25 October 2018

lead story - Rolling back transgender protections would endanger patients, experts say

Alex Keuroghlian

Boston, MA  (1730)

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please press:  www.healio.com

24 October 2018

Donald Trump - Dem leaders slam Trump's response to bomb threats: His 'words ring hollow'

Jordain Carney
The Hill

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please press:  thehill.com

Romania - Romanian Same-Sex-Marriage Referendum Fails Amid Low Turnout


Bucharest, Romania

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please press:  www.rferl.org

civil rights - Read These 3 Books on Trans Rights and Gender Identity

Concepción de León
The New York Times

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please press:  www.nytimes.com

Nevada - Attacking LGBTQ People is Bad for Nevada and a Losing Political Strategy

Ianthe Metzger

Carson City, NV

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please press:  www.hrc.org

ezs note:  Um... how about we make a voting plan?

lead story - Hawes: It's time for all to rally against attacks on transgender community

Christine Hawes
Iowa City Press-Citizen

Iowa City, Iowa

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23 October 2018

Maryland - The Baltimore Sun investigated 2 years of hate incident reports in Maryland. Here's what we found.

The Baltimore Sun

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ezs note:  Ugh... this article saddens, angers and disgusts me. But I think this article is really important too.  If you see ugly hate speech (or worse) REPORT IT.

lead story - Transgender people can't be defined out of existence, despite this administration's efforts

Sam Brinton
The Hill

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22 October 2018

Donald Trump - Monty Python Icon John Cleese Has 2 Brutal Questions For Evangelical Trump Fans

Ed Mazza

John Cleese

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Sint Maarten - Minister Johnson calls sexual harassment accusations false

The Daily Herald

Philipsburg, Sint Maarten

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please press:  www.thedailyherald.sx

civil rights - Laverne Cox, Janet Mock, Carmen Carrera, and More Express Outrage at Reported Removal of Transgender Civil Rights Protections

Ilana Kaplan
W Magazine

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please press:  www.wmagazine.com

ezs note: Once again, VOTE.

Minnesota - Candidates for Minnesota attorney general clash over essence of job

J. Patrick Coolican, Jessie Van Berkel
Star Tribune

Minneapolis, MN

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ezs note:  It's down a bit, but Keith Ellison accuses his opponent of belonging to Alliance Defending Freedom 

lead story - Dear Mr. Trump: I’m Transgender And I Have A Few Things I Want You To Know

Alexandra Billings

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ezs note:  Umm... if you haven't figured it out yet...


Election Day is November 6.

20 October 2018

Nepal - One step forward two steps back on same-sex marriage

Gopal Gartaula
Nepali Times

Kavre, Nepal

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please press:  www.nepalitimes.com

civil rights - Adviser: Transgender rights should be a part of every workplace

Sarah J. Moore
Crain's Cleveland Business

Cleveland, OH 

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please press:  www.crainscleveland.com

Alabama - Ranking Alabama Cities on LGBTQ Protections

Tim Lennox
Alabama News Network

Auburn, AL

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please press:  www.alabamanews.net

lead story - New transgender guide helps plan transitions, support gender affirmation

Nancy Doolittle
Cornell Chronicle

Cornell University
Ithaca, NY

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please press:  news.cornell.edu

19 October 2018

Fredericksburg, Texas

estimated transgender population:  66*
(rounded down)

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ezs note:  When we hear of treaties being broken time after time with Native Americans, it is indeed sad.  Not so with the town of Fredericksburg, TexasJohn O. Meusebach (formerly Baron Otfried Hans von Meusebach) arranged a treaty between his people and the Penateka Native Americans in 1847 - and it has lasted to this day.

Peace.  Gee, what an amazing concept.  We ought to try it sometime.

Donald Trump - Stephen Colbert Has 1 Wish For Trump After Reports Of Fighting Among White House Aides

Ed Mazza

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please press:  www.huffingtonpost.com

Malta - Malta’s First Transgender Politician Gets Hitched In Beautiful Sunset Ceremony

Tim Diacono
Lovin Malta

Zurrieq, Malta

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please press:  lovinmalta.com

civil rights - Transgender 101 public forum slated


Jamestown, NY

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please press:  www.observertoday.com

Wyoming - Two decades after Matthew Shepard's death, LGBTQ community still battles hate violence

Julie Compton
NBC News

Laramie, WY

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please press:  www.nbcnews.com

lead story - Massachusetts residents to vote on transgender rights

Bob Salsberg
The Christian Science Monitor

Boston, MA
(Christian Science Mother Church)

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please press:  www.csmonitor.com

ezs note:  To my friends in Massachusetts - please vote YES on Question 3!

18 October 2018

17 October 2018

Jamaica - Pastor Blasts MoBay Pride Organisers

Albert Ferguson
Jamaica Gleaner

Montego Bay, Jamaica

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ezs note:  Just a little note to the 'pastors' - contrary to those who believe MoBay Pride is a 'devious' attempt to 'get more people involved', maybe, just maybe, it might allow queer folk to walk down the street without being accosted by cretinous vermin - like you.  

civil rights - Beverly passes resolution prohibiting public accommodation discrimination

Jennie Oemig
Wicked Local Beverly

Beverly, MA

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please press:  beverly.wickedlocal.com

Missouri - Harrison Massie: A transgender man's journey

ABC News

St. Louis, Missouri (1904)
St. Louis World's Fair

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please press:  abcnews.go.com

lead story - Inside The Poisonous British Fight Over Transgender Acceptance

Samantha Allen
Daily Beast

London, England (map of 1593)

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please press:  www.thedailybeast.com

16 October 2018

Minnesota - Inside MN's new gender X option on driver's licenses

Lindsey Seavert

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please press:  www.kare11.com

lead story - Academics are being harassed over their research into transgender issues

Kathleen Stock (and others)
The Guardian

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please press:  www.theguardian.com

ezs note:  Wow... I must say, I'm certainly impressed.  All these PhDs and shit.  Well, let's take a closer look at Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne's body of work:  

...the Global Warming Policy Foundation (a climate skeptic think funded primarily by multiple anonymous donors)  http://www.thegwpf.org/who-we-are/board-of-trustees

And if we look down the list a bit, we find this esteemed gentleman:

Sian Hindle, Senior Lecturer, School of Jewellery, Birmingham City University
(emphasis mine)

It's breathtaking, really.  He goes straight from making pretty earrings to mulling the nature of transgender persons.


VIDEO - Matt Baume - The Absolute Pleasure of the Rocky Horror Picture Show

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SHORT FILM - Overture - Sedona Film School

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15 October 2018

Indonesia - Indonesian police stop an LGBTI pageant from happening in Bali

Shannon Power
Gay Star News

Bali, Indonesia

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please press:  www.gaystarnews.com 

civil rights - Harvard admissions lawsuit is a threat to America's diversity and strength

Ray Mabus
USA Today

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please press:  www.usatoday.com

Nebraska - Longtime Nebraska education board member faces conservative challenger

Margaret Reist
Lincoln Journal Star

Beatrice, NE

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please press:  journalstar.com

lead story - Kansas birth certificate policy violates transgender individuals’ rights, lawsuit says

Allison Kite
The Wichita Eagle

Wichita, KS

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please press:  www.kansas.com

14 October 2018

Donald Trump - A very early 2020 poll shows Democrats like Biden to take on Trump

Emily Stewart

VP Joe Biden

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please press:  /www.vox.com

Guam - Women's group endorses 13 senatorial candidates

Tihu Lujan
The Guam Daily

Tumon, Guam

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please press:  www.postguam.com

civil rights - Civil rights apply to transgender people too

Natalie Sweeney
The Inquirer And Mirror

Orleans, MA

please press:  www.ack.net  


Jillian Smukler

University Of Oregon
Eugene, OR

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please press: www.kezi.com

lead story - One Night, Hot Springs uses social anxiety to explain what it’s like to be transgender in Japan

Michael Moore
The Verge

King of Na gold seal
Tokyo, Japan

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please press:  www.theverge.com

13 October 2018

Donald Trump - Far-Right ‘Proud Boys’ Kick, Punch People in New York Following Speech From Leader

Will Sommer, Pervaiz Shallwani
Daily Beast

Proud Boys (Seattle, WA)

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please press:  www.thedailybeast.com

Georgia - UN Expert Assesses Human Rights of LGBT Persons in Georgia

Ana Dumbadze
Georgia Today

Adjara, Georgia

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please press:  georgiatoday.ge

civil rights - Senate Confirms Trump-Pence Opponents of Equality to Key Positions

Jordan Dashow

Senate desk

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please press:  www.hrc.org

ezs note:  In many states, it's not too late for you to make a voting plan.  But please hurry up!