30 August 2019

Russia - Russian Authorities Drop Charges Against First Suspect, Detain Second In Killing Of Rights Activist Grigoryeva

Press
RFE/RL


Moscow, Russia


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civil rights - Civil Rights Turned Topsy-Turvy

Linda Greenhouse
The New York Times


 former Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy


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Iowa - Title X rules hurt transgender people

Staff
The Gazette


Cedar Rapids, IA


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lead story - Transgender woman beaten in Newport, man charged

Joe English
KOMO News


Newport, OR (1937)


please press:  komonews.com  

27 August 2019

Donald Trump - Trump privately clashed with G7 leaders over reinviting Putin

Poland - Polish Court Rebukes “LGBT-Free Zone” Stickers

civil rights - Fired for Being Trans or for Violating Dress Code? Supreme Court Will Decide.

Jessica Mason Pieklo
Truthout.


Livonia, MI


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Mississippi - MISSISSIPPI CHURCH VOTES UNANIMOUSLY TO KICK OUT LESBIAN COUPLE. PASTOR TELLS THEM 'I HAD HOPED YOU WOULD REPENT'

Daniel Avery
Newsweek


Southaven, MS


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ezs note:  Y'know, churches do have the right to make whatever screwball letter they'd like.  But a couple has the right to leave.  And good riddance to you.  😆

lead story - When Transgender Travelers Walk Into Scanners, Invasive Searches Sometimes Wait on the Other Side

Lucas Waldron, Brenda Medina
ProPublica


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26 August 2019

review of Shishunki Bitter Change

author: Masayoshi


Shishunki Bitter Change

Credit:  https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/d/dc/Shishunki_Bitter_Change_volume_1_cover.jpg

Before I get started on the main manga, there is a story to be told.  It originally started in Japan,  from Empress Koken.  (孝謙天皇, 713-770 CE)  It describes the tale of the cow-herder and the seamstress,  or Higoboshi and Orihime.  To keep things very short, they were very star-crossed lovers.  Due to her father's anger, they would only be allowed once a year.  In modern times, slips of paper would be handed out, with wishes for the future written on them.  They were then hung on a holiday tree.  (perhaps analogous to a Christmas tree)



Japanese woodblock of Tanabata, 1852
Credit:  https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f3/Tanabata_Festival_in_Edo_%28Hiroshige%2C_1852%29.jpg

Now to the manga.  Yui (大塚 結依) and Yuuta(木村 佑太) are, in the beginning, elementary school students at later grades.  (5th-6th grade?)  Supposedly, they were at an earlier grade, but this is where the drama takes place. The change takes place immediately, with Yuuta falling from the tree onto Yui.  Perhaps you don't see it (well, at this point you don't see at all, unless you're psychic) but the hint is starting to crop up; the cap is seen.  To  Masayoshi's credit, he puts in the tiniest detail, things that you won't see for detail, but things that are there - to which an uninformed public will pooh-pooh him for his (relatively) spare drawing. 

However, to his demerits, are the supporting cast.  One of the earliest is Haruki (木村 春樹) one of the kindest, most thoughtful little boys around.  Yeah, he's a bit of a squirt, but that's the exception rather than the rule.  However, in his last scene (and absolutely the most important one)  neither Yui nor Yuuta mentions his name at all.  Not once.  If taken alone, he might as well be a stick figure.  Granted, Yui and Yuuta are involved in one of the most intense conversations of their lives... but still, Haruki deserves better.

One other problematic person is that of Tachibana (橘 隼人).  He doesn't show up until chapter 20, and when he does appear, you might think that he's little more than a street punk.  However, he does appear far more greatly.  When he does (finally, at last) decide to attend high school, he has grown to such an extent that he qualifies as a minor/major character.  Shortly after the kiss he plants on Yuuta, however, he becomes strangely silent.  It's not nearly as irksome as what happened to Haruki, but it left me wanting nevertheless.

The singular problem facing Yui and Yuuta is not, strictly speaking, "transgender".  For example, in the earlier sections, both Yui and Yuuta desperately want to change back to their "normal" skin.  But what is "normal", after all?  Neither Yui nor Yuuta can dodge the complexities of life.  They can't escape that this is normal.

In the final chapter,  Kazuma (高岡 和馬) one of the other minor characters, nevertheless gets to utter one of the more intriguing passages. He says, "I... think it's (Yui and Yuuta) been decided ages ago."

We - all of us who follow a different path - are descendants of the cow-herders and seamstresses.

21 August 2019

Donald Trump - Yes, Donald Trump really believes he is 'the chosen one'

Palestine - Palestine Authority police ban Palestinian LGBT group from holding activities in West Bank

Adam Rasgon
The Times Of Israel


Nablus, Palestine
(old Palestinian passport)


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civil rights - N.H. AG Pursues Civil Rights Case On Behalf of Transgender Woman in Nashua

Arizona - If he runs, Curt Schilling says he would take on Rep. Tom O'Halleran

Ronald J. Hansen
azcentral.


Sedona, AZ


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ezs note:  1st district (federal) in Arizona - Hey, if Curt Schilling wants to make his name as a ballplayer,  hey, have at it.  But he would be a lousy legislator.  Talk to some neighbors, lick some stamps, do what it takes to keep his skills as a ballplayer - and that's all.

lead story - Trans woman googles every news story containing the word 'transgender' in a year

Rachel Thompson
Mashable


London, UK
London City Hall


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16 August 2019

Donald Trump - “OH MY GOD, THIS JACKASS”: THE MOOCH EXPLAINS WHY HE THINKS TRUMP IS “CRAZY,” “NARCISSISTIC,” AND A “PAPER TIGER” WHO WILL DROP OUT BY MARCH 2020

New Zealand - Weightlifter Hubbard becomes lightning rod for criticism of transgender policy

Ian Ransom
Reuters


Wellington, New Zealand


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civil liberties - North Carolina transgender inmate moved to women's prison

California - California Lawmakers Approve Bill To Update Transgender School Records

lead story - Coming Out As Transgender When There Was No Language To Describe It

15 August 2019

civil rights - GENDER ROLES SHAPE PUBLIC ATTITUDES ABOUT TRANSGENDER MILITARY SERVICE, STUDY FINDS

Idaho - Republican Idaho House leaders defend attacks on Boise State diversity efforts

lead story - Beyond Androgyny: Nonbinary Teenage Fashion

Hayley Krischer
The New York Times



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14 August 2019

civil rights - Over 132,400 Opposed Trump’s Anti-Trans Health Care Plan

Alaska - Women’s shelter can't be punished for denying access to men who identify as female, court rules

Michael Gryboski
The Christian Post


Anchorage, AK


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ezs note:  Aw, we're just helpin' to promote "Christian" values...

Maybe liberal Christian/liberal Jewish/atheist organizations could come together for the homeless rather than have this shithole do the "work"... 

lead story - This Teenager Is Speaking Out Against President Trump's Proposed Repeal Of Transgender Protections

Dawn Ennis
Forbes


Hartford, CT
Travelers Tower


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ezs note:  Yay Eva!  Things may be rough from time to time, but please remember that me and 12,398 in Connecticut people support you!

12 August 2019

Donald Trump - ‘Using the Lord’s name in vain’: Evangelicals chafe at Trump’s blasphemy

Gabby Orr
Politico



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ezs note:  ...and next, the Evangelicals!  (believe it or not!!!)








Honduras - Transgender murders in Honduras stoke fears of backlash against LGBT+ rights

Oscar Lopez
Reuters


Tegucigalpa, Honduras


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civil rights - Equality AM

Staff
HRC


Bill Mauldin, 1921 - 2003


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Texas - TEXAS LIBRARY CANCELS EVENT WITH TRANS AUTHOR

Press
National Coalition Against Censorship


Leander, TX (look for red dot)


please press:  ncac.org 

ezs note:  Especially if you live in the city of Leander, Texas (straddling the counties of Williamson and Travis) please make a quick note.  Make it polite but firm.  Here goes:  

Troy Hill, Mayor
City of Leander
201 North Brushy Street
Leander, TX 78641

lead story - North Charleston man, 34, turns himself in for murder of transgender woman of color

Conner Mitchell
The Post and Courier


North Charleston, SC


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11 August 2019

Donald Trump - Scaramucci fires back at Trump: He will turn 'on everyone' and then 'entire country'

Justin Wise
The Hill


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ezs note:  Damn.  Even the Mooch.

Germany - How safe is Germany for LGBTQ travelers?

Gero Schließ
Deutsche Welle


Berlin, Germany


please press:  www.dw.com

civil rights - Mike Anthony: Connecticut is at the heart of a transgender athlete debate that is difficult to explore, let alone solve

Mike Anthony
Hartford Courant


Bulkeley High School, named after Morgan Bulkeley (above)


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