Hate Violence report

The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs has released its report on LGBT and HIV-Affected Hate Violence in 2014.

The good news is that overall anti-LGBT violence decreased by 32% from 2013. To a large extent that was due to sharp declines in New York City and Los Angeles...which may be as much related to decline in staffing programs as actual decline in incidents.

The bad news is that the number of fatal anti-LGBTQ hate crime reports increased by 11%...and the severity of the violence remained high. Especially impacted were transgender women, the LGBT and HIV-affected communities of color, and gay men.

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The Breakfast Club (An Old Sweet Song)

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This Day in History

 

 

 

Today in History for June 10th

  

 

 

   

The Six-Day War ends in the Mideast; Yugoslav troops
leave Kosovo after NATO's campaign of airstrikes; Alcoholics Anonymous
founded; Actress and singer Judy Garland born; Singer Ray Charles dies.

Breakfast Tunes

 

 

 

Ray Charles - Georgia On My Mind (The Orginal Song From The Albom)

  

 

 

   

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

 

What is a soul? It's like electricity - we don't really know what it is, but it's a force that can light a room.

Ray Charles

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Pentagon Pride

The Pentagon held its first Gay Pride event at its Arlington headquarters. The theme of the event was Celebrating Victories that have Affirmed Freedom and Fairness. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter hosted the event.

Discrimination of any kind has no place in America's armed forces.

Recognizing that our openness to diversity is one of the things that have allowed us to be the best in the world, we must ensure that everyone who is able and willing to serve has the full and equal opportunity to do so. We must start from a position of inclusivity, not exclusivity. Anything less is not just plain wrong, it’s bad defense policy.
“Embracing diversity and inclusion is critical to recruiting and retaining the force of the future. Young Americans today are more diverse, open, and tolerant than past generations. If we’re going to attract the best and brightest among them to contribute to our mission of national defense, we have to ourselves be more diverse, open, and tolerant, too. It’s the only way to compete in the 21st century.

--Carter

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The Month of the Gateway Sin

 photo pride___nomi_from_sense8_by_crimson_serenity-d8wfzdb_zpse5fj3zjj.pngI have not yet watched any shows produced by NetFlix or Amazon. That's just not the way we roll in this house. We get enough drama from the various NCIS's and the shows on TNT...though I did develop some interest in Scorpion after catching a few episodes. We are more usually entertained by what we can find on PBS when they aren't in pledge break mode or foodie porn.

But Sources have told me that the Wachowski's new SciFi series, Sense8, cocreated by J. Michael Straczynski (Babylon5) from NetFlix is getting raves from the transgender community.

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Doing the Right Thing

Last Sunday I wrote about a meeting scheduled at which the Barnard trustees would be deciding the fate of transgender admissions at the college.

Last week turned out to be a busy week in the transgender world. Vanity Fair put Caitlyn on its cover. OSHA put whatever power it might have directly behind trans people. The Air Force made it easier for transgender people to serve. And the Barnard trustees had that meeting.

Those trustees decided that transgender women will be admitted beginning in the fall. In so doing, Barnard became the last of the famous "Seven Sisters" to do so. If you are not familiar with the Seven Sisters, they were Barnard, Bryn Mawr, Mount Holyoke, Radcliffe, Smith, Vassar and Wellesley. They were given that sobriquet in 1927 to signify their parallel with the Ivy League men's colleges.

But times change and Poughkeepsie, NY's Vassar went coed in 1969. And Radcliffe, located in Cambridge, MA, began merging with Harvard in 1977 (and completed it in 1999).

In the past year Mount Holyoke, Bryn Mawr, Wellesley, Smith and now Barnard have opened their doors to transgender women, following the lead of California's Mills College.

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Sunday Train: Making An Energy Revolution

Writing for Politico, "Energy Visionary" Vaclav Smil writes in Revolution? More like a crawl:

Undoubtedly, the U.S. is experiencing two notable energy transitions, from coal to natural gas and from fossil fuels to new renewables in electricity generation. These shifts are welcome because they promise to bring cleaner and less carbon-intensive supplies. But they cannot be rapid, and they bring their own technical, economic and social challenges. Energy infrastructure is the world’s most elaborate and expensive, and the longevity and inertia of many large energy enterprises make it impossible for any large, complex national system (to say nothing of the global level) to reconfigure itself even in three or four decades.

And the statement is, on its own terms, quite certainly correct. Yet I support calls for a "pedal to the metal" transition to low and no carbon, sustainable energy as a policy approach that we shall have to be pursuing in order to achieve what must be done. So, what gives? Is Vaclav Smil correct? And if he is, in what sense is he correct?

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The Breakfast Club (Tuba Skinny)

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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Air Force cracks open the door to transgender service

 photo Logan-Ireland_zpsltgdzuny.jpgOn Thursday the Air Force announced a policy change which will make it more difficult to for transgender troops to be discharged. The AF's new policy is modeled on the one adopted by the Army in March.

In the past airmen diagnosed with gender dysphoria or who identified as transgender were generally immediately discharged, based upon decisions made by a doctor or unit commander. The new policy requires review of such decisions by officials at Air Force headquarters.

A psychiatrist or psychologist must support the recommendation for discharge for gender dysphoria. A commander must also determine that the condition interferes with troops' performance of their duty.

Though the Air Force policy regarding involuntary separation of gender dysphoric Airmen has not changed, the elevation of decision authority to the Director, Air Force Review Boards Agency, ensures the ability to consistently apply the existing policy.

--Daniel Sitterly, Air Force personnel official

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