21 September 2018

Donald Trump - Kavanaugh Bears the Burden of Proof

Benjamin Wittes
The Atlantic

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Kenya - Meet the activists fighting for transgender rights in Kenya

Amy Ashenden

Nairobi, Kenya

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civil rights - Statewide ballot question proposes repeal of transgender rights

Mary Whitfill
The Patriot Ledger

Scituate, MA

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ezs note: Massachusetts residents - Please, vote YES on Question 3.  This keeps transgender rights as-is.   

Michigan - Transgender Michigan Hosts 8th Annual Transgender Health Fair

Jason A. Michael

Ferndale, MI

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ezs note:  Kate e-mailed me the following:

The Transgender Health Fair is located at Affirmations in Ferndale on Sept. 29 from 1-4 p.m. The address is 290 W. Nine Mile Road. 

lead story - Transgender woman accuses plasma donation center of discrimination

Garrett Brnger (*possible typo theirs)

San Antonio, TX

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20 September 2018

Hong Kong - Hong Kong to allow dependent visa for same-sex couples after landmark ruling


Hong Kong

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civil rights - Founders joins group leaving Grand Rapids chamber over Schuette endorsement

Brian McVicar

Grand Rapids, MI

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ezs note:  Thank you, Founders Brewing Company!

Delaware - Wesley College nursing faculty keynote speaker for nursing conference

Dover Post

Wesley College
Wilmington, DE

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M.L. Nestel

Easton, PA

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19 September 2018

Donald Trump - Alibaba will no longer bring 1 million jobs to the US, citing tariffs

Shannon Liao
The Verge

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Fiji - Same-sex marriage issue

Nasik Swami
The Fiji Times

Suva, Fiji

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civil rights - State insurance rule on transgender care is sex discrimination, federal judge rules

Ed Trevelen

Madison, WI (1855)

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Texas - Relatives have vigil for 4 allegedly killed by border agent

Susan Montoya Bryan
New Jersey Herald

Auguste Rodin, Eve After The Fall

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lead story - What does it mean to be cisgender?

Phys Org

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18 September 2018

lead story - Barriers for transgender voters ahead of the 2018 midterm elections

Timothy R. Bussey
The Conversation

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ezs note:  Here in Connecticut (and, in general, New England) have an easier go of it.  However, in some states, life can be a bit (or a lot) more difficult in going to vote.  If possible, go now to talk to the Registrars of Voters.  It might be a bit anal, but put a tape recorder in your pocket.  If you cannot make it down, don't type an e-mail - use a registered letter instead.  That way, they won't be able to say a letter was 'lost in the mail'.  On the day you vote,  be certain you carry two (at least) official forms of ID.

In the long term, invite the Registrars of Voters, the mayor, the board, et cetera for an informal coffee or barbecue.  As much as possible, keep things relaxing and enjoyable They might not fully understand your views, but it's a hell of a lot better to treat each other as neighbors than cross swords.

Good luck! 

Happy birthday to, well, me!

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17 September 2018

China - Thousands of Chinese activists renew push for same-sex marriage


Beijing, China

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Thousands of Chinese activists renew push for same-sex marriage

Thousands of Chinese activists renew push for same-sex marriage

civil rights - Laverne Cox & Angelica Ross React To Cardi B's Transphobic Meme Controversy: 'Black Trans Women Are Being Killed'

Patrick Crowley

Cardi B

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Kansas - What’s Right with Kansas

Sarah Kaplan
Stanford Social Innovation Review

Kalvesta, KS

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lead story - Drawing on her own experience, Nagoya doctor offers transgender counseling

Chunichi Shimbun
The Japan Times

Nagoya, Japan

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16 September 2018

Why your vote matters - now, more than ever

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ezs note:  By now, just about all of the hopeful candidates have been winnowed away for the final vote on November 6.  Many of you are pleased.  But many of you are not pleased.  So, what do we do?  

In virtually every race, I would have said that you should vote your conscience.  Hell, in some races I voted for the Green Party.  I had the luxury of a near-certain win by Barack Obama, but if he lost, I would have grumbled a bit, but life would have gone on.

Not this time. Not with Donald Trump.  Others would have simply been wrongheaded.  Donald Trump is evil, pure evil.  I know, I know, it sounds overly dramatic.  But look at the entries headed over 'Donald Trump'.  Yeah, some of these are 'the usual suspects'.  But George Will? George Conway?  Come on, please.

It's so simple, really.  First, make sure you can vote.  Second, on Election Day, make sure you do vote. 

Let's send this cretin bawling.

Donald Trump - George Conway rips Trump over tweet about Obama's '57 states' gaffe

John Bowden
The Hill

Kellyanne Conway 

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Uganda - Why Uganda hates homosexuality so much that it wants to ban a popular festival

Mildred Europa Taylor
Face 2 Face Africa

Kampala, Uganda

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civil rights - 'A Bully and a Bigot.' Trump Draws Fire From Democrats at Annual LGBT Dinner

Abby Vesoulis

HRC headquarters
Washington DC

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California - Gov. Brown Signs Landmark Bill Ensuring Medical Care, Counseling, Surgery For Transgender Youth In Foster Care

CBS Los Angeles

California State Capitol
Sacramento, CA

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lead story - The Gender Guardian is giving Lahore’s transgender community the skills to pay their bills

Humna Iqbal

Lahore, Pakistan

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VIDEO - Matt Baume - Frasier's Coded Gay References in "The Matchmaker"

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15 September 2018

Donald Trump - Trump launches first broadside at Mueller after Manafort plea deal

Quint Forgey

ezs note:  I saw an infant today, less than a week old. Too bad Trump isn't as thoughtful and intelligent...

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Trinidad and Tobago - Does conversion therapy work?


Trinidad and Tobago

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civil rights - Transgender Ex-Student Sues Alabama School Over Mistreatment

US News & World Report

Huntsville, AL

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New Mexico - Protesters Block Albuquerque Streets Over Transgender Death

US News & World Report

Albuquerque, NM

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lead story - Unique Alberta transgender clinic is saving lives but says funding help is critical

Jill Croteau
Global News

Calgary, AB (Canada)

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ezs note:  You can help our friends in Alberta by giving to the Skipping Stone Foundation! 

14 September 2018

Donald Trump - Eric Trump Gets Humiliatingly Fact-Checked By Fox News Podcast Over Economy Lie

Lee Moran


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ezs note:  Eric Trump lied. On FOX News.  Incredible...

Vietnam - The loneliness of Vietnam’s LGBT community

VN Express

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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civil rights - Women’s shelter challenges Anchorage’s non-discrimination law

Jill Burke

Anchorage, AK

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Michigan - LGBT Aging Initiative begins in region

Midland Daily News

Midland Center For The Arts
Midland, MI

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lead story - Suicide Attempts Among Transgender Teenage Boys Happen At An Alarming Rate, A New Study Says

Mehreen Kasana

Alexandre-Gabriel Decamps, The Suicide  (ca. 1836)

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ezs note

National Suicide Prevention Hotline - 1-800-273-8255

VIDEO - Matt Baume - Major US Election is Just Weeks Away

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13 September 2018

Donald Trump - House GOP 'screwed' as bad political numbers pile on Trump

Jonathan Allen

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Timor-Leste - A Luta Continua: LGBTI Rights in Timor-Leste

Bardia Rahman
The Diplomat

Dili, Timor-Leste

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civil rights - Pittsfield Council Voices Support For Transgender Community

Andy McKeever

Pittsfield, MA

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New Hampshire - NH Cub Scouts officially opens doors to girls, but individual dens will be single gender

Mark Hayward
New Hampshire Union Leader

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lead story - Trump State Department Just Made an Ominous Passport Change for Transgender Americans

Samantha Allen
Daily Beast

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VIDEO - Beto O'Rourke | Can Small-Donor Progressives Win Local Elections?

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12 September 2018

civil rights - Hey, President Trump, ‘Getting Clipped’ Is the Worst Description For My Life-Giving Trans Surgery

Samantha Allen
Daily Beast

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New York - This Stunning New York Fashion Week Show Featured 34 Transgender Models

Curtis M. Wong

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lead story - Springfield transgender woman speaks out about knife attack from man she met on dating app

Gregory J. Holman
Springfield News-Leader

Springfield, MO

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