18 August 2016

West Hartford Police Adopt LGBT Policy

Mikaela Porter
Hartford Courant

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ezs note:  Yay!  It's in my town, guys!

09 August 2016

Witness says suspect Henry Gleaves shot and killed transgender prostitute

Lawrence Smith

Henry Gleaves

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please press:  http://www.wdrb.com

Hijras threaten stir if Centre fails to amend Transgenders Bill (India)

The Siasat Daily

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Poll: Young Americans overwhelmingly favor LGBT rights

Chicago Tribune

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Suspect identified in shooting that left transgender Moss Point woman in ICU

Tyler Carter

Charles Ray Lofton

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ezs note:  Especially if you live in the Gulf Coast area of Mississippi, and you see Charles Ray Lofton, do not approach him.  Rather, let the police do their job.  You can reach them at the Moss Point police department at 228-475-1711 or at Crimestoppers at 1-877-787-5898.

Nike airs first commercial featuring a transgender athlete during Olympics

Nicole Bitette
(New York) Daily News

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02 August 2016

The story of a five-year-old Icelandic transgender girl (Iceland)

Iceland Monitor

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Former Oregon Inmate Featured in Documentary on Transgender Prisoners


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Yarmouth transgender teen launches petition in support of gender anti-discrimination bill (Canada)

Tina Comeau
Shelburne County Coast Guard

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Cleveland family thinks transgender woman was killed because of gender identity

Cory Shaffer

Skye Mockabee

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please press:  http://www.cleveland.com

ezs note:  If you have any information about who killed Skye Mockabee, please call the Cleveland police immediately! The phone number is 216-623-5000, or the fax number is 216-623-5584.  Thanks.

Rest in peace, Skye... 

'Transgender people are neglected in Sweden' (Sweden)


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please press:  http://www.thelocal.se

28 July 2016

Coulsdon woman hoping to win Miss Transgender UK final crown (UK)

James Booker
Croydon Advertiser

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Jazz Jennings Gets Personal About Transgender Bathroom Debate

James MichaelNichols
The Huffington Post

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25 July 2016

Sheriff: Navy seaman accused of robbing, stabbing transgender woman

Justin Mitchell and Margaret Baker

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ezs note:  This just happened a few minutes later in the case of Dee Whigham.  Good work, Jackson County sheriffs!  By the way,  the case is ongoing, so keep a sharp eye out for the person of interest.  Once again, let the police handle it.

Family confirms St. Martin homicide victim was a transgender woman


Dee Whigham

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ezs note:  If you see the person pictured in the photo, DO NOT approach him - let the police do their job.  They can be reached at 228-209-8124 or 228-769-3063.  Thanks.

Rest in peace, Dee.

Wall of Love to block Westboro’s hate at Philly anti-trans protest

Erin Rook
LGBTQ Nation

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Transgender woman tapped as Democratic convention’s official timekeeper

Joey Garrison
Knoxville News Sentinel

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23 July 2016

Wentworth star learns about transgender (New Zealand)

Shaun Bamber

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please press:  http://www.stuff.co.nz

Helping Transgender People Find Their Voice


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please press:  http://www.npr.org

Chenoa, Illinois

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21 July 2016

His royal pomposity, Donald Trump

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Well, now it's official.  Donald Trump has bumbled his way into Cleveland and taken home the, uh, "prize".  And, oh, the show he gave.  He introduced his wife Melania, and she promptly fumbled her speech by cribbing portions of Michelle Obama's speech!  (In her defense, she was simply reading what the speechwriter put down... but still, what was he thinking by hiring such dumbasses?  

Now, think back to when John McCain was running against Barack Obama.  Sure, he made some fumbles, but I want to point out one really good thing that McCain did.  Did he really want to win?  You're damn right he did.  He wanted it so bad, he could taste it.  But McCain had another trait.  It's called honor.  And so when some nitwit spouted some of her half-baked "ideas" regarding Obama, McCain called her on it.  We are two honorable men in the Senate, he said, and you should listen to what each of have to say before deciding.

Damn.  How about that.

But here comes Trump to save the day!  When some noodlebrains (mostly the Tea Party) stated that Barack Obama had "faked" his birth certificate, who do you think led the charge?  I'll give you one guess.

Some folks may grumble that the only reason that I despise Trump is that he is a Republican.  Absolutely untrue.  I respect Romney.  I respect McCain.  Hell, I even have a little bit for Dubya.  (At the end of his second term, he ordered waters in the Pacific Ocean a protected class.  Good move, George.)

And so, I break with tradition and urge you to send Trump packing.

So long, Donald.  See you in Hades.

19 July 2016

RNC Day One: Transphobic Rhetoric in Prime Time

Brandon Lorenz

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Beyond Bathrooms — Meeting The Health Needs Of Transgender People

Mark A. Schuster, Sari A. Reisner, and Sarah E. Onorato
The Huffington Post

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please press:  http://www.thebaynet.com

Mormon Couple's Marriage Stronger than Ever After Transgender Transition: 'Love Is Bigger than Gender'

Cathy Free

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El Pollo Loco franchisee takes on transgender mission

Lisa Jennings
Nation's Restaurant News

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ezs note:  If you live in Arizona, California, Nevada, Texas, or Utah, and have a knack for food, maybe El Pollo Loco is for you.  I can't make any guarantees, but, hey, why not give it a try?

15 July 2016

Transgender surgery in Thousand Oaks aimed at confirming identity

Tom Kisken
Ventura County Star

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Fort Peck Tribe rescinds transgender bathroom policy amid criticism

Aja Goare

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please press:  http://www.ktvq.com

14 July 2016

Eldridge praises signing of transgender bill

Molly Loughman
Wicked Local Maynard

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Emmy Nominations for LGBTQ Shows, Many Transgender-Centric Standouts

Hayley Miller

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Transgender Woman Killed In 4th Of July Shooting

Rachel Sadon

Deeniquia Dodds

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ezs note:  If you have any information regarding Deeniquia's murder, please contact the DC police at 202-727-9099 or fax at 202-727-4106.  Thanks.

Rest in peace, Deeniquia.

Transgender Woman Is Charged With Voyeurism at Target in Idaho

Niraj Chokshi
The New York Times

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12 July 2016

Marla Newhook: Transgender teen finds acceptance from family, and Quebec (Canada)

Marla Newhook
Montreal Gazette

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Our transgender neighbors deserve consideration and understanding

Allie Friese
Chinook Observer

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The Attempt to Keep Transgender People Out of Bathrooms Is Working

Samantha Michaels
Mother Jones

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10 July 2016

American Repertory Theater seeks transgender actors

Wicked Local Cambridge

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Transgender stories: 'People think we wake up and decide to be trans' (UK)

Kate Lyons
The Guardian

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09 July 2016

Pulse profile: ESPN repeats Paula Blanco story (Orlando shooting)

Hal Boedeker
Orlando Sentinel

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ezs note:  For those of you who watch TV(!) please watch ESPN's news broadcast show, E:60.  It's the very best show, bar none.

Forest City, North Carolina

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PLEASE let us learn to love one another!

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Y'know, I don't have my fingers on current statistics, but damn, it sure feels like one of the worst holes we've ever been in.  First came the horrific Pulse shooting in Orlando, Florida - 102 killed or wounded in one night!  Then came the rapid police shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile , then the killing of five Dallas officers - Lorne Ahrens, Michael Krol, Michael Smith, Brent Thompson, and Patrick Zamarripa. 

This is far too much!!!

As I've said before, these might not be the best statistics, but if you think about it - even casually - you know that viscerally these deaths and woundings are very, very real.

This is for police officers and for those who are anguished by seemingly crass police pullovers.  

Remember, remember, remember that these are human beings!  They are not 'monsters'!  

If you feel that life is too much for you, please see a counselor or psychologist.  

Above all - and this goes for everyone - let us love one another.