Mortality among transgender folk

Conservative forces are concerned that the National Institutes of Health have awarded $189,186 to Emory University to study transgender mortality (project information).

PUBLIC HEALTH RELEVANCE: The purpose of this study is to determine whether transgender persons defined as those who medically change the gender assigned to them at birth (male to female or female to male) have higher or lower risk of death and certain diseases than men and women that do not consider themselves transgender. Participants will be selected from medical records of two large health care systems - the Veterans Affairs Administration and the Kaiser Permanente. Transgender persons will also be asked to join focus group discussions and share their views about factors that may motivate or preclude their participation in research.

Members of the transgender community and health care providers caring for transgender individuals express concerns about mental and physical health problems in this population; however longitudinal studies of transgender populations in the US have not been conducted.

CNS (which is Cybercast News Service, even though many think of it as Christian News Service) felt it necessary to inquire as to whether this was an "effective use of taxpayer funds."

The NIH funded project began in August, 2013 and runs through May 2015

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Wrapping up one year and unwrapping the next

An arrest has been made in the October 2nd East Hollywood shooting death of Aniya Knee Parker. Los Angeles police are seeking two more suspects.

 

Los Angeles News Video


 photo parkeraniya_zps938e8e3a.jpgParker was confronted by three Latino men as she walked down a sidewalk. Apparently the men determined she was trans and punched her. As she turned to flee, one of the men pulled out a pistol and shot her once in the head. Parker managed to make it across the street before collapsing. She died in surgery. Police referred to the incident as "an attempted robbery gone wrong." The suspect in custody is said to be a minor, so his name has not been released, but reports are that he will be charged as an adult.

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Gender Prison: Top Stories of the year, as chosen by my readers

1998 by  Andrea Cuchetto for Who Do You Think We Are? photo robyn.jpgIt has been a very busy year here in Transgenderland. It seems I wrote I wrote 217 diaries (16 in January, 15 in February, 18 in March, 14 in April, 21 in May, 32 in June, 3 in July (we were moving across the country), 16 in August, 19 in September, 21 in October, 17 in November, and 25 in December), although not all of them were about transgender issues...but most were. That, after all, is my raisin for being.

I should note that I publish regularly on Tuesdays at Voices on the Square, and Fridays at Docudharma, as well as regularly at Daily Kos.

(Photo by Andrea Cuchetto, from her work, Who Do You Think We Are?)

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The Breakfast Club (A Toast to Innocence)

The Breakfast Club (A Toast to Innocence)

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

 

 

 
   

Saddam Hussein is executed; Fire in Chicago kills 600 people; Vladimir Lenin proclaims the establishment of the Soviet Union; The United Auto Workers union stage their first "sit-down" strike; Musician Bo Diddley is born.

Breakfast Tunes

 

 

 

       

 

 

 

 


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Transgender Trends, 2014

Dr. Sherman Leis of Bala Cynwyd, PA and the Philadelphia Center for Transgender Surgery has surveyed the top 10 trends affecting the transgender community in the past year.

Although society has made a great deal of progress for the transgender community this past year, we still have a long way to go. Having recently observed Transgender Remembrance Day (November 20), it's sad to see that there are still too many victims of transgender violence.

--Dr. Leis

I'm pretty sure he means anti-transgender violence.

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TBC (What Did You Learn in School Today?)

Breakfast Tune:  What Did You Learn in School Today? - Pete Seeger, Tom Paxton


What did you learn in school today,

Dear little boy of mine?

What did you learn in school today,

Dear little boy of mine?

I learned that Washington never told a lie.

I learned that soldiers seldom die.

I learned that everybody's free.

And that's what the teacher said to me.

That's what I learned in school today.

That's what I learned in school. 

What did you learn in school today,

Dear little boy of mine?

What did you learn in school today,

Dear little boy of mine?

I learned that policemen are my friends.

I learned that justice never ends.

I learned that murderers die for their crimes.

Even if we make a mistake sometimes.

That's what I learned in school today.

That's what I learned in school.

What did you learn in school today,

Dear little boy of mine?

What did you learn in school today,

Dear little boy of mine?

I learned our government must be strong.

It's always right and never wrong.

Our leaders are the finest men.

And we elect them again and again.

That's what I learned in school today.

That's what I learned in school.

 

What did you learn in school today,

Dear little boy of mine?

What did you learn in school today,

Dear little boy of mine?

I learned that war is not so bad.

I learned of the great ones we have had.

We fought in Germany and in France.

And some day I might get my chance.

That's what I learned in school today.

That's what I learned in school.

 

 

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Boxing Day

Boxing Day.

On the day after Christmas...

  • In feudal times the lord of the manor would give boxes of practical goods such as cloth, grains, and tools to the serfs who lived on his land.
  • Many years ago on the day after Christmas servants would carry boxes to their employers when they arrived for their day's work. Their employers would then put coins in the boxes as special end-of-year gifts.
  • In churches, it was traditional to open the church's donation box on Christmas Day and distribute it to the poorer or lower class citizens on the next day.

Take your pick.

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A Little Child Shall Lead Them: Compassion Revisited

 

 

 

The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together; and a little child shall lead them.   

--Isaiah 11:6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With all the hacking attacks recently, it was bound to happen that someone would try to hack Santa's mail and share it with the world.

 

 

 

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The text, translated into adult spelling and grammar:

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