Papers to Pee bills fail in Kentucky and Florida

Kentucky's legislative session ended Tuesday. And with it, State Senator CB Embry, Jr.'s bill calling for the state to pay students to bully transgender students out of school restrooms ended as well.

We are elated that his mean-spirited legislation has failed and congratulate The Fairness Coalition for their tireless work to defeat the bill. Denying students access to bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with who they are is cruel. It is also illegal, as it violates Title IX’s anti-discrimination provisions as interpreted by the United States Departments of Justice and Education. This bill would have hurt already-vulnerable transgender students who regularly face bullying and other forms of harassment. TLDEF will continue to speak out against legislation designed to put transgender students in harm’s way.

--Michael Silverman, Executive Director, Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund

In Florida The Bradenton Herald reports that there was not time Monday to hear the Senate bathroom bill in the Criminal Justice Committee, which would ban transgender people from using the restrooms suitable for their gender unless they have state documentation proving their new gender.

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The Breakfast Club (Steve and Kermit)

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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Tragic

 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.

 

 

 

 

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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

 

 

 

  

 

 

   

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

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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


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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.

--Cabillan

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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 [email protected] 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.

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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.

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