16 October 2017

ezs poetry

The sky, a mullet gray
whips my face as I ride along
not too cool
the weatherman says
but  I feel it
I feel it

finally I enter
as I go to my favored seat
I pick up a book
Ginsberg, some twenty years' dead
whispers into my ear

He speaks to me of Paterson
ruined citystate
where his mother died
poor tattered madwoman

and he sat there
not knowing how to reach her.


15 October 2017

Trump re-election campaign raised $10 million in third quarter, spent $1.1 million on legal fees


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Patients risk being left behind as foreign donors pull the plug on HIV/AIDS in Vietnam (Vietnam)

Lam Le
VN Express International

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ezs note:  This is, by far, the most fascinating story about Vietnam has reported.  Y'see, it's not entirely Vietnam's fault.  A certain agency, PEPFAR, has, until recently, provided a large sum of the funds necessary to combat HIV/AIDS.  PEPFAR stands for U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.  And guess who's in charge of that after January 20?

I don't even want to say it...

Please, call your Representative and both Senators and ask that PEPFAR be fully funded.

Sessions sending top DOJ lawyer to prosecute transgender murder case: report

Brandon Carter
The Hill

Jeff Sessions

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19 years after Matthew Shepard's death, his family is still fighting for LGBTI rights

Rafella Gunz
Gay Star News

murder site of Matthew Shepard
(Laramie, WY)

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Christian printer 'refused to make business cards' for transgender woman (UK)

Jeff Farrell

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To Quote A Queer - ed. John Lessard

Jesse Monteagudo

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"If there was anything that characterized the men and women of the 'Rubyfruit Generation,' it was our innocence and our idealism.  We really believed that we could make things better, for ourselves and for our brothers and sisters." 

14 October 2017

Mnuchin Says Estate Tax Repeal Will Help ‘Rich People’ Most

Alan Rappeport
The New York Times

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Kim Davis, Once Jailed in America, Campaigns Against Gay Marriage in Romania

Liam Stack, Kit Gillet
The New York Times

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LGBTQ Life celebrates National Coming Out Day

Taylor Jade Powell

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Brogan-Kator discusses transgender rights at Gender Colloquium

Candice Clark

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Lawmakers launch legislation to protect transgender troops

Carl Prine
The San Diego Union-Tribune

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Tazewell, Virginia

estimated transgender population: 27* (rounded up)

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ezs note:  For such a tiny town, its National Register of Historic Places is quite impressive.  And one of these - the Tazewell Historic District is open to the public!  Come on down - visit Tazewell, Virginia today!

13 October 2017

Trump’s Iran Derangement

Roger Cohen
The New York Times

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Priscilla soars, HK Ballet dives into dark themes (Hong Kong)

Kevin Ng

Hong Kong Ballet Company

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We Cannot Remain Silent

David J. Johns
Los Angeles Blade

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Harford County private school loses state vouchers over discriminatory policies outlined in handbook

Liz Bowie
The Baltimore Sun

Trinity Lutheran Christian School - Joppa, MD

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Former Army Secretary: Donald Trump’s Transgender Troops Ban Weakens the Military

Eric K. Fanning

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12 October 2017

To Quote A Queer - ed. John Lessard

Bruce Hayes

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"It is always exciting when a gay person of accomplishment comes out.  But in our haste to turn these people into role models, we frequently expect them to drop what they're doing and become activists overnight.  We forget what made them newsworthy in the first place."

11 October 2017

Donald Trump just issued a direct threat to the free and independent media

Chris Cillizza

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LGBT people in Egypt targeted in wave of arrests and violence (UK)

Ruth Michaelson
The Guardian

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How Trump Uses “Religious Liberty” to Attack L.G.B.T. Rights

Masha Gessen
The New Yorker

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BRUMMETT ONLINE: A job for the Marines

John Brummett
Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette

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Why the Boy Scouts are finally willing to welcome girl Scouts

Abby Hamblin
The San Diego Union-Tribune

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ezs note:  Well, now, let me see.  Do girls belong in the Boy Scouts?

in 1909:  no
in 2000:  well... no... not really...
But this is 2017, pal.  If they feel that strongly, they do belong.  Unless Donald Trump is your Scout leader.  In that case, maybe boys and girls should stay out of the troop.  It would be so much better that way.

To Quote A Queer - ed. John Lessard

Tom Ford

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"When the youth of America gets together, amazing things happen.  College campuses were once a hotbed of political activity.  Students in the '60s were responsible for great changes, politically and socially.  The youth movement launched and defined what we've become since the '60. I would like to see that happen again."  

David Cay Johnston - Q&A

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10 October 2017


Graham Lanktree

Graham Lanktre

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Bosnian LGBTs Remain in Closet to Stay Safe (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Mladen Lakic
Balkan Insight

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Joseph Darius Jaafari
Nation Swell

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ezs note:  It's one of those little hotlinks that you can easily pass over - but you definitely shouldn't. I read that 0.3 percent made up the transgender population - but I was wrong.  It's 0.58 percent - almost double the amount. (In the initial report, the authors of The Williams Institute [UCLA] listed the data as 0.6 percent - but I felt it was more scientifically sound to list the data at 0.58 percent.)  To get the full documentation from The Williams Institute, press http://williamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu/wp-content/uploads/How-Many-Adults-Identify-as-Transgender-in-the-United-States.pdf.

Information is scarce about parents opposed to City Schools of Decatur’s transgender policy

Dan Whisenhunt


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Greek Transgender Community Hopes New Law Will Improve Lives

Elena Becatoros
US News & World Report

Santorini, Greece

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To Quote A Queer - ed. John Lessard

John Amaechi

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I am gay, black, British, smart, dumb, patronizing, all these other things - flawed in many ways - and I am now asserting my activism. -  John Amaechi

09 October 2017

Four ways Bob Corker skewered Donald Trump (UK)

Anthony Zurcher
BBC News

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Activists celebrate Botswana's transgender court victory (Kenya)

The Star

scene in Kenya

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Opinion: How one dad adapted to his transgender child

Tom Murphy

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Westford School Committee drafts transgender policy

Susanna Wood
Wicked Local Westford

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Transgender Teen Ousted By School Is Crowned Homecoming King (UK)

Steph Kyriacou
Pink News

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ezs note:  Hmmmm... maybe God does have miracles...

08 October 2017

Trump Lashes Out at GOP Sen. Corker — Who Then Calls White House ‘an Adult Day Care Center’

Daniella Silva, Frank Thorp V
NBC News

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Employment Law Update: Landmark case sends rainbow-coloured ripples through Hong Kong's community (UK)

Duncan A.W. Abate

Hong Kong, at night

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Justice Department 'Religious Liberty' Guidance: A 'License to Discriminate'?

Julie Moreau
NBC News

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6 films to watch during LGBTQ+ History Month

Madeline Laguaite
The Red & Black

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Census considering removal of sex question over discrimination against transgender and non-binary people (UK)

Rachel Roberts

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please press:  www.independent.co.uk

ezs note:  Believe it or not, I do respect Germaine Greer's work, despite our differences.  However, I would respectfully suggest that, for a start, she read transgender history in Wikipedia.  From ancient Assyria to the present day, transgender history is part of history, no matter how we wish to cover it up.

"She had no preconceived notion of backward or primitive, no prejudice equal to my blind assumption of superiority.  I stopped trying to teach her and began to learn from her instead.  (italics mine)

     Germaine Greer, Introduction

07 October 2017

Donald Trump: 'Unfunny' Late-Night Hosts Should Give Republicans 'Equal Time'

Aric Jenkins

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Hijra transgender Indian activist teaches W&M students

Jennifer L. Williams

Laxmi Narayan Tripathi

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Protest for transgender rights held in Foley Square

ABC - New York City

Foley Square, New York City

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UW-L initiative adds no-cost feminine hygiene products to all bathrooms on campus

Nathan Hansen
Lacrosse Tribune

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Transgender Brazilians Embrace Hit Soap Opera: ‘Now You Can See Us.’

Shannon Sims
The New York Times

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Little Chute, Wisconsin

average transgender population:  35*  (rounded up)

Little Chute, WI

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ezs note:  For a relatively small population, Little Chute, Wisconsin puts other towns to shame with the detail of their historical accuracy.  History buffs - both professional and amateur - will think they've gone to heaven.  Come on over!

*Credit:  UCLA

06 October 2017

Pence’s chief of staff floats ‘purge’ of anti-Trump Republicans to wealthy donors

Andrew Restuccia, Matthew Nussbaum

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Equality charity roll out workplace diversity scheme in Guernsey (UK)


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