31 October 2018

Donald Trump - GOP civil war: Trump slams Paul Ryan for opposing end to birthright citizenship

Adam Edelman
NBC News

Credit:  http://memes.ucoz.com/_nw/22/89810554.jpg

please press:  www.nbcnews.com

Cameroon - Lesbians raped and accused of witchcraft in Cameroon

Josh Jackman

Credit:  https://i.pinimg.com/originals/0f/4c/0c/0f4c0c5914e7654509066b4a2b28ce97.jpg

please press:  www.pinknews.co.uk

civil rights - Stingl: Transgender author shares her story and joins the effort to preserve her civil rights

Jim Stingl
Journal Sentinel

Wauwatosa, WI

Credit:  https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/58/Wauwatosa_at_Menomonee_River.jpg

please press:  www.jsonline.com

Rhode Island - In Kingston, URI Honors Colloquium centers on gender identity, activism

Kevin G. Andrade
Providence Journal

North Kingstown, RI

Credit:  https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f1/Washington_County_Courthouse_%28Rhode_Island%29.jpg

please press:  www.providencejournal.com

lead story - Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018 letters: Synagogue shooting, transgender rights

Various authors
The Denver Post

Denver, CO

Credit:  https://cdn.jetclosing.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Denver-Skyline-2000x810.jpg

please press:  www.denverpost.com  

30 October 2018

Donald Trump - Gillum responds to Trump attacks: 'Never wrestle with a pig'

Caitlin Oprysko

Credit:  https://i.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/original/001/358/211/4b6.jpeg

please press:  www.politico.com

Bhutan - Amid Widespread Stigma and Harassment, Bhutan's LGBT Community Seeks Acceptance

Chencho Dema, Peky Samal
The Wire

Thimbu, Bhutan

Credit:  https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/33/Tashichoedzong-Bhutan-2001.JPG

please press:  thewire.in

civil rights - 1500 parents of transgender children blast proposal to eliminate civil rights proposals

John Riley

March on Washington (1963)

Credit:  https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/e6/March_on_Washington_edit.jpg

please press:  www.metroweekly.com

ezs note:  One... more... time... VOTE.

Colorado - “When does it end?”: Colorado transgender community reeling from Trump administration attempt to redefine “sex” in federal law

Elise Schmelzer
The Denver Post

Denver, CO


please press:  www.denverpost.com

ezs note:  Once again, VOTE.

lead story - ‘Denying our very humanity:’ Trump proposal wounds Bay Area transgender community

Erin Allday
San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco, CA

Credit:  https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/5c/San_Francisco%2C_California._June_2017_cropped.jpg

please press:  www.sfchronicle.com  

ezs note:  Wherever you are, VOTE.

29 October 2018

civil rights - Transgender rights group unfurls massive flag in front of Lincoln Memorial

Emily Birnbaum
The Hill

Lincoln Memorial (interior)

Credit:  https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/3b/Lincoln_Memorial%2C_%22I_Have_a_Dream%22_50th_anniversary.jpg

please press:  thehill.com  

New Mexico - First Christian Church, focused on community outreach, marks 85th anniversary

Olivia Harlow
Santa Fe New Mexican

Santa Fe, NM

Credit:  https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/14/NEW_MEXICO_San_Juan_Pueblo_DonJuan_De_Onate_First_Govenor_of_New_Spain.jpg

please press:  www.santafenewmexican.com

ezs note:  Just so you know, First Christian Church is an LGBTQ-friendly church.

lead story - What Transgender Means to Me

Sara Rimer
BU Today

Boston University, Boston, MA

Credit:  https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/2f/Boston_University_College_of_Arts_and_Sciences.jpg

please press:  www.bu.edu

28 October 2018

civil rights - View from Away: Assaulting the civil rights of transgender people isn’t campaign fodder

Central Maine (Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles, CA (Griffith Observatory)

Credit:  https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/4b/Griffith_observatory_2006.jpg

please press:  www.centralmaine.com  

New Jersey - LGBT advocates in New Jersey attack Trump plans to eliminate 'transgender' as option

Hannan Adely

Trenton, NJ

Credit:  https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/93/2009-08-17_View_of_downtown_Trenton_in_New_Jersey_and_the_mouth_of_the_Assunpink_Creek_from_across_the_Delaware_River_in_Morrisville%2C_Pennsylvania.jpg

please press:  www.northjersey.com 

lead story - LGBTQ History Month: Transgender and gender-nonconforming pioneers

Tim Fitzsimons
NBC News

Sylvia Rivera

Credit:  https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/3/36/Sylvia_Rae_Rivera.jpg

please press:  www.nbcnews.com

VIDEO - Matt Baume - Queer Advocates Standing up to Trump's Trans Attacks

Credit:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2hwygwYHEQ

My condolences to Squirrel Hill (Pittsburgh)...

Taylor Allderdice High School, Squirrel Hill, PA 

Credit:  https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/9e/Allderdice.jpg

26 October 2018

Egypt/US - Egyptian filmmaker aims to show LGBT+ people are 'not alone'

Heba Kanso

fresco of Fatimid Caliph Al-Hakim
Cairo, Egypt

Credit:  https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/3e/Al-Hakim.jpg

please press:  www.reuters.com

civil rights - Administration opposes transgender civil rights shield

Lyle Denniston
Constitution Center

Oh, isn't it quaint.  Let's chuck it.

Credit:  https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/95/Constitution_signatures.jpg

please press:  constitutioncenter.org

Virginia - Virginia's transgender lawmaker blasts Trump memo on gender definition

Peggy Fox

Manassas, VA

Credit:  https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/e2/Citystreet1.jpg

please press:  www.wusa9.com

lead story - The Idea of a 'DNA Test' for Transgender People Is Part of a Long, Dark History

Jeffrey Kluger

Credit:  https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/4c/DNA_Structure%2BKey%2BLabelled.pn_NoBB.png

please press:  time.com 

25 October 2018

lead story - Rolling back transgender protections would endanger patients, experts say

Alex Keuroghlian

Boston, MA  (1730)

Credit:  https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/23/A_south_east_view_of_the_great_town_of_Boston_in_New_England_in_America_%28NYPL_Hades-250999-465401%29.jpg

please press:  www.healio.com

24 October 2018

Donald Trump - Dem leaders slam Trump's response to bomb threats: His 'words ring hollow'

Jordain Carney
The Hill

Credit:  http://themoderatevoice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/cjones04102017-e1491617112593.jpg

please press:  thehill.com

Romania - Romanian Same-Sex-Marriage Referendum Fails Amid Low Turnout


Bucharest, Romania

Credit:  https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d2/Protest_against_corruption_-_Bucharest_2017_-_Arcul_de_Triumf_-_2.jpg

please press:  www.rferl.org

civil rights - Read These 3 Books on Trans Rights and Gender Identity

Concepción de León
The New York Times

Credit:  https://openbookphilly.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/bookstack.png

please press:  www.nytimes.com

Nevada - Attacking LGBTQ People is Bad for Nevada and a Losing Political Strategy

Ianthe Metzger

Carson City, NV

Credit:  https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/bd/US395SouthofCarsonCity.jpg

please press:  www.hrc.org

ezs note:  Um... how about we make a voting plan?

lead story - Hawes: It's time for all to rally against attacks on transgender community

Christine Hawes
Iowa City Press-Citizen

Iowa City, Iowa

Credit:  http://www.iowacityofliterature.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/ic.jpg

please press:  www.press-citizen.com

23 October 2018

Maryland - The Baltimore Sun investigated 2 years of hate incident reports in Maryland. Here's what we found.

The Baltimore Sun

Credit:  https://www.africabusinessclassroom.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/hate.jpg

please press:  www.baltimoresun.com

ezs note:  Ugh... this article saddens, angers and disgusts me. But I think this article is really important too.  If you see ugly hate speech (or worse) REPORT IT.

lead story - Transgender people can't be defined out of existence, despite this administration's efforts

Sam Brinton
The Hill

Credit:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=unt-tTY5uo0

please press:  thehill.com

22 October 2018

Donald Trump - Monty Python Icon John Cleese Has 2 Brutal Questions For Evangelical Trump Fans

Ed Mazza

John Cleese

Credit:  https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/5e/John_Cleese_2008_bigger_crop.jpg

please press:  www.huffingtonpost.com

Sint Maarten - Minister Johnson calls sexual harassment accusations false

The Daily Herald

Philipsburg, Sint Maarten

Credit:  https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/e8/Philipsburg_and_the_Great_Bay%2C_Sint_Maarten%2C_Caribbean.jpg 

please press:  www.thedailyherald.sx

civil rights - Laverne Cox, Janet Mock, Carmen Carrera, and More Express Outrage at Reported Removal of Transgender Civil Rights Protections

Ilana Kaplan
W Magazine

Credit:  http://www.bocaratontribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/vote-here-18x24-corrugated-plastic-yard-sign.jpg

please press:  www.wmagazine.com

ezs note: Once again, VOTE.

Minnesota - Candidates for Minnesota attorney general clash over essence of job

J. Patrick Coolican, Jessie Van Berkel
Star Tribune

Minneapolis, MN

Credit:  https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/61/051907-013-NordeastMPLS.jpg

please press:  www.startribune.com

ezs note:  It's down a bit, but Keith Ellison accuses his opponent of belonging to Alliance Defending Freedom 

lead story - Dear Mr. Trump: I’m Transgender And I Have A Few Things I Want You To Know

Alexandra Billings

Credit:  http://media.al.com/news_huntsville_impact/photo/vote-fe44f5db6b9f052b.jpg

please press:  www.huffingtonpost.com

ezs note:  Umm... if you haven't figured it out yet...


Election Day is November 6.

20 October 2018

Nepal - One step forward two steps back on same-sex marriage

Gopal Gartaula
Nepali Times

Kavre, Nepal

Credit:  https://kitfrostnepal.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/screen-shot-2012-09-21-at-9-43-52-am.png

please press:  www.nepalitimes.com

civil rights - Adviser: Transgender rights should be a part of every workplace

Sarah J. Moore
Crain's Cleveland Business

Cleveland, OH 

Credit:  https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/ed/Downtown_Cleveland_from_Edgewater_State_Park.jpg

please press:  www.crainscleveland.com

Alabama - Ranking Alabama Cities on LGBTQ Protections

Tim Lennox
Alabama News Network

Auburn, AL

Credit:  https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/3a/AuburnALAbove.jpg

please press:  www.alabamanews.net

lead story - New transgender guide helps plan transitions, support gender affirmation

Nancy Doolittle
Cornell Chronicle

Cornell University
Ithaca, NY

Credit:  https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/74/Artmuseum22.jpg

please press:  news.cornell.edu

19 October 2018

Fredericksburg, Texas

estimated transgender population:  66*
(rounded down)

Credit:  https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/12/Main_Street_at_Fredericksburg.JPG

ezs note:  When we hear of treaties being broken time after time with Native Americans, it is indeed sad.  Not so with the town of Fredericksburg, TexasJohn O. Meusebach (formerly Baron Otfried Hans von Meusebach) arranged a treaty between his people and the Penateka Native Americans in 1847 - and it has lasted to this day.

Peace.  Gee, what an amazing concept.  We ought to try it sometime.

Donald Trump - Stephen Colbert Has 1 Wish For Trump After Reports Of Fighting Among White House Aides

Ed Mazza

Credit:  https://i.pinimg.com/originals/8e/3a/5b/8e3a5b15e719965b72287e331e8bf424.jpg

please press:  www.huffingtonpost.com

Malta - Malta’s First Transgender Politician Gets Hitched In Beautiful Sunset Ceremony

Tim Diacono
Lovin Malta

Zurrieq, Malta

Credit:  https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/48/Zurrieq_main_parish_church.jpg

please press:  lovinmalta.com

civil rights - Transgender 101 public forum slated


Jamestown, NY

Credit:  https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/51/Downtown_Jamestown.JPG

please press:  www.observertoday.com

Wyoming - Two decades after Matthew Shepard's death, LGBTQ community still battles hate violence

Julie Compton
NBC News

Laramie, WY

Credit:  https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/1c/Laramie_Downtown_Historic_District.jpg

please press:  www.nbcnews.com

lead story - Massachusetts residents to vote on transgender rights

Bob Salsberg
The Christian Science Monitor

Boston, MA
(Christian Science Mother Church)

Credit:  https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/e1/The_First_Church_of_Christ%2C_Scientist%2C_Boston%2C_aerial_shot_%281%29%2C_19_July_2011.jpg

please press:  www.csmonitor.com

ezs note:  To my friends in Massachusetts - please vote YES on Question 3!

18 October 2018

17 October 2018

Jamaica - Pastor Blasts MoBay Pride Organisers

Albert Ferguson
Jamaica Gleaner

Montego Bay, Jamaica

Credit:  https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/86/Montego_Bay_Photo_D_Ramey_Logan.jpg

please press:  jamaica-gleaner.com

ezs note:  Just a little note to the 'pastors' - contrary to those who believe MoBay Pride is a 'devious' attempt to 'get more people involved', maybe, just maybe, it might allow queer folk to walk down the street without being accosted by cretinous vermin - like you.  

civil rights - Beverly passes resolution prohibiting public accommodation discrimination

Jennie Oemig
Wicked Local Beverly

Beverly, MA

Credit:  https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/cc/President_Taft%27s_Summer_Home%2C_Beverly%2C_MA.jpg

please press:  beverly.wickedlocal.com

Missouri - Harrison Massie: A transgender man's journey

ABC News

St. Louis, Missouri (1904)
St. Louis World's Fair

Credit:  https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/54/Louisiana_Purchase_Exposition_St._Louis_1904.jpg

please press:  abcnews.go.com