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)

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 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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Jewish group disinvites Huckabee because of bad optics

The Jewish National Fund of Canada has decided that they do not need to be linked to transphobia and so has canceled its invitation to Mike Huckabee to give the keynote address at Ottawa's Negev Dinner to benefit autism research in Israel.

JNF CEO Josh Cooper said that Huckabee had been invited because "he is a staunch supporter of the state of Israel" but the invitation was withdrawn because "the media spotlight has recently focused on Mr. Huckabee’s comments about issues that bear no relevance to JNF or autism." Cooper said that a replacement speaker would be announced in the coming weeks.

Michael Gennis, Ottawa real estate agent who is active in both Ottawa's Jewish and LGBT communities had helped to raise concerns of the invitation.

Gennis said he first learned of Huckabee being named JNF’s dinner speaker months ago, and although he generally supports JNF, he objects to the way its choice of speaker disenfranchises community members like him who are appalled by Huckabee’s “horribly offensive transgender comments.”

He also thought it was “a typical knee-jerk reaction from a Jewish organization bringing a speaker that supports Israel… without doing a lot of research about what people like [Huckabee] stand for.”

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The Breakfast Club (Starry Starry Nights)

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
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it's PhilJD's fault.
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This Day in History

 

 

 

Today in History for June 17th

  

 

 

   

The Watergate scandal begins to unfold; The Battle of
Bunker Hill during the American Revolution; O.J. Simpson arrested in
the slayings of his ex-wife Nicole and Ronald Goldman; Singer Kate Smith
dies.

Breakfast Tunes

 

 

 

Vincent (Starry Starry Night) Don McLean

  

 

 

   

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

 

No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.

Buddha

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Gender Prison: PDX Pride Fail

I am embarrassed for my hometown. The Portland Pride Parade was this past weekend. It didn't go well.

This is how the event was promoted:

Oregon Governor Kate Brown, who is openly bisexual was there...the first time a sitting Oregon governor had taken part in the parade. That was accompanied with all attendant pomp and circumstance. Celebrity Grand Marshall Jason Dottley failed to show up...we do not know why...or who he is. Trans activist Mia Macy was to take part as well. Winner of the 2015 Spirit Award, Macy showed up along with her wife...and nobody knew who they were.

There was no car for them to ride in, no identifying signage in the event they even located a car...no identifying devise of any kind. Eventually event sponsor Macy's came up with a car for Mia and her wife to ride in...with people who did not know who they were...at the trail end of the parade.

End of the line? Seems fitting when one thinks about it. That's about where we stand politicly as well.

Video inside.

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ENDA

Expectations are that democrats will attempt to resuscitate the Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA) this year. ENDA would provide nationwide protections for LGBT in employment, housing, education, credit, and public accommodations. Conservatives have consistently opposed those protections on the basis that they are "special rights" (and hence reserved only for normal, Christian Americans), that LGBT people would frivolously run amok litigiously if we and these protections, and that the protections are not necessary because discrimination is simply not taking pace.

This diary takes down that last point.

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