Positive fictional portrayals have influence

Researchers at the USC Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism claim the following:

Watching transgender characters on fictional TV shows has the power to influence attitudes toward transgender people and policy issues.

The research was published in the Springer Journal Sex Roles and further highlights the ways political ideology shapes viewer responses to transgender depictions in entertainment.

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Trump sued by transgender troops

Five transgender service members serving on active duty filed suit yesterday against President Donald J. Trump in Federal Court in Washington, D.C. over Trump's transgender military service ban.

The suit also identifies the secretaries of Defense, Homeland Security, the Army and the Air Force, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the departments of the Army, Air Force and Coast Guard, and the United States government as a whole as defendants.

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23 years ago today

It is the 23rd anniversary of my gender confirmation surgery, which was performed by Dr. Eugene Schrang at Theda Clark Medical Center in Neenah, WI. Dr. Schrang is now retired, but then, so am I.

That's about all the celebrating I shall do on account of the event.

Yesterday, a letter was sent to our less-than esteemed leader.

Dear President Trump,

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We the People support transgender troops

Quinnipiac University released poll results last Thursday that found that 68% of American voters believe that transgender people should be allowed to serve openly in the military. That includes 55% of voters in military households and 72% of independent voters. 60% of Republicans oppose transgender service, but "every other party, gender, education, age or racial group” backs it by a margin of 22 percent or more."

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Men behaving badly

About a week ago "comic" Lil Duval was asked on the radio program The Breakfast Club what he'd do if he found out a woman he had a relationship with was transgender.

This might sound messed up, and I don’t care. She dying. I can’t deal with that.

--Lil Duval

When cohost Charlagne Tha God told him "you can’t go around killing transgenders," he did not back down:

If one did that to me and they didn’t tell me, I’m going to be so mad I’m probably going to want to kill them.

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