24 September 2018

Kansas - Transgender Dad Inspired To Transition By Step-Daughter Who Came Out As A Boy

Rachael Grealish
LAD Bible

Kansas City, KS

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lead story - A Longtime LGBT Rights' Leader Becomes a Transgender Battleground State

Candice Norwood

Massachusetts State House
Boston, MA

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please press:  www.governing.com

ezs note:  Massachusetts residents:  Please remember - first, register to vote, and second, be sure to vote YES on Question 3. 

AUDIO - Bob Woodward - FEAR - Trump In The White House (Part 1)

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23 September 2018

civil rights - Tribune editorial: Reyes doesn’t help Utah with entry into Michigan transgender case

The Salt Lake City Tribune

Salt Lake City, UT  (1850) 

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Connecticut - Jeff Jacobs: State champion Botelho questions fairness of transgender rule

Jeff Jacobs
ct post

Quinnipiac University

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lead story - Mix of setbacks, gains unsettles many transgender Americans

David Crary

Christine Hallquist (D-VT)

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please press:  abcnews.go.com

Long Prairie, Minnesota

estimated transgender population:  19*
(rounded down)

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ezs note:  Long Prairie, Minnesota is a small city where the government placed the Indian agency.  Originally, the Sioux/Dakota and Anishinaabe/Ojibwe tribes were there.

22 September 2018


Alexandra Hutzler

Another fine, upstanding person working for Donald Trump!

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Singapore - First center for Transgender youth to open in Singapore

Rik Glauert
Gay Star News


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civil rights - No link between trans-inclusive policies and bathroom safety, study finds

Julie Moreau


please press:  www.nbcnews.com

Oklahoma - Norman (celebrated) first LGBTQ Pride festival, parade

Siali Siaosi

Norman, OK

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lead story - NHS sued for failure to help transgender patients with fertility

Jamie Doward
The Guardian

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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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please press:  www.pinknews.co.uk 

civil rights - Statewide ballot question proposes repeal of transgender rights

Mary Whitfill
The Patriot Ledger

Scituate, MA

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please press:  www.patriotledger.com

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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please press:  www.ksat.com

20 September 2018

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


Hong Kong

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please press:  www.reuters.com

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

Brian McVicar

Grand Rapids, MI

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please press:  www.mlive.com

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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please press:  www.newsweek.com

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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please press:  www.wiscnews.com

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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please press:  www.njherald.com 

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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please press:  www.billboard.com

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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please press:  www.japantimes.co.jp

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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please press:  thehill.com

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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please press:  time.com

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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please press:  www.politico.com  

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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please press:  www.usnews.com

New Mexico - Protesters Block Albuquerque Streets Over Transgender Death

US News & World Report

Albuquerque, NM

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please press:  www.usnews.com 

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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please press:  globalnews.ca

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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please press:  e.vnexpress.net

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

Jill Burke

Anchorage, AK

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please press:  http://www.ktuu.com

Michigan - LGBT Aging Initiative begins in region

Midland Daily News

Midland Center For The Arts
Midland, MI

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please press:  www.ourmidland.com

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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please press:  www.bustle.com

ezs note

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

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

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