12 June 2011

A boy remembered (Durango Herald)

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An open letter to Benedict XVI GLBT Christians to pay attention to human rights* (paperblog)

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Sunday, Sunday... and here's the list... Victoria, British Columbia, Canada... Puchong, Selangor, Malaysia... London, England,UK... Woodland Hills, California... Redondo Beach, California... Arlington Heights, Illinois... Brooklyn, New York... Seattle, Washington... Homeland, California... Snellville, Georgia.... Boston, Massachusetts... Welden, Bayern, Germany... Austin, Texas... Wurselen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany... Taipei, Taiwan... Garden Grove, California... Glouster, Massachusetts... Mountain View, California... Deerfield, New Hampshire... Rome, Lazio, Italy... Perrysburg, Ohio... Berlin, Germany... Seoul, Seoul-t'ukpyolsi, South Korea.... Cardiff, Scotland, UK... Odessa, Odes'ka Oblast', Ukraine... Independence, Missouri... Liberty Lake, Missouri... Richmond, Texas... Delano, Minnesota... Woodstock, Illinois... Woburn, Massachusetts.... Nanuet, New York... Wooster, Ohio... Winterport, Maine... Makati, Manila, Philippines... before you take a summer vacation (well, in the north anyway) send a donation to Japan. Here are some trusted sites:

American Red Cross

International Red Cross/Red Crescent

Doctors Without Borders

Rainbow Fund

Thank you!

09 June 2011

What to do with the worst of the worst

It doesn't leave us an easy choice when the House of Representatives is chosen.  What I have decided, then, is to make life easier by using the Human Rights Committee to identify the worst of the worst.  These Republicans - and those few wacky Democrats - are identified as those who have refused to say 'yes' to any sensible changes in laws that would make lives easier for gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and the transgender people.  Here is the list o' shame:

1- Jo Bonner (R)
3- Mike Connor (R)
4- Robert Aderholt (R)
5- Griffith Parker  (R)
6- Spencer Bachus (R)

AL- Don Young (R)

2- Trent Franks (R)
3- John Shadegg (R)

1- Marion Barry (D)
3- John Boozman  (R)

2- Wally Herger (R)
3- Daniel Lungren (R)
4- Tom McClintlock (R)
19- Dan Radanovich (R)
21- Devin Nunes (R)
22- Kevin McCarthy (R)
24- Elton Gallegy (R)
25- Buck McKeon (R)
40- Ed Royce (R)
41- Jerry Lewis (R)
42- Gary Miller (R)
44- Ken Calvert (R)

4- Doug Lamborn (R)

5- Virginia Brown-Waite (R)
6- Cliff Stearns (R)
7- John Mica (R)
9- Gus Bilirakis  (R)
10- Bill C. W. Young  (R)
12- Adam Putnam  (R)
15- Bill Posey  (R)
16- Tom Rooney  (R)

1- Jack Kingston (R)
3- Lynn Westmoreland  (R)
7- John Linder (R)
10- Paul Broun (R)
11- Phil Gingrey  (R)

2- Mike Simpson (R)

6- Peter Roksam (R)
16- Timothy Johnson  (R)
18- Aaron Schock  (R)
19- John Shimkus (R)

4- Steve Buyer (R)
5- Dan Burton (R)
6- Mike Pence (R)

5- Steve King (R)

1- Jerry Moran (R)
4- Todd Tiarht  (R)

1- Ed Whitfield (R)
2- Brett Guthrie  (R)
4- Geoff Davis (R)
5- Harold Rogers (R)

1- Steve Scalise (R)
4- John Fleming (R)
5- Rodney Alexander (R)
7-  Charles  Boustany Jr ( R)

7- Roscoe Bartlett (R)

4- Dave Camp (R)
8- Mike Rogers (R)
10- Candice Miller  (R)

2- John Kline (R)
3- Erik Paulsen(R)
6- Michele Bachman (R)

1- Travis Childers (D)
3- Gregg Harper (R)
4- Gene Taylor (D)

2- Todd Akin  (R)
6- Sam Graves (R)
7- Roy Blunt (R)
9- Blaine Luetkernmeyer (R)

AL- Dennis Rehberg (R)

1- Jeff Fortenberry (R)
2- Terry Lee (R)
3- Adrian Smith (R)

2- Dean Heller (R)

New York
26- Christopher Lee (R)

North Carolina
3- Walter Jones (R)
5- Virginia Foxx (R)
6- Howard Coble (R)
10- Patrick McHenry (R)

2- Jean Schmidt (R)
3- Michael Turner (R)
4- Jim Jordan (R)
5- Robert Latta (R)
7- Steve Austria  (R)
8- John Boehner (R)
12- Pat Tibieri (R)

1- John Sullivan (R)
3- Frank Lucas (R)
4- Tom Cole (R)
5- Mary Fallin (R)

5- Glenn Thompson (R)
9- Bill Shuster (R)
12- Mark Critz (R)
16- Joseph Pitts (R)
18- Tim Murphy (R)

South Carolina
1- Henry Brown (R)
2- Joe Wilson (R)
3- Gresham J. Barrett (R)
4- Bob Inglis (R)

1- Phil Roe (R)
2- John Duncan Jr  (R)
5- Marsha Blackburn (R)

1-  Louie Gohmert (R)
2- Ted Poe (R)
3- Sam Johnson (R)
4- Ralph Hall (R)
5- Jeb Hensarling (R)
6- Joe Barton (R)
7- John Culberson (R)
8- Kevin Brady (R)
10-Michael McCaul (R)
11- Michael Conaway (R)
12- Kay Granger (R)
19- Randy Neugebauer (R)
21- Lamar Smith (R)
22- Pete Olson (R)
24- Kenny Marchant (R)
26- Michael Burgess  (R)
31- John Carter (R)

1- Rob Bishop (R)
3- Jason Chaffetz (R)

1- Robert Wittman (R)
4- Randy J. Forbes (R)
6- Bob Goodlatte (R)
7- Eric Cantor (R)
10 Frank Wolf (R)

4- Doc Hastings (R)
5- Cathy McMorris Rogers (R)

West Virginia
2- Shelley Moore Capito (R)

1- Paul Ryan (R)
5- James Sensenbrenner (R)
6- Thomas Petri (R)

AL- Cynthia Lummis (R)

*note: this record is a complete posting of the previous  data.  Naturally, men and women come and go  in such a large body.

If you are not among the ones listed, don't worry - you can still send a check to his/her opponent.

If you are among the unfortunate band who are represented by these  troglodytes, here's a few things you can do:

1)  If you know that your opponent will be challenged with certainty, volunteer and/or donate NOW.

2) If a candidate is thinking of running, encourage her/him.

3) If no one seems to be running, YOU can run.

Wow- that's a long one.

Transgender: of sense and sensibility (Tribune [Pakistan])

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Maine legislature defeats attack on transgender rights (care2)

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04 June 2011


Bloooo skies... what a glorious day!  Here's what happened last week... Lincoln, Nebraska...  Mountain View, California... Great Malvern, Worcestershire, England, UK... Munster, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany.... Anahuac, Texas... Tulsa, Oklahoma... Kissimmee, Florida... Pacifica, California... Brooklyn, New York... Milan, Lombardia, Italy... Boise, Idaho... West Covina, California... Woodstock, Illinois...  Chapel Hill, North Carolina... Springfield, Virginia... Auburn, Maine... Chesapeake, Virginia... Aurora, Colorado... Boone, North Carolina... Wilmette, Illinois... Palmerston North, Wellington, New Zealand... Holtsvillle, New York... Clementon, New Jersey... Central District, Hong Kong, S.A.R., China... Milwaukee, Wisconsin... Los Angeles, California... Taipei, Taiwan... Harpers Ferry, West Virginia... Koyang, Kyonggi-do, South Korea... West Sacramento, California... help our friends in Japan!  Here are some trusted blogs:

American Red Cross

International Red Cross/Red Crescent

Doctors Without Borders

Rainbow Fund

31 May 2011

How to deal with bullies... at any age

  There has been a lot of talk lately on how to deal with bullies.  In  particular, the bullies who have been dealt with have been ages five to eighteen.  Needless to say, I am very glad such a bold move has been taken by the President, cabinet officers, people below them, and ordinary people across America.

I just wish the same people gained the same attention once the clock turned nineteen.

I  also wish the same attention was paid to gays, lesbians, bisexuals and (with particular attention from this blog) transgenders.

I also wish couples - all couples - could live their lives  in the workplace first and retirement second.

I also wish disabled Americans - all disabled Americans - could go to the bathroom in peace.

Recently there was an article about how some older Americans were bullying their peers.  I will put this as plainly as possible - this is not right, fair, or legal!!  Not to gays.  Not to lesbians.  Not to bisexuals.  Not to transgender people.  And not to straight people who live their lives peaceably with others.

So there.

28 May 2011

An RX for better treatment of LGBT patients (Huffington Post)

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OPM: treat transgender employees with respect (Federal Times)

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Texas judge decides transgender marriage was illegal (care2)

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Well, my 'puter was a little batty yesterday - but it's better now! Here's the results... Toronto, Ontario, Canada... Fontana, California... Salem, Oregon...  Holtsville, New York... North Hollywood, California... Groet, Noord-Holland, Netherlands... Doylestown, Pennsylvania... Boston, Massachusetts... London, England, UK... Oakland, California... Charlotte, North Carolina... Terre Haute, Indiana... USAF Academy, Colorado... Mountlake Terrace, Washington... Valladolid, Castilla y Leon, Spain... Washington, DC... Kingston Upon Thames, England, UK... Kathua, Jammu and Kashmir, India... Philadelphia, Pennsylvania... Portland, Oregon... Bronx, New York... Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina... Harwich, Massachusetts... Dusseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany.... Gateshead, England, UK... Tulsa, Oklahoma... Centreville, Virginia... Milan, Lombardia, Italy... Cedar Falls, Iowa... Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK... Chicago, Illinois... Durant, Iowa... Lincolnton, North Carolina... Dallas, Oregon... it's been a few months now, but our friends in Japan could use our help. Here's where you could send your money:

American Red Cross

International Red Cross/Red Crescent

Doctors Without Borders

Rainbow Fund

20 May 2011

Homophobic, transphobic bullying rampant in schools (Vancouver Sun [Canada])

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Finally, a bit of sun!  Here's who came by... Sodertalje, Stockholms Lan, Sweden... Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada... Woodland Hills, California... San Francisco, California... Kingston-upon-Thames, England, UK... Dallas, Texas... Minneapolis, Minnesota... Coffeyville, Kansas... Buc, Ile-de-France, France... Oakville, Ontario, Canada... Oklahoma City, Oklahoma... Provin, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France... Montpelier, Vermont... Hospitalet De Llobregat, Cataluna, Spain...  London, England, UK... Burlington,Ontario, Canada... Flensburg, Schleiswig-Holstein, Germany... Reading, England, UK... Central Point, Oregon... Recklinghausen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany... Chicago, Illinois... Warrington, England, UK... Hamburg, Germany... Elmhurst, New York... Key West, Florida... Vancouver, Washington... Glouster, Massachusetts... Boston, Massachusetts... Dublin, Ireland... Woburn, Massachusetts... Cork, Ireland... Effingham, Illinois... Harpers Ferry, West Virginia... Nicosia, Cyprus... Saint Cloud, Minnesota... Brighton, East Sussex, England, UK... Dallas, Oregon... and Providence, Utah... please, help our friends in Japan:

American Red Cross

International Red Cross/Red Crescent

Doctors Without Borders

Rainbow Fund

Lawmakers pass bill outlawing transgender discrimination (NBC)

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people.com comes out as transgender in Marie Clarie (justout)

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FOX news "medical" team calls transgender Chaz Bono psychotic, delusional (unicornbooty)

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19 May 2011

Transgender comics artist and fantasy illustrator Jeffery Catherine Jones dies at 67 (Miami Herald)

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Sexual minority: the invisible diabetes disparity (Diabetes Health)

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ezs note:  I know it's tough, but you can  live a healthier, longer lifestyle.  Quit smoking, eat less (or no) processed foods in place of fresh fruits and vegetables, and, if depressed, see a competent psychologist/psychiatrist.  You can live a happier life!