25 September 2019

Ecuador - Why Is This Happening? Receiving asylum, and helping today's asylum seekers with Luis Mancheno: podcast and transcript

Chris Hayes

Quito, Ecuador
The 1700s, CE

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civil rights - At Emmys, Laverne Cox shines spotlight on LGBTQ Supreme Court cases

Brooke Sopelsa
NBC News

Hollywood, CA
(part of Los Angeles)

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California - California adds an 11th state to its travel ban. No taxpayer-funded trips to Iowa

Wes Venteicher
The Tribune

Sacramento, CA
etching in 1849

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lead story - Transgender man loses court battle to be registered as father

Robert Booth
The Guardian

Kent, UK
earliest inscription 871-899 CE
Anglo-Saxon Chronicle

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Donald Trump - Read Trump's phone conversation with Volodymyr Zelensky

23 September 2019

Czech Republic - Czech activist organization champions transgender rights in Prague

Tennessee Journalist

Prague, Czech Republic

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civil rights - Patricia Arquette Honors Late Sister Alexis In Powerful Emmys Plea For Transgender Rights

Curtis M. Wong

Patricia Arquettte

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ezs note:  Damn skippy, Patricia.  Thank you. 

Iowa - Transgender student shares their experience at Iowa State

Victoria Reyna-Rodriguez
Iowa State Daily

Ames, IA

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lead story - Transgender woman shot in apparent hate crime in Dallas

Erin Donaghue
CBS News

Dallas, TX

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Donald Trump - Donald Trump vs. the United States of America

David Leonhardt
The New York Times

ezs note:  243 years later, we have 'King' Donald.
Impeach him, then throw 'em in jail.

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22 September 2019

Costa Rica - A Brief History of LGBTQ Resistance in Costa Rican Nightlife

Richard Villegas

San José, Costa Rica

civil rights -To respect Civil Rights Act, Supreme Court must bar discrimination against LGBT people

Montana - Billings City Council to look at non-discrimination ordinance again


Billings, MT

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ezs note:  Central southern Montana - if you, or someone you know lives in Billings, persuade or go (if you live in the city itself) to the Billings City Council and politely but firmly to vote YES on the bill.  Thanks.

lead story - Elizabeth Warren highlights violence against transgender women of color, reads names of those killed this year

Donald Trump - An Abrupt Move That Stunned Aides: Inside Trump’s Aborted Attack on Iran

Peter Baker, Eric Schmitt, Michael Crowley
The New York Times

ezs note:  Donald Trump, deep in thought

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21 September 2019

Oregon - Atlas Marshall, a Trans Woman Who Performs Drag as Nae Nae Dominatrix, Was Assaulted in Downtown Portland

Blair Stenvick
Portland Mercury

downtown Portland, OR

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lead story - Why the Pickle Became a Symbol of Transgender Rights

Jennifer Finney Boylan
The New York Times

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Donald Trump - If This Isn’t Impeachable, Nothing Is

Tom Nichols
The Atlantic

ezs note:  Uh, and this was before the current mess...

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19 September 2019

lead story - Betsy DeVos visits school with explicit anti-transgender policy

Gwen Aviles
NBC News

Harrisburg, PA

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Donald Trump - ‘Urgent Concern’ About the President'

Editorial Staff
The New York Times

Mark Felt ("Deep Throat")  1913-2008

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Drag Queen Story Hour comes to Connecticut!

Hartford Public Library
Hartford, CT

ezs note:  On September 28, your kids will have a treat by seeing Drag Queen Story Hour!  This will be in Hartford, 500 Main Street, and hours will be 1 to 2 pm,  and 2:30 to 3:30 pm. By all means, bring your kids along!  (Or a busload!)

17 September 2019

Chile - From Catalina to Alexis: Chilean teen first to legally change gender

civil rights - ACLU, Mercy San Juan will square off in San Francisco court over transgender rights

Cathie Anderson
The Sacramento Bee

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Vermont - Is a Vermont nurse the new Kim Davis?

Bonnie Kristian
The Week

Nurse Ratched, nurse-in-chief

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ezs note:  Um, yeaaaah...  forgive me if I don't break out the violin, but this nurse is truly dense.  I think you only need to take a gander at the title, 'University of Vermont Medical Center'.  This means we treat all comers who have a medical need, within the laws of the state of Vermont.  We ain't choosy.  Despite what Ms. Kristian says in her article,  a Gordian knot this ain't. 

lead story - 3 Transgender Women Thrown Out Of Downtown LA Bar Speak Out

CBS Los Angeles

Woodland Hills, CA
(section of Los Angeles)

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Donald Trump - Trump Cringingly Courts Latino Vote: “Who Do You Like More, the Country or the Hispanics?”

Elliot Hannon

ezs note:  Oh, Donald, you devil...
(no, I really mean it, 'you devil'.)

15 September 2019

Barbados - Deal with transgender issue, urges Hoffman

Barbados Today

Carlisle, Barbados

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civil rights - Trans issues make their way to 2020 presidential platforms

Arkansas - Bellamy Brooks Named Global Campus Employee of the Quarter

University of Arkansas

University of Arkansas Law School
Fayetteville, AR

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lead story - Transgender College Students More Likely to Struggle with Mental Health

Donald Trump - Brett Kavanaugh Fit In With the Privileged Kids. She Did Not.

Robin Pogrebin, Kate Kelly
The New York Times

'Justice' Brett Kavanaugh

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ezs note:  To read the entire book, see "The Education of Brett Kavanaugh:  An Investigation".

12 September 2019

civil rights - Civil rights activists celebrate new policy protecting transgender students in Stafford

Anna-Lysa Gayle

Stafford, VA

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Florida - Florida education news: Charter schools, transgender rights, public comment and more

Jeffrey S. Solochek
Tampa Bay Times

Sen. Samuel Pasco
Pasco County

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ezs note:  If you live within Pasco County, Florida, and you're pissed off about a scrapping of 'best practices' guide, write an email, or better yet, go to a board meeting and talk there.  Hey, conservative folks have a hearing - but they don't have a right to a monopoly.  Let your voice be heard.

lead story - Transgender Lyft driver quits after alleged attack

08 September 2019

review of Oneechan ga Mamotte Ageru!

Artist - Yoshino Sora

(note:  I tried - really tried to find the picture 'Oneechan ga Mamotte Ageru!' All to no avail.  Sorry.)

To those who follow Japan and Japanese transgender culture, yeah, there are flaws, but Japan does seem to be making an effort.  One of the really bright spots is an article entitled 'Transgender granted long-term residency in Japan'.  It is in this mix that Yoshino Sora is drawing her manga.  Unfortunately, Ms. Yoshino isn't doing her best work.

Mind you, her work is a far cry from the 'work' done by the Jack Chick tracts.  But this is a hornet's nest from the outset. Anri goes to the studio to do a tryout. And who does her mother pick to get some 'papers'?  Kairi, her younger brother.  Of course, her daft mother doesn't dream of going to the studio herself.  And let us consider the appellation 'Kairi'.  When I thumbed Japanese names, one listed  'Kairi' as female/unisex, the other as strictly female.  Where does it fit in the universe?

Towards the end, a more proper 'Kairi' is found, a transgender female.  But geez, their mother is in a virtual loony bin.  The proper way to go is not to rush into things, nor to refuse forever into decades.  In other words, it's somewhat of a balancing act.  Am I telling you that you must never make a mistake?  Of course not.  But find the right road, and stay the course as best you can.

Aesthetically, Ms. Yoshino does a decent job.  I just wish she would do better with words. 

07 September 2019

lead story - Second black transgender women believed to be violently killed in 2 days

Muri Assunção
New York Daily News

Clewiston, FL
(Hendry County)

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 ezs note: In such a sparsely county, two such murders are truly frightening.  If you know of either Keisha Whittaker or Bee Love's killings, please turn it over to the police.  Their number is 863-674-5600.  Above all, don't be a hero - I don't want to be writing a third statistic.  Thanks.

06 September 2019

lead story - Transgender woman in Hendry County may have died in targeted attack

Michael Mora

LaBelle, FL
(Hendry County)

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ezs note:  Sheesh - if anyone deserves what happened to Keisha Whittaker, it's this cretin.  Please, if anyone knows what happened, call Hendry County police (southern Florida) at 863-674-5600.  Thanks.