Senate Democrats Kill UAFA: "Comprehensive" = "Heterosexual"

When I returned to the United States from China five years ago, I left someone behind. My boyfriend of (then) 2.5 years. There was no way for him to come to the States and I needed to come back to finish my graduate studies. I wish I had a dime for every time somebody suggested, go to Massachusetts and get married. Oh, I wish it had been that easy.

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Chronic Tonic at VOTS-With A Flare~

I guess the fibro flare was inevitable, what with the uptick in stress and all. The tiredness and muscle pain, well, I can deal with that. I'm only mildly annoyed, really. You want to know what's killing me? The fog. The losing my train of thought, my next word, the standing there with my mouth hanging open...I hate that!

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Harvard Study finds Anti-Latino Bias among Local Election Officials

A team of researchers at Harvard University have found wide-spread anti-Latino bias (PDF) among election local election officials nation-wide. Specifically, the researchers found that local election officials were less likely to respond to voting-related questions from Latinos, and the quality of responses to Latinos was significantly lower than for Whites.

(n/t Political Wire)

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Gender Police: Developing a voice

 photo voice_zps4e658a75.jpgGriffin Nichol was a soprano in the New Zealand Secondary Student's Choir, halfway through his music degree when he just couldn't do female anymore.

I had always felt really uncomfortable but it got to the point that I couldn’t swallow it down anymore. As soon as I discovered that transition was a possibility I knew that was what I needed to do.

--Nichol

Griffin knew, however, that taking testosterone would exact a high price in terms of voice change.

As much as I tried I couldn’t find any concrete information about what would happen to my singing voice, and lots of people warned me that I wouldn’t be able to sing again.

--Nichol

But Griffin knew that his need to transition came first.

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AP-Gate Just Got Worse

Regardless of the left's opinion of Fox News, the Obama administration has gone way over the constitutional line and this is adds to the serious threat to freedom of the press. The idea that the government. on its unconstrained wild hunt for whistle blowers, can issue secret subpoenas for telephone records just got worse this morning. The case is being made against Fox News reporter James Rosen for his reporting on the possibility that North Korea would respond to additional UN sanctions with more nuclear tests back in 2009. The Department of Justice is prosecuting State Department adviser and arms expert Stephen Jin-Woo Kim for "leaking" the information to James Rosen of Fox News. To makes the case against Rosen this is what the DOJ did:

They used security badge access records to track the reporter's comings and goings from the State Department, according to a newly obtained court affidavit. They traced the timing of his calls with a State Department security adviser suspected of sharing the classified report. They obtained a search warrant for the reporter's personal e-mails. [..]

Court documents in the Kim case reveal how deeply investigators explored the private communications of a working journalist - and raise the question of how often journalists have been investigated as closely as Rosen was in 2010. The case also raises new concerns among critics of government secrecy about the possible stifling effect of these investigations on a critical element of press freedom: the exchange of information between reporters and their sources.

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Most Interesting Thing You've Read This Past Week

Howdy! Welcome to the our weekly open thread on interesting reads! This is where to post links to those great things that made you say "Ah!" when you read them, so the rest of us can read them too!

So what is the most interesting thing you've read in the past week?

It can be anything - a book, a news article, a blog post, a recipe, a cartoon, anything goes...

And please - if there's a link, link it; if it's a recipe post it. :D

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Hellraisers Journal: IWW strikers sing on their way to jail after mass arrest.

You..ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes.
-Mother Jones

Wednesday May 20, 1903
Chicago, Illinois - 12,000 Restaurant Workers Prepare to Strike

12,000 restaurant workers stand ready to go out on strike unless their employers grant certain concessions. The workers are demanding that wages be increased by 20%, and that hours be reduced to 10 hours on weekdays and 6 on Sundays. The strike will include all those employed in area restaurants: cooks, waiters, and general kitchen help. Barkeepers, chambermaids and porters will join the strike.

Charles Kiesler, President of Hotel and Restaurant Employees' Alliance Local No. 330, has just returned from the union's national convention in Philadelphia. He brought back word that the national leaders of the union will stand behind the strike.

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Pentagon acknowledges transgender veterans

Early in May the Pentagon formally recognized that there are transgender veterans for the first time. we can only hope that it is the first step to allowing transpeople to serve openly in the military.

 photo sandeen_zps838c5ae3.jpgOn May 2 transgender veteran and activist Autumn Sandeen received a short letter from a Navy official:

Per your request the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) has been updated to show your gender as female effective April 12, 2013.

Sandeen has a new military identification card to reflect the change.

The fact that a process exists [to change the gender listed] indicates that there are people in the Department of Defense who are aware of the needs of transgender retirees and who are working to see those needs met. And, in that sense, the significance of this symbolic act for our broader work and for our goal of open service becomes I think a little bit more apparent.

--OutServe-SLDN executive director Allyson Robinson

Gay, lesbian and bisexual service members have been able to serve openly since September, 2011, but transgender people continue to be discharged if it becomes known they are transgender.

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Hellraisers Journal: Mother Jones announces in Pittsburgh, "I'm going back to West Virginia!"

Tuesday May 19, 1903
Chicago, Illinois - Kohlsaat Closes All Bake Shops Connected to Lunchrooms

Kohlsaat has closed all company bakeries connected with its lunchrooms. According to The New York Times:

The Bakers had voted to walk out in sympathy with the colored waiters and to forestall this movement the company decided to lock out its employees.

The lock-out affects all employees from the office men, to the drivers, and even the laundry girls and scrubwomen. The tie-up appears to be complete, and this could become a long drawn-out fight.

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