg, PA

please press:  www.penncapital-star.com

lead story - Obesity persists as surgery barrier among transgender adults

TG Martinson

obese male

please press:  www.healio.com

ezs note:  Yeah, I admit it - obesity is my bugaboo.  But it's also one that I'm determined to fight.  Weight Watchers seems to be working out well for me.  However, I also know that I'm just attending one meeting.  If one attendee is being snotty, speak up!  Remember, it's YOUR life that you're trying to make better.

Donald Trump - Trump Is the Founders’ Worst Nightmare