18 April 2018

Australia - Israel Folau’s comments remind us homophobia and transphobia are ever present in Australian sport

Ryan Storr
The Conversation

Minto, Australia

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civil rights - Push anti-LGBTQ legislation and we will come for you on Election Day

Chad Griffin
The Hill

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ezs note:  Having our civil rights move forward may be a wonderful thing, but it's really only meaningful if you register AND vote.


Oklahoma - New Oklahoma City medical practice targets LGBT patients

Meg Wingerter

Oklahoma City, OK

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lead story - Transgender Woman Booked Into Male Section Of Jail During Protest

Angela Musallam
CBS Sacramento

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17 April 2018

Canada - Chilliwack school trustee facing human rights complaint for LGBTQ comments

OHS Canada

Chilliwack, BC


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civil rights - Army Chief of Staff Undermines DOD Report Against Transgender Service

Chris Johnson

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Washington state - UW’s Kristina Olson wins NSF Waterman Award for studies of ‘how children see themselves and the world’

Kim Eckert
University of Washington

Suzzallo Reading Room, Univ. of Washington

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lead story - Coast Guard won’t ban transgender members unless compelled

Stephanie Beasley

USCG Bertholf

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16 April 2018

Brazil - Five Sentenced in Killing of Brazilian Transgender Woman

Trudy Ring

Maarten van Heemskerk, Justitia

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civil rights - Leaders and Advocates: Duncan and Vitter Are Unfit to Serve as Judges in Louisiana

Shin Inouye
The Leadership Conference

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Florida - National Trans HIV Testing Day is Wednesday, April 18

Denise Royal
South Florida Gay News

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ezs note:  Get tested. That's all I have to say.  It's fast, it's ridiculously easy, and you'll feel a helluva lot better knowing the facts.  I DID!!!  

lead story - Transgender Kids Face High Risk of Mental Health Woes

Serena Gordon
US News and World Report

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To my Massachusetts friends, happy Patriots' Day!

Lexington, MA

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15 April 2018

Do you have information about Donald Trump and/or his Cabinet?

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ezs note:  It's a conundrum you face, of course.  You want to expose all the lies Donald Trump keeps blathering about, yet you want to keep your job.  It's kinda like Spy vs. Spy - only they're both after you!  What to do?  One possible solution might be found at McClatchy, found here.  They've got a good system going here.  Do they offer an ironclad guarantee?  No - no one does.  What they do is take this business damn seriously.

Donald Trump - Syrian refugees don't 'want to go to US', envoy says in defense of Trump ban

Jon Swaine
The Guardian

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Senegal - Submission to the Universal Periodic Review of Senegal (see esp. 'Education')

Human Rights Watch

Pointe des Almadies, Senegal

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civil rights - Gay rights advocates want Illinois schools to be required to teach LGBT history

Bill Lukitsch
Chicago Tribune

Springfield, IL (State Capitol)

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Minnesota - OutFront Minnesota announces LGBTQ winners

Insight News

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lead story - In 'protest suicide,' lawyer famed for gay rights cases burns himself to death in New York

Michael Livingston, Steve Padilla
Los Angeles Times

Thích Quang Ðuc, earlier

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please press:  www.latimes.com 

14 April 2018

Donald Trump - President Trump denounces James Comey as 'untruthful slime ball' in response to book

David Jackson, Gregory Korte
USA Today

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Singapore - Singapore couple's marriage annulled after sex change

SBS News

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civil rights - Iowa 4-H is reaching out to LGBTQ kids, and it's causing an uproar among conservatives

Courtney Crowder
Des Moines Register

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Idaho - Idaho Begins Allowing Transgender People To Change Their Birth Certificate

James Dawson
Boise State Public Radio

Boise, Idaho

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lead story - Federal judge keeps hold on Trump transgender troop ban

Jacqueline Thomsen
The Hill

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13 April 2018

Hartford, Connecticut

estimated transgender population:  715*
(rounded up)

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ezs note - What the... it's my favorite city on planet earth, Hartford, Connecticut!  (I didn't plan this...honest! ) Yeah, yeah, Hartford has its grumblers.  I don't freakin' care... I love this city!

Donald Trump - I’m a Peeliever and You Should Be, Too

Jonathan Chait
New York

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Spain - Book documents challenges of undefined gender in 1700s Spain

George Diepenbrock
The University of Kansas

Jusepe de Ribera, La Mujer Barbuda

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civil rights - These parents are pushing against a rollback of transgender rights

Bella English
The Boston Globe

Bridgewater (MA) Town Hall

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Tennessee - Opinion | I am a transgender Tennessean, and I am concerned that I am unwelcome at home

Henry Seaton


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lead story - Defense chief says he is 'prepared to defend' new transgender military policy

Claudia Grisales
Stars and Stripes

Sec. Jim Mattis

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12 April 2018

Donald Trump - The National Enquirer, a Trump Rumor, and Another Secret Payment to Buy Silence

Ronan Farrow
The New Yorker

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Trinidad and Tobago - Human rights groups to meet outside Parliament against 'buggery laws'


Trinidad and Tobago

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civil rights - Judith Light Talks LGBTQ Activism and Civil Rights at Jeffrey Fashion Cares Charity Soiree

Nia Groce
Footwear News

Judith Light

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Indiana - Mike Pence's hometown to host its first gay pride festival, with high school senior at helm

Maureen Groppe

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main headline - Website Designed To Help Transgender People In Florida Change Name And Gender Marker

William Daffron

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ezs note:  If you are presently living in the state of Florida (you must have lived there at least six [6] months) this guide may be of help.  It's good to be of use, anyway.  Please let me know how good this guide actually is. You will find the guide at this hotlink.

11 April 2018

Donald Trump - Will Michael Cohen Snitch on Trump?

Eric Levitz
New York

Michael Cohen, singing

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Argentina - This Book Shines a Light on Argentina's Transgender Community

Michael Love Michael

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civil rights - Town Losing Time to Appeal Trans Rights Ruling Against Funeral Home

Jason A. Michael

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Arizona - Why parents are losing custody of trans and gender non-conforming kids

Maria Poletta

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lead story - To live openly as a transgender woman, she had to flee (...)

Khushbu Shah, Emanuella Grinberg

Nuevo Laredo, Mexico

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please press:  www.cnn.com

10 April 2018

Donald Trump - F.B.I. Raids Office of Trump’s Longtime Lawyer Michael Cohen; Trump Calls It ‘Disgraceful’

Matt Apuzzo
The New York Times

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Japan - Fukuoka begins official recognition of LGBT partnerships

The Japan Times

Fukuoka, Japan

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civil rights - LGBT workers are protected from workplace discrimination, Texas judge says in 'earth-shattering' new ruling

Lauren McGaughy
The Dallas Morning News

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Hawaii - Bill Calls For Hawaii To Protect Students Who Allege Harassment

Suevon Lee
Honolulu Civil Beat

Hawaii State Capitol

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Transgender Kyrgyz seek unlikely refuge in Russia

Katie Arnold


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please press:  www.bbc.com

09 April 2018

Donald Trump - FBI raids Trump lawyer Michael Cohen's office for details on payment to Stormy Daniels

Tom Winter, Dartunorro Clark
NBC News

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Australia - Being transgender in outback Queensland

Harriet Tatham, Esther Macintyre
ABC (Australia)

Mt. Isa, NW Queensland, Australia

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Oklahoma Residents See Subtle Hiring Discrimination

Grant D. Crawford
US News and World Report

Tahlequah, OK

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Minnesota - The most frequently challenged books of 2017


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ezs note:  Here's one small way you can make a big difference in your town or city.  Find out when the library board meets in your town or city - then attend.  If for some reason board members seem squeamish about listing certain types of books, ask them why.  Attend early, and often.

The struggle of Egypt's transgender community

Marc Espanol

Derr Temple, Egypt

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