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

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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

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Gender Prison: Unconfused and Unrepentant

I'm probably more known for amplifying and sharing news stories. It is a lot easier to do so than to delve into the theory of gender. But every once in awhile, immersion into theory seems to be necessary.

So where did this start?

I got involved in a side discussion that started on Sunday in the diary, NO HEATHENS SERVED: "BECAUSE WE ARE BETTER THAN YOU."

I wish I could say that the discussion involved a Republican troll. But the truth is that not everyone who opposes the existence and fair treatment of transpeople is Republican. Some are even members here.

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The Breakfast Club: 5-19-2014

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The Breakfast Club (Black-eyed Susans)

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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.

I would never make fun of LaEscapee or blame PhilJD. And I am highly organized.

The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings.
-Julius Caesar (I, ii, 140-141)

So today, in honor of the Preakness at Pimlico, we have a special video selection That I'll discuss more thoroughly below the fold.

While it's called 'The Race for the Black-Eyed Susans' they're never ever used because they don't bloom until June or July (of course Climate Change will change all that). What they are really is Viking Poms, a chrysanthemum relative. They do still paint the Jockey's colors on the weather vane and award the Woodlawn Vase, reputedly the most valuable trophy in sports (over $4 Million).

No they don't get to keep it, they get a half size replica while the original remains under guard at the Baltimore Museum of Art.

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Louisville principal protects rights of transgender freshman

There was a problem at Atherton High School in Louisville, KY. As usual the cause of the problem was mostly identified as being a transgender student.

From the point of view of us transpeople, the problem is generally with those who cannot adapt to our existence and presence.

Principal Dr. Thomas Aberli had made a decision to allow a transgirl student to use one of the girls restrooms and girls locker rooms. According to reports this prompted complaints from parents and students. From past experience, I would hazard a guess that it was more parents than students with a problem.

On Thursday the school administration adopted a new non-discrimination policy which adds "gender identity" to the list of factors protected to the districtwide previous policy.

 

 

Advocates for the transgirl said the decision supported transgender students and were in line with the extension of Title IX protections to trans students by the DoE Office of Civil Rights.

Michael Aldridge of the Kentucky ACLU said the new policy "helps these students know their rights are protected."

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IDAHOT: 102 and counting

 

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Saturday is IDAHOT, the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. It's a little annoying that there is only one day for this...rather than it being a year-round concern.

 

 

 

To kick off the event, I've got some data for you. The Transgender Violence Tracking Portal is a new project, started in March of this year...so their data is a bit limited by the fact that only 14 countries have submitted data to them so far.

the TVTP project was created to allow public access and grassroots reporting of incidents of violence, and any registered user to easily query the TVTP database at any time to see the anti-transgender violence that has been reported. Researchers will be drawing from standard sources (news media, law enforcement, GLBT groups and many other sources) for additional and corroborative data.

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