21 December 2011

Hatred intensifies for 'Work It', the worst show in television history (gawker.com)

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Where you can go for help

Make a copy of this guide and use when needed.  Even when you don't need it today, you might need it tomorrow!

AIDS Legal Referral Panel (ALRP)
Provides free and low-cost legal services to people with HIV/AIDS in the
San Francisco Bay Area.
 415-701-1100 (San Francisco)
  510-451-5353 (Oakland)

Disability Rights California
Advances the rights of Californians with disabilities.

Equality California
Works with policymakers and communities to achieve equality and secure
legal protections for LGBT people, including seniors.

Lambda Legal (Los Angeles office)
Works to achieve full recognition of the civil rights of LGBT people and those
with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.

Law Help California
Helps Californians find legal aid referrals and self-help resources, with
specific assistance for seniors.
 800-551-5554 (Bay Area)

National Center for Lesbian Rights—Elder Law Project
Provides legal services, legislative support and policy work to advance
equality for LGBT elders.

National Center for Transgender Equality
Advances the equality of transgender people through advocacy, collaboration
and empowerment, with a special emphasis on issues facing trans elders.

National Resource Center on LGBT Aging
Provides a wide array of resources for LGBT older adults, aging service
providers, and advocates.

National Senior Citizens Law Center
Protects the rights of low-income older adults through advocacy, litigation,
and technical assistance, and manages www.LGBTLongTermCare.org.

Positive Resource Center
Provides comprehensive benefits counseling and employment services for
people living with or at risk for HIV/AIDS in San Francisco.

Proyecto Poderoso—a joint project of the National Center for Lesbian
Rights and California Rural Legal Assistance
Works to improve legal services for low-income LGBT people in rural

Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN)
Works to guarantee equality of treatment and opportunity for LGBT servicemembers and provides resources on issues affecting LGBT elder veterans.

Swords to Plowshares
Provides counseling and case management, employment and training, and
housing and legal assistance to veterans in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Transgender Law Center
Utilizes direct legal services, public policy advocacy, and educational opportunities to advance the rights and safety of diverse transgender communities.

Credit: Navigating the System: A Know-Your-Rights Guide for LGBT Elders in California
please download the guide for specific information  (California only when specified)

Domestic violence charity seeking transgender worker (pressitt.com {UK})

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18 December 2011

News briefs - six Ohio firms hit 100 on harder HRC equality list [among others] (www.gaypeopleschronicle.com)

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CWA (Central Texas) leader calls for boycott of Macy's (lezgetreal.com)

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Marriott hotels gets high gay friendly rating from the Human Rights Campaign (www.gayapolis.com)

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LGBT history project (www.hastingsobserver.co.uk)

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Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.
Howard Thurman
Permanent Prayer for Peace

LGBT film festival in city ends (ibnlive.in.com {India})

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Gay couples happier and healthier if legally accepted (www.ibtimes.com)

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17 December 2011


 A cure for War? Furiously spending the same daily amount of money toward making friends. Being an indispensable source of food, shelter, peace, and cultural support dedicatedly spending 9 billion dollars a month on helping people would be a formidable enemy of evil.
 Vanna Bonta quotes

Child's father, a 'former Republican', knows meaning of family values (bostonglobe.com)

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Boston, Massachusetts

Credit: SBnation


To my Jewish friends, happy Hanukkah! ...um, Chanukah!  (crap, I always mess this one up...)  Here's this week... Boston, Massachusetts... Brussels, Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest, Belgium... Atlanta, Georgia... Kings Park, New York... Easton, Pennsylvania... Wilhelmshaven, Niedersachsen, Germany... Croydon, England, UK... Stillwater, Minnhesota... Malmo, Skane Lan, Sweden... Groningen, Netherlands... Chaun, Kangwon-do, South Korea... Deerfield, New Hampshire... Sezana, Bohinj, Slovenia... Portland, Oregon... Dallas, Texas... Cebu, Cebu City, Philippines... Taipei, Taiwan... Virginia, Beach, Virginia... Jersey City, New Jersey... West Hartford, Connecticut... Ankara, Turkey... Oak Lawn, Illinois... Corona, New York... Chelles, Ile-de-France, France... San Luis Obispo, California... Brooklyn, New York... Bratislava, Slovakia... Seattle, Washington... Laingsburg, Michigan... Mountain View, California... Canton, Ohio...

This month's top dog: Grady High to host CNN forum on LGBT issues

Hey, it's the last days before we celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa!  Make someone's fortunes are down on their luck are happier.  Donate to one of these charities:

American Red Cross

International Red Cross/Red Crescent

Doctors Without Borders

Rainbow Fund

16 December 2011

Hollywood vigil for slain transgender woman (latimesblogs.latimes.com)

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ezs note:  Please take a good look at the suspect.  If you know who it is, please call the LAPD right away!


credit: Adelle Laudan

11th Circuit rules for transgender employee in sex discrimination case (www.lexology.com)

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Filipinos hail UN gay rights report (www.mindanaoexaminer.com {Philippines}))

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Elizabeth Warren announces support for LGBT rights (www.baywindows.com)

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UN urges global LGBT protections (www.democracynow.org)

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14 December 2011


The End and the Beginning
by Wisława Szymborska

After every war
someone has to clean up.
Things won't
straighten themselves up, after all.

Someone has to push the rubble
to the sides of the road,
so the corpse-filled wagons
can pass.

Someone has to get mired
in scum and ashes,
sofa springs,
splintered glass,
and bloody rags.

Someone must drag in a girder
to prop up a wall,
Someone must glaze a window,
rehang a door.

Photogenic it’s not,
and takes years.
All the cameras have left
for another war.

We’ll need bridges back
and new railway stations.
Sleeves will go ragged
from rolling them up.

Someone, broom in hand,
still recalls how it was.
Someone else listens
and nods with unsevered head.
But already there are those nearby
starting to mill about
who will find it dull.

From out of the bushes
sometimes someone still unearths
rusted-out arguments
and carries them to the garbage pile.

Those who knew
what was going on here
must make way to
those who know little.
And less than little.
And finally as little as nothing.

In the grass which has overgrown
causes and effects,
someone must be stretched out
blade of grass in his mouth
gazing at the clouds.

Transgender icon Carmen Rupe dies (news.smh.com.au {Australia})

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Fox News invites anti-LGBT guests to mock, smear transgender Macy's guests (www.lgbtqnation.com)

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Twin boys, one transgender, become brother and sister (www.firstcoastnews.com)

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Transgender Taser victim fighting potential charges (www.windycitymediagroup.com)

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12 December 2011

LGBT employees welcome at big banks and law firms, report says (latimesblogs.latimes.com)

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source: Deepak Chopra

2012 buyers guide (issuu.com)

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ezs note:  This is a powerful guide.  Why? You can spend your hard-earned money on good people who are rated 85-100, and avoid the pitiful zeroes.  (Hello? Chick-fil-a?)

Transgender people: the new civil rights frontier (ideas.time.com)

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ezs note:  What do you get here?  Hmm... let's see...  transgender news from US, Canada, various places in South America, England, France, The Netherlands, Isle of Man(!), Scotland, Greece, Spain, Russia, New Zealand, Australia...whew!

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