17 August 2018

Novato, California

estimated transgender population:  325*
(rounded up)

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ezs note:  I don't know how much you enjoy Cubism and graffiti as works of art, but if you enjoy them as much as I do, perhaps it's time to visit  Novato, California and look up the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art!

Donald Trump - Trump Picked Fight With Vietnam Vets Over Who Better Understood What Agent Orange Was

Eric Levitz
New York Magazine

Wait... isn't that Agent Orange?

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please press:  nymag.com

Denmark - No Turning Back? The rich LGBT history that inspires next to zero creative works

Tess Westbrook
CPH Post

Copenhagen, Denmark

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please press:  cphpost.dk

civil rights - LGBT Rights Milestones Fast Facts


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please press:  www.kpax.com

Indiana - Indiana Youth Group opens transitional apparel room for transgender youth

Samantha Myers

Indianapolis, IN

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please press:  cbs4indy.com

lead story - After Families Disown Them, 2 Transgender Vets Share A Bond


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please press:  www.npr.org

VIDEO - Maggie Haberman - Covering the Trump White House

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16 August 2018

Donald Trump - Trump Can't Even Honor Aretha Franklin Properly

Vann R. Newkirk II
The Atlantic

Aretha Franklin (1968)

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please press:  www.theatlantic.com

Lebanon - Horrifying video shows transgender woman attacked in broad daylight as bystanders do nothing

Josh Jackman

Beirut, Lebanon

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please press:  www.pinknews.co.uk

civil rights - Md. judge blocks effort to shield military transgender ban info


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please press:  wtop.com

Illinois - Patterson to Direct Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Rachel McCarthy
Illinois Wesleyan University

Shirk Center, Illinois Wesleyan University

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please press:  www.iwu.edu

lead story - Walking while transgender has risks as well as rewards in Southwest Florida

Patricia Borns

Fort Myers, FL

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please press:  www.news-press.com

ezs note:  Floridians, (especially southwest area) at the bottom of this article are some resources which will get you started, both mentally and physically.  However, do not go to those frauds which advertise "reparative therapy".  They'll take your money (perhaps tens of thousands) and make you all the more miserable. 

15 August 2018

Donald Trump - Manafort trial Day 12: Prosecution hammers Manafort's 'lies,' defense chides 'selective' evidence

Kyle Cheney, Josh Gerstein, Darren Samuelsohn

Mr. Manafraud

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please press:  www.politico.com

Honduras/USA - ICE Releases Some Transgender Women Seeking Asylum

Marisa DeMarco

University of New Mexico

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please press:  www.kunm.org

civil rights - Colorado baker back in court after turning away transgender woman

Brooke Sopelsa

Masterpiece Cakeshop
Lakewood, CO

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please press:  www.nbcnews.com 

Maine - Equality Maine seeks support for 2nd Annual Dine OUT campaign

Fiddlehead Focus

Houlton, ME

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please press:  fiddleheadfocus.com

lead story - Vermont Nominates 1st US Transgender Candidate for Governor


Vermont State House
Montpelier, VT

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please press:  www.snopes.com

14 August 2018

Donald Trump - The Church of Trump

Alex Wagner
The Atlantic

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ezs note:  In some places around this country, Trump is some sort of demigod.  But there's something you can do - register to vote!!! (and get your like-minded friends to register as well)

Russia - Russian filmmaker defies government to shoot rare LGBT feature

Martin Blaney

Outlaw (film)

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please press:  www.screendaily.com

civil rights - After Facebook posts threaten 12-year-old transgender girl, Oklahoma school district cancels classes

Grand Forks Herald

Achille, OK

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please press:  grandforksherald.com

ezs note:  Although this was entered two days ago, the Washington Post article (picked up by the Grand Forks Herald) is much more complete.

Alabama - State ID law causing problems for Alabama transgender woman


Birmingham, AL

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please press:  www.kcci.com

lead story - Man accused of shooting transgender woman at Detroit gas station bound over for trial

Nick Monacelli

Detroit, MI

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please press:  www.clickondetroit.com

ezs note:  If you are the one who tipped the police, thank you!  

13 August 2018


Abigail Tracy
Vanity Fair

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please press:  www.vanityfair.com

Kenya - Life as a girl

Love Child

Nairobi University

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please press:  www.mediamaxnetwork.co.ke

civil rights - A Transition in Care

Elizabeth Segal
US News and World Report

Tijuana, Mexico

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please press:  www.usnews.com

New York - Without an Internet Barrier, Transgender Sex Workers Feel Less Safe


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please press:  www.wnyc.org

lead story - Transgender advocates adopt lobster emoji

Penelope Overton
Portland Press-Herald

Eyestalk of a lobster

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please press:  www.pressherald.com

12 August 2018

Donald Trump - At least 100 newspapers sign up to publish editorials targeting Trump

Morgan Gstalter
The Hill

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please press:  thehill.com

Guyana - ‘As a transgender person in Guyana, you feel you’re in a jail yard’‘

Rae Wiltshire
Stabroek News

Guyana, Rupununi Savannah

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please press:  www.stabroeknews.com

civil rights - Violent Parent's Facebook Screenshots Raise Concern

Caleigh Bourgeois
9 News

Achille, OK

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please press:  www.news9.com

Rhode Island - R.I.’s 2013 validation of same-sex marriage is only the start, advocates say

Madeline List
Providence Journal

Providence, RI

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please press:  www.providencejournal.com

lead story - ‘How can you be raped?’ Doctor’s words to transgender in India an example of the ‘transphobia’ that stops many getting health care

Priti Satian
South China Morning Post

Kolkata, India

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please press:  www.scmp.com

11 August 2018

Donald Trump - Poll: Trump is as strongly disliked now as Nixon was before he resigned

Harry Enten

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please press:  www.cnn.com

India - Kerala offers free sex change operations to transgender community after Tamil Nadu

Chinki Sinha
India Today

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please press:  www.indiatoday.in

civil rights - Human Rights Campaign Endorses Pro-Equality Candidate Candidate Mike Levin for U.S. Congress

Chris Sgro

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please press:  www.hrc.org

Montana - Bathroom Initiative 'Should Have Been A Slam Dunk,' Montana Family Foundation Says

Corin Cates-Carney
Montana Public Radio

My heart bleeds... NOT!!!

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please press:  www.mtpr.org

lead story - Are you sure it wasn’t your girl name?’ Transgender woman outed by airline crew member

Patrick Kelleher

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please press:  www.pinknews.co.uk

Wallingford, Connecticut

estimated transgender population:  261*
(rounded down)

Wallingford, CT

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ezs note:  Built by the famed architect I. M. Pei (still alive!), Wallingford, Connecticut is home to the Modernist Paul Mellon Arts Center.  If you are an architecture buff, come on down!

10 August 2018

Donald Trump - Sad! Don Jr. uses obviously photoshopped image to falsely inflate Trump’s approval rating

Aaron Rupar

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please press:  thinkprogress.org

Hong Kong - Judge ruling a blow to transgender rights in Hong Kong...

Chris Lau
South China Morning Post

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please press:  www.scmp.com

civil rights - Transgender and gender non-conforming women sue New York chicken restaurant for discrimination

John Riley

Harlem (New York City), NY

please press:  www.metroweekly.com  

Tennessee - How Bill Lee and Karl Dean plan to win Tennessee's race for governor

Joey Garrison, Dave Boucher

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please press:  www.tennessean.com   

ezs note: It's down in the article, but you might wish to take note of how transgender boys and girls are treated.

lead story - Transgender candidates could make history in upcoming races

Daniel Trotta

Christine Hallquist

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please press:  www.reuters.com  

ezs note:  One way in which you could make a difference is by giving to victoryfund.org candidates.  From Maine to Alaska, there's probably someone worthy of your support. 

09 August 2018

Donald Trump - Jimmy Kimmel Is Recruiting For Donald Trump’s ‘Space Force’

Lee Moran

Jimmy Kimmel

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please press:  www.huffingtonpost.com

Jamaica - The rough, rugged life of a transgender surviving in Ja

Tanesha Mundle
Jamaica Observer


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please press:  www.jamaicaobserver.com

civil rights - Policy Changes Could Make Air Travel Easier For Transgender People

Casey Mendoza

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please press:  www.newschannel5.com

Virginia - Transgender woman claims discrimination at Shockoe Bottom night club

Allison Norlian

Shockoe Bottom, VA (part of Richmond)

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please press:  www.nbc12.com

lead story - Wilton Community Center hosts talk on transgender issues

Ashley Saari
Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

Wilton, NH

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please press:  www.ledgertranscript.com

08 August 2018

My choice in primaries (Connecticut)

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ezs note:  Well, Primary Day is approaching, (next Tuesday) and you might be thinking of who to vote for.  Well, I thought of this myself, and I thought I'd share them with you.  I'm not endorsing these picks, just thought I'd share them with you.  For the top pick only,  I let you know who both the Democratic and Republican choices are.  Here goes: 


If you are choosing Democratic:  Joe Ganim, Ned Lamont - Just so you know, I campaigned very briefly for Ned eight years ago.  That having been said, I still looked at his campaign literature very carefully. I still have a few follow-up questions, but I feel comfortable with Ned.  This is not the case with Joe - far from it.   Let's leave his time in the pokey(!)  Bridgeport is the worst city in the state, and under Ganim's watch, it ain't getting any better. 

If you are choosing Republican:  Mark Boughton, Tim Herbst, Steve Obsitnik, Bob Stefanowski, David Stemerman -  Yeah, yeah, I know.  None of these choices are exactly wonderful (at least to me).  But if I had to choose one, Bob Stefanowski would be my choice. He uses the high road, and for me, that's a good sign.

Lieutenant Governor

Susan Bysiewicz, Charlie Stallworth, Eva Bermudez-Zimmerman - Susan is the endorsed candidate, but she's got flaws that I can't overlook.  Bermudez-Zimmerman seems to be the better choice.

Attorney General

Paul Doyle, Chris Mattei, William Tong - William is the best choice, by far.  If Richard Blumenthal retires, I'd pick him to be the next US Senator.


Dita Bhargava, Shawn Wooden - Can we talk, Dita?  You might the most wonderful treasurer in the world.  But you soured me. Permanently.  Go away, Dita. I'm picking Shawn Wooden.

18th State House

Andy Fleischmann, Jillian Gilchrest - A tough choice, because I like and respect them both.  I give the nod to Jillian, though, because it's really time for a change, not any animus toward you.

Donald Trump - Omarosa Secretly Recorded Trump and Played the Audio for People, Sources Say

Lachlan Markay, Asawin Suebsaeng, Maxwell Tani
Daily Beast

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