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

Credit: www.tactical-life.com


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

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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

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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

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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.