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Before the Beginning

In the Beginning
Was the Light
And the Light was With God
And the Light was God

World Without End, Amen. Ah, men.

Ah, womyn.
Why must you always set it right?
Why must you always cross the borders in the middle of the night

Before the beginning
You were the Heavens and the Earth
You were the fire in the hearth
And you were born to cross the border in the middle of my heart

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Which chromosome brings the hate?

 photo XY_zpspubtmgt8.jpgOf course you are aware that around the country there are legislative efforts to force transgender people to use the bathroom and locker rooms reserved for the sex we were assigned at birth. In some places, it is phrased rather as requiring those facilities to be segregated by chromosomes.

Awkward, that. As a society, we have never determined assignment of sex at birth by a test of chromosomes. I'm 68 years old and, as far as I know, I have never had my chromosomes tested. Ever.

I find it stranger still that the forces calling for this anti-transgender discrimination have such little regard for science in general. These are people who believe the universe was created between 6000 and 7000 years ago, that a woman was created from the rib of a man, and that Jesus rode to Sunday School on the back of a dinosaur.

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Oregon Judge allows "non-binary" sex option

 photo shupe_zpsvu2brmgw.jpgMultnomah County Circuit Court Judge Amy Holmes Hehn ruled Friday that Jamie Shupe's legal sex would be changed from female to non-binary.

It's really exciting for the courts to actually recognize what we know to be true: gender is a spectrum. Some people don't identify as male or female.

--Nancy Hacque, Basic Rights Oregon

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That's not funny

The Chicago Tribune's Steve Chapman explains the problem with jokes about being transgender.

When I was a lad, I often heard jokes about blacks, Latinos and gays, who were regarded as amusing because of their supposed inferiority and defectiveness. Today most people would be embarrassed and offended by such humor. But, at least in some places, there is one group that is still a safe source of yuks: transgender people.

--Chapman

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McBride Day

Sarah McBride was president of the American University student body when she came out as transgender in 2012. Having worked on Beau Biden's 2010 campaign for AG of Delaware and Jack Markel's 2008 gubernatorial campaign, she had gained some connections that earned her a spot as a White House intern...becoming the first openly transgender woman to work in the White House.

In January 2013 Sarah joined the board of directors of Equality Delaware and was instrumental in Delaware passing anti-discrimination protections for transgender people. Sarsh moved on to work at the Center for American Progress. New Statesman has predicted that she will be the first transgender American to be elected to high office,

Sarah has posted a viral selfie to social media:

 

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There's the problem right there.

The adult entertainment site GameLink has released the best selling porn titles in North Carolina, which are My TS Teacher, Shemale Shenanigans, and Joey Silvera'a Trans-Visions 6.

We have seen significant growth in the viewing of TS movies in North Carolina since 2012. Viewing TS movies has increased 64.3 percent [for North Carolina]; our average state increase during this time is 47 percent.

--Jeff Dillon, Vice President of eLine, GameLink's parent company

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