29 February 2020

civil rights - Complaint filed over transgender MIL track athlete

Melissa Tanji
The Maui News

Lahaina, HI

ezs note:  Here in Connecticut the transgender girl finished second. Which means the cisgender girl finished first. Which means her lawyer's got SQUAT.

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Maine - Letters To The Editor - LGBTQ+ care available in rural Maine

Sara Hayes, Meredith Hunt
Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel

Waterville, ME

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lead story - Legislature OKs bill allowing new birth certificate for transgender people

Donald Trump - Trump says the coronavirus is the Democrats’ ‘new hoax’

Thomas Franck

ezs note:  Trump fans - please don't think I'm trying to be mean... but are you nuts???

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28 February 2020

civil rights - Bloomberg apologizes for comments about transgender people

Marina Pitofsky
The Hill

Mike Bloomberg

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Arkansas - Republican wants to cut funding from “Sesame Street” because a gay man will appear on it

Alex Bollinger
LGBTQ Nation

the bowels of Satan

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ezs note:  Arkansans - I know you live in a conservative state, but please, do your best to defeat Jason Rapert (he's running for Lieutenant Governor) and all those who hold idiotic views.  Thanks.  

lead story - More employers are covering transgender health benefits

Dr. David Gregg

Waterbury, CT

please press:  www.benefitnews.com

Donald Trump - "What Hath Trump Wrought?' auth. Andrew Bacevich

27 February 2020

Mokuyoubi wa Kimi to Nakitai - author - Kudou Makoto


When I  first read Mokuyoubi wa Kimi to Nakitai (English: I Want to Hold You) at first, it really didn't seem like it was gonna be anything to write home about.  Boy, was I mistaken.  Kudou Makoto left a masterful work.  Now all I have to do is describe the work without completely spilling the beans.  Uh, good luck, Emily.

The very first  words that Kaoru utters  are these, "I have a secret about myself."  You might not notice it at first but there is a prone body next to Kaoru.  This is but one of a long list that impacts the cast. Under each of their bodies lie deep flaws, ones that the people cannot shake.  In fact, Reika (who turns out to be the villain of the story)  has devoted an entire chapter to this.  Snively Whiplash she ain't.  Is she 'virtuous'?  No, not by a long shot.  But you can feel empathy for her, even as she performs some truly despicable acts.

The one person who has spent the longest time with Kaoru is Senmitsu.  In a sense, he can know the secrets Kaoru and Reika have.  But he has flaws himself, deep flaws.  Years back, he witnessed the death of Kairi, twin sister of Kaoru, as well as the devastating impact on their family, particularly the mother.  And on himself, though he is loath to admit it.

And the third person is Chiaki.  After saving Kaoru's life from an oncoming train, Chiaki and Kaoru get to know one another.   At first, Kaoru is a bit of a pain to Chiaki.  He doesn't understand how people can treat their own lives so frivolously,  But he can relate because his mother is treated so badly by his father. 

Well, I think I've gone as far I can without spilling too many beans,  But I do hope you'll read Mokuyoubi wa Kimi to Nakitai. I think you'll find it well worth it.

civil rights - Transgender advocates applaud transfer of detainees, temporary shutdown of criticized ICE facility

Luis Zambrano

Milan, NM

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Vermont - 'If I get killed, it's not going to be an accident': Progressive family in VT faces threats, vandalism

Ryan Mercer
Burlington Free Press

Enosburg Falls, VT

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lead story - Young, transgender and fighting a years-long battle against suicidal thoughts

Natalie Pate
Statesman Journal

Portland, OR

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Donald Trump - The 31 wildest lines from Donald Trump's self-congratulatory coronavirus press conference

Chris Cillizza

White House Briefing Room

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26 February 2020

civil rights - Iowa bill to end transgender civil rights protections is dead

NBC News

ezs note:  He's dead, Jim!

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Idaho - Idaho Lawmakers Hear Tearful Testimony On Transgender Therapy Bill

James Dawson
Boise State Public Radio

Caldwell, ID

ezs note: Idahoans - If you aren't able to make it to the state Capitol, don't fret.  Call your state representative AND your state senator and tell them to say NO to these bills.  Thanks.  

lead story - Missouri bill would restrict transgender athletes to play on sports teams matching gender assigned at birth

Andrew Havranek

Lewis County Courthouse
Monticello, MO

please press:  www.ky3.com

ezs note:  If you live in Missouri, and you are a transgender athlete, ally, friend, or parent,  please call up your state representative AND state senator and tell them to defeat this idiotic bill.  Thanks.

Donald Trump - Trump in India: Anti-Muslim prime minister puts on a big show, bamboozles our president

Heather Digby Parton

Sardar Patel Stadium
Motera, India

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25 February 2020

civil rights - Transgender woman killed in Puerto Rico after using women's bathroom

Tim Fitzsimons
NBC News

Toa Baja, Puerto Rico

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 ezs note:  As of now, police have been unable to find Neulisa (Alexa) Luciano Ruiz's killer.  If you have any information, please call the Puerto Rican police. Thank you. 

ezs note:  (Español) A partir de ahora, la policía no ha podido encontrar al asesino de Neulisa (Alexa) Luciano Ruiz. Si tiene alguna información, llame a la policía puertorriqueña. Gracias.

lead story - Brazilian transgender dancer shatters Carnival parade taboo

Donald Trump - 'Dark Towers', auth. David Enrich

23 February 2020

How to vote!

ezs note:  This is a handy-dandy little blog where you can register to vote!  It's called vote.org.  Just press the button, and soon you'll be on your way!  After you're done, please let me know at thoreaugreen@gmail.com.  Just do a quickie, 'I'm gonna vote!'  Thanks.

Zambia - Intersex Activist in Zambia Sheds Light on Misunderstood Group

Prudence Phiri
Global Press Journal

Lukasa, Zimbabwe

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civil rights - 'Cruel, Inexcusable': Bloomberg 2019 Comments on Trans Rights Come Under Fire

Mississippi - Center for LGBT community opens in Tupelo

lead story - Bridging Divides: A transgender lawyer brings her message to Sioux Falls

Donald Trump - Justice Sotomayor warns the Supreme Court is doing special favors for the Trump administration

Ian Millhiser

Justice Sonia Sotomayor

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22 February 2020

Switzerland - Two Swiss cities to introduce transgender toilets in schools


Aigle, Switzerland

please press:  www.thelocal.ch

civil rights - Trans 101 breaks down transgender stereotypes

New Jersey - LGBTQ education is now mandatory in New Jersey schools. Here's how teachers are preparing

Melanie Burney

Hinchman-Lippincott House
Haddon Heights, NJ

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lead story - Teenage transgender row splits Sweden as dysphoria diagnoses soar by 1,500%

Richard Orange
The Guardian

Gustavus Adolphus at the Battle of Breitenfeld
J. Walter, 1632

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ezs note:  When the Swedish Agency for Health Technology Assessment (somewhat analogous to the American Medical Association) was asked by the government to offer its thoughts,  it was a sobering moment.   My own thoughts about this debacle are this:  although newspapers offer a compelling voice, it might be best to read scientific journals as well, even if only the summary is read.  Also, go by the consensus,  rather than what any individual doctor might say.  She or he might have a valid viewpoint but might also hold a colored viewpoint.  I'm not saying that this doctor holds a strident agenda, just that the body of doctors tends to offer a more thoughtful view.

Donald Trump - America's Parasite

Maureen Dowd
The New York Times

...Washington is burning.
Maureen Dowd

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21 February 2020

How to vote!

ezs note:  This is a handy-dandy little blog where you can register to vote!  It's called vote.org.  Just press the button, and soon you'll be on your way!  After you're done, please let me know at thoreaugreen@gmail.com.  Just do a quickie, 'I'm gonna vote!'  Thanks.

Poland/France - French Saint-Jean De Braye breaks town twinning with Polish Tuchów over homophobia

Aseniya Dimitrova
The Mayor.eu

Tuchów, Poland

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civil rights - Human Rights Campaign says Bloomberg should apologize for comments about transgender people

Rebecca Klar
The Hill

Human Rights Campaign
Washington DC

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Rhode Island - Israeli transgender activist, Michael Alroy to Speak at URI

lead story - Garland man accused of killing transgender woman now faces enhanced capital murder charge

Donald Trump - Donald Trump's fundamentally un-American 'Parasite' critique

Chris Cillizza

(revised Romanization: Gisaengchung)

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20 February 2020

How to vote!

ezs note:  This is a handy-dandy little blog where you can register to vote!  It's called vote.orgJust press the button, and soon you'll be on your way!  After you're done, please let me know at thoreaugreen@gmail.com.  Just do a quickie, 'I'm gonna vote!'  Thanks.

Pakistan - In a first: Transgender woman represents Pakistan at UN

The Express-Tribune

United Nations

please press:  tribune.com.pk

ezs note:  Wow!  Congratulations, Aisha! 

civil rights - Letters To The Editor (transgender rights)

New York - The Walking While Trans Ban Is ‘Stop and Frisk 2.0’

Karina Piser
The Nation.

Riverside Church
New York City, NY (Manhattan)

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lead story - Bloomberg referred to transgender people as 'some guy wearing a dress' in 2019 remarks

Paul LeBlanc

Uh, goodbye Mike...

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Donald Trump - Roger Stone Is Sentenced to Over 3 Years in Prison

Sharon LaFraniere
The New York Times

E. Barrett Prettyman Courthouse
Washington DC

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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