DOJ intervenes in case of Ashley Diamond

 photo Ashley_Diamond_zpsva39xxxv.jpgThe Department of Justice has filed a 19-page brief in the case of Ashley Diamond v Owens, et al. in a District Court in Georgia.

Ms. Diamond, 36, lived openly as a transgender woman since she was a teen, but was arrested for theft, probation violation, escape, and obstruction of justice. She was convicted and sentenced to a maximum of 11 years. She was, of course, sent to a male prison.

You’d have thought she murdered a small village. But it was their final chance to get her out of Rome, and they did.

--Charles Neal Sumlin, victim of the theft

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The Breakfast Club (Easter Parade)

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If it becomes a numbers game, we lose

The Williams Institute at UCLA has announced a couple of new studies it will be initiating lter this year, having received grants for the projects from the NIH.

The Institute received a $3.4 million grant for a five year "Generations" project focusing on lesbian gay and bisexual populations in the US. That grant and an additional $285,000 grant will fund TransPop: US Transgender Population Health Survey.

The yearlong study, which was announced earlier this week, will be the first of its kind to use random sampling methods to obtain data about the transgender community. Researchers expect to find out about the racial distribution of transgender individuals, their socioeconomic backgrounds, their access to health care and their experiences. Ilan Meyer, senior scholar of public policy and researcher at the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law, will lead the study.

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The Breakfast Club (Peter Cottontail)

 

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Reply from an elder

On this, my 67th birthday, I found a tear wrenching letter to transgender old people at the Advocate.

Now the letter was not so much aimed at me personally. I did not transition in my 60s. I transitioned 2/3 of my life ago, at the age of 44. That was enough of a problem in itself.

How did you do it? How did you keep yourself going all those decades in the wrong gender? You must be the toughest person alive.

--Marlo Mack

Marlo, there just a wasn't a lot of choice. Survival is a strong motivation.

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breakfast beers photo breakfastbeers.jpgThere's only one time of year when a performance of Handel's Messiah is chronologically correct and that is Easter. 

Oh sure, the First Act deals with the birth of Jesus as fulfillment
of Old Testament prophesy and the annunciation of the shepherds, but
it's only one of three.  The bulk of them are about his passion and
death, his resurrection, and his ascension (Act II); and redemption, the
Day of Judgement, general resurrection, and the ultimate triumph over
sin and death and the universal acclamation of Christ (Act III).

As a matter of fact that famous Hallelujah Chorus, the only part anyone bothers with generally?  Act II Finale.

Sorry to ruin your holiday season folks.

While I'm sure Handel would be gratified by the events that mostly consist of gathering the
largest group possible to unmusically caterwaul a tricky piece to do
well and one that almost nobody knows the right words to as a testament
to his enduring popularity, I suspect that he would agree with me that
they are best listened to buried among the mass of performers under the
influence of an appropriate amount of ek'smas cheer.

The original work is rather modestly scored for a small orchestra
and choir with soloists, to be performed in a hall of medium size.  The
fashion for large scale performances didn't start until 1784, 42 years
after the debut.  It has always commonly been performed for charitable
benefits.

Another interesting feature of this piece is that it's an archetype of Oratorio structure.  Handel made his mark on the English musical scene as a composer of Italian Operas which were very popular from 1711 until about 1730.  He wrote over 40 of them.  He
amassed a small fortune but was increasingly dependent on wealthy
patrons to stage his oratorios, anthems and organ concertos.  One
particular sponsor was Charles Jennens who is generally credited with
the libretto, which is in English.  Handel wrote the music in 24 days.

Now this is not unusual for an Opera and that's basically what an
Oratorio is.  The 3 Act structure is exactly the same as the Italian
Operas Handel was used to composing and the only distinguishing features
are that there are no costumes, there is no acting, and the sacred
nature of the subject.  Handel had composed similar Oratorios when Opera
was temporarily banned in Italy (counter-Reformation Fundamentalism).

Anyway, without further adieu the Messiah, all 2 hours and 38 minutes of it.

 

 

 

 

  

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boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late,
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This Day in History

 

 

  

 

 

   

Martin Luther King Jr. gives speech before
assasination; Bruno Richard Hauptmann electrocuted for kidnap and murder
of Charles Lindbergh's son; President Harry Truman signs Marshall plan;
Jesse James shot to death; Pony Express begins service; Marlon Brando
is born.

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Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

 

A hero is someone who understands the responsibility that comes with his freedom.

Bob Dylan


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Do you want a happy kid, or a dead kid?

 photo ABC_Nathan_Jones_bc_150401_16x9_992_zps65wtn9nk.jpgABC Nightline followed a transman (identified as Nathan Jones) through four years of transition, from age 14 through graduation from high school.

 

 

 

 

 

There is some stereotypical language used.

I've always felt like I've had a boy's brain. And I always felt like I was trapped in this girl's body.

Nathan’s parents ask that you have tolerance in hearing his story. And before judging, know this: In 2015 alone, six transgender teens have already committed suicide, according to news reports, and it's often because they're unsupported by parents or peers. In fact, a staggering 41 percent of transgender youth will commit suicide before age 25.

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