29 December 2012

London, England

Credit:  lgbthistorymonth.org.uk


The hour is coming soon!  Here's the latest... London, England, UK...Sunnyvale, California... Zaventem, Vlaams-Brabant, Belgium... Nagoya, Aichi, Japan... Decatur, Illinois... Torino, Piemonte, Italy... Evansville, Indiana... Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada...  Lexington, Kentucky... Mountain View, California... Kansas City, Missouri... Morgan Hill, California... Omaha, Nebraska... Lake City, Florida... Lexington, South Carolina... Taoyuan, Hunan, China... Ridge, New York... Montevideo, Uruguay... Newcastle Upon Tyne, Newcastle upon Tyne, England, UK... Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa... Russian Federation, Russia... Malvern, Worcestershire, England, UK... Göteborg, Vastra Gotaland, Sweden... Lincoln, Nebraska... Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey... Amman, Al Balqa', Jordan... Hightstown, New Jersey... Lebam, Washington... Muscat, Masqat... Woodridge, Queensland, Australia... Calgary, Alberta, Canada...

Make the waning days your best!


28 December 2012

Makin' the best from the end of 2012!

It certainly has been a topsy-turvy year.  On the plus side, we see Barack Obama and Joe Biden forcefully championing LGBT folks.  On the minus side, we see such great sadness in Aurora and Newtown.

So, as the year ends, you might be wondering what difference you can make.  The year is almost over, right?

But you can make a difference.  You can send an e-letter to your Congressperson or MP.  Let them know that LGBT people are watching - and they vote.  Whether Democratic or Republican, you can put the feet on the fire.

It's true, 2012 is almost over.  But you can make a difference, and you will feel so much better inside.

And as for what is coming, happy New Year!

Vancouver, BC (CAN) 

25 December 2012

To my African-American friends, happy Kwanzaa!

credit:  toledoblade.com

To all the UK countries, happy Boxing Day!

Credit:  mirror.co.uk

Now, transgenders come forward for strong action - Annapurna Jha - http://dailypioneer.com

How social media helped foil an Arizona school shooting plot - Mike Sunnucks - http://www.bizjournals.com

30 Days Of Holiday LGBT Giving: Kulia Na Mamo Transgender Organization - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/

Mark Regnerus Claims Viewing Porn Increases Support For Gay Marriage Among Straight Men - http://www.huffingtonpost.com

To all my Christian friends, Merry Christmas!

Credit:  dailycaller.com/Charles Schulz

23 December 2012

Scranton, Pennsylvania

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It was frigid out yesterday!  Here's what's happening... Scranton, Pennsylvania... Mountain View, California...  Corning, New York... Ripley, Derbyshire, England, UK... Mumbai, Maharashtra, India... Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia... Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada... Pottstown, Pennsylvania... Berlin, Germany... Bucharest, Bucuresti, Romania... Saint James, New York... Zephyrhills, Florida... London, England, UK... Auckland, New Zealand... Moreno Valley, California...  Buffalo, New York... Villas, New Jersey... Asheville, North Carolina... Woodland Hills, California... Guelph, Ontario, Canada... Tulsa, Oklahoma...  Bocholt, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany... Honolulu, Hawaii... Porterville, California... Bakersfield, California... Meriden, Connecticut... Helena, Montana... Minneapolis, Minnesota... Norman, Oklahoma... Michigan City, Indiana... Kansas City, Missouri... Huntsville, Alabama... Atlanta, Georgia... Austin, Texas... Paoli, Pennsylvania... Anchorage, Alaska... Saint Peter Port, Guernsey...  Lincoln, Nebraska... Wilmington, North Carolina... Luzern, Switzerland... Arcata, California...

Make the Christmas tree brighter!

21 December 2012

Can I have another?

OK, so I've been a long-winded woman advocating LGBT rights.  But think about this: an elderly woman, Edie Windsor, already sorrowful about the loss of her partner, has to pay 363,000 dollars in estate taxes.

Well, how about if Edie Windsor had married a man?

Then she would owe nothing.

This is but one of many appalling travesties.

And this is why I urge you to urge you to e-write your congressperson.  Please do so.

Arizona cops foil girl’s school shooting plot with help from Toronto police - http://www.660news.com

Former Sen. Chuck Hagel apologizes for gay comment - http://www.cachevalleydaily.com

Congratulations! You have been named Asshole of the Year!

Credit: Danziger

You know, sometimes people don't give enough credit to selecting the Asshole of the Year.  This year was quite a difficult one, picking out that person who possesses those special qualities which shout out "Hey!  I'm a person who truly possesses those qualities of an asshole!"  I thought my search was in vain for the year 2012.

Then along came Wayne LaPierre, who deservedly, no, most deservedly qualified  for the moniker "asshole". My god, he is an asshole.

For those of you not in the know, I'll let you read the fine Mercury News editorial.  If you feel so moved, go to www.house.gov, enter your ZIP code, then e-write your congressperson in favor of sensible gun control.

And Wayne, thank you for coming out with some of the most vapid, idiotic, and moronic statements I have ever seen.  You do more to advance sensible gun control than you will ever know.

19 December 2012

VIEWPOINT: America the senseless - Sarah Toce -http://www.windycitymediagroup.com

*more here*

ezs note:  This may seem a bit off-topic, but please take the time to read it.  If you are so moved, go to www.house.gov, enter your ZIP code, and tell your legislator that you are for sensible gun control.  Thank you.

Aurora district ceases work on trans policy - Kate Sosin -http://www.windycitymediagroup.com

The Troubles and Tribulations a Transgender Woman Underwent to Change Her Identity - Diana O’Brien - http://www.southfloridagaynews.com

Helena, Mont., unanimously approves LGBT non-discrimination ordinance - http://sdgln.com

16 December 2012


Here's what's happening... Kansas City, Missouri... Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England, UK...  Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire, England, UK... Redditch, Worcestershire, England, UK... Tulsa, Oklahoma... Hebron, Kentucky... Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania... Mountain View, California... Quezon, Nueva Ecija, Philippines... West Hartford, Connecticut... Izmir, Turkey... Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada... Sunnyvale, California... Philadelphia, Pennsylvania... Monroe Township, New Jersey... Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada... River Forest, Illinois... Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan... Taoyuan, Hunan, China... Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts...   Anaheim, California... West Jordan, Utah... Dungarvan, Waterford, Ireland...  Charlotte, North Carolina... Chicago, Illinois... Villas, New Jersey...  Terre Haute, Indiana...  Ottawa, Ontario...  Plainwell, Michigan... Huntington, New York...  Guelph, Ontario, Canada... Finale Ligure, Liguria, Italy... Graignes, Basse-Normandie, France... Moorestown, New Jersey... Scarborough, Ontario, Canada... Westlake, Ohio...


15 December 2012

unspeakable... unspeakable...

Normally, I've been requesting that you send an e-letter to full rights for LGBT people.  Sadly, these are not normal times.

Twenty children were murdered in Newtown, Connecticut.

Six adults were also murdered.

It took about twenty minutes.

I wrote my Congressperson, John Larson who has failed to write me back... (ahem...) when the last slaying took place in Aurora, Colorado, and I wrote saying that this is of the utmost importance: Congress must ban automatic and semiautomatic weapons.

Whether it's one person or fifty who is slain, we can stop this wholesale slaughter.  But only if you e-write. Please.

Sunnyvale, California - Anna Eshoo (D) - CA14
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Robert Brady (D) - PA1
Monroe Township, New Jersey - Rush Holt (D) - NJ12
River Forest, Illinois - Danny Davis (D) - IL7
Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts - Bill Keating (D) - MA10
Anaheim, California - Gary Miller (R) - CA42
West Jordan, Utah - Jason Chaffetz (R) UT3
Charlotte, North Carolina - Mel Watt (D) - NC12
Hebron, Kentucky- Thomas Massie (R) - KY4
Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania - Jim Gerlach (R) - PA6

The preceding places were picked at random using the Internet.  To find out your representative is, go to www.house.gov and enter your ZIP code.

To those in Newtown, please know that we are thinking of you.

08 December 2012

Orlando, Florida

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Saw Lincoln today... quite moving... here's what's happening... Orlando, Florida... Needham, Massachusetts... Norwalk, Connecticut... San Diego, California... Saugerties, New York... Humansville, Missouri...  Napa, California... Colchester, Essex, England, UK... San Francisco, California... New York, New York...  Amarillo, Texas... Concord, North Carolina... Quezon, Nueva Ecija, Philippines... Zephyrhills, Florida... Guelph, Ontario, Canada... Lynnwood, Washington...  Rochester, New Hampshire...  Zaventem, Vlaams-Brabant, Belgium... Villas, New Jersey... Erkner, Brandenburg, Germany...  Toronto, Ontario, Canada... Arlington Heights, Illinois... Taoyuan, Hunan, China... Valencia, Comunidad Valenciana, Spain... Bhubaneswar, Orissa, India... Torrance, California... Berlin, Germany... Kingston, Saint Andrew, Jamaica...  New Haven, Connecticut... APO, Armed Forces Europe, Spring, Texas... Terre Haute, Indiana...

Hey, if both Barack Obama and Chris Christie both endorse something, it must be good!  Support the American Red Cross and lessen the impact of Hurricane Sandy!


02 December 2012

Massillon, Ohio

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Darkest month of the year!  Here's what's happening... Massillon, Ohio....  Austin, Texas...  London, England, UK... Andover, Hampshire, England, UK... Westlake, Ohio... Pembroke, Ontario, Canada... North Charleston, South Carolina... Pickering, North Yorkshire... Richmond, Virginia... San Francisco, California... Grosse Pointe, Michigan... Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India... Kottayam, Kerala, India... Lincoln, Nebraska... Berlin, Germany... Mountain View, California... North Sydney, New South Wales, Australia... Sunnyvale, California... Moorestown, New Jersey... Los Angeles, California... Incheon, Inch'on-jikhalsi, South Korea... Monroe Township, New Jersey... River Forest, Illinois... Edinburgh, Scotland, UK...  Concord, North Carolina... Mexico, Distrito Federal, Mexico... Nagpur, Maharashtra, India... Boynton Beach, Florida... Makati, Manila, Philippines... Memphis, Tennessee... Harrison, Arkansas... Corner Brook, Newfoundland, Canada... Louisville, Kentucky... Mesa, Arizona... Wales, Wisconsin...

Hey, lend a hand!

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.

28 November 2012

Openly transgender lawmaker may not resign, despite felony conviction - http://www.lgbtqnation.com

Knoxville ignored by HRC MEI - Bear A-M Rodgers - http://www.examiner.com

Tories split over transgendered rights bill - http://www.cbc.ca

Stacie Laughton Resigns: Transgender New Hampshire Rep Steps Down Following News Of Criminal Past - http://www.huffingtonpost.com

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


Hamburg, New York

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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!

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

2012 Transgender Day of Remembrance observation held in Hagerstown - SHANNON WEBSTER - http://www.examiner.com

Transgender Woman Speaks Out After Name Change Battle - Michael Konopasek - http://www.news9.com/

Remembering transgender voices - Becky Garrison - http://www.washingtonpost.com

Former Church Member Says He Was Stalked By Team - Mitch Weiss - http://www.pridesource.com

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


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!

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.


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/

10 November 2012

Dreams take centre stage at transgender beauty pageant - www.bangkokpost.com

Knoxville Transgender Day of Remembrance 2012 to be held Nov. 20 - Bear A-M Rodgers - www.examiner.com

Stockholm, Stockholms Lan, Sweden

Credit:  rottentomatoes.com


It's Veteran's Day!  Hey, President Obama, you did right by gays, lesbians, and bisexuals - how 'bout us transgenders?  Here's what's happening... Stockholm, Stockholms Lan, Sweden.... Brookline, Massachusetts...  Oklahoma City, Oklahoma... Saint James, New York... Sheffield, England, UK... Syracuse, New York... Fargo, North Dakota... Washington, District of Columbia... Terre Haute, Indiana... Denver, Colorado... Bulle, Fribourg, Switzerland... Turtle Creek, Pennsylvania... Brockville, Ontario, Canada... Mountain View, California... Framingham, Massachusetts...  Central District, S.A.R., China (Hong Kong)... Sunnyvale, California... Dublin, Ireland... Windsor, Windsor and Maidenhead, England, UK... Philadelphia, Pennsylvania... Monroe Township, New Jersey... Zaventem, Vlaams-Brabant, Belgium...  Canandaigua, New York... Roselle, Illinois... Riyadh, Ar Riyad, Saudi Arabia...  Kent, Ohio... Youngstown, Ohio... Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada...

Hey, you can help!


09 November 2012

Transgender Pakistanis face society's scorn - www.usatoday.com

Let DC have a REAL vote (for a change)

In 2010, Wyoming had a population of 563,626.

During the same time, Washington DC had a population of 617,996.

Wyoming enjoys all the rights and liberties of a state.  Washington DC does not.

Get it?  Nah, neither do I.

I don't give a flying fart whether Washington DC residents are mostly Democratic, Republican, Green, independent, A Connecticut Party...whatever.  They have the right to choose what any other American chooses.  Period.  Get this done.  Now.

Let 'em have it - by e-mail!

A few things to remember; as I said before, the House of Representatives has an election every two years, and they had one this past Tuesday.  If your representative's mark "www.smith.gov" has a hash mark(#) next to it, it probably means that he/she is serving his last term.  However, until she/he gives up the seat formally (usually the first week in January) she/he continues the seat in November and December.  Therefore, it's considered proper etiquette to address the current member, not the future one.

In brief:  Let all LGBT people have the same rights as heterosexual people do, and let them be universal.

Mountain View, California - Anna Eshoo (D) - CA14
Turtle Creek, Pennsylvania - Mike Doyle (D) - PA14
Framingham, Massachusetts  - Ed Markey (D) - MA7
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Robert Brady (D) - PA1
Fargo, North Dakota - Rick Berg (R) - ND/AL
Washington, District of Columbia - Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) - DC/AL*
Syracuse, New York - Ann Marie Buerkle (D) - NY25
Terre Haute, Indiana - Larry Buchson (D)
Denver, Colorado - Diane DeGette (D) - CO1
Monroe Township, New Jersey - Rush Holt (D) - NJ12

The representatives are samples; to find yours, go to www.house.gov and enter it where it says "ZIP codes".

04 November 2012

Olympic gold medal winning boxer Adams chosen as top of Britain's Pink List - Duncan Mackay - http://www.insidethegames.biz

'I'm less of a snob now' - Greg Hassal - http://www.bellingencourier.com.au (Australia)

Joe Biden Transgender Rights: Why Obama Administration Will Need Extra Push for Trans Rights - Jia Hui Lee - http://www.policymic.com

remembering the murdered...

Sonia Masi
Location: Gujarat, India

Brenting Dolliole
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana

Githe Goines
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana

Location: Campos dos Goytacazes, Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil

Location: Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil

Guilherme Augusto de Souza
Location: Sumaré, São Paulo, Brazil

Paola Cristiano
Location: Maceió, Alagoas, Brazil

Deoni Jones
Location: Baltimore, Maryland

Location: Campo Mourão, Paraná, Brazil

Agnes Torres Sulca
Location: Atlixco, Puebla, Mexico

Location: Bandeirantes, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Location:  Olivenza, Alagoas, Brazil

Rene “Rosita” Hidalgo
Location: Miami Beach, Florida

David William de Oliveira Cândido
Location: Londrina, Paraná, Brazil

Coko Williams
Location: Detroit, Michigan

Tyrell Jackson
Location: Riviera Beach, Florida

Location: Krishnagiri, India

Paige Clay
Location: Chicago, Illinois

Location: Maceió, Alagoas, Brazil

Leandro Eduardo Campos Ferreira
Location: Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil

Brandy Martell
Location: Oakland, California

Location: Hope, Paraiba, Brazil

Anil Aayiramthengu
Location: Thankassery, India

Chrissie Azzopardi
Location: Finsbury Park, London, UK

Thapelo Makutle
Location: Kuruman, South Africa

Location: Pinhais, Paraná, Brazil

Tracey Johnson
Location: Baltimore, Maryland

Secil Anne
Location: Antalya, Turkey

Tiffany Gooden
Location: Chicago, Illinois

Location: São José do Rio Preto, São Paulo, Brazil

Unknown  (2)
Location: São José do Rio Preto, São Paulo, Brazil

Laryssa Silveira
Location: Piracicaba, São Paulo, Brazil

Location: Clementina, Brazil

Kendall Hampton
Location: Cincinnati,Ohio

Kyra Cordova
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Location: São Paulo, Brazil

Location: São Paulo, Brazil

January Marie Lapuz
Location: New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada


Many thanks to transgenderor.org.

Black Tie Dinner in Dallas benefits LGBT community - http://www.khou.com

In case you've been sleeping... ELECTION DAY IS THIS TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6!!!

Credit:  blogwatig.blogspot.com

03 November 2012

Transgender pageant crowns Kevin Balot of the Philippines - ROBERT HERRIMAN - http://www.examiner.com

Saint James, New York

Credit:  facebook.com


Tuesday is Election Day... don't waste your vote!  Here's what's happening...  Saint James, New York... Kingston, New York...  Riyadh, Ar Riyad, Saudi Arabia... North Hollywood, California... Bixby, Oklahoma... Zaventem, Vlaams-Brabant, Belgium... Wellston, Ohio... Detroit, Michigan... Sunnyvale, California... Gretz-armainvilliers, Ile-de-France, France... Largo, Florida... Bellbrook, Ohio... Duluth, Minnesota... Asheville, North Carolina... Mountain View, California... Houston, Texas... Bentonville, Arkansas... Preston, Lancashire, England, UK... Berlin, Germany... London, England, UK... San Francisco, California... Watton, Norfolk, England, UK... Evergreen Park, Illinois... Raleigh, North Carolina... Raleigh, North Carolina... Dehli, India... Charlotte, North Carolina... Eagle, Idaho... Pittsford, New York... Les Peintures, Aquitaine, France... Beaumont, Texas... Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada... Joshua, Texas... Austin, Texas... Chandigarh, India... Roelofarendsveen, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands... San Antonio, Texas... Moscow, Moscow City, Russia...



01 November 2012

Let 'em have it - by e-mail!

I'm one of the lucky few - I live in the Northeast.  Many of those who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender aren't so fortunate. This isn't a matter of "conservative" or "liberal" - it's a matter of basic human rights.  The right to marry.  The right to hold hands. The right to comfort each other. The right to visit the other partner in the hospital.  The  right to say a final farewell in the cemetery.

Y'know, little stuff like that.

Tell your representative that you want these rights to be universal and irrevocable.  PERIOD.

Detroit, Michigan - Hansen Clarke (D) - MI13
Houston, Texas -  Sheila Jackson-Lee (D) - TX18
Bentonville, Arkansas - Steve Womack (R) - AR3
San Francisco, California - Nancy Pelosi (D) - CA8
Evergreen Hills, Illinois - Bobby Rush (R) - IL1
Wellston, Ohio - Bob Gibbs (R) - OH10
Sunnyvale, California - Anna G. Eshoo (D) - CA14
Largo, Florida- C.W. Bill Young (R) - FL10
Bellbrook, Ohio - Steve Austria (R) - OH7
Duluth, Minnesota - Chip Cravaak (R) - MN8

The preceding were samples.  To find out which representative is yours, go to www.house.gov and enter your ZIP code.  If you are near a border, or live in a heavily crowded area, you may need to provide additional information.

27 October 2012

D.C. cop convicted of assault with dangerous weapon in trans shooting case - Lou Chibbaro Jr. - http://www.washingtonblade.com

Somerville, Massachusetts

Credit: dinerhistory.blogspot.com


Voting Day is just a little more than a week away!  If your state permits early voting, go NOW!  Here's what's happening... Somerville, Massachusetts... Saint-cloud, Ile-de-France, France... San Francisco, California...  San Diego, California...  Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada... Villas, New Jersey... Chaguanas, Caron, Trinidad and Tobago... Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England, UK... Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India... Braunschweig, Niedersachsen, Germany... Cornwall, Ontario, Canada... Chelmsford, Essex, England, UK... Kiev, Kyyiv, Ukraine... Mountain View, California... Chesterfield, Derbyshire England, UK... Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany... Durham, England, UK... Tulsa, Oklahoma... Norfolk, Virginia... Karlsruhe, Baden-Württemberg, Germany... Munich, Bayern, Germany... Billericay, Essex... Neumarkt, Bayern, Germany... Moron, Buenos Aires, Argentina... Osceola, Arkansas... Melbourne, Victoria, Australia... Zephyrhills, Florida...  Wolfenbüttel, Niedersachsen, Germany... Quezon, Nueva Ecija, Philippines... Kensington, Maryland... Newcastle Upon Tyne, England, UK...  Jakarta, Jakarta Raya, Indonesia...  Ormond Beach, Florida... Königsbach-stein, Baden-Württemberg, Germany... Berlin, Germany... Newark, Delaware... Ennepetal, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany...

24 October 2012

easiest e-mail... EVER!

Okay, okay... so five minutes is too much. Here's a handy-dandy e-letter you can paste onto your representative's blog, and send it off!


Dear (representative's name)

I am writing to you because I am concerned about the future of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) rights.

The vast majority of these people are hard working, peace-loving persons.  This is why I find it so hard to believe that a majority of our representatives would not allow same-sex people to marry.  They would not allow visits of people who love each other if the family objects.  They even would not allow visits to a gravesite to say a final farewell.

I am strongly in favor of a nationwide guarantee of rights for all Americans.  These are egregious wrongs, and they MUST be righted.


(your name)


Simple, isn't it?

Norfolk, Virginia - Scott Rigell(? - VA2
Tulsa, Oklahoma - John Sullivan(R) - OK1
Osceola, Arkansas - Rick Crawford (R) AR1
Zephyrhills, Florida - Richard Nugent (R) - FL5
Mountain View, California - Anna Eshoo (D) CA14
Kensington, Maryland- Chris Van Hollen (D) - MD5
Ormond Beach, Florida - John Mica (R) - FL7
Newark, Delaware - John Carney (D) - DE-AL
Reading, Massachusetts - John Tierney (D)- MA6
Post Falls, Idaho - Raul Labrador (R)

23 October 2012

The 26st transgender teen who wants to drop 16st so he can have surgery to become a woman - Sara Malm - http://www.dailymail.co.uk (UK)

'Social shame' heightens transgender suicide - http://www.cbc.ca

*more here*

ezs note:  Remember, no matter how alone you feel, you are not alone!  Both the White Pages and the Yellow Pages are good places to look; the Internet is also a great place to look.  Just be careful: "ex-gay", "ex-transgender", and "ex-lesbian" meetings look great, but they'll take your money and build false, unrealistic hopes. By reaching out, you can be happy!

Marriage: It's About Love and Commitment (A Transgender Perspective) - JamieAnn Meyers - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/

22 October 2012

2012 Angels of Change Runway Show Benefits Transgender Youth - Aaron Drake - http://www.frontiersla.com

African-Americans, Minorities More Likely To Identify As LGBTQ - John Hollis - http://atlantablackstar.com

Why you should vote - even if it's a gimme

Let's say you live in New York or California.  Or on the other side, you live in Texas or Arkansas.  There are other states that will contest this race hotly - but not yours. Why can't I just skip this race, you ask.  The answer is the underticket. They answer your questions and gripes much more personally.  With a bit of effort, you can meet this woman or man face-to-face. Whether you want the candidate or his/her opponent, you have a heck of a better chance winning locally than nationwide.

Guarantees I don't offer.  But a better chance I do offer. And you'll feel  better making a difference.

20 October 2012

Equality Illinois: 'The bullies won in East Aurora' - http://www.lgbtqnation.com

'The Cross in the Closet' reinforces transphobia while dealing with homophobia - Kathy Baldock - http://www.lgbtqnation.com

Transgender author to speak at PFLAG event - K. C. Myers - http://www.capecodonline.com

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Credit: http://mullahmilitarymilitantsandjudiciary.blogspot.com


If you've fallen asleep, wake up!  It's almost Election Day time! Here's what's happening...  Riyadh, Ar Riyad, Saudi Arabia... Buffalo, New York... Raleigh, North Carolina... Mountain View, California... Zaventem, Vlaams-Brabant, Belgium... Lansing, Michigan... West Hartford, Connecticut... Moscow, Moscow City, Russia... Austin, Texas... Birmingham, Alabama... Orlando, Florida... Dublin, Ireland... Westerville, Ohio... Toms River, New Jersey... San Diego, California... Rochester, Minnesota... Randolph, New Jersey... Denver, Colorado... San Francisco, California... San Luis Obispo, California...  Chicago, Illinois... Peoria, Illinois... Taipei, T'ai-pei, Taiwan... Cleveland, Ohio...  Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania... Portsmouth, Ohio... Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada... Gresham, Oregon... 

16 October 2012

Yes you can!

You can make a difference!  Let your representative know that she/he must make a difference by advocating LGBT rights for all Americans.  C'mon -- it only takes five minutes!

Madison, Wisconsin - Tammy Baldwin (D) - WI2
Mountain View, California - Anna Eshoo (D) - CA14
Houston, Texas - John Culberson (R) - TX7
Jersey City, New Jersey - Albio Sires (D) - NJ13
Carroll, Iowa - Steve King (R) - IA5
Trussville, Alabama - Spencer Bachus (R) - AL6
Seattle, Washington - Jim McDermott (D) - WA7
Albuquerque, New Mexico - Martin Heinrich (D) - NM1
Hollywood, Florida - Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D) - FL20
Charlotte, North Carolina - Mel Watt (D) - NC12

These are samples of visitors in no particular order.  To find your location, enter your ZIP code in www.house.gov .   In urban areas,, you may need to be more specific.

15 October 2012

14 October 2012

It's a TREMENDOUS occasion!!!

Credit:  thegaystation.com

Wow- I really, really didn't think this would happen.  But it just did.  This is the 2,012th blog - the same number as the year!!!  Thank you, all of you, but especially those who read regularly.  You warm my heart, and keep me going.  

Now what's the Jewish New Year again...

Gays, transgenders seek acceptance at Yuba-Sutter anti-bullying forum - Rob Parsons - http://www.appeal-democrat.com

Transgender issues: Protesters decry Rob Anders's petition - Jillian Page - http://blogs.montrealgazette.com

Transgendered bellbird found in New Zealand - Duncan Geere - http://www.wired.co.uk

Gay Travel: Provincetown Fantasia Fair - http://www.gayapolis.com

13 October 2012

Lexington, Kentucky

Credit:  Wikipedia


The chilly weather has returned... here's what's happening... Lexington, Kentucky...  Simpsonville, South Carolina... Milford, Connecticut... Bronx, New York... Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India... Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada... Godalming, Surrey, England, UK... Troy, Michigan...  Towson, Maryland... Delhi, India... Vienna,  Wien, Austria... Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia... Wallingford, Connecticut... Orillia, Ontario, Canada...  Omaha, Nebraska... Fremont, California...  Naples, Campania, Italy...  Karlsruhe, Baden-Württemberg...    Milton, Massachusetts... Cranford, New Jersey... Farmington, Minnesota... Farmington, Minnesota... Concord, North Carolina... Midland, Texas...  Newton, Massachusetts...  Harrison, Arkansas...  Sanger, California... Tamuning, Guam... Menifee, California... Pskov, Russia... Skipton, York, England, UK...

10 October 2012

The Black Church is accepting LGBT people as congregations, pastors talk - Cedric Harmon - http://www.washingtonpost.com

MPs Call for Guarantee of Rights of Transgender - http://www.icelandreview.com (Iceland)

Transformations: Transgender Man Works to Change Media, Perceptions - ANDREA POTEET - http://www.pridesource.com

Transgender Voters Could Be Disenfranchised By Voter ID Laws, Advocates Warn - Lila Shapiro - http://www.huffingtonpost.com

*more here*

ezs note:  This is important.  Be sure you are informed before going to vote - it will save you a lot of crap.