23 February 2013

Hello!

Yikes!  More snow predicted! Here's what's happening... Pune, Maharashtra, India... Woking, Surrey, England, UK.... Islamabad, Pakistan... Utrecht, Netherlands... Preston, Lancashire, England,
UK... Mountain View, California... College Station, Texas... Jersey City, New Jersey... Braunschweig, Niedersachsen, Germany... Amphawa, Samut Songkhram, Thailand... Albuquerque, New
Mexico... Stony Brook, New York... Concord, North Carolina... San Luis Obispo, California... Trabzon, Turkey... Wroclaw, Dolnoslaskie, Poland...  Two Rivers, Wisconsin... Carroll, Iowa... Dorval, Quebec,
Canada... Warsaw, Mazowieckie, Poland... Aigues-mortes, Languedoc-Roussillon, France... Cincinnati, Ohio... Orono, Maine... Stockholm, Stockholms Lan, Sweden...
Sunnyvale, California... Torrance, California... Novi Pazar, Shumen, Bulgaria... Lincoln, Nebraska... Bozeman, Montana...

www.redcross.org


22 February 2013

It's time... once more!!!

Earlier this week, I was so excited having a brief meeting at a town hall with my representative John Larson.  I said my bit - but now it's your turn.

I can't tell you adequately how much this will mean to you.  All I can say to you is to give it a try.  If you are prevented by work or distance, send an e-mail.   Even if your representative is initially opposed to what you have to say, one more person - one more voter - may make him or her think twice.

As for me, I'm for freedom.  Freedom to meet.  Freedom to marry.  Freedom to walk the streets unaccosted. Freedom to share a dinner without being kicked out.  Freedom to make love without the police ramming down your door. Freedom to visit your sick partner.  Freedom to say a final farewell.

This is what gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender deserve.

This is what we should demand.

Mountain View, California - Anna Eshoo (D) - CA18
College Station, Texas - Bill Flores (R) - TX17
Jersey City, New Jersey - Albio Sires (D) - NJ8
Albuquerque, New Mexico - Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) - NM1
Stony Brook, New York - Tim Bishop (D) - NY1
Concord, North Carolina - Richard Hudson (R) - NC8
San Luis Obispo, California - Lois Capps (D) - CA24
Two Rivers, Wisconsin - Thomas Petri (R) - WI6
(NO SITE AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME - USE SNAILMAIL)
Carroll, Iowa - Steve King (R) - IA4
Dorval, Quebec(CAN) - Isabelle Morin (NDP) - Notre Dame de Grace - Lachine

This is an Internet sampling of places in the US and Canada.  US residents, please go to www.house.gov and enter your ZIP code.  Canadian residents, please go to www.parl.gc.ca and enter your directions.

20 February 2013

Fund helps LGBT DREAMers get work permits, deportation relief - http://www.windycitymediagroup.com

Milestones: a blog marking important moments in our lives - http://sdgln.com

*more here*

ezs note:  Holy moly!  When "Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C." went off the air, many people thought Jim Nabors had disappeared.  (at least I did)  But he didn't. He married longtime lover Stan just recently.  Congratulations, Jim and Stan!  May you have a long, happy life together!

Gender neutral bathrooms are a step for transgender acceptance - Kathleen Martin - http://www.thesunflower.com

I did it last night... SO CAN YOU!!!

Yesterday afternoon I was busy typing away at my computer when my friend Dave walked into the restaurant I was in.  I had called him the previous night asking if he was interested in going to see our representative John Larson.  When he said he was willing to go, I immediately went home, got dressed to the nines, and got back into his car and drove off.

Once we got to the community college, it was... um... bigger than we we expected.  It was still a single building,  but it was in kind of a strange, curvy shape.  We had to go about a bit,  but ultimately we found where representative Larson was talking.

Now to the point:  When I sat down, I wasted no time in getting to my theme.  I was wondering how the sequester would affect me and my house.

After the main session was over, I went up to him and said that I was a transgender individual, and that I was still very concerned about LGBT  people, particularly in the south and west.

So, what is the point?  I got off my rump.  I got into my friend's car.  Despite a crazy situation, I got to where my representative was speaking.  And I spoke to him, not once but twice, despite my having a stroke.

YOU CAN TOO.

Everywhere across the country, representatives hold town meetings. When they get there, all manner of people show up.  From the very richest to the very poorest.  From the most conservative to the most liberal, and every shade in between.  There's only one person who might not show up.

You.

C'mon.  Be proud.  When your representative has a town or city meeting, show up and speak up. 

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