photo Blake_zpshmuycn7h.jpgDuring basketball season of 2014, Blake raised $2555.55 for East Meckelenburg High School's chosen charity, Mothering Across Continents, for the purpose of building a school in South Sudan. Since the dozen other candidates for homecoming king raised a total of $648.33 between them, Blake became the first transgender homecoming king in North Carolina history.

I honestly feel like this is something I have to do. Nobody should be scared to be themselves, and everybody should have an equal opportunity to have an enjoyable high school experience.

Blake shared that he was mentoring several younger transgender students.

When Blake came out his birth family rejected him. He was placed in a foster home.

Winning the crown came with a price.

That was single-handedly the hardest part of my trans journey. Really hateful things were said on the Internet. It was hard. I saw how narrow-minded the world really is.







The Breakfast Club (Chain fo Fools)

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.
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This Day in History




Today in History: March 25





Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. led 25,000 marchers to
the state capitol in Montgomery, Ala. 146 people were killed when fire
broke out at the Triangle Shirtwaist Co. in New York. Aretha Franklin,
Elton John born

Breakfast Tunes




Aretha Franklin - Chain Of Fools [Unedited Version]





Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac


Music has healing power. It has the ability to take people out of themselves for a few hours.

Elton John




Gender Prison: Trial begins in the killing of Jennifer Laude

 photo Laude_zpsegwflf54.jpgThe trial of Marine Pfc. Joseph Pemberton in the murder of transgender Fillipina Jennifer Laude began yesterday.

 photo Pemberton_zpsoox2j9xa.jpgPemberton arrived in court with what was called a security escort but appears to the casual observer to be his entourage.

Laude's mother, Julita Cabillan, when approached by reporters was reported to have said that she would not drop the case, even is she was offered a million dollars.

Lawyers for the Laude family say that prosecutor Emilie Fe de los Santos had taken that statement as a sign that the Laude family was open to a plea bargain and that the prosecutor promoted that idea with defense attorneys.

Laude's relatives say they received a letter from Pemberton offering 21 million pesos (US $468,000) in exchange for their approval to lower the charge from murder to homicide. Murder carries a 40 year sentence, while homicide gets 20 years.

No amount of money could pay for the years I spent raising my child.

What they did to my child was gruesome. Just because we are poor doesn't mean we can't fight for justice.





Transgender protesters block traffic in downtown LA

This last Friday at 5pm several dozen transpeople gathered in downtown Los Angeles at 3rd and La Cienega, at the site of the Beverly Center shopping mall.





The rally, called the Spring into Love Rally was organized by FAMILIA: Trans and Queer Liberation Movement and the transLatin@ Coalition and supported by NGLTF.

The purpose of the rally was to call for an end to violence against and killings of transgender and gender non-conforming people in Southern California.



Battle of the Bathroom at Boise South

 photo DW_zpsqu3gsxyk.jpgDW Trantham is a 13-year-old trans girl, a junior high school student at South Junior High School in Boise.

DW has fought for her rights as a transgender girl...including using a bathroom. When her school relented, citing a communication from the US Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights, parents Pauline Adams and Jacob Smith withdrew their child from South.



US District Judge rules that ACA protects trans people from discrimination

 photo rumble_zpskjx6bl7m.jpgJacob Rumble of West St. Paul, MN is a student at Minneapolis Community and Technical College. He thought his troubles began when he felt severe abdominal pain in 2013. But they actually began when he and his mother arrived at the emergency room of Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina.

He was treated so badly that he filed a federal lawsuit. Both the hospital and the organization which employs the emergency room physician, Emergency Physicians Professional Association (EPPA) filed motions to have the case dismissed.

In a 63-page ruling US District Judge Susan Richard Nelson ruled that Rumble had built a plausible case that he was a victim of discrimination on the basis of his gender identity by an emergency room doctor and denied the defendants' motions.

Nelson's ruling is believed to be the first extensive federal court analysis of Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act, which prohibits discrimination in health care.





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