Transgender man beaten to death in Vermont

Amos Beede, 38, was a homeless transgender man residing (if, in fact, a homeless man can be said to reside anywhere) in Vermont. Amos was found on the ground near a homeless encampment, unconscious, on May 23.

Beede suffered head trauma, including facial fractures, multiple blunt force injuries to his face and head and a number of broke ribs, police said. He had been diagnosed with bleeding on the brain known as a subdural hematoma.

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The Breakfast Club (Like Smoking Meth to Grow Teeth)

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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Zoe Lofgren: chasing bigotry from the record

Gail Heriot is a law professor at the University of San Diego. When George W. Bush stacked the US Commission on Civil Rights with conservative members in 2007, Professor Heriot was involved. Now calling herself an Independent, she was an alternate delegate to the Republican Convention in 2000.

Heriot testified before a House Judiciary Committee about federal regulations this past week.

Heriot testified that the guidance issued by the Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights was an example of the executive branch overreaching what the legislative branch intended.

Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose, CA) took issue with a written statement submitted by Heriot.

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That's not funny

The Chicago Tribune's Steve Chapman explains the problem with jokes about being transgender.

When I was a lad, I often heard jokes about blacks, Latinos and gays, who were regarded as amusing because of their supposed inferiority and defectiveness. Today most people would be embarrassed and offended by such humor. But, at least in some places, there is one group that is still a safe source of yuks: transgender people.

--Chapman

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The dangers of family rejection

Augustus Klein and Sarit Golub are professors at the City University of New York (CUNY), Klein in the Department of Social Welfare at the Graduate Center and Golub in the Department of Psychology at Hunter.

They have recent had a paper published Family Rejection as a Predictor of Suicide Attempts and Substance Misuse Among Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Adults

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