Smith Trustees: Transgender women are women

 photo Smith-College-1304BDE8_zpsbuerja9a.jpgThe Smith College board of trustees has voted to accept that transgender women are women.

The shift to a self-identification admissions policy at the women’s college in Northampton goes into effect for students submitting applications this fall. The decision was revealed Saturday afternoon in a message to students, faculty, staff, parents, and alumnae.

Under the new admissions policy, applicants who were born male but identify as women are eligible for admission. Applicants must select “female” on the Common Application to be considered.

From the civil rights perspective, we’re saying trans women are women. What we’re doing here is really affirming that we’re a women’s college and we have an unwavering mission and identity as a women’s college.

--Smith College President Kathleen McCartney

Our clarified admission policy reflects a women's college that is steadfast in its founding mission yet evolving to reflect a changing world.

--Smith announcement

The move follows the leads of Mills College in California, and Wellesley, Mount Holyoke and Simmons Colleges in Massachusetts and Bryn Mawr in Pennsylvania.

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The Breakfast Club (Flowers)

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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The Breakfast Club (Unfinished)

 
breakfast beers photo breakfastbeers.jpgThe thing about Shubert is that he actually completed 7 Symphonies and a large body of other
compositions and didn't really leave very much  unfinished in comparison
with other composers who often labored longer than his entire lifetime
of 31 years on one singular work they considered their magnum opus

Schubert was remarkably prolific, writing over 1,500
works in his short career. The largest number of these are songs for
solo voice and piano (over 600). He also composed a considerable number
of secular works for two or more voices, namely part songs, choruses and
cantatas. He completed eight orchestral overtures and seven complete
symphonies, in addition to fragments of six others. While he composed no
concertos, he did write three concertante works for violin and
orchestra. There is a large body of music for solo piano, including
fourteen complete sonatas, numerous miscellaneous works and many short
dances. There is also a relatively large set of works for piano duet.
There are over fifty chamber works, including some fragmentary works.
His sacred output includes seven masses, one oratorio and one requiem,
among other mass movements and numerous smaller compositions. He
completed only eleven of his twenty stage works.

On the other hand he did die relatively young, some say due to
complications of syphilis or Mercury (which was commonly used to cure
it) poisoning.

So he was a James Dean type character that people could impose
their own interpretations on after his death and he soon rose to great
heights of popularity in the Art Music crowd in particular because of
this supposedly "great" unfinished work that was merely #8 of 9 (or 10
depending on who you believe).  Among his admirers were maybe Beethoven (because serious musical historians, doubt the veracity of that story) but certainly Listz, Schumann and Dvořák.  He is beloved by a certain type of Art Music fan not just because he led an appropriately Byronic (said descriptively and without a trace of byrony which is a pun and
not a misspelling) existence, but because his music was considered a
bridge between the late Classical style of Mozart and the early Romanticism of Beethoven.

Compared to his contemporaries he was a tunesmith, putting
together new melodies, rather that a technician stealing folk songs and
orchestrating them so I think he deserves a little recognition for that.
 I just feel that the adoration lavished on the "unfinished" Symphony
by virtue of its unfinishedness is mostly projection.  It isn't even his
only unfinished one, he laid out the sketches for a Symphony in D minor
mere weeks before his death.  He also wrote other symphonies you know,
including today's 9th Symphony which is nicknamed "Great" since it mostly is.

It's hell on the Woodwinds and String Section though and is
performed less frequently than it might be due to the difficulty (lazy
musicians).

 

 

Obligatories, News and Blogs below.

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Hallmark jerks tears for Mother's Day

 photo Alex_zpssd4tc1kx.jpgHallmark has a new campaign for Mother's Day, #PutYour HeartToPaper

Alex, a transgender man, begins with this:

My mom is the most light, bright, positive person I have ever met in my life, and that's just how she's always been.

When she hugs me, she really hugs me. And when you get a good hug, that is something that makes you feel safe and loved and she's the only one that has that effect on me.

I've never felt [at] home in my body, and even though I was born a girl, I always felt like I was a boy. And I was afraid to tell her because I thought love would have conditions.

And the unconditional love that she's shown has made me a better person in all of my relationships.

The video is on the other side.

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The Breakfast Club (Walking in the Dark)

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
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it's PhilJD's fault.
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The Beatles release their 'Sgt. Pepper' album;
Actress Marilyn Monroe born; CNN hits the airwaves; Mormon leader
Brigham Young born; Blind and deaf author and activist Helen Keller
dies.

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Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

 

Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.

Helen Keller


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Data diving at Pew

Apparently Pew Research Center didn't want to be left behind in the transgender race, so Sara Kehaulani Goo dug up a survey from 2013 and spelunked in the data contained therein.

The online survey interviewed 1197 self-identified LGBT adults, of which 43 identified as transgender (3.6%). Forty percent of respondents identified as bisexual, 33.2% identified as gay men, and 23.1% were lesbians.

As often happens, all transgender respondents were apparently excluding from the other groups, under the apparent assumption that transgender people do not have sexual orientations.

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GENDA rises again in New York

New York is one of only three states which protect people from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation but not on the basis of gender identity. The other two are Wisconsin and New Hampshire.

Partially that is because too many people believe that the protections afforded to LGB people automagically extend to transgender people. But the law knows what we have have been enunciating for years: sexual orientation and gender are not the same.

Sexual orientation is about who you desire to go to bed with. Gender identity is about who we go to bed as. In other words, sex is between our legs. Gender is between our ears.

Well, once again the state of New York has a chance to remedy their deficiency. The Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) is once again being brought forward. GENDA has passed the State Assembly seven times over the past decade, but has never passed in the Senate.

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The Breakfast Club ( Louie Louie)

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

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

    

Rioting hits Los Angeles after four white officers
are acquitted of most charges in beating of Rodney King; Dachau
concentration camp liberated; Jerry Seinfeld born.

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RIP Jack Ely 1943 - 2015

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

 

It take many a year, mon, and maybe some bloodshed must be, but righteousness someday prevail.

Bob Marley


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Aftermath

One thing the Bruce Jenner interview accomplished for the transgender community that we can point to as perhaps most important was bringing our plight to the forefront of local awareness.

Across the nation local news media determined that they needed to suplement the interview with local interest.

And I can't speak for anyone else, but I've had about a dozen people from past communities in which I have lived ask to friend me on Facebook...mostly people I've either forgotten or never knew in the first place.

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