The Breakfast Club 5/29/2014

The Breakfast Club 5/29/2014

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Gender Prison: Calls for effective Civil Rights protections

Monday's editorial by the New York Times editorial board Leadership on Transgender Civil Rights is a long overdue call for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to get visibly involved in the establishment of legal protections in New York for transgender people.

With Maryland recently becoming the 18th state to extend civil rights protections on the basis of gender identity, the editorial hails the event as a good example for New York, which sits along with only Wisconsin and New Hampshire as states which protect its citizens on the basis of sexual orientation but not gender identity.

We are closer today to creating that open, respectful, inclusive world that we want for all of our children.

--Gov. Martin O'Malley of Maryland

The editorial condemns the state for its failure to address the needs of gender-variant New Yorkers.

With less than a month remaining before the legislative session in Albany is scheduled to end, on June 19, it is time for state lawmakers to approve long-stalled legislation — the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act — to outlaw discrimination based on gender identity or expression.

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The Breakfast Club: 5-26-2014

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. I'm jetlagged, so today it's posted when I wake up. Deal with it.

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Let us go then you and I, to The Breakfast Club

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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Let us go then you and I, to The Breakfast Club

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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Feces meets fan in Rochester

Effective January 1, 2015 the city of Rochester, NY will cover medical services related to gender reassignment, including medical and psychological counseling, hormone therapy, and cosmetic and reconstructive surgeries, as announced by Mayor Lovely Warren at Empire State Pride Agenda's Spring Dinner on May 17.

The initiative is part of a plan steered by City Councilmember Matt Haag to raise the city's Municipal Equality Index.

Eliminating barriers to health care is simply the right thing to do. The city was the first to support domestic partnerships, and I am happy that we lead the effort to equalize benefits for all once again.

--Mayor Warren

The inclusion of transition-related care in municipal benefits will improve the health and well-being of transgender employees and also send a message to the rest of our state that we need to provide medically necessary care to all transgender New Yorkers. Rochester has long been a leader on LGBT civil rights and this is just one more example of how this great city sets a strong example for the rest of New York state.

--Nathan M. Schaefer, executive director of Empire State Pride Agenda

Additionally, beginning with the 2014-15 academic year, the University of Rochester will offer transition-related health care coverage as part of the student health care plan.

It's a medical necessity. It will also help promote a more inclusive environment and a more healthy and productive student body.

--John Cullen, coordinator of outreach for the Susan B. Anthony Center for Women's Leadership at UR

UR thus becomes the 52nd university in the nation to adopt a progressive health care policy for its transgender students.

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The Breakfast Club 5/22/2014

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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