09 October 2016

08 October 2016

So, *ahem*, how's your ol' pal Donald doing these days?

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Decatur, Illinois

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07 October 2016

NWHL player Harrison Browne comes out as a transgender man

Michele Steele

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Why The New York Times means so much to me

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This day, I would like to address the conservative transgender people.  (Yes, there are those out there.)  You might think otherwise, but I do understand your frustrations:
1)  The budget is of great concern to me.
2)  Yeah, every once in a while I blurt out an oath, but these are rarities.  Almost all of the time, I stick to the King's English.

  3)  Call me an old fogy, but I much prefer the terms Miss or Mrs. to the epithet Ms
   4)  Once in awhile, there are good Republicans as well as good Democrats, and I feel perfectly comfortable voting for them.

Having said all that, let me turn to The New York Times.  It is the nation's largest paper, and arguably the world's largest paper.  It is also has garnered a lion's share of critics.  

No matter what individual critiques you may have, there are certain points which the Times has, which other papers simply do not have:

1)  The Corrections page.  Yeah, this might seem like so much quibbling, but it is important.  Every day, someone goes over the paper with a fine-toothed comb, to make sure it is accurate.  If it is not, they promptly print it in the Corrections page.  Other papers print it rarely - if at all.  Accuracy be damned - we've got a paper to write.

2) Every once in awhile, a thoughtful person will write back, and the Times, to their credit, will print the article in the Editorial page.

3)  A crackerjack, indepth staff. 

When all is said and done, this has everything to do with the Time's endorsement of Hillary Clinton, and their critique of Donald Trump.  Despite what certain people like to spout off, this is not a matter of liberalism or conservatism.  It's a matter of accuracy.

Oh, by the way, there is one paper that endorses Trump.  The National Enquirer.

I'm not kidding.

Register and vote.  Election Day is November 8.

06 October 2016

Tony Perkins: Better To Disband The Military Than Include Transgender Service Members

Brian Tashman
Right Wing Watch

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Abrupt Death of Young Transgender Orthodox Jew Grieves Chicago Community

Aimee Levitt
The Forward

Jonah Berele

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ezs note:  It sounds like Jonah was a kind and gentle man.  Rest in peace, Jonah, and my condolences to your family.

Transgender Students Sue Pennsylvania District Restroom Rule

NBC 10

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05 October 2016

04 October 2016

Person of interest jailed, questioned in shooting of transgender woman

Carol Robinson

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Mark Seliger takes on the unsung in book of trans portraits

Leanne Italie

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Trump Slammed for Controversial Response to Trans Military Question

Mary Emily O'Hara

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Intersex—seeking the beauty in difference

Martha Henriques
Medical XPress

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ezs note:   This is a long but worthy piece.  If you are intersex or know someone who is, I urge you to read this.

Pope Francis urges pastoral care for transgender people, draws line between ministry and ‘indoctrination’

Nicole Winfield
The Washington Post

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03 October 2016

Oklahoma City man arrested for kidnapping, sexual battery of transgender woman

K. Querry

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New suicide prevention strategies for gay, transgender youth

Science Codex

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Defense Department Issues Transgender Handbook

Amy Bushatz

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Atlanta trans pioneer Cheryl Courtney-Evans dies

Matt Hennie
Project Q Atlanta

Cheryl Courtney-Evans
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ezs note:  What an amazing life!  Rest in peace, Cheryl...

02 October 2016

A different Drum's beat


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Gambia fails to heed UN warnings on deteriorating human rights (Gambia)

Amnesty International
The Salone Monitor

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Faith and equality community dialogue to be held in Concord

Independent Tribune

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Governor hopefuls distancing themselves from Clinton, Trump

Colin Jeffery

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Hope, Relief for Transgender Military Families in New Policy

Ben Finley

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01 October 2016

Gay Catholics test Poland's conservative church

Michel Viatteau
Digital Journal

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Trinity PRIDE: On being an ally

Abigail Wharton
The Trinitonian

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US top judge ousted over gay marriage stand (Ghana)


Judge Roy Moore

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Transgender's 'uncomfortable' transit at Abu Dhabi airport (United Arab Emirates)

Ashwani Kumar
Khaleej Times

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Thai expert picked for first-ever LGBTI role (Thailand)

The Nation (Thailand)

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Cranston, Rhode Island

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29 September 2016

New Report Finds Voter ID Laws Disenfranchise Transgender Community

Hayley Miller

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ezs note:  This is all the more reason to register early.  If at all possible, go to the place where voters are registered, and explain your situation to them.  This is doubly important if you have moved, changed your gender, or even changed your looks.  If the election official looks crabby or complacent, ask for a written statement with their signature on it

North Delta's Crossroads United Church officially recognized as an ‘affirming’ ministry (Canada)

James Smith
North Delta Reporter

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28 September 2016

How I'll vote

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President/Vice President:  Hillary Clinton (D) vs. Donald Trump (R), Gary Johnson (L), and Jill Stein (G) 

This race is, of course, the big kahuna.  Now, you might assume that I just fell in love with Hillary, just itching to vote for her.  Uh...no.  I would have loved to have voted for Elizabeth Warren (Massachusetts) with a very strong second for Bernie Sanders (Vermont).  Uh, Hillary came in third, folks.  And it took me a great while to warm up to her.  However, having seen her nomination speech, and her first debate performance, I gained a reasonable liking for her.  Not a swoon, mind you - but a healthy liking.  

Now on to Trump.  In case you haven't figured it out yet, he's f***ing nuts.  One quick example:  during his nominating speech, he said kind words to the LGBT cause.  Well, that's perfectly reasonable, said our friends in the Log Cabin sub-party.  However, a few days ago, he picked Rick Santorum as an adviser!   Sorry, Log Cabin, you can pick a candidate on principle - but you can't smooch their ass.

Gary Johnson is an interesting candidate.  He, like Clinton, has a strong LGBT advocacy.  He has a strong appeal with me for decriminalizing marijuana.  However, he has two strong strikes against him.  One is his absolute cluelessness when asked about the problem in Aleppo (it's in Syria, folks).  The other is his belief in the static nature of the Constitution.  Uh, sorry, Gary. The words changed - albeit just a bit - from the time you started taking the oath to the time you finished it.  Now, this may seem like mere semantics - but when you apply them to the Constitution, suddenly the meaning takes on a whole new import.

Next, Jill Stein.  When Ralph Nader took on the mantle, he looked very promising.  (For awhile, I belonged to the Green Party)    Sadly, the party has taken on a bunch of lunatics.  Now, mind you, half of the party's platform looks very promising and exciting.  The other half, however, deserve to be locked up in rubber rooms - for their sake as well as ours.

We often hear how this particular election is 'important'.  However, this one really is, and for those reasons, I endorse Hillary Clinton.

(to be continued)

27 September 2016

‘Strut’ Star Isis King Is Exposing Mainstream America To Transgender Models

Zara Barrie
Elite Daily

Isis King

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Transgender boy, 12, delivers powerful speech to school board... (UK)

Daily Mail

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"Modern Family" First Show to Feature Transgender Child Actor

Suyin Haynes

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26 September 2016

ICYMI: Donald Trump Adds Rick Santorum as Adviser


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ezs note:  Oh yeh... Santorum will make a great advisor... NOT!!!

How Mumbai’s red light district and transgender community ‘haunted and inspired’ Anosh Irani (Canada)

David Chau
National Post

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Pridelines intergenerational conference shines light on HIV prevention

Christian Portilla
Miami Herald

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How a supercomputer helped give a Nepali trans activist a voice of her own (UK)

Nick Duffy
Pink News

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25 September 2016

2016 Banned Books Week is Here!

Kelly Konrad
Chicago Now

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Tom Crawford: At least we're not North Carolina

Tom Crawford
Savannah Now

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"Growing Up Coy" (UK)

Clare Clark
The Panoptic

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Police stop Uganda’s gay pride parade a month after a bar raid

Rodney Muhumuza
LGBTQ Nation

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U.S. Supreme Court has reasons to duck transgender rights fight

Lawrence Hurley

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24 September 2016

Social Justice Lecture Series at Michigan Tech


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This transgender teen was allegedly fired from McDonald's after getting media attention

Matthew Rodriguez

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Transgender women refused entry at Hong Kong International Airport (UK)

Meka Beresford
Pink News

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Wethersfield, Connecticut

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