19 February 2020

Nepal - LGBTQ people to be counted in Nepal's census for the first time

Gopal Sharma, Annie Banerji
The Christian Science Monitor

Kathmandu, Nepal

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civil rights - The battle over gender in Flagler Schools

Jonathan Simmons

Palm Coast, FL

please press:  www.palmcoastobserver.com

ezs note:  It's true that Charlene Cothran has the right to show up and speak... but you do too!!!  Don't let hers be the only one.  

Alabama - Alabama Democrat calls for mandatory genetic testing of all public school student-athletes

Sean Ross
Yellowhammer News

Birmingham, AL

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ezs note:  Oh, Lordy.  While it's true that the lions' share of noodleheads are Republicans, we mustn't forget that some Democrats are, *ahem*, a bit daft.  

lead story - LDS Church publishes new handbook with changes to discipline, transgender policy

Peggy Fletcher Stack, David Noyce
The Salt Lake Tribune

Salt Lake City, UT

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Donald Trump - Trump Offered Assange Pardon if He Covered Up Russian Hack, WikiLeaks Founder’s Lawyer Claims

18 February 2020

Kosovo - ‘Une jam vete grua’ puts trans reality center stage

Eve-Anne Travers
Prishtina Insight

Prishtina, Kosovo

please press:  prishtinainsight.com

civil rights - In Connecticut, Do Transgender Women Have the Right to Play?

Colorado - Colorado Democrats block effort to ban transgender girls from participating in female sports

lead story - Parents Sue Madison Schools Over Transgender Policy

Todd Richmond
US News and World Report

Madison, WI

please press: www.usnews.com

ezs note:  Uh, yeh.  There was a certain relation of mine whom I loved dearly, but who had literature around her house which had the most horrible views of Blacks and Jews.  Sorry, but making babies doesn't give you carte blanche to pass along this garbage. 

Donald Trump - John Bolton breaks his silence after Trump impeachment: 'I knew what I was getting into'

Miranda Bryant
The Guardian

John Bolton

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16 February 2020

Hungary - Gays in Hungary facing increased government hostility, rights group says

NBC News

Budapest, Hungary

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civil rights - Black History Month: 17 LGBTQ black pioneers who made history

Gwen Aviles, Ariel Jao
NBC News

US Rep. Barbara Jordan (D-TX)

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Vermont - Letters to the Editor (TERF battle)

Christian Herrick
Seven Days Vermont

South Burlington, VT

please press:  www.sevendaysvt.com

ezs note:  There is also a letter to the editor presenting the opposite view.

lead story - Teen Beats Transgender Competitor Amid Sports Participation Lawsuit

NBC News

Canton, CT

please press:  www.nbcconnecticut.com

ezs note: Normally, I don't like to stay in one state very much, but this is too rich!  Canton's Chelsea Mitchell beat out everyone - including Terry Miller, a transgender athlete.  Ironically, this win put the kibosh on Alliance Defending Freedom.  Uh, nice try, ADF!

This should put the lie to the nonsense ADF peddles. 

Donald Trump - Former Justice Dept. Lawyers Press for Barr to Step Down

Katie Benner
The New York Times

Department of Justice
Washington DC

please press:  www.nytimes.com

15 February 2020

Greece - Homicide at Moria refugee camp sparks riots

Benjamin Bathke

island of Lesbos, Greece

please press:  www.infomigrants.net

ezs note:  Although it is in the last paragraph, mention is made of transgender people being at risk.  If you have an interest in Greece or Lesbos in particular, you may want to stay with InfoMigrants to stay in touch.

civil rights - Transgender athletics bill clears its first legislative hurdle

Kevin Richert

Idaho Falls, ID

please press:  magicvalley.com

California - Megan Youngren to Become First Openly Transgender Athlete to Compete at the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials

Chris Chavez
Sports Illustrated

California International Marathon
Folsom/Sacramento, CA

please press:  www.si.com

lead story - Girls sue to block participation of transgender athletes

Pat Eaton-Robb

Connecticut State Capitol
Hartford, CT

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Donald Trump - Can we stop tiptoeing around the fact that Trump is behaving like a dictator?

Lucian K. Truscott IV

Donald Trump

please press:  www.salon.com

14 February 2020

Ecuador - Ecuador's LGBT+ community seen suffering deadliest year in a decade

civil rights - Tennesseans Agree that Anti-LGBTQ Legislation is a Waste of Time

Kentucky - As doctors, we’re distressed by KY bills that threaten the lives of transgender children

Keisa Fallin-Bennett, Joanne Brown, Joyce Crawford et. al.
Lexington Herald-Leader

Lexington, KY

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lead story - Transgender woman poised to make Argentine soccer history

Donald Trump - William Barr must go

Editorial Board
The Boston Globe

 AG William Barr

please press:  www.bostonglobe.com 

13 February 2020

civil rights - 'It's just how you really are inside': 9-year-old shares transgender journey

Kate Snow
NBC News

Columbus, OH

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Pennsylvania - Transgender women ready to challenge Pennsylvania's name-change law in court

lead story - Transgender users accuse TikTok of censorship

Cristina Criddle

London, UK
ruins of Lesnes Abbey

please press:  www.bbc.com

Donald Trump - In Bipartisan Bid to Restrain Trump, Senate Passes Iran War Powers Resolution

Catie Edmonson
The New York Times

ezs note:  Whoa, girl!

please press:  www.nytimes.com

12 February 2020

Arkansas - Run for office when you’re ready; don’t wait on the world to be ready for you

Andrea Zekis
Arkansas Times

Fayetteville, AR

please press:  arktimes.com

ezs note:  If you're looking for a rote "do it now!" or "wait!" article, this is not the read for you.  Rather, this is an intelligent piece, very well thought out.  Thanks, Andrea.

lead story - Dwyane Wade's Son Zaire Celebrates Transgender Sister Zaya In Heartwarming Tribute

Donald Trump - Utah legislature won't consider bills to censure or recall Romney

Zack Budryk
The Hill

Utah State Legislature
Salt Lake City, UT

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11 February 2020

Colorado - GOP minority doubling down on anti-LGBTQ efforts in Colorado legislature

Saja Hindi
The Denver Post

Colorado Springs, CO

please press:  www.denverpost.com

ezs note:  Yuh-huh.  Look, if you live in Colorado, and live in an area dominated by the GOP, urge them to drop their support of HB 1114, HB 1273, HB 1272 and HB 1033.  

lead news - Sussex-Wantage BOE adopts transgender policy

Eric Obernauer
New Jersey Herald

Sussex, NJ

please press:  www.njherald.com

Donald Trump - Shooting of Man in the Face by ICE Turns Into a Trump-New York Fight

Annie Correal, Ed Shanahan
The New York Times

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09 February 2020

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Vietnam - Vietnam’s transgender citizens suffer in a grey area

Le Nga
VN Express

Hanoi, Vietnam

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civil rights - Starbucks Launches #WhatsYourName in New U.K. Ad; Bringing Patrons Into a ‘Day In the Life’ of LGBTQ+


lead story - Mark Schleeter: Transgender people going nowhere

Donald Trump - Trump gets an unwelcome surprise

Richard Galant

ezs note:  Surprise!  Surprise!  Surprise!

please press:  www.cnn.com

08 February 2020

Uganda - Jailed Stella Nyanzi wins 2020 Oxfam Novib/PEN International award

The East African

Embassy of Uganda (US)

please press:  www.theeastafrican.co.ke

ezs note:  In the United States, politely insist on Amb. Mull Sebujja Katende release Stella Nyanzi at once from here.  For other countries, check on Wikipedia's list of ambassadors.  

civil rights - Lowell teen paving the way for transgender rights

Nicole DeFeudis
The Sun

Lowell, MA

please press:  www.lowellsun.com

ezs note:  Go, Ashton!

Oklahoma - 'It's really been a landmark year': After momentous 2019, Oklahoma City's LGBTQ community looks to future

Siali Siaosi
The Oklahoman

Oklahoma City, OK

please press:  oklahoman.com

lead story - Transgender Colorado teen pleads guilty to murder in school shooting

Kelli Dugan

Castle Rock, CO

please press:  www.kiro7.com

ezs note:  I understand the feelings of hurt you may be feeling.  But acts of violence are never the answer.  NEVER.  Do something constructive.  If you don't have any ideas, ask a parent or relative, a trusted friend, or a teacher.  

Donald Trump - Trump is losing the support of the United States' closest ally after the president slammed down the phone on them during an 'apoplectic' call

Adam Blenkov
Business Insider

Boris Johnson

ezs note:  Even his friends are jumping ship!!

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