15 October 2015

Trans Woman Alleges Harassment, Unjust Firing by Walmart

Trudy Ring

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14 October 2015

How my daughter became my son (New Zealand)

Victoria Lambert

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Bernie (no, not that Bernie!) school board approves transgender student policy

Derrion Henderson

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Transgender Rights Didn't Come Up In The First Democratic Presidential Debate, And It Was A Big Oversight

Mari Brighe

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Outcry over the killing of three transgender women in Argentina (Singapore)


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ezs note:  Word came from Buenos Aires, Argentina the sad news that three transgender women were murdered.  The most recent one was Diana Sacayan. Whether you live in Buenos Aires or travel there, please contact the Buenos Aires police immediately!!!

Rest in peace, Diana...


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Kinda says it all, doesn't it?


13 October 2015

ezs comment #4

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Sometimes, everything just works, y'know?

Last night, I was surfing the Net, when my good friend of the ethers Steve Shives was having an extended conversation with his pal Crocoduck.  Well, they were bantering back and  forth, when Steve used a word which made me pause: intersectionality.  He was arguing that rather than putting the people around the feminist campfire and another around the atheist campfire, they should be brought together..

Now, about Shives' remarks, I see good and bad in them.  Granted, the majority of feminists go hand-in-hand with the atheists, but what about those who are either devout, or those who are simply uncertain?  A good example of this would be Malala Yousafzai.  Does she get kicked to the curb (along with her Nobel medal) simply because of her belief in Islam?

Then the next day came along.  It's fascinating when a particular word comes along and reminds you.  This time it was through How 4 Black Lives Matter activists handle queerness and trans issues.  This was a rather long essay, an interview with Kleaver Cruz, Elle Hearns, Arielle Newton and Kei Williams.  What struck me was how this most ingenious of words, intersectionality, came through on such diverse essays.  Deron Dalton uses it in their introduction, as well as Elle Hearns.

Oddly enough, the one place where I saw intersectionality most at force was at Liberty University.  (Yeah, that's the one where Jerry Falwell made his name.  Oy.)  On this morning though, Bernie Sanders, as left as left can be - in the House or Senate - stood at Liberty's podium.  In his opening paragraph, he made clear the differences the two of them would face, abortion and gay rights.  But then he got on with those areas that they would agree, namely the stilted state of our economy.  Now, could you imagine the Occupy movement standing arm-in-arm with Liberty University students?

It's not as farfetched as you might think.

What was fascinating was watching the opening five minutes of Bernie's speech.  My rough estimate would be 10 to 25  percent gave Bernie a warm welcome.  But this wasn't merely polite applause.  This was raucous cheering.  The loudest cheering was equal rights for women.


I don't think the men quite got it.

Clearly, the fault lines were being drawn, mainly between the thirty and below and those who are forty and above.  Liberty faculty are scratching their heads.  It's not that the Bible doesn't play a central part in their lives.  It clearly does.  It's just that they are no longer looking at Jesus as a hectoring figure, a  sheep-or-goats dichotomy (mainly Revelation), to looking - closely - at what he actually said and did with his life.  (Mainly, MatthewMarkLuke, and to a lesser extent John) In other words, Jack Chick's screeds need apply no longer.

Now, looking at me through the ethers as you do, you have no way of seeing me.  Well, knowing me as well as I can, I am mainly white. (I say "mainly" because my grandmother told a story about a Kickapoo princess marrying a white ancestor, but without evidence, it will remain the stuff of legend.)  But intersectionalities have their way of creeping in, don't they?

Yeah, I'm a white woman, but I'm a white transgender woman. Also, at age 39, I experienced a stroke which essentially left my right limbs severely compromised.  (No tears, please)  I get around in a wheelchair quite nicely.

I remain quite fascinated by intersectionalities.  And those that remain, they have gone from an intrinsic part of my being (mainly my parents, but especially my maternal grandmother) to a useless appendage.  Eh, so I'm white. Big fat fucking deal.

And isn't that what humanity is all about?



11 October 2015

Guest column: Transgender people should be more fairly accomodated

Marjorie C. Decker
Wicked Local Cambridge

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Hillary Clinton Makes 10 Promises to LGBT Americans, But Will She Really Keep Them?

Carolyn M. Brown
Black Enterprise

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How 4 Black Lives Matter activists handle queerness and trans issues

Deron Dalton
The Daily Dot

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Kroger to extend health benefits to transgender employees on Anthem

Anne Saker

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10 October 2015

How you can help!

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Here's how you can do it:  if you notice that the letters which form the reporter's name are blue, this is your opportunity to reach the reporter immediately via e-mail!  Hey, most reporter's names are black, but when you see a blue one, why not speak out?  Position your arrow on the reporter's name, and click away!  Wheeeeee!

Transgender bill raises concerns

Jen Zettel

Uh... say what?

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Administrative judge rules against Hobby Lobby in transgender discrimination case

Daily Kos

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A Badge, a Gun, and a New Gender Identity

Rebecca McCray

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Long Beach faith leaders address LGBT domestic violence

Phillip Zonkel

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Hillary Clinton Agrees Transphobic Violence Is a ‘National Crisis


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Hicksville, New York

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08 October 2015

2016 dates set for transgender conference in Weston

Arlene Satchell

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Oregon legislator hadn't met a transgender person — until now

Casey Parks
Oregon Live

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What you should know about transgender housing rights


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Gov. Jerry Brown Signs Bill Protecting Transgender Employees

Carlos Santoscoy
On Top Magazine

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Study sheds light on protecting transgender individuals from suicide

Marisa Ramirez

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07 October 2015

Transgender officer who spent $50,000 to become a woman slams US Army rules that force soldiers to keep calling her 'sir' (UK)

Kieran Corcoran
Daily Mail

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Conservative Christianity’s Discovery of Transgender Issues Worries Trans Christians

Vanessa Vitiello Urquhart

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Dispatches: Transforming Transgender Rights in Poland

Kyle Knight
Human Rights Watch

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Melanie Nathan

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Magnolia and Duplass Brothers Announce First Oscar Campaign for Transgender Actress

Sasha Stone

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Wow.  No matter how tired a saying may get, how time flies!  If you have not registered yet, geez, the time is now.  If you are able to vote now, don't put it off!  Better early than never!

06 October 2015

Calgary transgender activist flags election ID problem (Canada)

Allison Dempster

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Group of Men Beat, Shoot, Kill Transgender Woman in Philly

David Chang

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ezs note:   Sigh... what can I say?  It may seem futile, but you can help.  If you live in Philadelphia, (especially near the 1300 block of Wingohocking Street) or you pass through there for business or pleasure, please call the Philadelphia Police Department at 215-686-TIPS (8477).  Thanks.

Rest in peace, Keisha.  Know that you are loved.

Transgender Victoria woman fights Facebook's nipple rule (Canada)

Mike Devlin
The Vancouver Sun

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New Irish transgender play challenges perceptions (Ireland)

RTE ten

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YMCA changes policy based on complaints over transgender locker rooms

Eric Mandel

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05 October 2015

Schools slow to accommodate transgender students

John Finnerty
The Meadville Tribune

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Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden Both Gave Pro Transgender Rights Speeches This

David Walton
Herald Current

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Time ripe to bring transgenders into maintstream: High Court (India)

FPJ Bureau
The Free Press Journal

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Transgender students could get greater protection under proposed Winnipeg School Division policy (Canada)


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Transgender Americans Have Been Registering Their Transitions With Social Security Since 1936

Francie Diep
Pacific Standard

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03 October 2015

Rainbow List 2015: Time to meet the judges who'll be picking the LGBTQI people who are making Britain better (UK)

Sarah Morrison
The Independent (UK)

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West Bengal govt plans to recruit transgenders as civic police: All you need to know (India)

India Today

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Maureen's Story: What Acceptance Looks Like

Pamela Valentine
Chicago Now

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8 Intimate Portraits That Seriously Blur Gender Lines

Erin Cunningham
Refinery 29

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Pledging to Fight Injustices, Hillary Clinton Focuses on Transgender Rights in Speech

Amy Chozick
The New York Times

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San Francisco, California

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