13 August 2018


Abigail Tracy
Vanity Fair

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Kenya - Life as a girl

Love Child

Nairobi University

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civil rights - A Transition in Care

Elizabeth Segal
US News and World Report

Tijuana, Mexico

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New York - Without an Internet Barrier, Transgender Sex Workers Feel Less Safe


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lead story - Transgender advocates adopt lobster emoji

Penelope Overton
Portland Press-Herald

Eyestalk of a lobster

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12 August 2018

Donald Trump - At least 100 newspapers sign up to publish editorials targeting Trump

Morgan Gstalter
The Hill

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Guyana - ‘As a transgender person in Guyana, you feel you’re in a jail yard’‘

Rae Wiltshire
Stabroek News

Guyana, Rupununi Savannah

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civil rights - Violent Parent's Facebook Screenshots Raise Concern

Caleigh Bourgeois
9 News

Achille, OK

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Rhode Island - R.I.’s 2013 validation of same-sex marriage is only the start, advocates say

Madeline List
Providence Journal

Providence, RI

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lead story - ‘How can you be raped?’ Doctor’s words to transgender in India an example of the ‘transphobia’ that stops many getting health care

Priti Satian
South China Morning Post

Kolkata, India

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11 August 2018

Donald Trump - Poll: Trump is as strongly disliked now as Nixon was before he resigned

Harry Enten

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India - Kerala offers free sex change operations to transgender community after Tamil Nadu

Chinki Sinha
India Today

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civil rights - Human Rights Campaign Endorses Pro-Equality Candidate Candidate Mike Levin for U.S. Congress

Chris Sgro

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Montana - Bathroom Initiative 'Should Have Been A Slam Dunk,' Montana Family Foundation Says

Corin Cates-Carney
Montana Public Radio

My heart bleeds... NOT!!!

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lead story - Are you sure it wasn’t your girl name?’ Transgender woman outed by airline crew member

Patrick Kelleher

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Wallingford, Connecticut

estimated transgender population:  261*
(rounded down)

Wallingford, CT

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ezs note:  Built by the famed architect I. M. Pei (still alive!), Wallingford, Connecticut is home to the Modernist Paul Mellon Arts Center.  If you are an architecture buff, come on down!

10 August 2018

Donald Trump - Sad! Don Jr. uses obviously photoshopped image to falsely inflate Trump’s approval rating

Aaron Rupar

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Hong Kong - Judge ruling a blow to transgender rights in Hong Kong...

Chris Lau
South China Morning Post

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civil rights - Transgender and gender non-conforming women sue New York chicken restaurant for discrimination

John Riley

Harlem (New York City), NY

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Tennessee - How Bill Lee and Karl Dean plan to win Tennessee's race for governor

Joey Garrison, Dave Boucher

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ezs note: It's down in the article, but you might wish to take note of how transgender boys and girls are treated.

lead story - Transgender candidates could make history in upcoming races

Daniel Trotta

Christine Hallquist

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ezs note:  One way in which you could make a difference is by giving to victoryfund.org candidates.  From Maine to Alaska, there's probably someone worthy of your support. 

09 August 2018

Donald Trump - Jimmy Kimmel Is Recruiting For Donald Trump’s ‘Space Force’

Lee Moran

Jimmy Kimmel

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Jamaica - The rough, rugged life of a transgender surviving in Ja

Tanesha Mundle
Jamaica Observer


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civil rights - Policy Changes Could Make Air Travel Easier For Transgender People

Casey Mendoza

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Virginia - Transgender woman claims discrimination at Shockoe Bottom night club

Allison Norlian

Shockoe Bottom, VA (part of Richmond)

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lead story - Wilton Community Center hosts talk on transgender issues

Ashley Saari
Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

Wilton, NH

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08 August 2018

My choice in primaries (Connecticut)

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ezs note:  Well, Primary Day is approaching, (next Tuesday) and you might be thinking of who to vote for.  Well, I thought of this myself, and I thought I'd share them with you.  I'm not endorsing these picks, just thought I'd share them with you.  For the top pick only,  I let you know who both the Democratic and Republican choices are.  Here goes: 


If you are choosing Democratic:  Joe Ganim, Ned Lamont - Just so you know, I campaigned very briefly for Ned eight years ago.  That having been said, I still looked at his campaign literature very carefully. I still have a few follow-up questions, but I feel comfortable with Ned.  This is not the case with Joe - far from it.   Let's leave his time in the pokey(!)  Bridgeport is the worst city in the state, and under Ganim's watch, it ain't getting any better. 

If you are choosing Republican:  Mark Boughton, Tim Herbst, Steve Obsitnik, Bob Stefanowski, David Stemerman -  Yeah, yeah, I know.  None of these choices are exactly wonderful (at least to me).  But if I had to choose one, Bob Stefanowski would be my choice. He uses the high road, and for me, that's a good sign.

Lieutenant Governor

Susan Bysiewicz, Charlie Stallworth, Eva Bermudez-Zimmerman - Susan is the endorsed candidate, but she's got flaws that I can't overlook.  Bermudez-Zimmerman seems to be the better choice.

Attorney General

Paul Doyle, Chris Mattei, William Tong - William is the best choice, by far.  If Richard Blumenthal retires, I'd pick him to be the next US Senator.


Dita Bhargava, Shawn Wooden - Can we talk, Dita?  You might the most wonderful treasurer in the world.  But you soured me. Permanently.  Go away, Dita. I'm picking Shawn Wooden.

18th State House

Andy Fleischmann, Jillian Gilchrest - A tough choice, because I like and respect them both.  I give the nod to Jillian, though, because it's really time for a change, not any animus toward you.

Donald Trump - Omarosa Secretly Recorded Trump and Played the Audio for People, Sources Say

Lachlan Markay, Asawin Suebsaeng, Maxwell Tani
Daily Beast

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Bhavan Jaipragas
South China Morning Post


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civil rights - New HRC Report Details Threat Brett Kavanaugh Poses to LGBTQ Americans

Windy City Times

Brett Kavanaugh

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Kentucky - After investigation, Manual principal who made racial remarks is out

Mandy McLaren

duPont Manual High School

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ezs note: In addition to the racial remarks, the principal made insensitive remarks to a transgender boy.  These are roughly halfway through the article. 

lead story - Some transgender drivers are being kicked off Uber’s app

Jaden Urbi

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07 August 2018

Donald Trump - Wall Street Journal: Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen under investigation for possible tax fraud

Maegan Vazquez

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Sri Lanka - Sri Lanka lacks progress in protecting rights of women, LGBT community and minorities: UK


Sri Lanka

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civil rights - How Caitlyn Jenner Is Secretly Fighting Trump’s White House on Transgender Rights

Ramin Setoodeh

Caitlyn Jenner

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Minnesota - All are welcome in Hastings (unless you’re transgender), say pastors

Hannah Jones

Hastings, MN

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lead story - Democrats poised to pick transgender woman for Vermont governor

Ben Schreckinger

Underhill, Vermont

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VIDEO - Matt Baume - Texas GOP's Wildly Anti-LGBT Platform

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06 August 2018

Luxembourg - Luxembourg makes status change for transgender people easier

Barbara Tasch
Luxembourg Times

Luxembourg City, Luxembourg  (Chamber Of Deputies)

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civil rights - Iowa 4-H director fired after gay, transgender inclusion policy inflames conservative groups

Courtney Crowder
USA Today

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Indiana - Indiana school must allow transgender to use male bathroom

The Seattle Times

Evansville, IN

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lead story - Transgender men can help the #MeToo movement. Don’t exclude us

Lee Hurley
The Guardian

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In memoriam...

Today, another fire burns in Chicago... 😟

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VIDEO - Matt Baume - Trump's "Religious Liberty Task Force" is a Major Threat

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05 August 2018

Donald Trump - Paul Manafort’s First Trial Is a Sideshow. The Next One Won’t Be.

Cristian Farias
New York

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ezs note:  I know it's a long read, but the 92-page document is important.  Please read it if you have the time.

Thailand - Major beauty brands are celebrating the Thai trans community

Sofia Lotto Persio
Pink News

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civil rights - Five Ways HRC’s Parents for Transgender Equality Council Shows Up for LGBTQ Youth

Helen Parshall

US Capitol

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ezs note:  Even if you're only slightly uncertain as to your ability to vote, it might be wise to make sure.  Make a voting plan!

Nebraska - Social Success at First Veteran LGBTQ Event in Omaha

Jennifer Scales

Omaha, NE

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ezs note:  LGBTQ veterans - in case you missed it, here are some numbers you can reach the Whole Health Program (Nebraska only):

Omaha - 402-599-2130
Lincoln - 402-486-7822
Grand Island - 308-395-3495

lead story - NHS threatened with legal action unless it offers transgender people fertility treatment

Josh Gabbatiss

London, UK

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04 August 2018