30 December 2019

Maryland/DC - Missing D.C. trans woman found dead in Hyattsville apartment

Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Washington Blade

Hyattsville, MD

please press:  www.washingtonblade.com

lead story - Transgender state worker says denials of insurance coverage for gender reassignment surgery violated his rights

Donald Trump - Explosive new revelations just weakened Trump’s impeachment defenses

Greg Sargent
The Washington Post

ezs note:  Look out, Donald!  (too late... hee, hee!)

29 December 2019

Ireland - Ireland to simplify process for transgender 16- and 17-year-olds to change legal gender

civil rights - Connecticut sports decade in review: Transgender high school athletes’ success sparks debate on fairness and inclusion, and a Title IX complaint

Iowa - He burned a church’s LGBTQ flag and got 16 years. They responded by advocating for him.

Kim Bellware
The Washington Post

Ames, Iowa

please press:  www.washingtonpost.com

lead story - A very LGBTQ decade: Gay marriage, trans rights and a 'rainbow wave'

Tim Fitzsimons
NBC News

ezs note:  White House, in (much) better days

please press:  www.nbcnews.com

Donald Trump - Donald Trump says he hates New York 'even more than I should' because of investigations

Khaleda Rahman

ezs note:  Donnie's little loft

please press:  www.newsweek.com

28 December 2019

Gabon - Gabon passes law criminalizing gays

Heather Cassell
Bay Area Reporter

Libreville, Gabon

please press:  www.ebar.com

civil rights - Civil Rights Groups: The “Fairness for All” Act is an Affront to Existing Civil Rights Protections

Lucas Acosta

US Capitol (interior)

please press:  www.hrc.org 

South Carolina - South Carolina Republican wants to ban transition-related care for transgender youth

John Riley

Laurens, SC

please press:  www.metroweekly.com

ezs note:  If you live in South Carolina, click in scdp.org.  If you live in South Carolina's 14th district (Laurens and surrounding area) and are really pissed off at having this idiot represent you, contact your local Democratic Party.

lead story - Transgender in Pakistan: Maya, the woman who almost broke free

M. Ilyas Khan
BBC News

Nowshera, Pakistan

please press:  www.bbc.com 

Donald Trump - A Gangster in the White House

27 December 2019

Australia - Transgender clinic’s bid to operate on girls under 17

Bernard Lane
The Weekend Australian

Melbourne, Australia

please press:  www.theaustralian.com.au

civil rights - Stories that shaped the decade: From debate over transgender athletes to LGBTQ discrimination, conversations around gender and sexual identity emerge

Amanda Blanco
Hartford Courant

Hartford, CT

please press:  www.courant.com

Maine - As transgender-rights organization expands into rural Maine, its members are getting priced out of Portland

Nick Schroeder
Bangor Daily News

Portland, ME

please press: bangordailynews.com 

ezs note:  If you have the bucks - even if it's only a single - you can make a difference. Contact www.mainetransnet.org/donate.

lead story - The internet made trans people visible. It also left them more vulnerable.

Donald Trump - Navy SEALs who turned in Gallagher: He is 'freaking evil'

Tess Bonn
The Hill

ezs note:  Well, he should fit in just fine with Donald!

please press:  thehill.com

26 December 2019

American Samoa - A gay criminal case could help bring marriage equality to American Samoa

Daniel Villarreal
LGBTQ Nation

Pago Pago, American Samoa
(pronounced PANGH-o PANGH-o)

please press:  www.lgbtqnation.com

ezs note: Well, such shenanigans may occur in American Samoa, but we wouldn't dream of such things happening in the United States proper, right?


civil rights - Thirty years ago, gay civil rights campaign set the stage for all that followed

Stephanie Ebbert
Boston Globe

Boston, MA

please press:  www.bostonglobe.com

Illinois - Lambda to Illinois: Issue birth certificates affirming gender identities of trans parents

lead story - Transgender children sense true gender at young age, study finds


Groton, CT

please press:  www.cbc.ca

Donald Trump - Trump claims Nancy Pelosi and impeachment offends all Americans of faith. He's wrong.

Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove
NBC News

ezs note:  Do we ever see it unopened?

please press:  www.nbcnews.com

24 December 2019

To all my Jewish friends, Happy Hanukkah!

Venezuela/Brazil - Evaluation of UNHCR prevention of, and response to, SGBV in Brazil focusing on the Population of Concern from Venezuela (2017-2018) - Evaluation Report, December 2019


Manaus, Brazil

please press:  reliefweb.int

civil rights - Transgender plaintiff asks 5th Circuit to review Trump appointee’s refusal to recuse

New Hampshire - NH schools shift focus of anti-discrimination policies to transgender students

Kimberly Houghton
New Hampshire Union-Leader

Nashua, NH

please press:  www.unionleader.com

lead story - Missing transgender teen was misidentified by KC police. Here’s why it matters.

Kaitlyn Schwers
The Kansas City Star

Kansas City, MO

please press:  www.kansascity.com

Donald Trump - Letters to the Editor: Mitch McConnell can’t defend Trump, so he’s covering up for him

Diane Welch
Los Angeles Times

please press:  www.latimes.com

23 December 2019

Goodbye Ray...


ezs note:  For those of you who read this blog regularly, I am sad to report that Ray Thomas died recently.  He was one of the most decent men I know of.  I will miss him terribly.

To honor Ray, or to honor someone who is struggling with Alzheimer's,  go to Alzheimer's Association.  


civil rights - Abortion. Transgender rights. Voting access. Polarizing issues could dominate statehouse agendas in 2020.

Tim Craig, Emily Wax-Thibodeaux
The Washington Post

Ohio statehouse

please press:  www.washingtonpost.com

Kentucky - LGBTQ platform launches workplace trans inclusivity training

Haley Cawthon
Louisville Business First

Louisville, KY
Heine Brothers' Coffee

lead story - Transgender Woman Sues Miss United States Of America Pageant

Lulu Garcia-Navarro

Portland, OR

please press:  www.npr.org

Donald Trump - House counsel suggests Trump could be impeached again

Josh Gerstein, Kyle Cheney

ezs note:  Aw, shit, not again...

please press:  www.politico.com

22 December 2019

Mississippi - Observing Transgender Day of Remembrance in Mississippi


Jackson, MS

please press:  www.hrc.org

lead story - In the state that passed HB2, two transgender candidates running for legislative seats

Dawn Baumgartner Vaughan
The News & Observer

Wendell, NC

please press:  www.newsobserver.com

Donald Trump - White House official directed hold on Ukraine aid shortly after Trump’s July 25 call with Zelensky

Toluse Olorunnipa
The Washington Post

Kiev (Kyiv), Ukraine
(roughly center, 1804)

please press:  www.washingtonpost.com

21 December 2019

Now let me see...

As you might know, Emily's Virtual Rocket has been around a while.  You'd think that  I  would get some fabulous clothes.  Uh, not really.  I get clothing, but it's male clothing.

I am not asking for a handout.  What I would like is if you see an article that really moves or inspires you, sending an article of clothing would be a way of saying "thank you".  Just send one item.  It doesn't have to be from Saks or Cartier.  In fact, sending a good lightly used item would be just as appreciated.  I am very large (280 pounds/127 kilograms), but I am following one item Weight Watchers diligently. Here's what I'm looking for:
  • tops (not too loud or flashy)
  • wig (medium to dark brown)
  • slacks
  •  skirt (knee length) 
  • panties (new only, cotton preferable)
  • bra (new only)
  • nylons (new only)
  • socks (extra-large please)
  • insert into bra (C cup, no larger)
  • sweater
  • coat
  • inexpensive necklace (long)
  • inexpensive perfume
For three of the items which I specify as new, I am not calling for expense or extravagance.  Family Dollar, Target, or Wal-Mart, for example, will do nicely.  Here's the address:

Emily Shorette
60 Starkel Road 
Apartment 60, #110

Trinidad and Tobago - Sexual harassment case in Trinidad & Tobago highlights need for better policies

Global Voices

Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

please press:  globalvoices.org

civil rights - Federal judge orders sweeping reforms of treatment of transgender inmates in all Illinois prisons

Angie Leventis Lourgos
Chicago Tribune

East St. Louis, IL

please press:  www.chicagotribune.com

Vermont - Pride Center of Vermont to celebrate 20th anniversary of civil unions victory


Burlington, VT

please press:  vtdigger.org

ezs note:  The December 13 event is over, but there is a plethora of events going on.  You can see what's happening at pridecentervt.org.  

lead story - Maya Forstater: Woman loses tribunal over transgender tweets

Donald Trump - Trump's letter to Pelosi: Not 'unhinged' — but worse, from a speechwriter's perspective

Bob Lehrman
The Hill

please press:  thehill.com

20 December 2019

civil rights - 10 LGBTQ Moments that Defined 2019

Washington (state) - Police make arrest in death of transgender teen in Washington state


Vancouver, WA

please press:  www.nbc26.com

lead story - Transgender worker suing Nike for $1.1 million cites pronoun abuses

Sarah Min
CBS News

Nike World HQ
Beaverton, OR

please press:  www.cbsnews.com

Donald Trump - Christianity Today, an influential evangelical magazine, says Trump ‘should be removed from office’

Sarah Pulliam Bailey
The Washington Post

please press:  www.washingtonpost.com

19 December 2019

Nebraska - 'We're here and we're Nebraskans' — Lincoln responds to Westboro Baptist Church picket

Chris Dunker
Lincoln Journal-Star

Lincoln, NE

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lead story - Harry Potter Author J.K. Rowling Faces Criticism for Transgender Comment

Donald Trump - Trump Should Be Removed from Office

Mark Galli
Christianity Today

Christ Crucified, Giotto

please press:  www.christianitytoday.com

ezs note:  While the differences between my own views and theirs are quite opposite, the fact that Christianity Today came out so boldly is quite refreshing.