18 June 2017

Job Fair!

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ezs note:  This is a new feature for a transgender seeking new/better employment as a tool for better economic security.  A few tips: 1)  Dress professionally. If you need some pointers, Google here.  2)  Speak professionally.  Needless to say, no gum-chewing.  No matter how many butterflies you may have, speak and act confidently.  Need to speak proper English?  Google here .  3)  Do your freakin' homework.  Nothing is worse than going from a bad situation to an absolutely horrible one.  That goes double if you are transgender. Anyone can put 'LGBTs welcome' on a business card, but it's up to YOU to check it out.  If you can, talk to a few employees.  Check it out on Wikipedia.  If you are considering a mid to major corporation, see the HRC Corporate Equality Index.  

note: This is a random sampling of job fairs throughout US/Canada. To see more, type 'job fairs' under News.

Town/City: San Bernadino, CA
Location: 689 South E Street
Date:  June 22, 2017
Time(s): 9am - 1pm

note:  none observed

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Letter: The phenomena of Donald Trump

Byron Lund
The Salt Lake Tribune

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please press:  http://www.sltrib.com

FDNY’s first openly transgender firefighter to lead Pride March as grand marshal

Aliza Chasan

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Comment: Transgender rights are women’s rights (Canada)

Kimberley Ens Manning and Julie Temple Newhook
Times Colonist

To the really, really, really simpleminded:  try this - dumbass.

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Celebrating and Supporting Our Fathers: It’s Time for Paid Leave

Ashland Johnson

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please press:  https://www.hrc.org

An Evangelical Pastor Rethinks His Beliefs After Learning His Dad Is Transgender

Hemant Mehta

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please press:  http://www.patheos.com

17 June 2017

The Best Late-Night Jokes About President Trump's Birthday

Jennifer Calfas

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please press:  http://time.com

California’s First Transgender Candidate Announces Congressional Bid

Suzanne DeWitt Clinton

Terra Snover

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Meet the former ultra-Orthodox rabbi now living as a woman

Alexandra King

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please press:  http://www.cnn.com

CCSU Professor, Transgender Son Write Book About Coping As A Family

Susan Dunne
Hartford Courant

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please press:  http://www.courant.com

Army moves forward on transgender training

Julia Manchester
The Hill

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please press:   http://thehill.com

Liberty Lake, Washington

Liberty Lake document
(unknown date)

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ezs note:  Well, this time it's off to Liberty Lake, Washington!

16 June 2017

So, Will President* Trump Just Fire Everyone?

Charles P. Pierce

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ezs note:  A girl named Riley got a good laugh at Trump. Smart kid!

Oregon Just Added a Third Gender Option on Driver’s Licenses

Samantha Michaels
Mother Jones


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Memo lays out Trump administration's approach to transgender students' civil rights cases

Emma Brown
Chicago Tribune

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Transgender Activists to Facebook: A Pride Month Button Isn’t Enough

Lisa Marie Segarra

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please press:  http://fortune.com

Transgender actors effective in teaching new doctors to provide respectful care

Science News

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14 June 2017

I make changes through words, protests, and votes... NOT bullets!!!

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ezs note:  For those of you who haven't heard yet, Rep. Steve Scalise was shot today.  This is a DESPICABLE act.  Rep. Scalise, in spite of all the differences, I wish you well and a speedy recovery. 

Trump’s birthday celebrations marred by historically low approval rating (UK)

Fiona Keating
The Independent

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Reconstructing religion: West Philly transgender rabbi redefining roles in the Jewish faith

Timaree Schmit
philadelphia weekly

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Michael Cuby

Danica Roem

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This Transgender Worker Is Suing McDonald's For Discrimination

Cora Lewis

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please press:  https://www.buzzfeed.com

Nine Chinese gay, transgender couples to tie the knot on cruise ship (Switzerland)

Engen Tham and Damon Lin

Shanghai, China

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please press:  https://www.swissinfo.ch

13 June 2017

Warriors consider snubbing US President Donald Trump (Australia)

Tyson Otto

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please press:  http://www.news.com.au

A Trans Teen Explains Why He Took His School to Court (and Won)

Mark Joseph Stern

Kenosha, WI

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please press:  http://www.slate.com

RI ACLU asks schools to create policies protecting transgender students

Linda Borg
Providence Journal

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American Medical Association Adopts Resolutions Opposing Policies that Harm Transgender People

Sarah McBride

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please press:  http://www.hrc.org

Group pushing to end Washington state transgender bathroom rule gets $50,000 boost

Nina Shapiro
The Seattle Times

Washington state

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ezs note:  people of Washington state - if you are transgender, or have a friend, relative, or loved one who is, YOU can stop this idiotic bill.  If you have a little money, make a donation.  Talk to your friends and neighbors.  Write or e-write letters to the editor.  If you have a little talent (or even if you don't) produce something for the local public TV station.  Do something I haven't thought of (yet💆).  Whatever you do, DO IT!

Donald Trump, psychotic

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ezs note:  If you (still) don't believe me, read THIS.

12 June 2017

Senator Chuck Schumer spoofs Donald Trump’s sad need for approval

Sam Barsanti
A.V. Club

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please press:  http://www.avclub.com

Is the Political Climate Leading to More Violence Against LGBT People?

Ashley Dejean
Mother Jones

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‘Rest in Power’: Gainesville Equality March honors victims of Pulse nightclub shooting and celebrates LGBTQ+ pride

David Hoffman and Catie Wegman
The Independent Florida Alligator

Pulse nightclub shooting - aftermath

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please press:  http://www.alligator.org

Hate Crime - Historic Sentencing for Gang Member who Killed Transgender Woman


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please press:    https://www.fbi.gov

Group Attacks Transgender Women, Tells Them to 'Get off Their Block': Cops

4 New York (NBC)

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

11 June 2017

Thank you, John Scagliotti!

John Scagliotti

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ezs note:  So, here I am, blogging out yet another version of Emily's Virtual Rocket.  It has been terribly satisfying work.  Yet, until yesterday, I wondered if my work was of truly significant import.

OK, let me explain.  Roughly a month ago, I saw an advertisement for the Connecticut LGBT Film Festival.  Among the films being shown was Before Homosexuals: The Prequel To Before Stonewall.  Wow - this really intrigued me.  In my spare time, I delved into the body of work by scholars who worked in the LGBT community. (and in  particular, transgender people)  Well, on Saturday, I decided to go this movie.  It really was a fine film.  On the way out, who was there but John Scagliotti!

I had to see him.

In my work, I had encountered the Café Zehner, a bar in Munich which was raided by the police in 1921.  I asked John if he had any information on this place.  He was very courteous and very informative, talking at length about the interwar Germany.  After the meeting broke up, John stopped and gave me some very helpful info about the German word Schwule, which might provide me some valuable information.  After a few moments, I was about to leave, but I said "You know, I have this blog, Emily's Virtual Rocket..." He had seen it already!  You could have knocked me over with a feather!

I know I said it before, John, but you made my day. Thanks!

Donald Trump ‘will not visit UK if it leads to large demos’ (Scotland)

Gavin Cordon
The Scotsman

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

ezs note:  Uh, news flash, Donald - maybe you should be equally scared of Americans protesting. (Maybe you should try Saudi Arabia.  They'll love you there.)

Across US, thousands rallying and marching for LGBT rights

Carolyn Kaster and David Crary
New Haven Register

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

Why I’m Marching In The Equality March

Dan Avery

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

This trans acid attack survivor is finally receiving compensation (UK)

Meka Beresford
Pink News

Hyderabad, India

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please press:  http://www.pinknews.co.uk

#ResistMarch 2017 live updates: Tens of thousands expected to pack Hollywood Blvd.

Los Angeles Times

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please press:  http://www.latimes.com

ezs note:  Can't find a way to LA?  That's OK. Just find your own way to PROTEST.

10 June 2017

Ponce, Puerto Rico

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ezs note: Wow - these bills get around!  This time we're visiting Ponce, Puerto Rico!

09 June 2017


Rebecca Solnit
Literary Hub

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Laws Can Reduce Bullying For Transgender Youth (Canada)

Kimberley Ens Manning and Elizabeth J. Meyer

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LGBT activists alarmed transgender molester facing tougher sentence than victim who attacked her with hatchet

Michael Gordon
New Hampshire Union Leader

Ralayzia Taylor 

ezs note:  Oy, what a mess.  On the one hand, Ralayzia Taylor sounds a wee bit suspect.   "She/he looked 18" just doesn't cut it - and nor should it.  On the other hand, those two cretins whacked her with a hatchet!  In most cases, I'm willing let minor criminals receive a lighter sentence - but not these two.  Their vile actions reach far beyond normal civility.

Sen. Tim Kaine Introduces Legislation to Protect LGBTQ People from Housing Discrimination

Stephen Peters

Sen. Tim Kaine

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please press:  http://www.hrc.org

Services facing July 1 deadline ask for more time to develop transgender policy

Tom Vanden Brook
USA Today

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please press:  https://www.usatoday.com

08 June 2017