On the lighter side

We trans people are generally thought to have absolutely no sense of humor about ourselves. Generally, our response to someone who says that is that we are still waiting for them to say something funny...because that line usually is said after they have said something quite offensive.

BBC Three's Free Speech gathered together several trans people to prepare the following video...which is humorous as well as (hopefully) educational): 11 Things To Never Ask A Transgender Person

 

 

 

 

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Squared Away

 photo Oretga1_zpsfha0ar7e.jpgShane Ortega ha served three combat tours...two in Iraq and one in Afghanistan...two as a marine and one in the Army...two as a woman and one as a man.

Sgt. Ortega is stationed at Wheeler Army Air Field in Hawaii. "Normally" he would be a helicopter crew chief. But he is temporarily (he hopes) grounded...and has been since last summer. So he's been doing human resources work instead.

Sgt. Ortega has been grounded since a medical test disclosed elevated testosterone levels. But he has a bigger concern. While all his government-issued ID recognize him as male, the Military's Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) still lists him as female.

Sgt. Ortega’s Command has requested clear guidance from the DoD as to whether this means Shane can stay in the military or not.

--ACLU

Meanwhile Sgt. Ortega concentrates on being perfect.

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The Breakfast Club (Thanks For The Memories)

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

 

 

 

  

 

 

   

Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay become the first to
scale Mt. Everest's peak; President John F. Kennedy born; Patrick Henry
gives his "If this be treason" speech; Comedian Bob Hope born.

Breakfast Tunes

 

 

 

  

 

 

   

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

 

I don't feel old. I don't feel anything till noon. That's when it's time for my nap.

Bob Hope

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Kyler's Mom calls for change

I wrote about Kyler on Tuesday: Sometimes life gets too hard

Kyler's mother has decided to use Kyler's painful passing as an instrument to create change.

The passing of my son was the most devastating, terrible thing that could ever happen to any parent. But I want to use my pain now to help make change for the better and to help spread support, understanding and awareness trans youth and their families need.

--Katherine Prescott

 

 

 

 

 

 

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That word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

Apparently we're getting out of control. Yes...control. I believe that's the key word.

Focus on the Family and Family Research Council are upset. Transgender people are winning more acceptance and inclusion as time passes. In schools, in organizations like the Girl Scouts, and in American society, those conservative religious organizations are seeing us tyrannically force our way into every corner of American life.

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The Breakfast Club (Desperado)

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

 

 

 

  

 

 

   

Golden Gate Bridge opens to the public; U.N. Tribunal
indicts Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic; the British Navy sinks
Nazi Germany's battleship Bismarck; Actor Christopher Reeve is
paralyzed.

Breakfast Tunes

 

 

 

  

 

 

   

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

 

"If I was to really get at the burr in my saddle,
it's not politics - and this is, I think, probably a horrible analogy -
but I look at politicians as, they are doing what inherently they need
to do to retain power. Their job is to consolidate power. When you go to
the zoo and you see a monkey throwing poop, you go, 'That's what
monkeys do, what are you gonna do?' But what I wish the media would do
more frequently is say, 'Bad monkey.'"

Jon Stewart

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Gender Prison: Sometimes life gets too hard

 photo Kyler2_zpsmfrjkhf8.jpgLast Friday was the memorial service for Kyler Prescott. Kyler's mother spoke to the press before the service.

I feel so broken inside. I feel like my soul has been ripped from my body.

--Katherine Prescott

Kyler is described as an accomplished pianist, artist and activist for marriage equality and animal rights. Kyler was 14 when he committed suicide on May 18...the third San Diego area transgender teen to do so since March.

Kyler came out to his family as trans a few years ago and by all accounts his parents were quite supportive.

His parents respected his wishes and referred to him using male pronouns, even asking the young man if he wanted the family to remove childhood photos of him wearing more feminine clothes.

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ACLU challenges Anti-trans Michigan Identification Policy

 photo Emani Love_zpssjhnb0qf.jpgThe ACLU is representing six transgender Michigan residents who are suing the Michigan Secretary of State in federal court (Eastern District of Michigan) seeking to change a policy which almost precludes ("makes it impossible or unduly burdensome") changing gender on their driver's licenses.

The plaintiffs, represented by lawyers of the American Civil Liberties Union, claim the policy violates constitutional rights to privacy, speech, equal protection, interstate travel and "the right to independence in making important medical decisions."

Michigan requires that information listed on a driver's license or identification card issued by the state must match the information on a person's birth certificate. That requires transgender people to have their birth certificates amended before they can have their other identification changed.

The policy was first instituted by Secretary Ruth Johnson when she took office in 2011.

But two of the plaintiffs were born in Ohio and a third was born in Idaho...where amending birth certificates cannot be legally accomplished. Another plaintiff would be required to travel to South Carolina and obtain a court order. The two born in Michigan would have to complete gender confirmation surgery...even if hey have no current need for it or cannot afford it.

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