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One might think she's the most fearsome creature in America

 photo Lucy_zpss1gjege0.jpgYou should meet Lucy Tidd. She is 8. It is unusual for such a young child to be scaring the bejeezus out of adults across the land.

Because looking at the behavior of those adults...adults who enough people judged to be sufficiently mentally competent that they elected them to public office, you'd think she was a serial killer.

It was the first day of third grade and 8-year-old Lucy was sitting in the principal’s office with her parents, crying her heart out. She was terrified. Mark and I sat with her and said: ‘This is your journey. We will go and do whatever you want.’ She had this blue bunny and she just held onto that and sobbed and sobbed. And then Mark carried her to the classroom.

--Briget Tidd

The scariest thing is that nobody knew except for the teachers. The kids saw Benjamin walk into school dressed like a girl, and they were like, ‘Hey, Benji.’ They were confused, but there was no malicious intent.

--Mark Tidd

Lucy didn’t relax until recess, when her mother helped a group of curious girls understand what was happening.

I said to them, ‘This is the same person you played with last year, that you played four square with, that you played jump rope with, that you ran around and played ball with. This is the same exact person.’ Only now, Benji wants to be just like you...like a girl.

--Briget Tidd

“I said, ‘Do you think that we can let her be herself and do this?’ ” Bridget asked the girls, who nodded in agreement. “Then the next thing I know they took her hand and they ran and that was it.”

I stood there with tears in my eyes, trusting that the rest of the day would be OK, and I let her go. And at that moment she was completely free, and we’ve never turned back.

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At the corner of Hate and Hate

I grew up just about two miles, as the crow flies, or as the child finds a path through what we called the Creek, from Lewis and Clark College. My older brother matriculated there, played basketball for them in the late 60s for awhile. One of my major life heroes, William Stafford, taught English there for many years while I was growing up.

So it has been a major blow to me to discover that this past weekend at least two hate crimes occurred on the campus in the span of a couple of hours.

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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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Transgender Heroes: "God didn't make garbage."

Leahnora Isaak identifies as a transsexual woman. She is also a Mormon. She is attempting to gain recognition from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints so that she can live her life...inlcuding worship...as a woman. She says she will be filing a formal request in the next couple of weeks.

 

 

 

 

Leahnora says she was born without external genitals, but she was given testosterone treatments as a child and was raised as a boy. She later married and raised a family in Ohio.

Her local stake (an assembly of local churches) has been supportive. Church leaders have met with fellow members to help them cope with Leahnora's transition.

I want happiness. I want companionship. And I want to live the gospel. That's what I want. And I want this equal for everybody. I want people to celebrate who I am. Because I'm not ashamed of who I am.

--Leahnora Isaak

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Hellraisers Journal: Japanese railway workers stand in Solidarity with American dockworkers.

You..ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes.
-Mother Jones

Monday June 15, 1903
Chicago, Illinois - The Cooks and Waiters Are On Their Own

The strike of the cooks and waiters of this city clearly shows the weakness of the craft union form of labor organization. Some of the crafts strike while others remain at work. Not only are the other unions in the industry continuing to work while the cooks and waiters strike, but they are now pressuring them to accept concessions, rather than helping them to fight on for victory. This sad state of affairs is called union scabbing. The cure is Industrial Organization, which, sadly, Samuel Gompers and the other A.F.of L. leaders continue to oppose.

Samuel Gompers and Frank Morrison, President and Secretary of AFL
Frank Morrison and Samuel Gompers,
Secretary and President of A.F.of L.

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Mental Illness: A Cause Near and Dear to Me

This is actually a revision to a post i first wrote back in 2007, but it's still just as pertinent (and pretty much unlearned) today as it was then and always has been... Also, to be clear, it's going to take a lot of things to help prevent the now seemingly constant shootings we have here, including smart and serious gun control laws being enforced, better mental health awareness and parity, and perhaps even looking at our culture as a whole. I am only addressing that which has directly affected my life.

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