30 June 2018

Largo, Florida

estimated transgender population:  482*
(rounded up)

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ezs note:  Largo, Florida is one of the stops of the Orange Line Railway.  If you are a railroad buff, come on down and see it!

Donald Trump - US reportedly has 'unequivocal evidence' that North Korea is 'trying to deceive' Trump with secret sites and nuclear-fuel production

David Choi
Business Insider

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please press:  www.businessinsider.com

Uruguay - Transmasculinidad: Uruguay

Carmen Graterol, Sarah Barrett

Uruguay River (borders with Brazil)

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please press:  intomore.com

civil rights - Transgender bathroom initiative about 15K signatures short of qualifying for Montana ballot

Tom Lutey
Independent Record

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please press:  helenair.com

ezs note:  Montanans - thank you!

North Dakota - GOP Senate hopeful Kevin Cramer sought, received support of extreme anti-gay group, CNN reports

Ross Torgerson
West Fargo Pioneer

State Rep. Kevin Cramer

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please press:  www.westfargopioneer.com

ezs note:  North Dakotans - please, when November rolls around, vote AGAINST Kevin Cramer.  He is, after all, a nut.

lead story - 2 Transgender Veterans Find Courage — And Sisterhood — Off The Battlefield

Liyna Anwar

Tucson, AZ

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please press:  www.npr.org

29 June 2018


Christina Zhao

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please press:  www.newsweek.com

New Zealand - The impossibility of being transgender in New Zealand

Felix Desmarais

Wellington, New Zealand

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please press:  www.stuff.co.nz

civil rights - Where do LGBT workplace rights stand after Kennedy's departure?

Erin Mulvaney
Benefits Pro

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please press:  www.benefitspro.com 

Minnesota - WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best LGBTQ Bar In Minnesota

Amelia Santaniello

Gay 90's (old sign)

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please press:  minnesota.cbslocal.com

lead story - Derick Dillard (Once Again) Slams Transgender Community With Rude Comment About Jazz Jennings

Samantha Faragalli
In Touch

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please press:  www.intouchweekly.com

ezs note:  Sure, Derick Dillweed - uh, Dillard - belongs to an ultra-fringe psychotic cult who has less a wife than a baby-making machine, whose wife obeys his every whim no matter how freakish or bizarre - or else.  But I digress.  He must be a fine man...

28 June 2018

Donald Trump - Planning for Trump's military parade finally getting underway

Courtney Kube
NBC News

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please press:  www.nbcnews.com

Belgium - Insurer condemned for discriminating against transgender person

Christopher Vincent
The Brussels Times

Brussels, Belgium

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please press:  www.brusselstimes.com 

civil rights - Massachusetts Senate OKs bill to allow gender "X" option

Steve LeBlanc
Western Mass News

scene in Boston, MA

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please press:  www.westernmassnews.com

Idaho - Transgender health care in Pocatello

Madeline Coles
Idaho State Journal

Pocatello, Idaho

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please press:  idahostatejournal.com

lead story - Proposed Ohio law would force teachers to 'out' transgender youth

Briana Harper

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please press:  www.newschannel5.com

ezs note:  "My God, what a dick..."  Yeah, I hear you.  Well, if you live near Cincinnati or Mason, you can do something.  If you live near Tom Brinkman  (District 27) or Paul Zeltwanger (District 54) you can help by volunteering for their opponent.  Let's help by circumcising the dick. 

27 June 2018

Donald Trump - Chris Matthews: Dems must do to Trump on Supreme Court what McConnell did to Obama

Julia Manchester
The Hill

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please press:  thehill.com

Czech Republic - Czech Government Backs Marriage Equality Bill

Samantha Manzella

Prague, Czech Republic

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please press:  www.newnownext.com

civil rights - HRC Opposes Dangerous Changes to Proposed Regulation Protecting Delaware Students

Sarah McBride

early woodcut of Delaware (Nouv Suede) 

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please press:  www.hrc.org

ezs note:  Delawareans - remember, you have the to have the right to have your say. Just press DOEregulations.comment@doe.k12.de.us.

Wyoming - Local GOP endorses ban on discrimination

Frederica Kowley
Jackson Hole News & Guide

Jackson, WY

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please press:  www.jhnewsandguide.com

lead story - Starbucks’ Healthcare Plan For Transgender Employees Is Now Fully Comprehensive & It’s A Game Changer

James Loke Hale

Starbucks (UK)

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please press:  www.bustle.com 

26 June 2018

Donald Trump - Schmidt: Trump's 'only affinity for reading anything were the Adolf Hitler speeches he kept on his nightstand'

Joe Concha
The Hill

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please press:  thehill.com

Rwanda - An African strongman meeting with the world’s most famous lesbian TV host isn’t just a photo-op

Lynsey Chatel

Kigali, Rwanda

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please press:  qz.com

civil rights - SPLC seeks documents detailing rollback of protections for transgender people in prison

Southern Poverty Law Center

Southern Poverty Law Center statewide map

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please press:  www.splcenter.org

Oregon - Chief promotes first transgender officer to rank of Portland police captain

Maxine Bernstein
The Oregonian

Portland, OR

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please press:  www.oregonlive.com

lead story - 3rd Jacksonville Transgender Homicide Sparks Pushback For Answers

Dan Scanlan

Jacksonville, FL

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please press:  news.wjct.org 

25 June 2018

Donald Trump - Special counsel obtains Trump ally Erik Prince's phones, computer

James Gordon Meek
ABC News

Erik Prince (press here)

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please press:  abcnews.go.com

Puerto Rico - Make Sure Everyone You Know Is Talking About Puerto Rico

The Nation.

ruins of San Juan, PR

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please press:  www.thenation.com

ezs note:   Give Donald the middle finger!  Give and/or petition to our friends in Puerto Rico!

civil rights - Ohio Republicans Introduce Bill That Would Allow Parents to Deny Transgender Children the Right to Transition

BJ Colangelo
Scene & Heard

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please press:  www.clevescene.com

North Dakota - Fargo gender reassignment surgery is believed to be a first in N.D.

Robin Huebner
TwinCities.com Pioneer Press

Fargo, ND

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please press:  www.twincities.com 

lead story - As transgender people seek change, hospital doors open

Catharine Richert

Rochester, Minnesota

please press:  www.mprnews.org  

VIDEO - Our Damaged Democracy - Joseph A. Califano Jr.

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24 June 2018

Donald Trump - Trump's visit to Britain faces mass protest marches — and a giant baby blimp

Alastair Jamieson

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please press:  www.nbcnews.com

Maldives - ‘Serious deterioration’ of human rights in Maldives

Maldives Independent

Malé, Maldives

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please press:  maldivesindependent.com

civil rights - Transgender rights battle returning to North Carolina court

Jonathan L. Drew
Tampa Bay Times

Federal Building, Raleigh, NC

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please press:  www.tampabay.com

Alaska - Transgender Juneau woman files suit over Alaska health policy

Becky Bohrer

Juneau, AK

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please press:  www.ktoo.org

lead story - Transgender woman says she was harassed, kicked out over bathroom use at D.C. restaurant

Victoria Sanchez

Washington DC

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please press:  wjla.com

23 June 2018

Raleigh, North Carolina

estimated transgender population:  2696*
(rounded up)

Raleigh, NC

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ezs note:  Let's remember Clarence E. Lightner, the first African-American man to serve as mayor of Raleigh, North Carolina!

Donald Trump - Sarah Sanders says she was kicked out of restaurant because she works for Trump

Veronica Stracqualursi

Oh, the horrors.

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please press:  www.cnn.com

Venezuela - Unearthing José Pachini: 1940’s Venezuela’s Lost, Legendary Transgender Man

José González Vargas

Caracas, Venezuela (older)

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please press:  intomore.com 

civil rights - Over 100 Civil Rights Groups Warn of Trump’s New Trans Inmate Policy

Jeff Taylor

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please press:  www.newnownext.com

Kansas - ‘There’s No Place Like Home’ finds signs of quiet progress for Kansas’ LGBT citizens

Steve Wieberg
The Kansas City Star

Lawrence, KS

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please press:  www.kansascity.com

lead story - Cynthia Nixon Reveals Her Son Is Transgender On Trans Day Of Action

Sara Hendricks

map of New York

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please press:  www.yahoo.com

22 June 2018

Donald Trump - Young Trump staffers are complaining they can't date in DC because everyone hates them

Eliza Relman
Business Insider

Aw, it can't be that bad - can it? 
(hee hee!)

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please press:  www.businessinsider.com

Bulgaria- Bulgaria: Momentum for Sofia’s Lesbians and Gays

Immanuel Marcus
Magazine 79

Sofia, Bulgaria

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please press:  magazine79.com

civil rights - Why we still need Pride in Lexington

Valerie Overton
Wicked Pride

Buckman Tavern, Lexington, MA

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please press:  lexington.wickedlocal.com

California - Attacker Sought in Stabbing of Transgender Woman in Hollywood

Jonathan Lloyd, Toni Guinyard
NBC Los Angeles

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please press:  www.nbclosangeles.com

ezs note:  If the attacker hasn't been found yet, perhaps you can help. If you live in Los Angeles or the surrounding area, and you are a witness, please call the LAPD at 877-ASK-LAPD. Thanks.

lead story - Federal Courts Are Standing Up for the Sanctity of Transgender Lives

Scott Skinner-Thompson

William R. Cotter Federal Building

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please press:  slate.com  

21 June 2018

Donald Trump - Report: National Enquirer Sent Stories About Trump to Michael Cohen Before Publishing

Daily Beast

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please press:  www.thedailybeast.com

Sri Lanka - Testimony of John Sifton on Human Rights Concerns in Sri Lanka to House Foreign Affairs Committee

John Sifton
Human Rights Watch

Colombo, Sri Lanka

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please press:  www.hrw.org

ezs note:  The specific concerns of transgender people are roughly 3/4 down.

civil rights - Letter: Thankful for support of LGBTQ community

James S. Thompson
The Salem News

Salem (MA) Witch House

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please press:  www.salemnews.com

Connecticut - Editorial: Run A Mile In A Trans Teen's Shoes

Hartford Courant

Plainville (CT) High School

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please press:  www.courant.com 

lead story - Atlantic cover story is a loud dog whistle for anti-transgender parents

Zack Ford

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please press:  thinkprogress.org

ezs note:  This is a rather compelling pair of articles.  However, if you read one, I strongly suggest that you read the other.  Jesse Singal's piece is at https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/07/when-a-child-says-shes-trans/561749/.
When you read both, I hope you will reach an informed decision.  IMHO, while much of Singal writes is thoroughly discredited, there are other parts which Ford stretches... ahem... a bit. But I dunno.  What do you think?
PS - Also see from my archive Here's A Huge New Survey Of Transgender Americans(also by Singal)