650-year-old dress code modified

St. Catherine's College is one of the colleges that make up the University of Cambridge and was founded in 1473. The college has approximately 70 fellows, 150 graduate students and 410 undergraduates, so it is small by American standards.

The college opened its doors to women in 1979.

 photo Charlie_zpstduimsbg.jpgWhen American post-graduate student Charlie Northrup, from Richmond, IN, who has been studying classics at St. Catz began to transition from male to female earlier this year, she began a campaign to alter the dress code of the college, a dress code which has been in place for six and a half centuries. That would seem to be a bit of a daunting task.

Previously male students had been required to wear "smart trousers and jacket with a tie at formal events, while women had been required to wear either a skirt and blouse or a dress. Now Mark Eliot, dean of the college, has announced a rewording of the dress code in the hopes of accommodating gender-variant students.

The staff are instructed to refuse admission to anyone coming to Formal Hall improperly dressed.

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The Breakfast Club (Dreams)

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This Day in History

 

 

Today in History for June 24th

 

 

  

Start of the Berlin blockade during the early Cold
War; Boxing champ Jack Dempsey born; Comedian and actor Jackie Gleason
of 'The Honeymooners' fame dies.

Breakfast Tunes

 

 

Fleetwood Mac - Dreams [with lyrics]

 

 

  

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

 

I have a dream that my four little children will one
day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of
their skin, but by the content of their character.

Martin Luther King, Jr.


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'Love ya later'

Josh Vallum is a 28-year-old member of the Latin Kings. He's an ex-con, having been convicted of felony false reporting of a crime, for which he was sentenced to serve 8 years. He was paroled in May of 2014.

On June 1 Josh told his father Bobby Jim that he had killed someone. Not only that, but the body was in a field behind his daddy's house in Rocky Creek, MS.

On June 2 the elder Vallum and sheriff's deputies started a search of the property and Deputy Sgt. Larry Harvard discovered a partially decomposed body hidden under some debris.

It so happened that a young girl had gone missing from nearby Theodore, AL. Police had been provided with a DNA sample of the missing teen and it was compared to DNA from the body that had been found.

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Every breath a trans person takes is an act of revolution

The title is the quote of a statement by Lordes Ashley Hunter of the Trans Women of Color Collective.

With the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots happening in 6 days, it is time to review some history.

 

 

 

 

Whatever people think is shocking about transgender people's lives is nothing compared to the injustice we have to face every freakin' day.

--Jennifer Finney Boylan

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And Navy makes three?

The Navy is considering whether to follow the path laid down by the Army and Air Force by raising the level of authority required to discharge a sailor based on gender identity.

The Navy is looking to elevate the administrative separation authority for transgendered personnel to ensure that this important issue receives the right level of review. Any proposed changes would not affect the level of discharge authority for other instances of administrative separation.

--Lt. Cmdr Nicole Schwegman, Navy spokesperson

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The Breakfast Club (Father's Day )

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Dear Francis

Context: Yesterday we learned that transgender people are the embodiment of evil and that as long as we are allowed to exist in this world, incidents like murdering nine people at a prayer meeting because of their race is bound to happen.

That seems to me to be a call for violence against us. But I suppose that could just be my interpretation.

If we indeed are responsible for all the evil in the world, I apologize. We certainly didn't mean for that to happen. We are peaceful, loving people just trying to find a place of comfort in this world.

Francis, I sit here appalled at you. From many of your statements about issues ranging from the evils of capitalism, to the mistreatment of the poor and the need to improve as custodians of the environment, we are pretty much on the same page.

But then I stumbled across what you said about us transgender people in your latest encyclical. You know what they say, Francis. "If you can't speak well of someone, then keep your peace."

To put it in a context that might mean more to you,

When you hold your tongue, you demonstrate that you have maturity and knowledge.

--Proverbs 17:27

But no...you didn't do that.

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Come out. Be visible. Don't be miserable.

 photo Bailar_zpsdfwimghf.jpgWhen Schuyler Bailar swims in his first meet for Harvard in the fall, it will be historic. Schuyler will become the first transgender swimmer in NCAA history.

Schuyler, who is transitioning from female to male is featured in the current issue of Swimming World magazine.

Before he transitioned Bailar was part of the 15-18 US National Age Group record-setting Nation's Capital Swim Club team in the girls 400-yard medley relay in 2013. Also on that team was World Swimmer of the Year and Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky.

Following his high school graduation in 2014, Bailar began his physical gender transition: female to male. There was never a specific moment when he knew that he was transgender.

It sort of just all came together over time as I stopped fighting myself and my identity.

--Bailar

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The Breakfast Club (Summer Solstice)

The Breakfast Club (Summer Solstice)

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This Day in History

 

 

 

Today in History for June 19th

  

 

 

   

Julius and Ethel Rosenberg executed; Father's Day
first celebrated in the U.S.; The event behind 'Juneteenth'; Author
Salman Rushdie born; NBA draft pick Len Bias dies; Entertainer Paula
Adbul born.

Breakfast Tunes

 

 

 

Blackmore's Night The Circle Lyrics

  

 

 

   

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

 

I believe that summer is our time, a time for the
people, and that no politician should be allowed to speak to us during
the summer. They can start talking again after Labor Day.

Lewis Black

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Fresh Faces

 photo breannasinclaire_photobykenttaylor_zpsdbmofsir.jpgLast night was Pride Night at the Oakland A's inter-league baseball game against the San Diego Padres.

While a major focus of the event was the honoring of baseball's first openly gay baseball player, Glenn Burke, who played for the Dodgers and A's from 1976 to 1979 (Burke died in 1995 of AIDS complications), the game opened with Breanna Sinclairé singing the the National Anthem. Sinclairé is believed to be the first transgender person to sing the Star Spangled Banner at a professional sporting event.

Sinclairé is a soprano with four and a half octave range who is the first transgender graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

For those in the area Sinclairé is appearing at the Fresh Meat Festival tonight through Saturday and will be a guest artist with the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus June 26-27.

Here is a sample of Breanna's talent:

 

 

 

 

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