Showing posts with label Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. Show all posts

29 April 2018

civil rights - Health care new front for transgender rights under Trump

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL)


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14 October 2017

Lawmakers launch legislation to protect transgender troops

Carl Prine
The San Diego Union-Tribune


30 April 2017

Ros-Lehtinen served all of Miami-Dade well

Miami Herald

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen


ezs note:  In case you missed it, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen is one of the few Republicans who tirelessly worked for the rights of transgender citizens.  Notably, she is one of the few in her party who did not vote for the abysmal Donald Trump.  She is retiring after this term.  Goodbye, Ileana - we will miss you!

05 November 2016

HRC Members Meet with Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen to #turnOUT the Vote



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ezs note:  Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen is one of those brave Republicans who is standing by her transgender son unabashedly in the halls of Congress.  Naturally, you have to look at her whole record, warts and all (who doesn't have them?)  but as far as her transgender record goes, she would put some Democrats to shame.

29 January 2016

16 September 2015

ezs comment #2...


Work commented on:  

One seminal work arose in the past few weeks. 
"If You Are Trans..." discusses the 
important work being done by the National Transgender Advocacy Coalition.  There is, no doubt, how
integral this work is.  I myself filled out the rather long form, but it was entirely worth it.  My voice 
was indeed heard, and I'm damn proud of that. (If you want to participate, press

However, it makes me wonder what 'might have been'.  Undoubtedly, the University of California, Los
 Angeles holds a position second to none when it comes to precision.  NTAC  holds a position second
 to no one by choosing someone with such prestige.  

Indeed,  only the federal government has such clout - and that's where the problem lies.  Inevitably,
John Boehner would sound the hissy-fit alarm.  "We can't spend that much money on a couple of 
transsexuals!  (sic)  Oh the horror!  Let the private sector do it!"  And, at first blush, it would
seem to be a reasonable premise.  Well, except for the fact that the House of Representatives is built 
like a jigsaw puzzle.  Thus, the House is hardly representative... and thus, very unfair.  

When the House of Representatives is put together every ten years by those who want to stay in power - Republicans and Democrats alike - some, uh, strange things happen. Consider Louie Gohmert.   Oh, Louie, Louie, how could we forget you?  Our "hero" put on an unsuccessful challenge against John Boehner - because he was too liberal!  (Don't that beat all?)  Or his psychedelic "asparagus" comments in the House.  Of course, we wouldn't even be having discussions such as these were it not  for the machinations of Tom DeLay.  

Next we consider the capital of Texas, Austin.  Now, Austin isn't quite as liberal as Provincetown - but it's damn well up there.  Now the good friends in Texas  would have shown some kindness toward their capitol  city... wouldn't they?


When the Texas legislature carved up its House of Representatives, they divided  Austin into five parts.  Hence, only 1/5 of Austin got a fair shake in Washington.  It is fair, of course, when a Representative gets to speak his/her mind in D.C., but it is ludicrously unfair when his/her district is shaped like a smashed-up pretzel.

There are anomalies, of course.  A conservative will fall into Jerrold Nadler's district, and a liberal (god bless your heart) will fall into into Louie Gohmert's district.  Hey, that's life.  However you can e-mail them, and let them know that the only good district is a fair district, one so founded by the framers and the Supreme Court.

And, of course, you can run.

Then let us consider the office of Speaker itself.  In the Constitution, there is precious little to tell
us what the Speaker actually does.  "The House of Representatives shall choose their Speaker..."  And 
that's it!  One interpretation would give the Speaker little more clout than the Dean of the House.   
Isn't that how it was really meant to be?

Consider the case of Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.  She's a proud Republican.  But, she's also a mother of a transgender son.  
Whenever the topic of transgender issues comes up, she and a handful of enlightened Republicans 
plead with the Speaker.  Predictably, nothing comes of it.  

Thanks, John.  Thanks, 1/16 of Ohio.