ENDA

Expectations are that democrats will attempt to resuscitate the Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA) this year. ENDA would provide nationwide protections for LGBT in employment, housing, education, credit, and public accommodations. Conservatives have consistently opposed those protections on the basis that they are "special rights" (and hence reserved only for normal, Christian Americans), that LGBT people would frivolously run amok litigiously if we and these protections, and that the protections are not necessary because discrimination is simply not taking pace.

This diary takes down that last point.

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The Breakfast Club (Flag Day)

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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Breakfast Tune: Stars And Stripes Forever by Roger Sprung on 1963-64 Folkways LP.
 

 


 

Today in History
 

 

Nazi Germany's troops enter Paris during World War II; TWA Flight 847 hijacked; Stars and Stripes adopted as official U.S. flag; Leftist guerrilla Che Guevara and real estate mogul Donald Trump born. (June 14) 

 

Breakfast News & Blogs Below


 

 

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Burning Down the House

Last week Ontario became the first Canadian province to pass a law banning reparative therapy on LGBT youth. Additionally the law prevents practitioners of this supposed "cure" of homosexuality and transgenderism in young people or adults from billing the Ontario Health Insurance Plan.

The legislation was proposed by New Democrat Cheri DiNovo and won unanimous support from all three parties.

We’re sending an incredibly strong message . . . there’s absolutely no room in an inclusive society for trying to change somebody’s sexual identity or their gender expression or their gender identity.

--DiNovo

She said LGBTQ children are sometimes forced into the therapy by anxious parents and noted transgender people have an attempted suicide rate of 50 per cent.

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Transgender is Beautiful

When I am in most need of reminding myself how much the world has changed for the better, I'm most likely to tune in on "one of the moms." Like for instance Marlo Mack (actually, that's a pseudonym), also known as gendermom.

Marlo created an animation about herself and her child, entitled How to be a Girl

 

 

 

 

How to Be a Girl from gendermom on Vimeo

 

 

 

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The Breakfast Club (The Idea Still Lives)

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 Ronald Reagan demands the tearing down of
the Berlin Wall; Civil rights activist Medgar Evers killed; O.J.
Simpson's ex-wife Nicole and Ronald Goldman murdered; Baseball Hall of
Fame opens.

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Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

 

You can kill a man, but you can't kill an idea.

Medgar Evers

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Remarkable Event in the Keystone State

 photo Levine_zps4ejrjxgy.jpgThe Pennsylvania Senate voted 49-0 on Tuesday to confirm Dr. Rachel Levine as the state physician general. Dr. Levine obtained her undergraduate degree from Harvard and her medical degree from the Tulane School of Medicine. She did her residency in pediatrics at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York. Most recently she has served as chief of Adolescent Medicine and Eating Disorders at vice chair for Clinical Affairs for the Department of Pediatrics at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

While at Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Dr. Levine led the initiation of a Division of Adolescent Medicine for the care of complex teens with medical and psychological problems. She also started the Penn State Hershey Eating Disorders Program, which offers multidisciplinary treatment for children, adolescents, and adults with eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa.

Dr. Levine has also worked closely with the Penn State Hershey Office of Diversity as the liaison for LGBT Affairs, mentoring and assisting LGBT students, faculty and staff.

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Hate Violence report

The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs has released its report on LGBT and HIV-Affected Hate Violence in 2014.

The good news is that overall anti-LGBT violence decreased by 32% from 2013. To a large extent that was due to sharp declines in New York City and Los Angeles...which may be as much related to decline in staffing programs as actual decline in incidents.

The bad news is that the number of fatal anti-LGBTQ hate crime reports increased by 11%...and the severity of the violence remained high. Especially impacted were transgender women, the LGBT and HIV-affected communities of color, and gay men.

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