16 February 2013

Hello!

Finally... out of the piles of snow! Here's what's happening... Mountain View, California... Baton Rouge, Louisiana... Guildford, Surrey, England, UK...  Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania... Cambridge,
Massachusetts... Riyadh, Ar Riyad, Saudi Arabia... New York, New York...Albuquerque, New Mexico... Dabrowa Gornicza, Slaskie, Poland... Saint-ybard, Limousin, France... Wolcott, Connecticut...
Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh , India... Brunswick, Maryland... Stony Brook, New York... Fort Lauderdale, Florida... Zimmerman, Minnesota... Wesley Chapel, Florida...Burlington, Ontario, Canada...
Guilford, Connecticut... Newport Beach, California... Trenton, New Jersey... Glasgow, Glasgow City, Scotland... Rhinelander, Wisconsin... Naperville, Illinois... Reading, Pennsylvania...  Rome,
Lazio, Italy... Sunnyvale, California...   Quezon, Nueva Ecija, Philippines... Broken Arrow, Oklahoma... Poughkeepsie, New York... Saint Petersburg, Saint Petersburg City, Russia... Gilroy,
California... Palm Bay, Florida... Woking, Surrey, England, UK...

No matter how high the mounds of snow... you can reach your mailbox! Donate to the American Red Cross!

www.redcross.org

13 February 2013

Study Into LGBT Parenting In Ireland Welcomed - http://www.build.ie

PFLAG National To Honor NFL's Ayanbadejo and Kluwe, Author John Irving with Straight for Equality Awards at Fifth Annual Gala - http://books.broadwayworld.com

Women build home for Indonesia’s aging transgender community - Rebecca Henschke - http://fsrn.org

Trans health officer offers sensitivity classes - WBadmin - http://www.washingtonblade.com

CBS’ Mike & Molly Under Fire for Anti-Transgender Joke - Jillian Page - http://blogs.montrealgazette.com

More Elite Colleges Are Covering Sex-Change Surgery and Other Transgender Student Needs - Katie J.M. Baker - http://jezebel.com

12 February 2013

Transgender Patients in Rural Areas Struggle To Access Health Services - www.californiahealthline.org

*more here*

ezs note:  a great place to get information is through Lyon-Martin Health Services. To find out more, read Anand Kaira's comments.

Former Saddleback student returns as transgender, is told not to go into female restroom - Angie L. Pineda - http://www.lariatnews.com

SF Weekly dumps on transgender people, all of Tenderloin - Marke B. - http://www.sfbg.com

Laverne Cox, Transgender Actress And Producer, Talks Reality TV, Race And Visibility - Glennisha Morgan - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/

09 February 2013

Lurie Children's Hospital Opens Gender Identity Clinic - Atelier Teee - http://chicagoist.com

Transgender man bursts out of courtroom in tears of joy after being cleared of raping and sexually assaulting a woman - ALEX WARD - http://www.dailymail.co.uk

Murfreesboro, Tennesee

Credit: www.flickriver.com 

Hello!

Still buried in snow! Yikes! Here's what's happening... Murfreesboro, Tennessee... Mountain View, California... UmeĆ„, Vasterbottens Lan, Sweden... Los Angeles, California... Norfolk, Virginia... Lausanne,
Vaud, Switzerland... Phoenix, Arizona... Oklahoma City, Oklahoma... New Orleans, Louisiana... Desert Hot Springs, California... West Hartford, Connecticut... Bismarck, North
Dakota... Exeter, California... Lansing, Michigan... Stony Brook, New York... Swindon, England,UK... Tel Aviv, Israel... Morgan Hill, California... Arlington, Massachusetts... Reading, Pennsylvania...
Torrance, California... Woodridge, Illinois... Arlington, Massachusetts... Manitowoc, Wisconsin... Helsinki, Southern Finland, Finland... Naperville, Illinois... Raleigh, North Carolina...
Seagoville, Texas...  Austin, Texas... Dublin, Ireland... Stuart, Florida...

Woof! Woof!  Help my dear friend!  Woof!  Woof!

www.redcross.org

08 February 2013

You can be another blizzard!

As I sit here tapping away on my computer, it is snowing.  Really snowing. As I look out the window, the road, which is normally fairly busy, is barren, with the exception of the occasional plow truck.

Then there are the snowflakes.

When you first see a snowflake, you are normally a bit nonplussed.  Sure they're pretty, but... they're so tiny.  Can't amount to much, can they?

Take a look out my window and you'll sing a different song.

At first glance, you may feel like the tiny snowflake.  Sure, you can write to your Congressperson about issues you feel strongly about

07 February 2013

Researcher Rebekah Stone Receives Grant from TranscendSupport.com to Study Transgender Children - http://www.sbwire.com

Fox (and Friends) Have Fun at Expense of Brown's Transgender Student Healthcare - J. K. Trotter - http://www.theatlanticwire.com

More Than Healthcare: Transgender Prisoner Rights - Molly Savard - http://campusprogress.org

Comprehensive transgender healthcare for Dallas employees is ‘off the table’ - http://www.dallasvoice.com

03 February 2013

D.C. Seeks Tougher Punishment for Hate Crimes - http://washington.cbslocal.com

JaParker Jones murder: Vigil held for slain transgender woman - Richard Reeve - http://www.wjla.com

*more here*

ezs note:  rest in peace, JaParker...

Benetton’s Spring 2013 Campaign Features Transgender Model Lea T For The UnHate Foundation - Danica Daniel - http://live.drjays.com

Out in the open, they long for acceptance - http://www.thehindu.com

02 February 2013

Hello!

Hey... it's Groundhog Day!  Here's what's happening... Mexico, Distrito Federal, Mexico... West Hartford, Connecticut... Mountain View, California... Stony Brook, New York... Oklahoma City,
Oklahoma... Koca, Bartin, Turkey... Pleasantville, New Jersey... Durham, England, UK... Mount Vernon, New York... Boise, Idaho... Bolton, England, UK... Concord, North Carolina...  Lake Saint
Louis, Missouri... Willimantic, Connecticut... Elkton, Virginia... Plattsburgh, New York... Seattle, Washington... Renton, Washington... Kansas City, Missouri... Buffalo Grove, Illinois...
Ithaca, New York... New Baltimore, Michigan... Groningen, Netherlands... Atlanta, Georgia... Berlin, Germany... Watford, Hertford, England, UK... Isesaki, Gumma, Japan... Fairfax,
Virginia...Markham, Ontario, Canada... Las Vegas, Nevada... Pontecagnano, Campania, Italy... Wilmington, California... Paso Robles, California... Greensboro, North Carolina... Dover, New
Hampshire... Exeter, Rhode Island... Burlington, Ontario, Canada...

I don't know how to get groundhogs to see their shadow, but I do know to get them to smile... give to the American Red Cross!

www.redcross.org

Happy Groundhog Day!

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01 February 2013

I'm putting MY name down... are you?

This week, I saw two petitions which I gladly put my name onto. The first was one regarding the beautiful Vicki Marlane, who passed away last year.  Petitioners there were letting the mayor and city council know that one of the streets should be renamed "Vicki MarLane".  The other was far more repugnant - Atlanta legislators are allowing "No gays allowed " signs in front of their businesses... in fact, if you can't afford one, (!) the state of Georgia will pitch in and buy one for you!!! (out of your tax money, of course)

No... this not a misprint.

Many people here in the United States believe mistakenly that they have the right to vote, but not much else.  But what does the Constitution say?

(First Amendment)  Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
(boldface italic mine, source Wikipedia)

See that? That's your right, from the day you can scrawl your name until the day you die.

I am urging that you go to Congress and urge them to grant the full right of marriage to gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgender people; to have equal taxation regardless of heterosexual or homosexual status, to visit one another in hospitals or nursing homes, and to say a final farewell in a funeral home and the spot where they will be interred.

You can do this by e-mailing your Congressperson.  To make this even easier, simply copy the preceding paragraph, and print this in the body section of your Congressperson's e-mail.

It's that simple - and that profound.

Pleasantville, New Jersey - Frank LoBiondo (R) - NJ2
Mount Vernon, New York - Eliot Engel (D) - NY16
Boise, Idaho - Mike Simpson (R) - ID2
Concord, North Carolina - Richard Hudson (R) - NC8
Lake St. Louis, Missouri - Blaine Luetkemeyer (R) - MO3
Willimantic, Connecticut - Joe Courtney (D) - CT2
Elkton, Virginia - Bob Goodlatte (R) - VA6
Plattsburgh, New York - Bill Owens (D) - NY21
Seattle, Washington - Jim McDermott (D) - WA7
Renton, Washington - Adam Smith (D) - WA9

The preceding are samples from the Internet.  To find out who your legislator is, go to www.house.gov and enter your ZIP code in the box indicated.

To my Canadian friends go to www.parl.gc.ca and search from there.

30 January 2013

A good friend...

If you have ideas regarding gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders that run opposite to my (and many others) own, hey, that's your right.

But if you plan to counter our ideas with half-baked, nutzoid, looney-tune "ideas",  them's fightin' words.  And our good friend Alvin McEwen has put a few nuclear bombs in our side to toss straight in your direction.  And we love to see you squirm.

For those who haven't checked it out go to http://holybulliesandheadlessmonsters.blogspot.com/ and check it out.

Thanks, Alvin.  Keep on makin' those nukes! 

29 January 2013

Petition To Rename Turk Street Block After Late Transgender Performer Vicki Marlane - http://sfist.com

*more here*

ezs note:  I signed the petition - did you?

Ophelia Azriel De'lonta, Transgendered Prisoner, Gets Sex-Change Lawsuit Reinstated -

Pham Le Quynh Tram, Transgender Vietnamese Woman, Loses Government Recognition - Glennisha Morgan - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/

Uptown lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender groups seek a base in Harlem - Michael J. Feeney - http://www.nydailynews.com

27 January 2013

Transgender People of Color and Domestic Violence - Toni Newman - http://www.huffingtonpost.com

*more here

ezs note:  If you are transgender and are being abused, and the thought is running through your head, "Ahhh... it'll pass...", know this:  this is WRONG!!!  Listen to Toni!!  Listen to me!  Make that call today!!


www.thehotline.org

1-800-799-SAFE (7223)

OR

1-800-787-3224

FDA attempt to curb prescription drug deaths concerns transgender individuals - J. SKYLER ROBINSON - http://www.examiner.com

*more here*

ezs note:  My best advice in taking prescription medication is to seek the advice of your doctor - but not just any doctor.  If she/he has never treated a transgender patient, and/or has not specialized in transgender concerns, it might be best to find someone else.