30 September 2018

Donald Trump - Kanye West delivered a pro-Trump rant on SNL. The audience booed, but he earned Trump’s praise.

Emily Stewart

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please press:  www.vox.com

Jordan - Transgender community in Jordan faces abuse, discrimination

Global News

Petra, Jordan

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please press:  globalnews.ca

civil rights - Founders Brewing reverses itself on business group's Schuette endorsement

Paul Egan
Detroit Free Press

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please press:  www.freep.com 

California - High school in California crowns its first-ever transgender queen

Laura Acevedo
News 5 Cleveland

National City, CA

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please press:  www.news5cleveland.co

lead story - From “Hate State” to Jared Polis: How Colorado led the way for gay, transgender candidates to run for office — and win

Nic Garcia
The Denver Post

Denver, CO

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please press:  www.denverpost.com

29 September 2018

civil rights - Texas governor says 'bathroom bill' no longer on his agenda

Jon Herskovitz

Big Bend National Park (Texas)

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please press:  www.reuters.com

Louisiana - HRC Mourns the Loss of Vontashia Bell, a Trans Woman Killed in Louisiana

Brian McBride

Shreveport, LA

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please press:  www.hrc.org

ezs note:  It's been about a month, but Vontashia Bell's murderer is still at large.  If you live in the greater Shreveport area, you can still be a hero.  Just call the police at 318-673-6955.  Thanks.

lead story - New policy allows Canadian trans student-athletes on teams consistent with gender identity

Nick Eagland
Vancouver Sun

Vancouver, BC

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please press:  vancouversun.com

28 September 2018

Starbuck, Minnesota

estimated transgender population: 7*
(rounded down)

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ezs note:  Is Starbuck, Minnesota home to Starbucks?  Sadly, no.  (I am outraged!)  However, it is named after Stabekk, Norway.  If you have time, come on down and have a look!

Donald Trump - Graham on Kavanaugh confirmation snag: ‘Somebody has got to explain this to Trump’

Ramsen Shamon

Lindsey Graham

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Georgia - Georgia: UN expert to assess human rights of LGBT persons


Tbilisi, Georgia

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please press:  www.scoop.co.nz

civil rights - Gender-Based Dress Codes: Human Resources, Diversity And Legal Impact

Mirande Valbrune

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please press:  www.forbes.com

Arkansas - New group a welcome, safe place for LGBT Catholics, allies

Aprille Hanson
Arkansas Catholic

William J. Clinton Presidential Library
Little Rock, AR

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please press:  www.arkansas-catholic.org

lead story - For 20 Years, Law & Order: SVU Has Given a Voice to a Silenced Transgender Community

Lake Schatz
Consequence Of Sound

Law & Order:  SVU

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please press:  consequenceofsound.net

27 September 2018

civil rights - N.J. Transgender Students Get Rules on Restroom, Name Preference

Elise Young

Jersey City, New Jersey

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please press:  www.bloomberg.com 

Kansas - Did Prairie Village council pull disappearing act to avoid debate on LGBTQ ordinance?

Editorial Board
The Kansas City Star

Prairie Village, KS

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please press:  www.kansascity.com 

lead story - 'Epidemic of violence': 2018 is worst for deadly assaults against transgender Americans

Marina Pitofsky
USA Today

Rio Grande, TX

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please press:  www.usatoday.com

26 September 2018

Donald Trump - Letters: ‘We Don’t Need a Misogynist on the Supreme Court. We Have One in the White House.’

Susan Seligson (among others)
The Atlantic

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please press:  www.theatlantic.com

Taiwan - Taiwan's transgender minister Audrey Tang seeks to break barriers

The Straits Times

Presidential Office Building
Taipei, Taiwan

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please press:  www.straitstimes.com

civil rights - A Transgender Software Engineer Alleges Nike Failed to Stand Up for the Values It Advertises

Nigel Jaquiss
Willamette Week

Willamette (part of West Linn), OR

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please press:  www.wweek.com 

Tennessee - A transgender priest finds a new life helping others on the margins

Religion News Service

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please press:  religionnews.com

lead story - Transgender Guide leaders are no more of a risk to girls than other volunteers, say bosses

The Telegraph

Girl Guides (1918)

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please press:  www.telegraph.co.uk

25 September 2018

AUDIO - Bob Woodward - FEAR - Trump In The White House (part 3)

Credit:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bfe4OGaSKpY

Sri Lanka - The battle against homophobia in Sri Lanka

Aanya Wipulasena
Sunday Observer

Sri Lanka

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please press:  www.sundayobserver.lk

civil rights - Sharice Davids to fund-raise in New York at iconic gay rights bar

Hunter Woodall, Bryan Lowry
The Kansas City Star

Stonewall Inn

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please press:  www.kansascity.com

ezs note:  If you'd like to donate to Sharice Davids, but you can't make it to The Stonewall Inn, you can make it here. 

Colorado - Gender ID removed at Colorado children’s hospital to make kids ‘feel comfortable’

Lisa Gutierrez
The Bellingham Herald

Aurora, CO 

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please press:  www.bellinghamherald.com

lead story - Portrait of Humanity: Celebrating São Paulo’s transgender community

Sarah Roberts
British Journal of Photography

British Journal of Photography

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please press:  www.bjp-online.com 

24 September 2018

AUDIO - Bob Woodward - FEAR - Trump in the White House (part 2)


Credit:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ajARKfm3rD8

Cambodia - Cambodia’s LGBTIQ Community Adrift in the Divide

Sheila Yuan Jiahuan
Khmer Times

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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please press: www.khmertimeskh.com 

civil rights - Gavel Drop: Evangelicals Claim Religious Objections to Serving Transgender Homeless

Brie Shea
Rewire News

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please press:  rewire.news

Kansas - Transgender Dad Inspired To Transition By Step-Daughter Who Came Out As A Boy

Rachael Grealish
LAD Bible

Kansas City, KS

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please press:  www.ladbible.com 

lead story - A Longtime LGBT Rights' Leader Becomes a Transgender Battleground State

Candice Norwood

Massachusetts State House
Boston, MA

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please press:  www.governing.com

ezs note:  Massachusetts residents:  Please remember - first, register to vote, and second, be sure to vote YES on Question 3. 

AUDIO - Bob Woodward - FEAR - Trump In The White House (Part 1)

Credit:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMDrqROKvB0

23 September 2018

civil rights - Tribune editorial: Reyes doesn’t help Utah with entry into Michigan transgender case

The Salt Lake City Tribune

Salt Lake City, UT  (1850) 

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please press:  www.sltrib.com

Connecticut - Jeff Jacobs: State champion Botelho questions fairness of transgender rule

Jeff Jacobs
ct post

Quinnipiac University

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please press:  www.ctpost.com

lead story - Mix of setbacks, gains unsettles many transgender Americans

David Crary

Christine Hallquist (D-VT)

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please press:  abcnews.go.com

Long Prairie, Minnesota

estimated transgender population:  19*
(rounded down)

Credit:  https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/34/Long_Prairie_Minnesota.jpg

ezs note:  Long Prairie, Minnesota is a small city where the government placed the Indian agency.  Originally, the Sioux/Dakota and Anishinaabe/Ojibwe tribes were there.

22 September 2018


Alexandra Hutzler

Another fine, upstanding person working for Donald Trump!

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please press:   www.newsweek.com

Singapore - First center for Transgender youth to open in Singapore

Rik Glauert
Gay Star News


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please press:  www.gaystarnews.com

civil rights - No link between trans-inclusive policies and bathroom safety, study finds

Julie Moreau


please press:  www.nbcnews.com

Oklahoma - Norman (celebrated) first LGBTQ Pride festival, parade

Siali Siaosi

Norman, OK

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please press:  newsok.com

lead story - NHS sued for failure to help transgender patients with fertility

Jamie Doward
The Guardian

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please press:  www.theguardian.com

21 September 2018

Donald Trump - Kavanaugh Bears the Burden of Proof

Benjamin Wittes
The Atlantic

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please press:  www.theatlantic.com

Kenya - Meet the activists fighting for transgender rights in Kenya

Amy Ashenden

Nairobi, Kenya

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please press:  www.pinknews.co.uk 

civil rights - Statewide ballot question proposes repeal of transgender rights

Mary Whitfill
The Patriot Ledger

Scituate, MA

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please press:  www.patriotledger.com

ezs note: Massachusetts residents - Please, vote YES on Question 3.  This keeps transgender rights as-is.   

Michigan - Transgender Michigan Hosts 8th Annual Transgender Health Fair

Jason A. Michael

Ferndale, MI

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please press:  pridesource.com

ezs note:  Kate e-mailed me the following:

The Transgender Health Fair is located at Affirmations in Ferndale on Sept. 29 from 1-4 p.m. The address is 290 W. Nine Mile Road. 

lead story - Transgender woman accuses plasma donation center of discrimination

Garrett Brnger (*possible typo theirs)

San Antonio, TX

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please press:  www.ksat.com

20 September 2018

Hong Kong - Hong Kong to allow dependent visa for same-sex couples after landmark ruling


Hong Kong

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please press:  www.reuters.com

civil rights - Founders joins group leaving Grand Rapids chamber over Schuette endorsement

Brian McVicar

Grand Rapids, MI

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please press:  www.mlive.com

ezs note:  Thank you, Founders Brewing Company!

Delaware - Wesley College nursing faculty keynote speaker for nursing conference

Dover Post

Wesley College
Wilmington, DE

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please press:  www.doverpost.com


M.L. Nestel

Easton, PA

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please press:  www.newsweek.com

19 September 2018

Donald Trump - Alibaba will no longer bring 1 million jobs to the US, citing tariffs

Shannon Liao
The Verge

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please press:  www.theverge.com

Fiji - Same-sex marriage issue

Nasik Swami
The Fiji Times

Suva, Fiji

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please press:  www.fijitimes.com

civil rights - State insurance rule on transgender care is sex discrimination, federal judge rules

Ed Trevelen

Madison, WI (1855)

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please press:  www.wiscnews.com

Texas - Relatives have vigil for 4 allegedly killed by border agent

Susan Montoya Bryan
New Jersey Herald

Auguste Rodin, Eve After The Fall

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please press:  www.njherald.com