16 December 2018

Japan - Shiseido Japan’s same-sex kiss ad wins gold in Epica advertising awards

Katy Kelly
SoraNews 24

Shiseido Japan
Tokyo, Japan

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Tommy Simmons
Idaho State Journal

Pocatello, ID

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Alaska - At candlelight vigil, Juneau residents remember transgender lives lost

Ben Hohenstatt
Juneau Empire

Chief Anotklosh
Juneau, AK

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lead story - North Dakota fair housing study finds discrimination against transgender community

Amy Dalrymple
The Dickinson Press

Stark County Courthouse
Dickinson, ND

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ezs note:  North Dakotans - don't just watch the game, get out and participate! Call your state representative and state senator and tell them you support this bill.

15 December 2018

Donald Trump - Trump push to deport Vietnam War refugees scalds California GOP

Jeremy B. White

ezs note:  First they came for...

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please press:  www.politico.com

India - Transgender cop in India tries to take own life, citing abuse at work

Rik Glauert
Gay Star News

Perambalur, Tamil Nadu, India

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civil rights - 20 years old, Charleston LGBTQ group focuses on people of color, transgender people and the elderly

Hannah Alani Halani
The Post And Courier

Rainbow Row
Charleston, SC

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Utah - LGBTQ+ Celebrities and Allies ‘Ignite’ Utah Youth

Charissa Che
Salt Lake Magazine

Lehi, UT

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lead story - How Founder Gabrielle Claiborne Helps Foster Transgender And Non-Binary Inclusion In The Workplace

Molly Sprayregen

Beath-Dickey house
Atlanta, GA

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VIDEO - Matt Baume - Trump Halts Research Into Cure for HIV

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13 December 2018

North Carolina - Once I Mentioned North Carolina Wasn’t a Democracy, Individuals Referred to as Me Loopy

Denis Montoya

Elizabethtown, NC

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lead story - Church of England issues transgender advice for clergy

Matthew Weaver
The Guardian

Holy Trinity Church
Wensley, North Yorkshire, UK

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12 December 2018


Abigail Tracy
Vanity Fair

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Germany - OPINION: This Early-20th Century German Transgender Rights Activist Was Decades Ahead Of His Time

Elizabeth Heineman
The Conversation

Darmstadt, Germany

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please press:  www.qnews.com.au

civil rights - Administration makes mistake with gender plans

Hannah McLeod
Smoky Mountain News

Waynesville, NC

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Washington (state) - New initiatives highlight WSU’s commitment to gender inclusivity

Jenna Polito
WSU Insider

Washington State University
Pullman, WA

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please press:  news.wsu.edu

lead story - Some Americans are being denied 'life-saving' health care. It's because they are transgender

Kristin Lam
USA Today

Agoura Hills, CA

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please press:  www.usatoday.com

11 December 2018

Cuba - Cuba asked for public feedback on a new constitution. Now it’s deciding which suggestions to include

Mimi Whitefield
Miami Herald

Havana, Cuba

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civil rights - Denying transgender identity has serious impact on mental health

Bethany Grace Howe
The Conversation

University of Oregon
Eugene, OR

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Michigan - Sterling Heights man, 46, charged in slaying of transgender woman in Detroit

Mark Hicks
Detroit Free Press

Sterling Heights, MI

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please press:  www.detroitnews.com

lead story - San Francisco Creates World’s First Ever Transgender Cultural District

Emily Wilson
Daily Beast

San Francisco, CA

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please press:  www.thedailybeast.com

VIDEO - Matt Baume - Tumblr's Queer Purge

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10 December 2018

Chile - Conservative, Catholic Chile approves landmark transgender law

Dave Sherwood

Santiago, Chile

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please press:  www.reuters.com

civil rights - CMU student finds transphobic graffiti, death threat outside dorm room

Aleanna Siacon
Detroit Free Press

Mount Pleasant, Michigan
Central Michigan University

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please press:  www.freep.com

Virginia - Transgender teen Sage Smith still missing after vanishing from Virginia in 2012

Jackie Montalvo

Sage Smith

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ezs note:  It's been a while... but it's never too late to offer some help to a worried family.  If you live or lived at Charlottesville, VA and you have any information, please call Crimestoppers at 434-977-4000. 

lead story - School Districts Expand Gender Options To Include Transgender And Nonbinary Students

Meg Anderson

Washington DC
The American University

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please press:  wamu.org

09 December 2018

Donald Trump - Schiff: Trump may face 'real prospect of jail time'

Michael Burke
The Hill

ezs note:  ♩I dream of jail time... ♬♬

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please press:  thehill.com

Belgium/USA - Belgium Oscar Submission 'Girl' Is "a Message of Courage, Bravery And Compassion" (Guest Column)

Nora Monsecour
Hollywood Reporter

(not from 'Girl')

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civil rights - Massachusetts, A Leader in Transgender Human Rights Protections

Margaret Drew

Lowell, MA

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please press:  www.jurist.org

Georgia - 'We are human and we have feelings'...

Daily Mail

Georgia (US state) 

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lead story - Transgender Boxer Wins First Professional Fight

VOA News

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08 December 2018

Zambia - Intersex, Transgender People in Zambia Self-Administer Hormones to Avoid Discrimination and Arrest

Prudence Phiri
Global Press Journal

Lusaka, Zambia

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ezs note:  There are two things you can do to alleviate the problems transgender/intersex people have:

1)  If you a doctor experienced with hormones, spend some time in Zambia;

2)  Especially if you are planning a trip to Zambia, e-write or call the Ambassador.  In the US, the Ambassador is Dr. Ngosa Simyakula. E-write a polite letter regarding the plight of transgender/intersex Zambians.  

civil rights - No Relief: William Barr Is as Bad as Jeff Sessions — if Not Worse

David Cole

William Barr

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please press:  www.aclu.org

ezs note:  Yeah, it's a stretch, but the more people that call their Senators (remember, you have two) the better the chance of keeping Barr out.  When I'm done, I'll call my two Senators - what about you?  

Michigan - Transgender person shot dead in Detroit, Michigan

Rafaella Gunz
Gay Star News

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lead story - US senators request reports in death of transgender migrant

Susan Montoya Bryan
WIS News (NBC)

Sen. Udall (among three)

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please press:  www.wistv.com

07 December 2018

civil rights - "Gender Panic" in Clinical Settings: Protecting Public Accommodations Access for Transgender Individuals

Emily Pond
Medical Bag

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please press:  www.medicalbag.com

Kansas - Kelly will reinstate protections for LGBT state workers in Kansas

Jonathan Shorman
The Wichita Eagle

Wichita, KS

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please press:  www.kansas.com

lead story - Virginia teacher fired for referring to transgender student as female

Karma Allen
ABC News

West Point, VA

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please press:  abcnews.go.com

ezs note:  Okay.  Mr. Vlaming is a devout Christian, I don't doubt that.  Tell me, sir, how many times does Jesus say that teachers address their students?  I'll give you a hint:  HE DOESN'T.  No matter priests or ministers contort this simple fact, it still remains a fact.  I feel for those students who like Mr. Vlaming, but his buffoonish behavior merits his dismissal. 

06 December 2018

Donald Trump - Trump Has Had an Undocumented Immigrant Making His Bed Since 2013: Report

Maura Hohman


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please press:  people.com

Puerto Rico - 'It Will Open Doors': 19-Year-Old Transgender Woman Cheers Victory in Fight to Fix Puerto Rico Birth Certificates

Sofia Cerda Campero
Washington 4 (NBC)

ruins of Ponce de Leon house
San Juan, Puerto Rico

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please press:  www.nbcwashington.com

civil rights - Being Trans Is Not a Mental Disorder

Roy Richard Grinker
The New York Times

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Mississippi - Day of remembrance honors trans lives lost

Marissa Haas
The Student Printz

Hattiesburg, MS
University of Southern Mississippi

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lead story - How to Fight the Latest Attempts to Erase “Transgender”

Alex Myers

Bainbridge Island, WA

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please press:  www.yesmagazine.org

VIDEO - Mark Singer - "Trump and Me"

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05 December 2018

Poland - Don’t Be Dumb at Brunch: ‘No Gays Allowed’ Billboard Goes Up in NYC, Poland Eyes Anti-Gay Law

Paul Katami, Jeff Zarrillo


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please press:  hornet.com

ezs note:  The story about Poland is the third story.

civil rights - LA's 'Mother' Karina Samala on Years of Transgender Advocacy

Zackary Drucker

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please press:  broadly.vice.com

Wyoming - "Matthew Shepard Is Part Of Our Tribe" The Two Spirit Movement On Wind River Reservation

Melodie Edwards
Wyoming Public Radio

Wind River, Wyoming

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please press:  www.wyomingpublicmedia.org 

ezs note:  The Wind River Reservation bravely supports us, and we should support them.  To cite just one instance, the average lifespan is just 49, in the range of Chad. There is a need for doctors, dentists, nurses, teachers, professionals and paraprofessionals.  You should, before going, acknowledge and respect the traditions of the tribe.  Good luck.  

lead story - A New Wave Of Kids Is Coming Out As Transgender — And Doctors Are Trying To Keep Up

Sammy Caiola
capital public radio

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please press:  www.capradio.org


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ezs note:  Hello, all.  Most days, I feel pretty good.  Without going into it, yesterday was not one of those days.  In fact, I felt pretty damn crappy.  I called Trans Lifeline (877-565-8860) and talked about it.  I didn't feel all wonderful n' stuff, but I did feel better.  In other words, they helped.  If you need help, please call.