Work begins to ban the ban

The people reviewing the Pentagon's ban on transgender military personnel began meeting on Wednesday.

The working group includes civilians and military personnel representing the Army, AirForce, Navy, Marines and Coast Guard, the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the Joint Staff according to Pentagon spokesman Matthew Allen. They will be led by Acting Undersecretary of Defense for personnel and readiness Brad Carson. The group is expected to submit recommendations and findings by January to Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work.

The committee of about 25 senior personnel officials from each service met Wednesday to discuss issues affecting the estimated 12,800 transgender troops who serve in silence because their condition disqualifies them under Pentagon medical regulations. Last month, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced that the ban would be reviewed with the assumption that transgender troops would be able to serve openly in six months.



Transgender health research announcements

It has been reported that new research has found that transgender patients face no higher risk of breast cancer than the general population.

Medical researcher George Brown, MD, of Mountain Home VA Medical Center in Johnson City, TN has sifted through the medical records of veterans from 1998-2013 and identified 10 cases of breast cancer in transgender people.

Brown discovered that breast cancers of people who were declared male at birth tended to be more advanced tan those of people who were declared female at birth.



Out of hand


Let's look at the last four weeks.

July 21: India Clarke, beaten to death in Tampa Bay.

July 23: KC Haggard, stabbed in the neck in Fresno.

August 8: Amber Monroe, shot twice in Detroit.

August : Body of Shade Schuler found July 29, identified August 11

August 11: Kandis Capri, shot four times in Phoenix

August 13: Body of Elisha Walker, missing since last November found in shallow grave.

August 13: Ashton O'Hara, whose beaten body was found July 14, identified as non-binary transgender

August 17: Tamara Dominguez




Every voice counts

When numbers were gathered in the National Trans Discrimination Survey in 2010 and the NTDS was published in 2011, we finally had some data to point toward when we brought up the subject of out ill-treatment. And people actually started to listen some.

As discouraging, heartbreaking, and disappointing as some of the numbers were to see, having this information was a game changer. The Survey has been the leading source for data on trans people, shaping advocacy, influencing media, and informing policymakers.

Because of the 2011 Survey, we finally had numbers to back up the reality of our experiences and communicate the urgency and importance of fighting for full trans equality.

We have been able to shape the narrative so that people could no longer ignore us, our agenda, or our movement. Soon, the 2015 U.S. Trans Survey will do the same. And we can’t get there without you.

--Sandy James, NCTE

Because of the study, our voices and stories were heard in a way they never were before.



And one

It just is not ending.

Kandis Capri was 35. Her mother acknowledges that Kandis was transgender, but uses male pronouns and identifiers and her birth name anyway. Therefore, out of respect for Kandis I shall do some editing of her mother's account.

The only thing I know for sure is that she was murdered. Kandis was shot and I don’t know all the circumstances.

Kandis was at a lady’s apartment who she had been staying with for a couple weeks. And the only thing I know is that the car she had rented had been towed or something, or suspected of being towed away, so she left the apartment and was shot.

--Andria Gaines

One source has stated that Kandis was attempting to intervene in a domestic dispute.



The Breakfast Club (Material Girl)

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.




Plus for last year and one for this

Back at the end of last November I wrote a diary, There's your problem right there, about a missing transgender woman in North Carolina.

Elisha Walker of Rowan County went missing on October 23 and that was reported to police on November 11. On November 23 Walker's silver 2000 Pontiac Sunfire was found in Sampson County. It had been intentionally set afire.

Earlier this month Angel Arias, a member of the Latin Kings gang was detained in Johnston County Jail on drug charges unrelated to Walker's disappearance when apparently something he said led authorities to suspect he was involved in the Walker case. A house in Johnston County was identified as a possible location of Walker's body.

Investigators from multiple agencies searched the Johnston County house on Thursday. The search began at 7:30 p.m., according to a news release. During the search, investigators found a small depression in woods behind the house.

The depression was excavated and human remains were found which were later identified as Walker.



The low cost of transgender troops

The New England Journal of Medicine's current issue includes an analysis by Aaron Belkin, Ph. D., director of the Palm Center and political science professor at San Francisco State University: Caring for Our Transgender Troops --The Negligible Cost of Transition-Related Care.

With Mike Huckabee basically decrying the potential medical cost of having transgender troops serve this country, Belkin decided to estimate how much we were talking about. Being a retired math professor, I couldn't resist double-checking Belkin's calculations.




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