17 May 2018

lead story - The gay, transgender and bisexual men on Manus are forced into silence

Behrouz Boochani
The Guardian

Manus Island regional processing center

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16 May 2018

Donald Trump - TESTIMONY - Donald Trump Jr. testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee

Donald Trump Jr. (testifying)
Senate Judiciary Committee

Senate Judiciary Committee

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ezs note: Yeah, yeah, I know.   This is a L-O-N-G piece.  Read the whole thing - you'll be rewarded.

Turkey: Banned Pride march must be allowed to take place in peace

Amnesty International

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please press:  www.amnesty.org

ezs note:  Hey, if it can take place in São Paulo, it can place in Ankara.  PERIOD.

civil rights - LGBTQ teens face widespread feelings of fear and rejection, survey finds

Amy Ellis Nutt
Chicago Tribune

Guido Reni, Massacre of the Innocents

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Illinois - Experts say large health disparities exist between Chicago LGBTQs

Jesse Arnholz
Windy City Times

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lead story - 2 transgender women have turned up dead in Dallas in the last week

Matthew Martinez
The Sacramento Bee

Vincent van Gogh, Sorrow

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ezs note:  Unfortunately, two transgender women have been found murdered in Dallas, TX in a short period of time. The first, mentioned previously, was Carla Patricia Flores-Pavon.  The second is unidentified.  She was a black transgender woman, 5 feet 3 inches tall, 130 pounds.  If you have information about either one of these murders, please call the Dallas police at 214-283-4856. Thanks.   

VIDEO - Trump's 20 Worst Broken Promises

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15 May 2018


Bess Levin
Vanity Fair

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Greece - Greece will allow same-sex couples to foster children

Matt Moore
Gay Times

ruins of Angelokastro, Greece 

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civil rights - Lexington delegation stands up for transgender rights

Wicked Local Lexington

Munroe Cemetery, Lexington, MA

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Utah - ‘Queer Prom’ gives Utah teens a space where they can express their true selves

The Salt Lake Tribune

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lead story - Schools pulled into row over helping transgender children

Kim Thomas
The Guardian


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VIDEO - Robert Reich: Truth as a Common Good with Robert Reich

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14 May 2018

Donald Trump - President’s aides believe Donald Trump, Jr. and Jared Kushner could be indicted: report

Travis Gettys

Home sweet home!  😆

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please press:  www.salon.com

ezs note:  Uh, when isn't Trump mad?  (in both senses of the word)

Zimbabwe - Sex workers get exhibition stand at Zimbabwe’s international trade fair event

Mildred Europa Taylor

market at Harare, Zimbabwe

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please press:  face2faceafrica.com 

New Jersey - Some parts of NJ not as accepting of LGBT residents

David Matthau

Cape May, New Jersey

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civil rights - Every Lesbian, Bisexual, Queer And/Or Trans Woman Running for US Office in 2018

Laura Mandanas

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ezs note:  Okay... this is important.  Whether you live in a town, city, district, or state or not, get to know the candidate a bit.  If she/he/hir suits your fancy, volunteer!  I can't make any guarantees - but if you work hard, you'll have a friend for life - and maybe an important one. 

lead story - Colombia’s indigenous transgender women find refuge, freedom working on coffee farms

Kenneth Dickerman
The Washington Post

Coffea canephora

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ezs note:  Wow! Here I am in Connecticut, enjoying my coffee, when I find out about the hard, industrious work of the pickers!  You are to be commended!  I hope that my work makes life a bit better for all of us.  

13 May 2018

Donald Trump - Donald Trump Praises His 'Incredible' Mom on Mother's Day — But Doesn't Mention Melania

Maria Pasquini

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Brazil - Genderqueer Student Murdered and Burnt in Rio Favela


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civil rights - New Trans Military Ban Filing Would Accelerate Ruling to Permanently Stop the Trump Ban

The Rainbow Times

US Army

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Montana - Free & Fair Coalition launches campaign to oppose proposed discriminatory ballot initiative

Char-Kootsa News

Pablo, MT

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lead story - Transgender children’s mothers work to uphold protection law

Jessica Heslam
Boston Herald

Boston, MA

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Hey Mom - Happy Mother's Day!

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12 May 2018

Haubstadt, Indiana

estimated transgender population:  9*
(rounded down)

Haubstadt, IN (1924)

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ezs note:  For such a tiny town, Haubstadt, Indiana certainly has built up quite a name for itself.  The Log Inn was a resting spot for Abraham Lincoln and a place on the Underground Railroad - and it's still open!

Donald Trump - Michael Cohen is 'in business'. But just what sort of business is he in?

Richard Wolffe
The Guardian

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 please press:  www.theguardian.com

Indonesia - ‘Dark forces’ of intolerance spreading in Indonesia, say parliamentarians

Max Walden
Asian Correspondent

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civil rights - Trump’s HHS secretary dodges question on trans health care

Chris Johnson
Washington Blade

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Delaware - Delaware legislators propose equal rights amendment to the state constitution


woodcut of Delaware (previously New Sweden) 

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ezs note:  Opponents of the bill said that it would have granted us transgender people "special rights".  Y'know, like housing, voting, and speaking at meetings.  Oh, we're such a burden. 

lead story - U.S. rolls back protections for transgender prison inmates


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please press:  www.reuters.com

11 May 2018

Donald Trump - White House official mocked 'dying' McCain at internal meeting

Jonathan Easley, Jordan Fabian
The Hill

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Kenya - Kenya bans lesbian love story film 'Rafiki' set to open at Cannes

Maggie Fick

Lamu door, Kenya

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please press:  www.reuters.com

civil rights - Banning Transgender Soldiers Will Damage National Security

Jenny Hall
The Cipher Brief

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Texas - (transgender) Woman, 26, Murdered In North Dallas Apartment

Payton Potter
Dallas Patch

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ezs note:  Dallas/Fort Worth area - please, if you know anything regarding the murder of Carla Patricia Flores-Pavon, call the police at 214-283-4856. Thanks.

lead story - Beyond glitz and glamour, Lebanese transgender model breaks taboos

Heba Kanso
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Siege of Tripoli, 1289 CE
(artist unknown)

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10 May 2018

Donald Trump - Is Michael Cohen’s Essential Consultants L.L.C. a Slush Fund for Donald Trump?

Amy Davidson Sorkin
The New Yorker

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please press:  www.newyorker.com 

Honduras - Trans Woman Flees Death in Honduras, Asks Asylum at US Border


Maya stela, Honduras

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civil rights - In year of firsts, Virginia’s Roem and transgender advocates see progress

Ryan Persaud

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North Carolina - A year after the HB2 repeal, NC transgender students battle discrimination

Danielle Chemtob
The Daily Tar Heel

Sir Walter Raleigh, looking fabulous

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lead story - Pakistan Passes Historic Transgender Rights Bill

Sasha Ingber

satellite view of Pakistan

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09 May 2018


Tina Nguyen
Vanity Fair

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Nigeria - Watch trailer for new Nigerian gay-themed movie

Chidumga Izuzu

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please press:  www.pulse.ng 

civil rights - Diana Tourjee is the GLAAD Award-Winning Trans Journalist America Needs

Chris Thomas

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California - California voter guide contains vile anti-trans screed

Trudy Ring

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ezs note: Californians - Look, I don't give a flying fart if you vote for Mickey Mouse - just DON'T vote for Trump lovin' Don J. Grundmann.  He's a lunatic.  He's a fraud.  Just like someone else we know...

lead story - Britain’s Appalling Transgender ‘Debate’

Jennifer Finney Boylan
The New York Times

London (Westminster), UK

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08 May 2018

Donald Trump - McCain doesn't want Trump at funeral, friends tell White House

Rebecca Shabad
NBC News

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Australia - Deloitte LGBTI Leaders List highlights the work still to be done

David Simmons
Business News Australia

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civil rights - Civil rights groups wary of Trump's latest faith-based initiative

Julie Moreau

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Louisiana - Louisiana House rejects effort to study issues of incarcerated women

Mark Ballard
The Advocate

The Cowardly Lion
(currently 'serving' in the Louisiana House)

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lead story - Another Transgender Woman Killed in Pakistan

Saroop Ijaj
Human Rights Watch

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 please press:  www.hrw.org