Sunday Train: Cuomo Backs the Worst Air Train to LaGuardia

Back in January, Yonah Freemark covered the news that Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed a genuine clunk of an Air Train to La Guardia airport. The proposal was, as Yonah Freemark put it, "an AirTrain that will save almost no one any time."

Yonah Freemark was not the only transit blogger to give this proposal the thumbs down. Benjamin Kabak writing at 2nd Avenue Sagas pointed out in On the flawed LaGuardia AirTrain proposal and Astoria’s N train that a superior subway connection from LGA to Manhattan had been proposed by Rudy Guliani in the late 90s, but abandoned due to NIMBY opposition.

Benjamin Kabak points to Cap'n Transit Rides Again and the post from May, It's time to extend the N train to LaGuardia, where Cap'n Transit points out that the main "leaders" who fought against the N extension to LaGuardia have now passed from the scene, and now may be the time to test the waters again with the original N-train to LaGuardia plan.

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In point of fact, it was 21 years ago today. It was the day the OJ Simpson trial began. Details...

It was twenty years ago today
Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play
They've been going in and out of style
But they're guaranteed to raise a smile
So may I introduce to you
The act you've known for all these years
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

We're Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
We hope you will enjoy the show
We're Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Sit back and let the evening go
Sgt. Pepper's lonely, Sgt. Pepper's lonely
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
It's wonderful to be here
It's certainly a thrill
You're such a lovely audience
We'd like to take you home with us
We'd love to take you home

I don't really want to stop the show
But I thought that you might like to know
That the singer's going to sing a song
And he wants you all to sing along
So let me introduce to you
The one and only Billy Shears
And Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

What would you think if I sang out of tune
Would you stand up and walk out on me?
Lend me your ears and I'll sing you a song
And I'll try not to sing out of key
Oh I get by with a little help from my friends
Mm I get high with a little help from my friends
Mm gonna try with a little help from my friends

What do I do when my love is away?
(Does it worry you to be alone?)
How do I feel by the end of the day?
(Are you sad because you're on your own?)
No I get by with a little help from my friends
Mm I get high with a little help from my friends
Mm gonna try with a little help from my friends

(Do you need anybody?)
I need somebody to love
(Could it be anybody?)
I want somebody to love

(Would you believe in a love at first sight?)
Yes I'm certain that it happens all the time
(What do you see when you turn out the light?)
I can't tell you, but I know it's mine
Oh I get by with a little help from my friends
Mm I get high with a little help from my friends
Oh I'm gonna try with a little help from my friends

(Do you need anybody?)
I just need someone to love
(Could it be anybody?)
I want somebody to love

Oh I get by with a little help from my friends
Mm gonna try with a little help from my friends
Oh I get high with a little help from my friends
Yes I get by with a little help from my friends
With a little help from my friends

I've been singing the tune of education about transgender and gender-variant people since I came out in 1992. As I've learned myself, I have found ways to share. The hope, of course is that one day we can earn the respect and acceptance of the people in this society...at least sufficient to the point that we can live without any more danger than any so-called normal person must endure. At the beginning, my aim was to try to make it o that nobody else be as badly treated as I was when I came out. I have not forgotten that.

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The Breakfast Club (Shopping Around)

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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Whitewashing and Cisplaining...the movie

I began my transition in 1992. Part of what came with that was the meed for a hair stylist. I found mine at the Pink House in Conway, Arkansas. It was owned by John Schenck and Robert Lloyd, Their story is here at Freedom to Marry.

 photo Marsha_P_Johnson-650x500_zpsbnwbrgag.jpgJohn used to tell me stories from the old days. He was well positioned to do so since he worked as a bar back (i.e. bartending assistant) at the Stonewall back in the day. He told me about the night of June 28, 1969, when the police raided (not such a common occurrence at the Stonewall since there were payoffs) and especially began to hassle a Puerto Rican drag queen John only knew as José.

On that night there was a private party going on at the Stonewall. Regular patron Marsha P. (Pay it No Mind) Johnson was turning 25. Guests included other drag queens and some "girls who were serious" (in John's terminology; he means "transgender women") Some of the transwomen also did drag in order to make a buck...like Ms. Johnson.

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Lack of rights associated with adverse health outcomes

Milbank Quarterly is a healthcare policy journal published four times a year by John Wiley & Sons. The lead article in the most recent edition is Legal Protections in Public Accommodations Settings: A Critical Public Health Issue for Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming People. This study examined the healthcare consequences of the 2012 Massachusetts law which provided legal protections against discrimination on the basis of gender identity in employment, housing, public education and business, but not in public accommodations such as transportation, retail stores, restaurants, health care facilities and bathrooms.

In 2013 452 transgender or gender nonconforming adults were interviewed for the survey, aged 18 to 75. The survey found that discrimination in public venues was not only common but associated with adverse health outcomes (abstract).

Lead researcher for the study was Dr. Sari Reisner of The Fenway Institute and Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health with colleagues from Yale School of Public Health, Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University, Wagner School of Public Service at New York University, and Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition.

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Can't be an -ology without a journal

Coming this fall from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. will be the first ever scientific transgender health journal. Transgender Health will be an open access journal.

Transgender Health is the premier open source for authoritative, multidisciplinary research, discussion, and debate on the healthcare needs of this patient population. The Journal publishes under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 (CC BY) license to ensure broad dissemination and participation. All articles in Transgender Health are rapidly reviewed and published online within 4 weeks of acceptance.

The journal will be edited by Robert Garofalo, MD, MPH, professor in pediatrics-adolescent medicine and preventive medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

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Five advocacy organizations join together to assist transgender students nationally

The National Center for Lesbian Rights, Gender Spectrum, the National Education Association, the Human Rights Campaign and the American Civil Liberties Union have joined forces to produce Schools In Transition: A Guide for Supporting Transgender Students in K-12 Schools for distribution to various school administrations.

The publication's aim is to provide an informative guide to help school officials as well as parents assist and encourage transgender students.

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Transgender students suffer more eating disorders

The August issue of The Journal of Adolescent Health includes an article entitled Eating Disorders and Non-Gender Conforming Youth

This study examined associations of gender identity and sexual orientation with self-reported eating disorder (SR-ED) diagnosis and compensatory behaviors in transgender and cisgender college students.

Data was derived from 289,024 students from 223 U.S. universities participating in the American College Health Association–National College Health Assessment II.

Rates of past-year SR-ED diagnosis and past-month use of diet pills and vomiting or laxatives were compared among transgender students (n = 479) and cisgender sexual minority (SM) male (n = 5,977) and female (n = 9,445), unsure male (n = 1,662) and female (n = 3,395), and heterosexual male (n = 91,599) and female (n = 176,467) students using chi-square tests. Logistic regression models were used to estimate the odds of eating-related pathology outcomes after adjusting for covariates.

The study was done by members of Washington University in St. Louis.

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Sunday Train: The New Gulf Wind, NOLA to Orlando

In this September's Trains magazine{+}, Bob Johnston looks at the history and current state of play of the eastern section of the Sunset Limited route, running from New Orleans through to, most of the time, Orlando Florida. This is a live topic since both houses have passed Amtrak funding bills, which are currently awaiting reconciliation, and both include language setting up a group to study re-establishing intercity rail service on the Gulf Coast.

This also ties into three issues previously examined on the Sunday Train. The Orlando terminus offers the possibility of connecting rail services, which include the Carolina services, some of which extend through to Florida, and also the planned Rapid Rail All Aboard Florida hourly daytime passenger services between Orlando and Miami. And the western connection ties this into the previous Congress-mandated study of upgrades to the existing Sunset Limited, which proposed to replace the current route by extending the Texas Eagle through to Los Angeles, connecting to a New Orleans corridor service at San Antonio.

{+: Note that online access to Trains! magazine is mostly paywalled for subscribers to the print edition.}

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