06 November 2017

Ecuador - Former Sex Worker, First Trans Woman Elected to Ecuador's Senate Paves Way for Others

Arturo Conde
NBC News

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“Somebody Has To Fight For The Civil Rights Of Trans People. Why Not Me?”

Rich Bellis
Fast Company

rural Mississippi church

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Transgender woman sues Allegheny County; claims jail assaults while being housed with men

Paula Reed Ward
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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A rational approach to transgender discussion

Logan Chipkin
The Cougar

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05 November 2017

What the fork!?!?!?

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ezs note:  I came across it quite accidentally, but it shook me nevertheless.  The ICC is investigating the United States for possible war crimes.  All to no avail, unfortunately.  Y'see, we don't want to get our hands dirty, even though we got the United Nations started in the first place!!!  

Is it because we refused to ban IEDs - even when our own troops got maimed or killed?

Is it because we allowed (until the early 2000s) the (ahem) great state of Texas to throw LGBT+ people into prison - with no other reason?

I am going to call my Representative and my two Senators and urge them to join the ICC.  Yeah - I know - this is a real long shot.  But it starts with one.  

The Russian Hacking Scandal Is Way Bigger than Donald Trump

Jonah Schepp
New York

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ezs note:  If you are planning on being at Storrs, Connecticut (section of Mansfield) on November 13, you might want to come here.

Cyprus -- Cyprus is least gay-friendly EU country, rights group says

Nikolaj Nielsen
eu observer

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Iowa jury returns guilty verdict in gender-identity murder case

Reuters staff

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Sign promoting inclusion vandalized at Congregational church

Lauren Harkawik
The Deerfield Valley News

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Transgender candidates hope to make history in California

Casey Tolan
The Mercury News

East Los Angeles, CA

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Once again... VOTE!!!

04 November 2017

My choices for West Hartford

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After consideration, I made the following choices.  Here goes:

Town Council

Shari Cantor (D)
Dallas Dodge (D)
Mary Fay (R)
Beth Kerrigan (D)
Liam Sweeney (D)
Ben Wenograd* (D)

*my choice for Mayor

Board of Education

Cheryl Greenberg (D)
Deb Polun (D)
Lorna Thompson-Farquharson (D)

Now, some of you may be wondering why I chose to drop Chris Barnes and pick up Mary Fay instead for the sole Republican seat.  I listened to Chris Barnes and I must say I was very nonplussed by what he said.  It was very boilerplate nonsense.  Mary Fay, on the other hand, sounded like a genuine Town Council member.  Plus, the fact that she is a lesbian will mean that LGBT needs will be heard.  

I hope that a few people from West Hartford will read what I've written and will consider these matters when voting. However, if you are not from West Hartford, your vote is just as important. Read your papers and watch the League of Women Voters.

And on Tuesday, VOTE.

Both Bush Presidents Worry Trump Is Blowing Up the G.O.P.

Peter Baker
The New York Times

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ezs note:  If you are planning on being around Quincy, Massachusetts on November 12, perhaps you should check out this.

Bermuda - Bermuda wants to ban homosexuality after legalization (translated)


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An Embattled North Carolina Seeks to Outrun a Law’s Bitter Legacy

Alan Blinder
The New York Times

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State Senate Passes Criminal Justice Reform Bill

Steven Withrow
The Mashpee Enterprise

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ezs note:  It's not at the beginning of the article, but roughly toward the middle, there is a lengthy paragraph regarding LGBTQ+ rights. 

A letter to … my children to tell them I am transgender (UK)

The Guardian

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Bad Axe, Michigan

estimated transgender population:  18*
(rounded down)

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ezs note:  Well, what do you do in a town named Bad Axe, Michigan?  Well, you can find out how a man named George Willis Pack came up with the name!

03 November 2017

Wait, I thought Trump had 'one of the greatest memories of all time'?

Chris Cillizza

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ezs note:  If you happen to be in the New Haven, Connecticut area on November 11, perhaps you would like to check this out.

India - ‘How could you have been raped?’: New study on how India’s transgender people face bias from doctors

Ankur Paliwal

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Senate Dems Urge DOJ to Reinstate Trans Protections Under Title VII

Chris Johnson

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Transgender student seeks anonymity in MSU legal fight

Gail Schontzler
Bozeman Daily Chronicle

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Report Highlights Experiences of Black Transgender People in U.S.

Mashaun D. Simon
NBC News

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02 November 2017

This cartoon explains how the Republican tax bill makes Donald Trump richer

Alvin Chang, Javier Zarracina

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ezs note:  If you happen to be in Allentown, Pennsylvania on November 11, you might want to check out here

Jamaica - Gays pepper-sprayed - Cops accused of targeting men

The Star

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Appleton rates high as LGBTQ-friendly, but Green Bay and Oshkosh not so much

Nate Beck, Haley BeMiller
Oshkosh Northwestern

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'Tunnel of Oppression' hoping to raise awareness at Bradley University

Andrew Harvey

Peoria, IL

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Study: Mental Health of Transgender Individuals Under Stress

Shantell E. Jamison

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01 November 2017

America's Victim-in-Chief

Conor Friedersdorf
The Atlantic

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ezs note:  If you happen to be in Burlington, Vermont on November 9, perhaps you would like to check things out here.

Egypt - Egypt Doesn’t Speak for Africa on LGBT Issues

Graeme Reid
Human Rights Watch

Cairo, Egypt

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U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney lead congressional Amicus Brief in Masterpiece Cakeshop case

Steve Lee
LGBT Weekly

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Greenville's Proud Mary Theatre dedicated to telling LGBT stories

Donna Isbell Walker
Greenville News

Unitarian Universalist Church of Spartanburg

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World Rugby’s transgender policies are discriminatory, and this student is fighting to change them

Lindsay Gibbs

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31 October 2017

The business world hates chaos. Enter Donald Trump.

Helaine Olen
The Washington Post


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ezs note:  If you are planning to be in Lebanon, Pennsylvania on November 7, you might want to check out here. (Don't forget to vote first though!) 

Barbados - Row over rainbow colours

Tre Greaves
Nation News

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Out for votes: Battle over rights inspires more U.S. transgender candidates

Letitia Stein

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ezs note:  Whether or not you are lucky enough to vote for one of the transgender candidates, you are lucky enough to make your voice heard - if you are registered.  If you live in one of the states where you still can, please do so immediately. Election Day is Tuesday, November 7. 

Church Program Offers Frank Lessons on Sexuality

EmmaJean Holley
Valley News

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Who are California’s transgender adults? New study finds some surprises

Kevin Fagan

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Happy Halloween!

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30 October 2017

Watchdog urges probe of whether Zinke campaign benefited friend, family

Esther Whieldon

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ezs note:  If you are making plans to visit Cleveland, Ohio on November 6, perhaps you should check things out here.

Philippines - A public health emergency


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Hillary Clinton slams Trump administration's record on LGBT issues

Steven Overly

Hillary Clinton

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Night of the Living Drag Show raises funds for conference, entertains

John Reel
The Daily Nebraskan

University of Nebraska -  Lincoln

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Federal Judge Blocks Trump's Ban On Transgender Service Members

Camila Domonoske

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ezs note:  If you want to read a more detailed Memorandum Opinion of Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, the transcript is about halfway down.  

Indictment - USA v. Manafort and Gates

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28 October 2017

Jeff Sessions Is in Charge of a Bribery Prosecution Involving Two of His Top Donors

Russ Choma, Nick Schwellenbach
Mother Jones

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ezs note:  If you plan on being in Portsmouth, New Hampshire on November 4, perhaps you should check out here.

Mexico - Muxes: gender-fluid lives in a small Mexican town

The Guardian

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Transgender rights to be discussed at Fitchburg State

Sentinel & Enterprise

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Oregon Councilman attacks Hawaii filmmaker

Paul Drewes

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Transgender at BYU: Living Lives Despite Unclear Policies

Braley Dodson
US News & World Report

Irving, Texas

estimated transgender population:  1326* (rounded down)

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ezs note:  Home of the Dallas Cowboys! And home to poverty-stricken areas surrounding it!  Yee-haw!  Anyway, visit Irving, Texas.