Not a man in a dress

 photo Clarke_zpsxwns6dbz.jpgSeveral dozen folks gathered last evening at the University Area Community Center in Tampa, including the friends and family of transgender woman India Clarke, whose body had been found Tuesday morning at playground near the center, a victim of blunt force trauma.

A growing shrine at the site near where Clarke’s body was found included a stuffed bear, flowers and balloons and, because India would have loved it, two selfies.

So he has a picture in his phone and I pray that they find his phone so that I can get a copy of that picture, cause he took his last picture of me and him together Sunday leaving my house.’

--Thelma Clarke, India's mother

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New data on trans kids

Dr. Johanna Olson of Children's Hospital in Los Angeles has authored another study on transgender kids. Appearing in the Journal of Adolescent Health, the study is entitled Baseline Physiologic and Psychosocial Characteristics of Transgender Youth Seeking Care for Gender Dysphoria

The purpose of this study was to describe baseline characteristics of participants in a prospective observational study of transgender youth (aged 12–24 years) seeking care for gender dysphoria at a large, urban transgender youth clinic.

We've now put to rest the residual belief that transgender experience is a result of a hormone imbalance. It's not.

--Dr. Olson

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Gender Prison: AFA dives for the bottom

The American Family Association has decided to blame the decision by TLC to cancel the Duggar Family on Jazz Jennings and her family...and not in a nice way. Meeke Addison writes TLC Trades Wholesome for Wholly Confused.

AFA had to get their anti-LGBT hatred on.

In a move to redirect the attention and public outcry, TLC also announced it has teamed with two prominent child-protection organizations for an ongoing campaign to raise awareness about child sexual abuse.

So far it appears the purpose is to cave to the new protected class of citizens in America — those who identify as LGBT.

--Addison

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Family Circle spotlights family with transgender child

The August issue of Family Circle magazine is featuring parents with a transgender child for the first time in its 83 years of existence.

 photo Family Circle_zpsk8mnbngr.jpgThe article features Jodie Patterson, her partner Joseph Ghartey and their transgender son, 7-year old, Penel. The couple also have four other children. Penel is in the blue shirt.

We had to take the time to learn. It’s been an eye-opening experience that’s given all of us a better understanding of the world. I’m just starting to comprehend ‘identity’ in its true meaning.

--Patterson

There has been backlash on the Family Circle Facebook page.

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Arrested for being trans

 photo Meagan-Taylor-x400_zpsb94i2lda.jpgMeagan Taylor was visiting Des Moines with a friend. They checked in to the Drury Inn. Meagan, 22, is a hair stylist and a student, but the staff at the Drury felt they knew the truth. Since Meagan and her friend were black trans women, the staff called the West Des Moines Police to report that two males dressed as females had checked in and there was possible prostitution activity (see this rant).

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The Breakfast Club (Prison Blues)

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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New Mexico blocks sports participation for transgender students

 photo alex trujillo_zpspsbw57yj.jpgAlex Trujillo will be a junior in the fall at Laguna-Acoma High School in New Mexico. Alex was declared male at birth but transitioned to female between 9th and 10th grades.

Alex wanted to continue her athletic career as part of the girls volleyball team. Coaches and officials at the school had no problem with that, but it turned out that the state of New Mexico was unprepared.

I talked to the principal and the coach … [about] if it was OK for me to start going to volleyball conditioning. And they said they didn’t see a problem with it, but they would check with the NMAA [New Mexico Activities Association] to make sure it was OK. So I went to one day of volleyball conditioning, and a few days later I was told that I couldn’t [play]. … That was really devastating for me.

I just cried. It may not seem like a big deal … but it made me feel like I was less than my peers, that I didn’t have the same rights and the same privileges. And it really hurt knowing that I was still seen as a male in the state’s eyes.

--Alex Trujillo

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Breakfast Club (Goin Down The Road)

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: Carolina Chocolate Drops "Goin Down The Road" On Canvas Preview - Oct. 24, 2013 Episode
 

 

Carolina Chocolate Drops "Goin Down The Road" On Canvas Preview - Oct. 24, 2013 Episode


 

Today in History
 

 

Today in History for July 18th

The Spanish Civil War begins; Sen. Ted Kennedy's passenger dies when he drives his car off a bridge on Chappaquiddick Island; South Africa's Nelson Mandela and musician Ricky Skaggs born. 

Breakfast News & Blogs Below

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Legal News out of Oklahoma

Back in April I wrote about the denial of tenure for Dr. Rachel Tudor at Southeastern Oklahoma State University because Dr. Tudor's "transgender lifestyle" offended the religious beliefs of the school's vice president for academic affairs Douglas McMillan.

The Department of Justice sued both Southeastern Oklahoma State University and the Regional University System of Oklahoma for violating Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

The suit alleged that the University terminated the employment of Dr. Rachel Tudor, an assistant professor, based on her gender, gender identity and gender expression, as well as in retaliation for making complaints of discrimination.

Dr. Tudor intervened in that law suit by bringing her own complaint in early May, additionally claiming that she had been subjected to a hostile work environment.

Southeastern and the RUSO asked the court to dismiss Dr. Tudor's suit, arguing that transgender people are not entitled to protection from sex discrimination because we are not a protected class under the law.

Last Friday Judge Robin Cauthron of the US District Court in the Western District of Oklahoma denied the motion to dismiss.

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The Breakfast Club (Bon Voyage, L'Hermione)

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

 

 

 

Today in History for July 17th

  

 

 

   

TWA Flight 800 explodes; Russia's royal family
executed; Disneyland opens; Nicaragua's Somoza goes into exile; Apollo
and Soyuz link up in space; Baseball's Ty Cobb and jazz great John
Coltrane die.

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Hermione, Crew sings at Baltimore Inner Harbor 6-19-15

  

 

 

   

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

 

Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed
by the things you didn't do than those you did. So throw off the
bowlines. Sail away from safe harbor. Catch the wind in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.

Mark Twain

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