Donation replaced nearly three times over

Three days ago the Girl Scouts of Western Washington (GSWW) refused a donation of $100K because it came with the stipulation that none of the money be used to benefit transgender girls. That's old news by now.

That money would have been one third of the GSWW budget for the year, so GSWW started a campaign on indiegogo in an effort to replace it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The campaign is called #ForEVERYGirl. In three days so far (28 days left) neearly 6000 donors have donated $286,820.

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The most basic brand of respect

Beginning today transgender people in California will be able to have the gender we identify with proclaimed on our death certificates.

The Respect After Death Act was passed in September of 2014 and goes into affect today. The Act requires medical examiners and coroners to refer to legal document such as court ordered name and/or gender changes, passports, wills, proof of clinical treatment for gender transition, amended birth certificates or valid driver's licenses to determine the sex listed on death certificates rather than basing decisions solely on the apparent genitalia of the deceased. Such documents would also override any stated preferences of next-of-kin.

Since California passed its law, Illinois has passed a similar bill.

Sasha Buchert, a staff attorney at the Transgender Law Center said the California law is an improvement on what is being proposed in other states, such as Illinois, where the law would requires a transgender person to provide written direction or an advanced health care directive - a legal document in which a person specifies what actions should be taken for their health if they are no longer able to make decisions for themselves.

California’s new law is more flexible in that various forms of documentation can be used to influence the sex marker on the death certificate.

--Buchert

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The Breakfast Club (Color Me)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We're a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we're not too hungover  we've been bailed out we're not too exhausted from last night's (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and
weekend morning at 10:30am (ET) to talk about current news and our
boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late,
it's PhilJD's fault.
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This Day in History

 

 

 

  

 

 

   

The Civil War Battle of Gettysburg begins; The first
nuclear weapons test in peacetime; TR's assault on San Juan Hill;
Britain's Princess Diana born; Hong Kong returned to China; Actor Marlon
Brando dies.

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Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

 

If there is no struggle, there is no progress.

Frederick Douglass


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Sometimes rudeness is effective

 photo Jennicet_Gutierrez_insert_courtesy_B_Loewe_zpss4dmdcwf.jpgI have, until now, mostly held my tongue about the incident in the White House involving Jennicet Gutiérrez, other than adding a link to my diary, Free Nicoll after someone wondered why there had been no important diaries on the immigrant detention of transgender women.

Miraculously, ICE released a memo yesterday urging agents and facilities to respect transgender detainees and directing staff to house transgender immigrants in housing that corresponds with the detainee's gender identity rather than sex at birth.

That's a shift from long-standing ICE (and general prison) policy, which often sees transgender women housed with men, where they face a starkly elevated risk of sexual assault and harassment.

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The Importance of Platform

One of the most frustrating things about the activism I do was exquisitely demonstrated last night. I've been actively activisting since I transitioned 23 years ago, on various platforms (email lists, the web, IRC, in public appearances and presentations, and in the past decade, blogging).

Yet last night, on Last Week Tonight John Oliver reached more people in 17 minutes than I have in all my efforts.

I'm not complaining, mind you. It is a fantastic thing that Oliver did. And it's not his fault that he has a platform available to him which I shall never experience.

Good on you, John Oliver. May you begin a trend.

 

 

 

 

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Outraged

Andrew Cuomo is outraged! Outraged, I say! He's so outraged, he wrote an Angry Letter on Friday.

In one of my least successful diary efforts, Indignity in New York from this past week I recounted how the NYCLU had released a report charging that the state of New York was a failure at protecting transgender and gender non-conformiing students as charged under the Dignity for All Students Act of 2010.

This lack of action appears to have resulted in harassment and violence being perpetrated against transgender and gender-nonconforming students.

--Cuomo

According to the report, 19% of the 24,478 incidents of harassment reported in New York schools during the 2012-13 school year involved gender stereotypes.

Cuomo called the report “truly disturbing” and demanded that Acting Education Commissioner Elizabeth Berlin “take any and all necessary action” to address its findings.

Now that's scathing!

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The Breakfast Club (Electric)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We're a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we're not too hungover  we've been bailed out we're not too exhausted from last night's (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and weekend morning at 10:30am (ET) to talk about current news and our boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late, it's PhilJD's fault.

 

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She tried

 photo Jess Shipp2_zpscbzqqyg3.jpgThis is a day we on which, I guess, we should be celebrating like all get out. But last night I discovered some hard news. Such news is easier to bear when it is shared.

Jess Shipps spent eleven years in the Air Force. She spent a decade locating and bringing home the remains of soldiers who lost their lives in Vietnam, Laos, and New Guinea. For the last two years, she taught others her talent for video and photography.

Nine months ago, Jess left the service so that she could begin a transition from male to female. On Tuesday, shortly after sending a few people important to her the message

I tried.

Jess Shipps took her own life.

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The Breakfast Club (Weird)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We're a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we're not too hungover  we've been bailed out we're not too exhausted from last night's (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and
weekend morning at 10:30am (ET) to talk about current news and our
boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late,
it's PhilJD's fault.
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This Day in History

 

 

 

  

 

 

   

President John F. Kennedy rallies West Berlin during
the Cold War; The U.N. Charter signed; Scientists complete first rough
map of the human genetic code; Charlie Chaplin's 'The Gold Rush'
premieres.

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Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

 

I used to think that anyone doing anything weird was
weird. I suddenly realized that anyone doing anything weird wasn't weird
at all and it was the people saying they were weird that were weird.

Paul McCartney

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