Survey Says: Visibility Matters

 photo VisibilityMatters_blog263_2_zpsd4w0hmxm.pngThe Human Rights Campaign (HRC) commissioned Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research to survey likely voters about their knowledge of and attitude toward transgender people.

In 2013 the Public Religion Research Institute reported that 9% of Americans reported having a close friend or family member who was transgender. Last year, an HRC survey revealed that 17% of respondents either personally knew or worked with someone who was transgender. This year that latter number is up 5 points to 22%.

What’s important is that the number of Americans who know someone who is transgender is growing rapidly. And what’s equally important, those who do know a transgender person are much more likely to have a positive impression of transgender Americans. This is consistent with our survey research on marriage equality and other LGBT issues, which has consistently found that it is important for LGBT people to share their personal stories. We asked if likely voters “personally know or work with someone who is transgender.” For those who responded to our survey saying they “personally know or work with someone who is transgender,” their favorability for “transgender people” is 66 percent, with 13 percent unfavorable. That’s a favorability a net of +53 percentage points. Compare that to those who said they “do not” personally know or work with a transgender person. The rating for those who don’t is 37 favorable, 30 unfavorable, a net of only +7. (The margin of error for this survey subgroup is 6.67 percent).



The Breakfast Club (Earth Day)

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This Day in History






Today in History for April 22nd







Richard Nixon dies, Elian Gonzalez seized by federal agents, Oklahoma land rush begins.






Zombie Lies - Environmental Edition

Real Time with Bill Maher: Zombie Lies – Environmental Edition (HBO)


ou know what, why am I getting excited and bothering?
This was never about facts to begin with. But what is new, is that it's
not even about pandering to voters any more. Even half of Republicans
now want this issue dealt with.

Well good luck, because the zombie lies aren't for the voters.
They're for the donors who make their money killing the planet. The
question is not why today's politicians suck more than ever. It's who
they're sucking more than ever.

The Koch brothers are in the oil business and they're pledging
almost a billion dollars in this election. For that kind of money, Cruz
and Bush and the rest of them will say anything. It's what their fellow
prostitutes in the sex industry call the girlfriend experience.

Breakfast Tunes






Pete Seeger - This Land is Your Land (Live at Farm Aid 2013)







Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac


As crude a weapon as the cave man's club, the
chemical barrage has been hurled against the fabric of life-a fabric on
the one hand delicate and destructible, on the other miraculously tough
and resilient, and capable of striking back in unexpected ways.

Rachel Carson, The Silent Spring.




Transman leads Reader Voting in Ultimate Guy Contest

 photo aydian_zpsffnfholk.jpgAydian Dowling is a transman, originally from New York, but now living in Eugene, OR. Aydian is set to be the first transgender man to grace the cover of Men's Health magazine by winning their Ultimate Guy contest.

While the ultimate decision is made by a panel of judges, Aydian has a substantial lead with 48732 total votes in the Reader's Choice portion of the competition, compared to the second place contestant, who currently has 10070.

The contest advertises, "Our judges are looking for a guy who is fit and fearless, a doer who gives back and leads by example."




Bigots propose bounty on transgender people using public facilities

A group calling itself the Privacy for All coalition has filed what they call the Personal Privacy Protection Act for consideration as a ballot initiative in California. The PPPA is indeed all about the P (as in pee).

It would require that

a person shall use facilities in accordance with their biological sex in all government buildings

. Without using the word transgender, the PPPA seeks to remove the right of transgender people to actually identify as such by defining "biological sex" as "the biological condition of being male or female as determined at or near the time of birth or through medical examination."

As the mechanism to enforce this the Act would create a cicil claim against any individual who seeks to use facility in accordance with their gender identity rather than their biological well as any government entity that allows that to happen.

Such claim includes equitable relief and damages up to a maximum of three times the amount of actual damage but in no case less than $4,000, and attorney’s fees that may be determined by a court

Yes, you should read the word "bounty" there.



Our Choice

At the end of March, Vogue India released a video featuring 99 women, many of them Bollywood actresses, intended to be a message of empowerment. Directed by Homi Adajania and based on a work written by Kersi Khambatta, the video features the voice of Deepika Padukone.



In my family, my father is the only male in the house, but all of us have a voice. I've always been allowed to be who I want to be. When you're not caged, when you don't succumb to expectation, that's when you're empowered.


The short filmed received a lot of harsh criticism and several pushback parodies.

Teen Pathar has now released a transgender version, available on the other side.



The Breakfast Club (Classical Gas)

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The Breakfast Club (Clichéd)

TV COMMERCIAL - 120 classical masterpieces Album - John Williams 70's 80's


Well, it's been 10 years and I hope I'm constantly surprising you
with facets of my character I have not yet revealed even when I write
within a restricted format (which is the essence of poetry).

breakfast beers photo breakfastbeers.jpgI hate Borodin, just because of that commercial.

My therapist is leaving the medical group (oh, don't worry, it's
all related) with which I am associated and in our final session they
asked me-

"Do you answer to ek hornbeck?"

Yes, of course I do.

It's not a common name so it's easily picked out of the crowd
whereas regular names like Robert or Bob have instantly a dozen heads

Well, I'm not like that.  Not that my head doesn't spin because
it might be someone I know personally, but because I don't share myself
on the Internet.  Personally I Google rather poorly, ek hornbeck much
better, and my onion layers are part of the fascination-

Is he in Heaven?  Is he in Hell?  That damned elusive Pimpernel.

Except I'm more on the Robespierre side.

Tout institution qui ne suppose pas le peuple bon et le magistrat corruptible est vicieuse.

Yup, one of 500 and ignored on a rainy day.

But by 1833 when Borodin was born the struggles of 1789 were far in the past (hah). and he...

Well, he was an award wining chemist.

He dabbled in music and wrote several things but rarely finished
any of them, still he attracted the attention of the more serious
composers who saw flashes of talent and was considered one of The Balakirev Circle of new wave nationalist Russians because he was so conciously derivitative of popular folk tunes.

The Polovtsian Dances referenced in the commerical above were a part of his (unfinished) opera, Prince Igor, which was about the suppression of native Mongolians (the Polovtsians) by Prince Igor and has all the charms of Opera...

Let's review the rules, shall we?

The 3 rules of Opera.

  1. It must be long, boring, and in an incomprehesible foreign language (even if that language is English).
  2. The characters, especially the main ones, must be thoroughly unsympathetic and their activities horrid and callous.
  3. Everyone must die, hopefully in an ironic and gruesome way.

Ballet is the same, but with more men in tights and without the superfluous singing.

with an admirable mixture of genocide of the culture you are
stealing.  It has all the charm of a musical about Greasy Grass in which
Custer wins.

Oh and it and several other snippets were stolen by Broadway for Kismet.  Someday I'll chat about Nellie Forbush, a thoroughly unsympathetic character.

To his credit Borodin was an early advocate of Women's Rights and
despised by his "revolutionary" contemporaries in 'The Five' for
writing in conventional formats like Quartets, Concertos, and Symphonies
of which I offer you the two that he indesputedly finished all on his


Aleksander Borodin - Symphony No. 1 in E flat major - 1. Adagio

Borodin: Second Symphony LIVE Concert HD


So what does this say about me (aren't we all the star of our own movie)?  I like this role.  He's exactly like me only more in your face-

I'm not trying to prove anything. All I want
to do is teach my students that man just wasn't planted here like a
geranium in a flowerpot. That life comes from a long miracle; it didn't
just take seven days.

But it's against the law. A school teacher's a public servant. He should do what the law and the school board want him to.
Has the accused have anything to say in his own defense? If not, I
sentence you to life as a public servant. A silent butler in the service
of your school board. Waste baskets for ideas on sale in the outer

I don't see anything funny in this Mr. Hornbeck.
Objection sustained. Neither do I.

Then why don't you just leave us alone? You newspaper people have stirred up enough trouble for Bert. What do you want anyway?
I came to tell Boy Socrates here that the Baltimore Herald is opposed to Hemlock and will provide a lawyer.

Who? I don't know yet but what's the difference? A new lawyer with
old tricks, an old lawyer with new tricks. Wake up Copernicus! The law
is still on the side of the lawmakers and everything revolves around
their terra firma.

Then why bother, you and your newspaper?
Because I know that the sunrise is an optical illusion. My teacher told me so.

Sigh.  I have to break in a new therapist.  I think I'll start with this one-

What do you call a schizophrenic Buddhist?

Someone who is at two with the universe.

And actually, that's multiple personality disorder and I've never been diagnosed as anything except depressed and anxiety prone.


Obligatories, News and Blogs below.




Judge, jury uphold HERO

A state judge in Texas ruled that opponents of the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) did not gather enough signatures to force a repeal referendum.

After separate rulings from both a jury and state District Judge Robert Schaffer, attorneys for both sides entered dueling counts of the valid signatures, adding and subtracting voters as Schaffer responded to motions. By early this week, the counts were closer together than ever before, fewer than 1,000 signatures apart.

Ultimately, Schaffer on Friday ruled the final count of valid signatures was 16,684, leaving opponents short of the threshold required in the city charter of 17,249 signatures, or 10 percent of the ballots cast in the last mayoral election.

(As) a matter of fact and as a matter of law the Referendum Petition is not valid or enforceable in all respects.

--Judge Robert Schaffer




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