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Gender Prison: Never thought I would see the day

Yes, my initial reaction to this story, as recorded in the title, was based in stereotype.

I know that when I first went to college at Penn in Philadelphia, I was pledging Theta Xi when I had my first gender-related breakdown. Approaching the brothers about it just wasn't in the cards back on 1967.

Much like the world of professional sports, the world of campus Greek life is not often heralded as the epitome of acceptance. Locker room antics are an insidious fact of the frat house. No doubt about it.

 photo Donnie2_zps8554757d.jpgThe brothers of Phi Alpha Tau fraternity at Emerson College in Boston, located between Beacon Hill and Bay Village, have undertaken a campaign on Indiegogo to raise money for sophomore pledge Donnie Collins.

Collins needs to raise $4800 to have his top surgery after the semester is over in May. When his prospective brothers found out that his insurance would not cover the surgery, they stepped up, showing the true meaning of brotherhood.

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Chronic Tonic at VOTS- Looking For Emotional Rescue

Well, it's been one helluva week, eh? Much like the rest of the country we watched in horror here at chez triv as the events of last Friday unfolded and our hearts ached as we thought of our own boys aged eight and nine at their own elementary schools nearby. Then somebody on one of the 24/7 news-o-rama stations said it--the shooter was on the spectrum and Cleetus hollered, "Oh, hell no!" and turned off the teevee. We don't know exactly what's coming, but we suspect and we don't want to hear it, no. It goes right up at the top of our joint "fuck that" list.

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Chronic Tonic at VOTS- Support: Why I Chose To Do This Here

Do you get support at home? Have you thought about looking for a support group? More than one doctor has asked me these or similar questions, one even scheduled me for a mandatory "group session" while I was an in-patient. To say that didn't go well would be an understatement. It's not that I didn't need support, I think most people who suffer do, it's just that I guess I'm a bit particular when it comes to what sort of support I want and who I want to participate in any kind of support group with.

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Chronic Tonic at VOTS- Confessions Of A Difficult Patient

Almost four years ago a group of people got together at Daily Kos and formed a weekly series called Chronic Tonic. It was a place to share stories, advice and information and connect with others with chronic conditions and those who care for them. Sometime near the start of this year the series went dormant. That was a shame.

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