25 May 2018

Nigeria - 5 Nigerian films that advocate for gay rights

Chidumga Izuzu

Abuja, Nigeria

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please press:  www.pulse.ng

civil rights - The Michigan Civil Rights Commission defends humanity

Jack Lessenberry
Michigan Radio

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West Virginia - How Transphobic Anti-LGBTQ Groups Hijacked a Small Town's Fight for Equality

Whitney Kimball

Parkersburg, WV

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lead story - Transgender woman sexually assaulted while sleeping at Cleveland homeless shelter, police say

Adam Ferrise

Cleveland, OH

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please press:  www.cleveland.com  

24 May 2018

Donald Trump - Trump’s Reckoning Arrives

David Frum
The Atlantic

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Yonah Jeremy Bob
Jerusalem Post

Sudan (map)

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civil rights- Federal Court Emphatically Shoots Down Anti-Trans Lawsuit in Rare Ruling From the Bench

Mark Joseph Stern

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Washington (state) - Transgender veteran sues state, alleging sex discrimination in hiring

Camille Lemke
The News Tribune

Fife, WA

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lead story - HRC Mourns Gigi Pierce, Transgender Woman Fatally Shot in Oregon

Helen Parshall


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23 May 2018

Donald Trump - Trump lawyer 'paid by Ukraine' to arrange White House talks

Paul Wood

gettin' ready for the next big payoff, uh, talks 

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Hong Kong - Event: 2nd 1905 International Human Rights Film Festival launches in Hong Kong

Hong Kong Free Press

Hong Kong at night

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civil rights - Federal Court Rules Civil-Rights Law Protects Transgender Students

Amanda Arnold
The Cut

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Indiana - Lyft driver in Indianapolis orders gay couple out of his car after they kiss

Mark Alesia

Wow - it's the same driver!

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lead story - Sephora launches makeup classes for transgender population

Chelsea Ritschel

Sephora, Champs Élysées, Paris

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please press:  www.independent.co.uk

ezs note:  Hey, everybody!  There's a Sephora store in my town of West Hartford, Connecticut!  Come on down, and just maybe you'll see me congratulating the owner!

22 May 2018

VIDEO - How Do We Abolish the Electoral College? (Robert Reich)

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Donald Trump - Hey, Look: More Evidence That Broidy May Have Been Covering for Trump in That Playmate Affair

Paul Campos
New York

Elliott Broidy, in happier seconds

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ezs note:  When I was reading this article, I did a Wikipedia on George Nader (the businessman, not the actor) to find out if they were related. (as far as I could, they either weren't, or were distantly related)    But I'll let you discover the, uh, 'fun'. (barf bag, please)

Oh, yeah.  Fine, upstanding men, these.

Vietnam - LGBT community in Vietnam’s path to recognition

vietnamnet bridge

sidewalk in Hanoi, Vietnam

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please press:  english.vietnamnet.vn

civil rights - DeVos grilled on civil rights for students

Lydia Wheeler
The Hill

grilled chicken, House special

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Rhode Island - Chariho school committee to vote on transgender policy

NBC 10

Bell School, Richmond, RI

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Kashmira Gander

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21 May 2018

Norway - Is it difficult to be gay in the Norwegian workplace?

Nancy Bazilchuk
The Local No

Linköping University, Linköping, Norway

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civil rights - Here’s why psychiatric hospitals are so bad at helping transgender patients

Josh Israel, Danielle McLean

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please press:  thinkprogress.org

ezs note:  If you are as moved as I was, do as I did and call your state Senator and State Representative and ask for more, better beds for those who desperately need them.  Thanks.   

Florida - Transgender Political Candidates Monica DePaul and Wendy Ella May Explain Their Positions on Universal Health Care

Danielle Bernstein

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ezs note:  It's a ways off (Tuesday, November 6) but whether you are in Florida, North Carolina - or anywhere - VOTE!

lead story - Despite fatwa, transgender people in Iran face harassment

Tampa Bay Times

Tehran, Iran

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VIDEO - Joshua Green, "The Devil's Bargain"

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20 May 2018

Donald Trump - Warner: Why doesn't Trump understand that it's illegal for other countries to interfere in US elections?

Jacqueline Thomsen
The Hill

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Poland - Polish conservatives oppose rainbow flag at European Parliament

Radio Poland

map of Poland

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civil rights - American bishop brings human rights focus to royal wedding

Tampa Bay Times

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Arizona - Phoenix will add rainbow crosswalks to celebrate LGBT community

Jessica Boehm

Phoenix, AZ

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lead story - Idaho agrees to pay transgender women's attorney fees

Betsy Z. Russell
Idado State Journal

Idaho state capitol (interior)

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19 May 2018

VIDEO - David Cay Johnston & Greg Palast: What the Trump Administration Is Doing to America

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Donald Trump - Bill Maher: Congress ‘Wouldn’t Turn on Trump If They Found Out He Was Using the Eternal Flame to Light Farts’ (Video)

Tony Maglio

JFK eternal flame

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Mexico - Mexico bans 17 'false' transgender women running in local elections

Marta Rodriguez Martinez

Muxes, Zapotec region

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civil rights - 'Live Free or Die' motto often invoked, with mixed results

Holly Ramer
Hastings Tribune

Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire

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California - Saddleback College continues to investigate submitted transgender student complaints

Ashley Hern

Saddleback College

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lead story - Belgian transgender ballet film wins Cannes Queer Palme

Johnny Cotton

Jacques Brel, Belgium

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please press:  www.reuters.com 

18 May 2018

Middletown, Delaware

estimated transgender population:  121*
(rounded down)

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 ezs note:  Wow! So that's where Dead Poets Society was filmed!  Middletown, Delaware is home to St. Andrews School, a private co-ed boarding school.  In the movies, boarding schools are starchy, stuffy places, (especially in the fifties) but St. Andrews is fortunately different.  They have a Gender and Sexuality Alliance - good for them!

Donald Trump - Trump personally pushed postmaster general to double rates on Amazon, other firms

Damian Patella, Josh Dawsey
The Washington Post

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Chile - Chile LGBT Group Blasts Campaign against Transgender Actress

Latin American Herald Tribune

Santiago, Chile

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civil rights - This transgender graduate will make history at Pass High. And he's only 16.

Jeff Clark

Pass Christian, Mississippi

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Illinois - Pride Action Tank report and project address issues concerning LGBT older adults

Windy City Times

Chicago, IL (Wicker Park)

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lead story - GOP Candidate Films Herself Harassing A Transgender Woman

Andrea González-Ramírez

Jazmina Saavedra (R-CA)

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17 May 2018

Donald Trump - Senate Transcripts Suggest Trump, Jr., Was Willing to Collude with Russians

John Cassidy
The New Yorker

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Ukraine - Ukraine: Radical Groups Disrupt LGBTI Event

Human Rights Watch

Donetsk, Ukraine

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civil rights - Longtime gay-rights opponent Tony Perkins named to U.S. religious freedom panel

Julie Moreau
NBC News

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Arkansas - Arkansas middle school student, 12, donates money from sales to charity

Rachel O'Neal

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lead story - The gay, transgender and bisexual men on Manus are forced into silence

Behrouz Boochani
The Guardian

Manus Island regional processing center

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16 May 2018

Donald Trump - TESTIMONY - Donald Trump Jr. testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee

Donald Trump Jr. (testifying)
Senate Judiciary Committee

Senate Judiciary Committee

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ezs note: Yeah, yeah, I know.   This is a L-O-N-G piece.  Read the whole thing - you'll be rewarded.

Turkey: Banned Pride march must be allowed to take place in peace

Amnesty International

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please press:  www.amnesty.org

ezs note:  Hey, if it can take place in São Paulo, it can place in Ankara.  PERIOD.

civil rights - LGBTQ teens face widespread feelings of fear and rejection, survey finds

Amy Ellis Nutt
Chicago Tribune

Guido Reni, Massacre of the Innocents

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