21 January 2018

Drop out of the race, Chelsea

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Dear Chelsea:

Hello. I came to speak to you tonight on your decision to run for the US Senate.  I don't follow Senator Cardin's record very closely, me being from Connecticut.  Maybe he's a good choice, maybe not.  Anyhow, you decided to run against him.

Despite your feelings regarding him, this is not simply a silly notion.  I understand your feelings - but this is so fundamentally stupid it beggars description.  Those in your immediate vicinity may call you Miss Wonderful, but there are legions of people - not only Republicans but Democrats and independents who would much rather see you rot in jail - and that's if you're lucky.

I didn't see things quite their way.  I did understand your frustration - but, come on, giving things to Wikileaks and their questionable(!) leader Julian Assange shows that, uh, you ain't too bright.  In the meantime, competent transgender leaders suffer under your "leadership".  You have SERIOUS questions that they should not have to answer.

Just thank your lucky stars that President Obama saw fit to free you - but get the hell out of the race.  Today.


Emily Shorette

Tammy Duckworth Scorches Donald Trump As ‘Five-Deferment Draft Dodger’

Dominique Mosbergen

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China - China’s media watchdog in legal challenge over censorship of gay content

Phila Siu
South China Morning Post

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U.S. School District to Pay $800,000 to Settle Transgender Student’s Discrimination Lawsuit

Amanda Arnold
The Cut

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University Learns a New Lesson: Transgender Discrimination Landmark Verdict in Oklahoma

Clarence Webster III

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How a Hong Kong transgender bodybuilder is fighting discrimination – with compassion

Laurie Chen
South China Morning Post

Law Siu-Fung

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20 January 2018

Donald Trump Owns This Shutdown

John Nichols
The Nation.

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Bangladesh - Bangladesh: Transgender Men Fear for Their Safety

Human Rights Watch

scene in Bangladesh

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One Year After Joining the Women’s March in Atlanta, Transgender Woman Works as City Council Member


Doraville station

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ezs note:  Are YOU the next one to be elected to the council?  Could be...

Transgender inmate's request poses quandary for Cass County, ND, officials

Tu-Uyen Tran
Duluth News Tribune

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Transgender woman sues over ordeal in male prison (UK)

Mark Townsend
The Guardian

Tara Hudson

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Rocky Mount, North Carolina

estimated transgender population:  322*
(rounded up)

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ezs note: One of the most notable examples of Greek Revival architecture is located at Battle House at Rocky Mount, North CarolinaIf you're a fan of architecture, come on down!

19 January 2018

Stormy Daniels Once Claimed She Spanked Donald Trump With a Forbes Magazine

Dan Friedman
Mother Jones

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ezs note:  Ah, but, y'see, Donald will defend traditional heterosexual marriage!

Right after Stormy spanks him.

For being such a bad boy.

Um... convinced yet???

Chile - Will Chile Be the First Nation to Win Marriage Equality in 2018?

Stuart Gaffney, John Lewis
San Francisco Bay Times

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President Trump's First Year Was an Affront to Civil Rights

Sherrilyn Ifill

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Scottsdale calls on Arizona to handle LGBT non-discrimination protections

Yihyun Jeong

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How Grey's Anatomy Introduced Its First Major Transgender Character

Jessinta Smith

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18 January 2018

Donald Trump Gets His Sanity Grades

Gail Collins
The New York Times

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Russia - Russian propaganda outlet Sputnik mocks US ‘Tranny troops’

Nick Duffy
Pink News

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Commentary: ‘Religious Liberty’ Is Not an Excuse to Deny Transgender People Medical Care

Steve Sanders


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This LGBTQ office is first of its kind in N.J.

Taylor Tiamoyo Harris

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Suspect arrested in transgender drag queen sex assault case


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17 January 2018


Abigail Tracy
Vanity Fair

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Saudi Arabia - Saudi Arabia police arrest men over 'gay wedding' video


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2018: Stand Up

Gwendolyn Ann Smith

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Editorial: Ernst owes Iowans answers

Editorial board
Quad Cities Times

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Delaware's transgender students: Separate but equal?

Margie Fishman
delaware online

State Rep. Rich Collins (R-DE)
(oh, gawd, please let him be kicked out of office soon...)

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16 January 2018

Donald Trump - Golf, three TVs and Big Macs in bed: my week in the life of Donald Trump

Adam Gabbatt
The Guardian

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Pakistan - Pakistan's Transgender Women, Long Marginalized, Mobilize For Rights

Diaa Hadid

scene in Pakistan

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Top statehouse Republican’s bill resurfaces controversy over LGBT advocate’s appointment by Colorado governor

Jesse Paul
The Denver Post

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ezs note:  Colorado's 2nd State Senate district - granted, it's a long way off, but if you have a strong LGBTQ credential, have a good rapport with people (whether they agree or disagree with you), and, preferably, have a spot on a city or town council, perhaps it'll be time to take away Kevin Grantham's seat in the Senate.  In case you didn't know, he went to, ahem, 'school' at Liberty University, of airhead Jerry Falwell's starting.

Yeah, that's who you've got representing you in the 2nd District.  You can do better.

As I See It: Launching fight to preserve transgender rights in Massachusetts

Mason Dunn

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Trump Admin To Transgender Kids: We Won’t Deal With Your Civil Rights Complaints

Rebecca Klein


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15 January 2018

Donald Trump’s Racism: The Definitive List

David Leonhardt, Ian Prasad Philbrick
The New York Times

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Nepal - I Grew Up Trans in Nepal, Then Became One of Its LGBTQ Leaders

Manisha Dhakal
Daily Beast

scene in Nepal

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Samantha Bee Brilliantly Calls Out Racist GOP Congressman for Hypocritical Martin Luther King Jr Tribute

David Badash

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Democratic candidates for Montana's U.S. House seat talk health care, other issues in Helena

Holly K. Michels
Independent Record

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ezs note:  Montana residents - it may seem small, but your vote is just as important as any other - no more, no less.  Please remember to vote, and if you haven't registered yet, please do so NOW.  

'A monumental change': how Ireland transformed transgender rights

Libby Brooks
The Guardian

ruins in Ireland

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Martin Luther King Jr. day

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14 January 2018

Donald Trump - A Racist in the Oval Office

John Cassidy
The New Yorker

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Taiwan - Group releases report on LGBTI rights policies in Taiwan

Christie Chen
Focus Taiwan

Taipei, Taiwan

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SPLC seeks to defend ban on conversion therapy challenged by hate group

Southern Poverty Law Center

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Psychologist at Vacaville state prison says transgender advocacy led to demotion

Ryan McCarthy
Daily Republic

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‘One Million Moms’ Is Furious That Scholastic Is Selling Books About Transgender Kids

Carol Kuruvilla

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13 January 2018

Donald Trump - Another porn star says she was invited to Trump's hotel room in 2006

The Guardian

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ezs note:  Here's a little snippet from The Guardian:

The money was reportedly paid to keep Clifford from talking about a sexual encounter she allegedly had with Trump in 2006, shortly after the billionaire’s third wife, Melania, gave birth to their son Barron.

Melania - why do you stay with this pig???

Thailand - The life of a transgender boxer in Thailand

Elianna Spitzer
The Week

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D.C. high school students plan and attend civil rights summit

Shira Stein
The Washington Post

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New Jersey’s LGBT related laws rated in HRC index

Out In Jersey

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Suspect named in murder of San Francisco transgender activist 'Bubbles'

Dion Lim

Anthony "Bubbles" Torres

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ezs note:  San Francisco area - if you see Hieu Trung Nguyen, DO NOT attempt to subdue him, rather call the San Francisco Police Department at 415-575-4444.  Be a real hero.

Ankeny, Iowa

estimated transgender population:  340*
(rounded down)

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ezs note:  While my hometown has remained fairly stable, Ankeny, Iowa has grown by leaps and bounds!  Come see what all the buzz is about!