30 June 2017

Donald Trump is not well

Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough
The Washington Post

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ezs note:  Y'think???

'I had a loving marriage but I felt like I was deceiving my wife' - Galway's 'oldest transgender' woman (Ireland)

Irish News

Christine Beynton

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Trump Administration Appoints Anti-Transgender Activist To Gender Equality Post

J. Lester Federer

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GOP lawmaker tells Christian group that transgender soldiers are a ‘threat’ to America

Brad Reed
Raw Story

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Bill would require transgender-rights training for CA employers

Marissa Lang

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29 June 2017

Mika Brzezinski and Donald Trump's Penchant for Blood Feuds

Megan Garber
The Atlantic

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A trans-Canada tale (Canada)

Rebecca Dingwell
The Coast

Halifax, Nova Scotia

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Jeff Sessions: Justice Department will prosecute transgender hate crimes

Kelly Cohen
Washington Examiner

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ezs note:  Yeah.  I'll believe it when I SEE it, Jeff.

Justice Dept. Group Honors Transgender Teen in Bathroom Case

Sadie Gurman
US News and World Report

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Anti-Transgender Amendment Offered on Defense Bill

Jennifer Pike Bailey

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28 June 2017

Thoughts and musings (4)


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Okay, first thing I'd like you to do is read - or reread - the previous blog. (pause) That concludes the homework assignment.  Now we'll discuss.  I know that some of you are groaning when liberals like me are rehashing The Donald ad infinitum.  And yeah, that is me.  However,  I do respect intelligent Republicans and Democrats.   Lately, I've had a whole slew of people - George WillDavid Cay Johnston, and Tony Schwartz  - in my blog list.  They are all Republican.  And they all despise The Donald.

I beg of you, please.  Click www.senate.gov and tell them to say NO to this 'health care' idiocy. Is what we have (ObamaCare) perfect?  Nah. But it's a damn sight better than Donald's Little Nightmare.

- Emily


Abigail Tracy
Vanity Fair

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Transgender 16-year-old daughter of 'Gotham' star Donal Logue still missing (UK)

Chris Spargo
Daily Mail

lower left, Jade Logue
(previously with short hair)

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Legal recognition of transgender people in Turkey: will the court seize the historic opportunity?

Sinem Hun
Open Democracy

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HRC Mourns Ava Le’Ray Barrin, Trans Woman Killed in Georgia

Gabe Murchison

Ava Le’Ray Barrin

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Transgender Nease High School student suing school board over bathroom policy

Brittney Donovan
CBS 47/ FOX 30

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27 June 2017

Donald Trump Even Messed Up the Fake Time Magazine Cover He Created to Boost His Ego

Stephanie Eckardt

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Dozens of Democratic Senators Express Concerns About DeVos and Civil Rights

Alyson Klein
Education Week

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Rally for transgender rights outside John Flanagan’s office

Deborah S. Morris

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Transgender women among those targeted by north Austin sex assault suspect

Andy Jechow

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ezs note: If you live in the greater Austin, Texas area - especially in the Georgian Drive/Georgian Acres area - and you have any information about these crimes, please call the police at 512-974-5095.   Thanks.

This Transgender Artist Documented Her Transition In These Poignant & Uplifting Comics

Brandi Neal

Artist:  Julia Kaye

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26 June 2017

Donald Trump’s allies are launching a war against Robert Mueller

Michael Glassman

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Texas’ first transgender mayor continues making history

Danielle Husband

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Area roundup: R.A.C.E. Muncie meeting to look at transgender concepts

The Star Press

Muncie, IN

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Transgender Prejudice And The Belief In A Biological Basis For Gender

Tania Lombrozo

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Gay Couples Entitled to Equal Treatment on Birth Certificates, Justices Rule

Adam Liptak
The New York Times

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Video - David Cay Johnston - "The Making of Donald Trump"

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25 June 2017

Readers' best comments: Trump's Twitter storm of the week

USA Today

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Tear gas used to disperse Istanbul Pride participants

Michael K. Lavers
Washington Blade

map of Turkey

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Firm’s pro bono arm wins for transgender woman in far-reaching UN case

Sol Dolor
Australasian Lawyer

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U.S. gay pride parades sound a note of resistance — and face some of their own (Canada)


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Eight transgender employees quit working for Kochi Metro within a week of its launch (India)


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24 June 2017

The Kremlin's Election Meddling Is Paying Off

Neera Tanden
The Atlantic

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Activists in Turkey vow to march in defiance of ban on Istanbul Pride (UK)

Belfast Telegraph

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Dozens of Serbia gays say election of gay PM to be historic

Ravalli Republic

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Liberty to have a float in New York pride parade

USA Today

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ezs note:  Especially if you live in lower New York, eastern Pennsylvania, western Massachusetts, Connecticut, or New Jersey, make it a point to come on down!

Pakistan just issued its first passport with a transgender category

Lindsay Maizland / lindsay.maizland@vox.com

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ezs note:  I know, I know, this country has got its problems.  But in this one particular area, Pakistan - freakin'  Pakistan - has outdone the United States!!!

Thank you, 'President' Nitwit.

Grantsville, Utah

ezs note:  Now let's move on to Grantsville, Utah, just a hop, skip, and a jump from Salt Lake City!

23 June 2017

Thoughts and musings (3)

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You can't not be a political being, even when you're announcing that you're not a political being.

-  Ali Smith

from The Paris Review

Sometimes, you're lucky enough to hit upon a bit of serendipity, a bit of luck.   I was reading an essay by Ali Smith, a writer of poetry and prose.  Ms. Smith is a bookish sort, or at least those are the feelings that you'll be left with after reading her conversation.  However, in the latter course of conversing, she talks of "political being(s)".  I thought about that, rereading the short line, and then smiled.  

How do we handle this brief life?  I see many people who are perfectly content with skimming the newspaper or the same in a computer, but after about five minutes, they move on to other areas of life.  Considering how hectic life is, it's understandable.  Ah, but now enter the Age of Trump.  I honestly don't understand how one can withstand this blithering fool and not carry a sign in front of the Capitol or city hall.

We all have one day less.  For god's sake, make it worth it.

-  Emily


Bess Levin
Vanity Fair

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Madrid hosts_ and debates_ global gay pride

Aritz Parra

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Mike Pence to Deliver Keynote Address Today at Focus On The Family's 40th Anniversary Celebration (Video)

David Badash
New Civil Rights Movement

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California restricts state travel to Texas, other states over LGBT laws

Reid Wilson
The Hill

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APNewsBreak: Military heads want transgender enlistment hold

Lolita C. Baldor

1) garden slug, or 2) military commander

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22 June 2017

'He's a total mess': Ansel Elgort slams President Donald Trump... (UK)

Daily Mail

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Applebee's sued for sex discrimination against transgender hostess

Christopher J. Eberhart

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Theatre Rhinoceros: Queer theatre’s enduring home (UK)

Paul Vale

The Stage

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Ann Arbor Schools updating policy on transgender students and immigrants

Lauren Slagter

Ann Arbor, MI

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Transgender 'Glee' Actor Charice Pempengco Changes Name to Jake Zyrus

Joyce Chen
Rolling Stone

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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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