31 December 2017

South Korea - Korean superstar Kim Jong-Hyun 'trolled by far-right conservatives' for supporting LGBT fans before apparent suicide

Emmeline Saunders


Kim Jong-Hyun

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Ashlee Marie Preston hopes to represent south Los Angeles in the California Assembly

Neal Broverman

area of Crenshaw (Los Angeles)

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please press:  www.advocate.com

Illinois law bars 'gay panic' defense

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Illinois State Capitol (Springfield, IL)

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please press:  www.nwaonline.com

Trump drops challenge to transgender troops in military, opening door to Jan. 1 recruits

Jayne O'Donnell
USA Today

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30 December 2017

Clovis, California

estimated transgender population:  618*
(rounded down)

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ezs note:  If you're visiting in the summertime, come and see "Old Town Clovis".  Anyhow, anytime's a good time!

29 December 2017

Former Army Secretary Fanning Slams Trump's Proposed Transgender Ban

Richard Sisk

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please press:  www.military.com

28 December 2017

Cambodia - Push for LGBT rights

Pech Sotheary
Khmer Times

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Sam's Club discriminated against transgender worker, lawsuit claims

Brooke Sopelsa
NBC News

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please press:  www.nbcnews.com

Mourning Ben Barres, The Transgender Scientist Who Changed Neuroscience

Matthew Herper

Ben Barres (1954-2017)

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please press:  www.forbes.com

Alabama Certifies Jones Win, Brushing Aside Challenge From Roy Moore

Alan Blinder
The New York Times

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please press:  www.nytimes.com 

24 December 2017

Joplin's only gay bar to shut down after New Year's Eve party

Gregory J. Holman
Springfield News-Leader

Joplin, MO

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Milfordian first transgender woman to skate across USA

Christopher Gavin
The MetroWest Daily News

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23 December 2017

Iran - Transgender In Tehran: Arsham's Story

Masih Alinejad

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please press:  www.rferl.org

Poll: Arizonans would support LGBT non-discrimination law

Dustin Gardiner

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please press:  www.azcentral.com

Where things start to get better: New Pride Group gives LGBTQ teens place to belong

Stephanie Dickrell
SC Times

St. Cloud, Minnesota

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please press:  www.sctimes.com

America’s First Transgender Suicide Hotline Is Now Live

Jesse Mechanic

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Cleveland, Ohio

estimated transgender population:  2238*
(rounded up)

ezs note:  Cleveland rocks!  Cleveland rocks!  Cleveland rocks! Let's all go to Cleveland, Ohio!

*Credit:  http://williamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu/wp-content/uploads/How-Many-Adults-Identify-as-Transgender-in-the-United-States.pdf

20 December 2017

Cambodia - ‘Rainbow couples’ fight for approval

Kong Meta, Leonie Kijewski
The Phnom Penh Post

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The Year The Religious Right Moved Into The White House

Miranda Blue
Right Wing Watch

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Andrea Jenkins on Her Remarkable Year Making and Preserving Trans History

Katelyn Burns

Andrea Jenkins

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please press:  broadly.vice.com

Transgender Jewish woman wins review of child contact case (UK)

Harriet Sherwood
The Guardian

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please press:  www.theguardian.com

19 December 2017

Namibia - Equality parade held in Swakopmund


Swakopmund, Namibia

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please press:  www.namibian.com.na

Who will be LGBTQ Nation’s 2017 Newsmaker of the Year?

Bil Browning
LGBTQ Nation

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please press:  www.lgbtqnation.com

Drag Queen Story Hour in Burlington shows children they can 'be anyone they want to be'

Brent Hallenbeck
Burlington Free Press

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Japan urged to end forced sterilization of transgender people

Sierra C. Jackson

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please press:  www.nbcnews.com

18 December 2017

New report out on harms of legalizing discrimination in child services

Windy City Times

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ezs note:  Of all the things listed, there are two which are very important.  They are two bills, misleading in character, which you should be against.  They are:

First Amendment Defense Act

Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act

This is doubly important if your Representative is a Republican who is sitting on the fence.  Call - do not e-mail - your Representative today.  If you are uncertain who your Representative is, or would like the phone number, click the address below:

After firestorm, CDC director says terms like “science-based” are not banned

Beth Mole
Ars Technica

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ezs note: Uh-----huh.  "Mischaracterization", you say?  With MOTUS in the Oval Office, you'll forgive me if my heart isn't exactly warmed.

Botswana to recognise a transgender woman’s identity for first time after historic High Court ruling (UK)

Darin Graham

scene in Botswana

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please press:  www.independent.co.uk

17 December 2017

63 Percent Of Americans Believe Donald Trump Tried To Obstruct Russia Probe

Mary Papenfuss

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ezs note:  If you are planning a visit to Sterling, Virginia on January 3, 2018, you might want to visit here.

Kenya - Kenya to conduct trial on new HIV prevention drug

Elizabeth Merab
Daily Nation

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A true step forward for civil rights


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Pastor Blasts Supreme Court’s Gay Wedding Cake Case In Unhinged Rant

Curtis M. Wong

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Once a spy who fought WMD proliferation, this transgender woman is running for Congress

Katerina Ang

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please press:  moneyish.com

16 December 2017

Virginia Senate candidate E.W. Jackson "regrets" anti-gay rhetoric

John Riley

Chesapeake, VA

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please press:  www.metroweekly.com

Word ban at CDC includes 'vulnerable,' 'fetus,' 'transgender'

Jessica Ravitz

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please press:  www.cnn.com

ezs note:  As soon as I read this article, I e-mailed Mayor Shari Cantor of West Hartford and urged her to place the transgender flag below the American flag as a form of protest.  Now, I am urging you to do likewise.  Please, send an e-mail to your Mayor, politely asking this be done.  Thanks.

Canyon, Texas

estimated transgender population:  88*
(rounded up)

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ezs note: Wow... as you can see from the photo above, Canyon, Texas has some of the most beautiful land around.  So, come on down for a visit!

Doubting the intelligence, Trump pursues Putin and leaves a Russian threat unchecked

Greg Miller, Greg Jaffe, Philip Rucker
The Washington Post

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please press:  www.washingtonpost.com

15 December 2017

Ukraine - Transgender woman working to ease lives of Ukrainians like herself

Mariya Kapinos

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please press:  www.kyivpost.com

As A Physician, Here’s Why I Stand In Solidarity With The Transgender Community

Aletha Maybank

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‘Insult to the process.’ Judge who wouldn’t hear gay adoptions skips disciplinary hearing

Greg Kocher
Lexington Herald-Leader

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please press:  www.kentucky.com

The Fight for Open Transgender Military Service Is Only Beginning

Chase Strangio

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please press:  www.aclu.org

ezs note:  There are two things that you can do: 1) sign the petition that would allow transgender persons to serve, and, 2) if you are not a member of the ACLU, do it now.  I did! 

14 December 2017

Santorum: Trump's 'personal antics' are damaging his agenda

Jennifer Hansler

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please press:  www.cnn.com

ezs note:  If you plan on visiting Providence, Rhode Island on January (2018) 10, perhaps you'll want to see this.

Pakistan - Pakistani celebs support #ChangeTheClap campaign for transgenders


Pakistan Today

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The White House Says Two Of Trump's Controversial Judicial Nominees Won't Go Forward

Zoe Tillman

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New civil rights enforcement unit, diversity advisory council to focus on all forms of discrimination

John DiStaso

Manchester, NH

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please press:  www.wmur.com

2 men to stand trial in shooting of transgender woman

Oralander Brand-Williams
The Detroit News

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