30 September 2017

Donald Trump's last 7 days are just mind-bogglingly bad

Chris Cillizza

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please press:  www.cnn.com 

Malawi told to stop inquiry on homosexuals: ‘Human rights are not for public opinion’ (Malawi)

Hudson Mphande
Nyasa Times

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please press:  www.nyasatimes.com

Missouri transgender teen’s killing will not be charged as a hate crime

John Riley
Metro Weekly

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ezs note:  Missourians - here are four things you can do to change things.

1.  Call (don't e-write) the governor.  His number is 573-751-3222.
2.  Call the state congressperson and state senator.
3. If you hear of a protest march,  go if you possibly can. Go early and often.
4.  Call or e-write your like-minded friends to do the same.

Arkansas attorney general asking court to block a city's LGBT protections


Ah, some things never change... (unfortunately)

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please press:  www.arkansasonline.com

ezs note:  Well.. you can.  The phone number for the Attorney General in Arkansas is 501-682-2007.  If she refuses, or is silent, you can start a grassroots movement for her opponent.  Am I asking a lot?  Yup.  But it's been done before, and you can do it again.  

YSU's 1st Transgender Director Aims to Help All Students

Amanda Tonoli
US News & World Report

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please press:  www.usnews.com

Waynesboro, Pennsylvania

estimated transgender population:  35* 
(rounded down)
(population larger outside borough limits)

Joseph P. Oller House
Waynesboro, PA

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ezs note: The Joseph J. Oller House is just one of the beautiful sights you'll get to see when you visit Waynesboro, Pennsylvania!  Come on down and visit!

*Credit:  UCLA

29 September 2017

Betsy DeVos Says She Did Math on Trump’s Tax Plan and It Will Save Nation Eleventy Krillion

Andy Borowitz
The New Yorker

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Israel Proves Rich Pickings in Latest Season of 'Transparent,' Say Critics


Wailing Wall, Israel

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please press:  www.haaretz.com

Cornyn has doubts about nominee who said transgender rights were ‘Satan’s plan’

Kevin Diaz
San Antonio Express-News

Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX)

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please press:  www.expressnews.com

Transgender Naval officer’s talk moved to bigger West Texas A&M venue due to increased interest

Robert Stein

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A Place to Call Home

Susan Milligan
US News & World Report

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Thank you, John Nichols!

John Nichols

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ezs note:  A few days ago, I saw John Nichols discussing his new book, "Horsemen Of The Trumpoocalypse".  About halfway through, he mentioned criticizing the Cabinet, not just Trump himself.  Really, it was a simple idea, but one which could chop an idea (!) into pieces, not just lop off the head.  So today I will start with Betsy DeVos, then randomly select other Cabinet members, roughly one day out of six. (In other words, I'll roll the die.)

Once again, thank you, John Nichols!

28 September 2017

Bathroom bill is dead, but one Dallas transgender man won't stop fighting

Lauren McGaughy
Dallas News

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please press:  www.dallasnews.com

California Is Adding Gender Category 'X' to State IDs. Good—Your Gender Isn't the Government's Business.

Elizabeth Nolan Brown

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please press:  reason.com

A transgender minister's 'long, painful, joyous, happy and dizzying' road to acceptance

Monsy Alvarado

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please press:  www.northjersey.com

27 September 2017

"Horsemen Of The Trumpocalypse" - John Nichols

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The Distance Between Donald Trump and Puerto Rico

Amy Davidson Sorkin
The New Yorker

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please press:  www.newyorker.com

Meet Daniela Vega, Who Could Be the First Transgender Actress Nominated For an Oscar

Patrik Sandberg

Daniela Vega

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please press:  www.wmagazine.com

Pottsville transgender woman settles discrimination lawsuit

Mark Gilger Jr.
Republican Herald

Pottsville, PA (Yuengling mansion)

please press:  republicanherald.com

North Carolina’s Gerrymandering Puts Democracy on the Line

Barry Yeoman
The Nation

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Wichita district not buying transgender novel for elementary schools

Suzanne Perez Tobias
The Wichita Eagle

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please press:  www.kansas.com

Ham & AiG News - Paulogia and Amy

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ezs note:  This is a YouTube piece which might be of use to you if you are a transgender person living in Canada.  It alternates between Ken Ham - everyone's favorite nutball -  and Paulogia & Amy, who actually read the books they're supposed to read,  (The transgender section runs about half)  

26 September 2017

LeBron James Is Right. Donald Trump Is a Bum.

Joan Walsh
The Nation

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please press:  www.thenation.com

Trinidad and Tobago: A nation in the closet

Maykel Gonzalez-Vivero
Washington Blade

Trinidad and Tobago

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please press:  www.washingtonblade.com

Lawsuit filed in Pensacola over transgender rights

Allie Norton

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ezs note:  To join, or increase your donation, contact the ACLU.  Thanks.

Murdered transgender teen had her genitals mutilated before she was set on fire (UK)

Josh Jackman
Pink News

Ally Steinfeld  (2000-2017)

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please press:  www.pinknews.co.uk

‘Just who I am’: In new ad, Va. Democratic candidate discusses being transgender

Antonio Olivo
The Washington Post

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please press:  www.washingtonpost.com

25 September 2017

The protesting NFL players, not Donald Trump, are the true patriots

Suzanne Moore
The Guardian

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please press:  www.theguardian.com

Human Rights Council adopts universal periodic review outcomes of Bahrain, Ecuador and Tunisia

UN Human Rights Council

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please press:  reliefweb.int

ezs note:  Originally a review of Oman, this blog morphed into a United Nations Human Rights meeting.  Although this was a summary, it is very lengthy.  The thing you might want to take note of is how countries fare in LGBTQIA rights.  The other thing you may wish to take advantage of is reliefweb.int.  

Will transgender people be denied chance to serve in the military?

Andy Fitzpatrick
Battle Creek Enquirer

Battle Creek (MI) Medical Center

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Boyertown students to appeal transgender bathroom ruling

Peter Hall
The Morning Call

two of Boyertown High's finest

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please press:  www.mcall.com

A Trump judicial pick said transgender children are proof that ‘Satan’s plan is working’

Kristine Philipps
The Washington Post

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ezs note:  I know I've brought Jeff Mateen's name before you again, but the more people who put pressure on Senators to say "NO" the better.  Remember, you have two Senators from your state.  You can contact them at www.senate.gov. Thanks. 

24 September 2017

"Unbelievable" - Katy Tur and Jake Sherman

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The Fragile, Toxic Masculinity of Donald Trump

Dave Zirin
The Nation

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please press:  www.thenation.com

Thousands protest ruling to overturn ban on 'conversion therapy' for gays and lesbians in Brazil

Jill Langlois
Los Angeles Times

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please press: www.latimes.com

5 films you have to see from this Austin’s gay and lesbian film fest

Matt Shiverdecker

Marsha P. Johnson (1945-1992) 

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please press:  www.statesman.com

ezs note:  If you go to the movies, see in particular The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson (pictured above) and Trans Youth.

Forced from an abusive home at 16, she knows what it’s like to be a homeless teenager

Laura Bauer

The Kansas City Star

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please press:  www.kansascity.com

Violence has no place in transgender debate (UK)

Linda Bellos, Lucy Masoud etc.
The Guardian

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 please press:  www.theguardian.com

ezs note:  Y'know, Linda, Lucy and I might have some differing views about politics, ethics, et cetera, but one thing which we absolutely agree is this -  violence is wrong.   I ran across a book/pamphlet entitled A Force More Powerful which explains 198 nonviolent means by which people can be persuaded. If you can't find one out of 198 - you're just too freakin' lazy.

23 September 2017

Donald Trump Can’t Stop Attacking Black Sports Figures

Travis Waldron

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Greek parliament to pass new laws on gender identity (Greece)

Neos Kosmos

Athens, Greece
(Greek parliament)

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please press:  neoskosmos.com

Transgender military couple from Colorado Springs share their story

Rachael Wardwell


please press:  www.koaa.com

United Church of Christ speaks out for social justice, acceptance

Erin Bamer
Idaho Press

Nampa, Idaho

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please press:  www.idahopress.com

Transgender high school students kicked off school bus

Maggie Gilroy
USA Today

Glens Falls, NY

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please press:  www.usatoday.com

Bartlesville, Oklahoma

estimated transgender population:  122*(rounded up)

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ezs note: Hey!  I wanna go to Murphy's!  All I gotta do is turn right til' i reach Bartlesville, Oklahoma!  Have a great time down there!

*credit:  UCLA

22 September 2017


Tim Marcin

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please press: www.newsweek.com

Court delays gender case as Newfoundland drafts non-binary birth certificate legislation (Canada)


valley in Newfoundland

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please press:  www.thestar.com


Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza
Pacific Standard

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please press:  psmag.com

How Visible Are Bisexuals in South Florida?

Jason Parsley

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please press:  southfloridagaynews.com

Lawsuit: Iowa Medicaid ban on sex-reassignment surgery is 'unconstitutional'

Courtney Crowder
The Des Moines Register

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please press:  www.desmoinesregister.com

20 September 2017

LaVare’s House Is a Much-Needed Durham Haven for LGBTQIA People in Addiction Recovery

Sam Peterson
Indy Week (NC)

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please press:  www.indyweek.com

Trump judicial nominee said transgender children are part of 'Satan's plan', defended 'conversion therapy'

Chris Massie, Andrew Kaczynski

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please press:  www.cnn.com

ezs note:  Jeff Mateer is an assistant attorney general in Texas. He is also a nominee for a federal judgeship.

He is also an asshole extraordinaire.

Unlike Trump, who is in office either four or eight years (gawd, let it be less than that) Mateer, if nominated, will be behind the bench for life.  Go to www.senate.gov and say NO to Mateer's nomination.  And say no to both Senators (remember, there are two from each state).  Thanks.

19 September 2017

The Madness of Donald Trump

Matt Taibbi
Rolling Stone

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