18 June 2018


Cristina Maza

Awwwww... aren't they adorable?

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Iceland - Immigration Contradicting Itself, Breaking UN Guidelines In Trans Refugee Case

Paul Fontaine
The Reykjavík Grapevine

Bolungarvik, Iceland

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civil rights - June 2018 Declared LGBT Pride Month at Bloomfield Pride Picnic

John Lee
Tap Into Bloomfield

rotunda on town hall, Bloomfield, NJ

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Tennessee - Transgender activists with service dog say they were denied service at Nashville IHOP

Natalie Allison

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lead story - Apply Now: Thousands of Transgender Job Opportunities In Financial Services

John Schneider, David Auten

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please press:  www.forbes.com

17 June 2018

Donald Trump - Trump Is Nothing Without the Senate

Jeff Greenfield

US Senate

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please press:  www.politico.com

ezs note:  If you live in one of the following states -

Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota*, Mississippi*, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee,  Texas, Utah or Vermont - 

it's doubly important that you vote.  When you enter the ballot box, be sure you vote for both the Representative and the Senator you have chosen.  Oh, by the way, be sure you have registered!  Thanks.

Indonesia - Indonesia’s LGBT crackdown

Febriana Firdaus
The Interpreter

Puncak Jaya, Indonesia

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please press:  www.lowyinstitute.org

civil rights - Maine lawyer who won landmark gay marriage case warns of civil rights backlash

Judy Harrison
Bangor Daily News

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Pennsylvania - Felony charges dropped against transgender woman accused of trying to burn flag at Philly Pride

Michael Boren
The Inquirer

skyline of Philadelphia

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lead story - Pistons’ Reggie Bullock to transgender community: ‘I see y’all as people that I love’

Malika Andrews
Chicago Tribune

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please press:  www.chicagotribune.com

16 June 2018

Wheatland, Pennsylvania

estimated transgender population:  3*
(rounded down)

Wheatland, PA

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 ezs note:  Wheatland, Pennsylvania is just a tiny little town, so not much goes on here.  However, in 1985, an F5 tornado ripped through the town.  There's no such as a larger tornado - F5 is as big as it gets.  Let's hope they don't see that again.

Donald Trump - What life is like for Paul Manafort in jail

Katelyn Polantz

Ah, paradise!  (for all of us, not him)

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Mexico/USA - Transgender Mexican woman in Georgia wins asylum after legal battle

Jeremy Redmon
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

El caballito de Tolsá, Mexico

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please press:  www.myajc.com

civil rights - City commission works toward raising LGBT score

Nicole Roberts
News Tribune

Jefferson City, MO

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please press:  www.newstribune.com 

Wisconsin - Froedtert Health and Medical College of Wisconsin to open clinic that focuses on LGBTQ community

Guy Boulton
Journal Sentinel

Wauwatosa, WI

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please press:  www.jsonline.com

lead story - Trump Administration Loses Another Ruling on Transgender Military Ban

David Boddiger

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15 June 2018


Jessica Kwong

Um... that's interesting, Donald... (or you're REALLY fucking nuts)

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Guatemala - Forced to flee her home, trans activist calls for tolerance

Michelle Hoffman, Alex St-Denis

Guatemalan real coin (pron. ray-AL)

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please press: www.unhcr.org 

civil rights - EXCLUSIVE: LGBTQ Federal Employees Confronted Betsy DeVos Last Year

Rebecca Klein

Betsy DeVos

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Massachusetts - Transgender Inmate's Discrimination Suit Can Move Forward

US News & World Report

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lead story - Model Munroe Bergdorf Is Beating The Odds As A Transgender Woman Of Color

Blair Raynor

detail of the Bayeux Tapestry (1066)

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14 June 2018

Donald Trump - New York attorney general sues Trump Foundation

Chris Isidore, Melanie Schuman

Gee, Donald, I told ya you should have stayed in Singapore!  😁

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Thailand - Thai transgender women share their truths about social acceptance

Annie Kuo
International Examiner

Angkor, Thailand

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civil rights - Guest column: Despite DOJ, court rules transgender discrimination violates federal law

Rob Ratton
Memphis Business Journal

Department of Justice headquarters

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please press:  www.bizjournals.com

Idaho - Boise Pride Fest chooses the mainstream

Anne Wallace Allen
Idaho Statesman

Owyhee Mountains, Idaho

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lead story - China’s transgender people ‘step forward’ from the shadows

Agence France-Presse
South China Morning Post

Along the River During the Qingming Festival, Bianjing
Abt. 12th century CE

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please press:  www.scmp.com

13 June 2018

Donald Trump - Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen likely to cooperate as his attorneys leave case, sources say

George Stephanopoulos

Michael Cohen (on right - and down)

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Lebanon - Beirut Pride Was Forcibly Canceled. Lebanon’s LGBTQ Community Remains Undeterred.

Trey Strange

Beirut, Lebanon

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civil rights - HRC Statement on American Medical Association Endorsement of Two LGBTQ-Inclusive Policies

Nick Morrow

HRC building, Washington DC

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please press:  www.hrc.org

Nevada - CCSD to hold public meeting on policy to address needs of transgender students

Philip Moyer
3 News (NBC)

Clark County, NV

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lead story - 120 House Democrats hit ‘flawed’ science in Pentagon’s plan limiting transgender people in military

Joe Davidson
The Washington Post

Rep. Joe Kennedy (D-MA)

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12 June 2018

Donald Trump - The Eight Weirdest Moments of a Very Weird Summit

Yasmeen Serhan
The Atlantic

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Maldives - 'Serious deterioration’ of human rights in Maldives

Maldives Independent

Malé, Maldives

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civil rights - Republicans are essential to winning full LGBT freedom

Margaret Hoover, Tyler Deaton

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Oklahoma/California - California bans state workers from traveling to yet another state

Adam Ashton
Sacramento Bee

Tallgrass Prairie Nature Preserve, Oklahoma

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lead story - As a transgender female I have been bullied and harassed. This ends now

Melissa Griffiths
The Guardian

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please press:  www.theguardian.com

11 June 2018

Missouri - ‘I don’t support them’: Gov. Parson’s views on ‘the homosexual issue’ are cause for concern

Editorial Board
The Kansas City Star

Kansas City, MO

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ezs note:  Missourians - I am glad that The Kansas City Star has asked your governor to reconsider his position on LGBT issues.  I honestly hope that he does.   However, if he refuses, please think of a few names - Republican, Democratic, or other - who might consider a run for governor.

lead story - Student says Brownsburg teacher's transgender policy was dangerous

Matthew McClellan
ABC - rtv

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10 June 2018


Nicole Goodkind

Oh, this is TOO rich!!!

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Jamaica - ‘We Are All Jamaicans!’ - Transgender Woman Pleads For Tolerance

Carlene Davis
The Gleaner

Kingston, Jamaica

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civil rights - NH Transgender Rights, Gay Conversion Ban Bills Approved

Jason Claffey

Hollis, NH

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please press:  patch.com

Minnesota - Vikings to become first NFL team to host summit on LGBTQ inclusion

Lindsay H. Jones
USA Today

Minnesota Vikings

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lead story - How Birth Certificates Are Being Weaponized Against Trans People

Garrett Epps
The Atlantic

Walter A. Plecker (1861-1947), racist

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09 June 2018

Rockford, Michigan

estimated transgender population:  36*
(rounded down)

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ezs note:  Do you like hiking?  Well, I sure do!  If you are in the area of Rockford, Michigan, you are in the midst of a 91-mile trail!  Have fun!

Donald Trump - The Madness of King Trump on Full Display at the G7

Christopher Dickey
Daily Beast

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Chile - Chile: Sex Change No Longer Required To Alter Gender Identity


Chilean bell flower (Lapageria rosea)

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civil rights - Bill would give transgender inmates in California jails civil rights protections

Beatriz Valenzuela
Q Voice News

Pleasant Valley State Prison

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Rhode Island - R.I. House votes to end ‘gay or trans panic’ defense

Katherine Gregg
Providence Journal

Rhode Island State Capitol

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lead story - Despite Trump, transgender veterans honor their own

Michael Mathes
The Times of Israel

Arlington National Cemetery

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I think a servicemember said it best:

“In November, people need to get off their butts and vote,” she said.

Any questions, jarheads?  (with apologies to Dr. Heitner)