22 May 2018

VIDEO - How Do We Abolish the Electoral College? (Robert Reich)

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Donald Trump - Hey, Look: More Evidence That Broidy May Have Been Covering for Trump in That Playmate Affair

Paul Campos
New York

Elliott Broidy, in happier seconds

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please press:  nymag.com

ezs note:  When I was reading this article, I did a Wikipedia on George Nader (the businessman, not the actor) to find out if they were related. (as far as I could, they either weren't, or were distantly related)    But I'll let you discover the, uh, 'fun'. (barf bag, please)

Oh, yeah.  Fine, upstanding men, these.

Vietnam - LGBT community in Vietnam’s path to recognition

vietnamnet bridge

sidewalk in Hanoi, Vietnam

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please press:  english.vietnamnet.vn

civil rights - DeVos grilled on civil rights for students

Lydia Wheeler
The Hill

grilled chicken, House special

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Rhode Island - Chariho school committee to vote on transgender policy

NBC 10

Bell School, Richmond, RI

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Kashmira Gander

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please press:  www.newsweek.com

21 May 2018

Norway - Is it difficult to be gay in the Norwegian workplace?

Nancy Bazilchuk
The Local No

Linköping University, Linköping, Norway

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civil rights - Here’s why psychiatric hospitals are so bad at helping transgender patients

Josh Israel, Danielle McLean

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please press:  thinkprogress.org

ezs note:  If you are as moved as I was, do as I did and call your state Senator and State Representative and ask for more, better beds for those who desperately need them.  Thanks.   

Florida - Transgender Political Candidates Monica DePaul and Wendy Ella May Explain Their Positions on Universal Health Care

Danielle Bernstein

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ezs note:  It's a ways off (Tuesday, November 6) but whether you are in Florida, North Carolina - or anywhere - VOTE!

lead story - Despite fatwa, transgender people in Iran face harassment

Tampa Bay Times

Tehran, Iran

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VIDEO - Joshua Green, "The Devil's Bargain"

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20 May 2018

Donald Trump - Warner: Why doesn't Trump understand that it's illegal for other countries to interfere in US elections?

Jacqueline Thomsen
The Hill

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Poland - Polish conservatives oppose rainbow flag at European Parliament

Radio Poland

map of Poland

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please press:  www.thenews.pl

civil rights - American bishop brings human rights focus to royal wedding

Tampa Bay Times

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Arizona - Phoenix will add rainbow crosswalks to celebrate LGBT community

Jessica Boehm

Phoenix, AZ

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please press:  www.azcentral.com

lead story - Idaho agrees to pay transgender women's attorney fees

Betsy Z. Russell
Idado State Journal

Idaho state capitol (interior)

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please press:  idahostatejournal.com 

19 May 2018

VIDEO - David Cay Johnston & Greg Palast: What the Trump Administration Is Doing to America

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Donald Trump - Bill Maher: Congress ‘Wouldn’t Turn on Trump If They Found Out He Was Using the Eternal Flame to Light Farts’ (Video)

Tony Maglio

JFK eternal flame

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please press:  www.yahoo.com

Mexico - Mexico bans 17 'false' transgender women running in local elections

Marta Rodriguez Martinez

Muxes, Zapotec region

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please press:  www.euronews.com

civil rights - 'Live Free or Die' motto often invoked, with mixed results

Holly Ramer
Hastings Tribune

Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire

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please press:  www.hastingstribune.com 

California - Saddleback College continues to investigate submitted transgender student complaints

Ashley Hern

Saddleback College

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please press:  lariatnews.com

lead story - Belgian transgender ballet film wins Cannes Queer Palme

Johnny Cotton

Jacques Brel, Belgium

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please press:  www.reuters.com 

18 May 2018

Middletown, Delaware

estimated transgender population:  121*
(rounded down)

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 ezs note:  Wow! So that's where Dead Poets Society was filmed!  Middletown, Delaware is home to St. Andrews School, a private co-ed boarding school.  In the movies, boarding schools are starchy, stuffy places, (especially in the fifties) but St. Andrews is fortunately different.  They have a Gender and Sexuality Alliance - good for them!

Donald Trump - Trump personally pushed postmaster general to double rates on Amazon, other firms

Damian Patella, Josh Dawsey
The Washington Post

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Chile - Chile LGBT Group Blasts Campaign against Transgender Actress

Latin American Herald Tribune

Santiago, Chile

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please press:  www.laht.com

civil rights - This transgender graduate will make history at Pass High. And he's only 16.

Jeff Clark

Pass Christian, Mississippi

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please press:  www.sunherald.com

Illinois - Pride Action Tank report and project address issues concerning LGBT older adults

Windy City Times

Chicago, IL (Wicker Park)

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lead story - GOP Candidate Films Herself Harassing A Transgender Woman

Andrea González-Ramírez

Jazmina Saavedra (R-CA)

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please press:  www.refinery29.com

17 May 2018

Donald Trump - Senate Transcripts Suggest Trump, Jr., Was Willing to Collude with Russians

John Cassidy
The New Yorker

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Ukraine - Ukraine: Radical Groups Disrupt LGBTI Event

Human Rights Watch

Donetsk, Ukraine

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civil rights - Longtime gay-rights opponent Tony Perkins named to U.S. religious freedom panel

Julie Moreau
NBC News

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Arkansas - Arkansas middle school student, 12, donates money from sales to charity

Rachel O'Neal

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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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please press:  www.theguardian.com

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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please press:  www.chicagotribune.com  

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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please press:  www.gaytimes.co.uk

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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please press:  nj1015.com

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

Laura Mandanas

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please press:  www.autostraddle.com

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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please press:  www.washingtonpost.com

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.