Ban lifted in Minnesota

This past Monday Ramsey County (MN) Judge William Leary ruled that trans people on medical assistance have the right to gender transition surgeries.

Transman Evan Thomas, 64, had sued the Department of Human Services over the ban on such services that had been in place.

Thomas’ victory was the first legal challenge of the law, which the judge said was unconstitutional.

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Some walked away

Members of the Tufts sorority Alpha Omicron Pi recruited transgender woman this semester. A representative from the sorority's national headquarters told them this was going to be a problem.

They said that they didn't want us to extend her a bid, basically. They were like, 'Well, we're not saying you never could, we're just saying right now you can't.' I was really mad about this, as was the rest of the chapter, so we unanimously decided to give her a bid anyway.

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Two Trump Economic Trajectories

I don't have a crystal ball. I did not know, for example, that Donald Trump would be elected President, despite coming 2nd in the popular vote.

But the Macroeconomy in the short and medium term is not very complicated. It's unpredictable to be sure, but the reasons that it is unpredictable are themselves reasonably straightforward and uncomplicated. The Macroeconomy is the sum total impact of hundreds of substantially relevant decisions made by millions of people, and sometimes we can't predict what millions of people are going to do in hundreds of different, important, ways.

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A call for courage

There have been plenty of articles about the terror sweeping through the transgender community which stems from the results of this election. There is talk of people detransitioning for a few years...of people going back into the closet.

But now is not the time for that.

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Fear

Transgender people survived Nixon (those of us not killed while serving in Vietnam). We survived Reagan (at least those of us who did not die of AIDS). We survived...even flourished somewhat (which was mostly carryover from the Clinton years) under W.

Of course there were some murders and plenty of suicides. There are unconfirmed rumors of trans youth suicides since Tuesday night.

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In the wee hours of Saturday morning...

It happened in Cookeville, TN, which is situated along I-40 east of Nashville. A transgender woman named Elle and her 3 year-old son were inside their home at 3: 30 am when Elle heard a noise outside. she looked out her door "and saw the door to her 2006 Harley Davidson edition F-150 pickup truck [was] open."

Thinking she'd forgotten to lock or close the door, Elle shut the door and went back inside.

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