09 March 2013

Oh, and by the way...

Dear Congressperson:

I do understand the reasoning that you have to face on a daily pressure cooker that Congress forces you to go through.  It isn't easy, and often thankless work.

But having said that, I don't really give a flying fart what mean ol' Barack Obama or ghoulish John Boehner is up to.  We care what you are doing.  Or why you missed a vote. Just be frank about it.  That's not too much to ask.



Papillon, Nebraska

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Wow!  After a few lightly snowy days, a really sunny day follows!  Here's what's happening... Papillon, Nebraska... Toronto, Ontario, Canada... Belle Plaine, Minnesota... Kenitra, Morocco... Mountain View, California... West
Hartford, Connecticut... Weinböhla, Sachsen, Germany... Wolverhampton, England, UK... Seal Beach, California... East Hampton, Connecticut... Manchester Township, New Jersey... Saint
John's, Saint John, Antigua and Barbuda... San Jose, California... Sydney, New South Wales, Australia... East Liverpool, Ohio... São Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil... Columbus, Ohio... San Francisco,
California... Sunnyvale, California... Stony Brook, New York... Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada...  Sheffield, England, UK... Burlington, Ontario, Canada... Somerset, Kentucky... Dennison,
Minnesota... Carroll, Iowa... Two Rivers, Wisconsin... Mound, Minnesota... Malvern, Arkansas... New Rochelle, New York... Port Harcourt, Rivers, Nigeria... Grayslake, Illinois... Tallinn, Harjumaa, Estonia...

Hey!  The snow melted!  No excuses!



08 March 2013

Now's the time to e-write!

If you have put this off for awhile, hey, I do understand.  I don't think there's a person in this world puts at least a few things off. (except for the anal do-it-right-nowers)  But... this is the time!!  We have a President who is compassionate to our cause.  We have a former President, who, however he might differ on other issues, agrees with the President on this one.

The time for same-sex marriage is near, very near.  If you e-mail now, you can put your name on record as being for it.

C'mon, folks.  Make history.

Manchester Township, New Jersey - Chris Smith (R) - NJ4
San Jose, California - Mike Honda (D) - CA17
East Hampton, Connecticut - Joe Courtney (D) CT2
East Liverpool, Ohio - Bill Johnson (R) - OH6
Belle Plaine, Minnesota - Collin Peterson (D) - MN7
Angier, North Carolina - Renee Ellmers (R) - NC2
Seal Beach, California - Dana Rohrabacher (R) - CA48
Columbus, Ohio - Pat Tiberi (R) - OH12
San Francisco, California - Nancy Pelosi (D)  CA12
Stony Brook, New York - Tim Bishop (D) - NY1

The previous representatives were chosen at random by the Internet. To find out who you are represented by, enter your ZIP code in www.house.gov.  In Canada, enter www.parl.gc.ca .

05 March 2013

When James Becomes Janice: What Not to Ask a Transgender Friend - Steven Petrow - http://www.nytimes.com

More lesbian and gay parents needed in Gloucestershire - http://www.thisisgloucestershire.co.uk

*more here*

ezs note:  If you are in the UK, and are a loving, caring, responsible person, please see www.iwanttofoster.com.

Massachusetts Lawmakers Retaliate Against Youth With ‘Transgender Issues’ - Zack Ford - http://thinkprogress.org

Culliver meets with LGBTQ group, the Trevor Project - Katie Dowd - http://blog.sfgate.com

04 March 2013

Spa World Clarifies Policy - John Riley - http://www.metroweekly.com

*more here*

ezs note:  I don't know if Anytime Fitness has the same policies in Virginia, but if not, they do not have the same asinine "policies" as Spa World.  Check them out to see.

Bill expands hate crimes, adds transgender persons - http://elkodaily.com

Underworld saint becoming more popular in US - http://azstarnet.com

CA lawmaker seeks rights for transgender students - http://www.yorkdispatch.com/

Violence Against Transgender Women In Latin America Thwarts HIV Efforts - Hope Gillette - http://www.huffingtonpost.com

02 March 2013

Madonna to present GLAAD award to Anderson Cooper - http://www.masslive.com

Transgender Woman Reported Gang-Raped in New York - TRUDY RING -

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ezs note:  If you live in or visit the midtown Manhattan (57th Street) area of New York City, and you have any information regarding this vile rape, please contact the New York City police department immediately!!  Their telephone number is 800-577-TIPS.  Take a good  look at the photo. Thanx.

Bozeman, Montana

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I can't believe how fast the snow has melted!  Here's what's happening... Bozeman, Montana... York, England, UK... Mountain View, California... Sale, Cheshire, England, UK... Mound,
Minnesota...  Chicago, Illinois... San Francisco, California... Mukwonago, Wisconsin... Moreno Valley, California... Asheville, North Carolina... Eugene, Oregon... Torrance, California... Rome,
Lazio, Italy... Ivins, Utah... Reading, England, UK... Tel Aviv, Israel... Parma, Emilia-Romagna, Italy... Stony Brook, New York... Dallas, Texas... Gent, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium... Lake Havasu
City, Arizona... Lady Lake, Florida... Rochester, New York... Île-perrot, Quebec, Canada... Guildford, Surrey, England, UK... Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada... Istanbul, Turkey...
Edmonton, Alberta... Portland, Oregon...

Yeah. I know my pal Gerry will harp on me (the song is American, not Irish) but I know when Irish eyes will really be smiling... give to the American Red Cross or Doctors Without Borders!  (or both!)



01 March 2013

Didn't think it could happen, did you?

When Barack Obama sent a brief to the Supreme Court advocating same-sex marriages, it was an earth-shaking moment.  But when George W. Bush sent a letter advocating the same thing... whoa.

Think of that.  Barack Obama and George W. Bush and Joe Biden and Dick Cheney... extraordinarily powerful men with very different viewpoints... come to agreement on same-sex marriage.

It used to be that same-sex marriages were a matter of liberal vs. conservative.  No more.  Now they're a matter of liberal and conservative vs. troglodyte.

Don't let your representative be a troglodyte.  E-mail 'em.

Torrance, California - Maxine Waters(D) - CA43
Ivins, Utah - Chris Stewart (R) - UT2
Mountain View, California - Anna Eshoo (D) - CA18
Eugene, Oregon - Peter DeFazio (D) - OR4
Stony Brook, New York - Tim Bishop (D) NY1
Dallas, Texas - Eddie Bernice Johnson (D  - TX30
Lake Havasu City, Arizona - Paul Gosar (R) - AZ4
Mound, Minnesota - Erik Paulsen (R) - MN3
Lady Lake, Florida - Richard Nugent (R) - FL11
Rochester, New York - Louise Slaughter (D) - NY25

The  selection above  is chosen at random through the Internet.  To determine who your representative is, go to www.house.gov and enter your ZIP code. In Canada, go to www.parl.gc.ca and follow the directions from there.  

27 February 2013

Republicans now likely to pass transgender inclusive Violence Against Women Act - J. SKYLER ROBINSON - http://www.examiner.com

Are Aging Services Ready for Us? - http://10thousandcouples.com

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ezs note:  Are you or a loved one approaching age 65 years or older?  Are you younger than that, but want to plan ahead?  If you are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, the time to start planning is now.  A good place to start is at www.lgbtei.org.

Students protest over transgender student's 'special treatment' - Justin Hanson - http://www.wafb.com

VIDEO: Transgender student sues Cal Baptist for expulsion after appearing on MTV's 'True Life' - http://www.scpr.org

Transgender Marriages An Encouraging Step - http://www.scoop.co.nz/

23 February 2013


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...


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
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.


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.


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