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  1. UsernameOptional

    Despite the fact that the new Fox series, The Orville, is a comedic parody of Star Trek, it's third episode was about gender and had some pretty serious undertones in my opinion.  It took me by surprise, and raised some fairly strong emotions.  The episode covered everything from perceived bigotry, ignorance, tradition, judgement, revelation, understanding, acceptance..  you name it.  In the episode, it's also learned that one of the couple (parents of the baby involved) had been born a different sex than he is now presenting as.  In the end, the couple only wanted the best for their child.

    If you are a Star Trek fan, perhaps you're already watching "The Orville," and therefore probably know that gender has been an occasional topic in the real Star Trek series.  If not, check out the episode clips, "About a Girl," especially the 2nd, 3rd and 5th clips.   The episode will re-run in some areas on 23 September - check your local listings.

    NOTE:  This episode really got to me - maybe the moon was in the wrong place or something, I dunno, but to be safe, I am warning of possible trigger content

    caution.jpg  Some content may not be suitable for all viewers

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  2. Shewear

    Hi Lisa, I'm on a similar track re. Anaesthetic creams. Im currently trying a cream called LMX4, which i bought from amazon. 

    I tried it today for the first time.

    I spread about 5cm of cream on one cheek and under the chin. I left it on for about 50 mins, then wiped off with a baby wipe.

    The good news is that my cheek became very numb. The bad news is that epilating was still quite painful, and I could only tolerate a few minutes worth! Which removed only about half the hairs.

    My cheek hair is quite sparse, and probably the least painful area - i suspect chin and upper lip will be a lot more painful. 

    Im going to try again - I'll probably apply the cream twice to see if the numbness is increased. This usually works at the dentist, so i'm hoping  it will help using the LMX cream.

    I'll let you know my progress.

    Good luck



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  3. EmmaSweet

    I agree she's courageous, but more in light of her very public transition. She's also incredibly lucky that Obama was president and pardoned her. I can't imagine this happening under the current administration. She said that she did her best to make the most ethical decision at the time. I believe her but I worry about trusting and valuing the judgment of people in positions like hers.

    Obviously our government, military, and intelligence organizations are far from perfect and do many things that we in the public have no awareness of. Still, I feel we must trust our officials to do the right thing overall and their organizations to follow their protocols to deal with concerns. Sure, we have to trust that those organizations even have and use such protocols. I hope that a positive outcome of Chelsea's actions is that those organizations have audited their organizational processes and effected changes such that future Chelsea's don't feel compelled to go public with secret information.

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  4. ToeMay

    I'd suspect that not many stores are trans-unfriendly by policy, it depends more on whether they specifically have non-discrimination policies and enforce them from store to store.

    I've been to a VS in Jersey City and had no issues - don't buy much there because of prices :-(

    I've never encountered any direct hostility at any clothing stores, which is nice. Mist of my shopping is @ Kohl's and Loft, both of which are totally friendly :-)

    In such case, it's Kohl's and Loft for me then. :)

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  5. olcharlie

    Chelsea Manning Says She Is Not a Traitor

    Chelsea Manning, right, is assisted with a microphone, Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, before a scheduled appearance at a forum, in Nantucket, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Chelsea Manning, right, is assisted with a microphone, Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, before a scheduled appearance at a forum, in Nantucket, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    NANTUCKET, Mass. — Chelsea Manning said Sunday she is not an "American traitor" as her critics have claimed, and that she did what she thought was right.

    Manning made the remarks at a conference in Nantucket that was one of her first public appearances since being released for a military prison in May. The Associated Press was the only media outlet in attendance.

    "I believe I did the best I could in my circumstances to make an ethical decision," she told the crowd when asked by the moderator if she was a traitor.

    The 29-year-old transgender woman was known as Bradley Manning when she was convicted in 2013 of leaking a trove of classified documents. She was released after serving seven years of a 35-year sentence, which was commuted by President Barack Obama in his final days in office.

    Manning spoke at the annual conference for The Nantucket Project in Massachusetts, a venture founded to bring together creative thinkers to uncover ideas. Organizers say about 600 people attended.

    Tom Scott, who co-founded The Nantucket Project with Kate Brosnan, said they invited Manning for "clarity of understanding."

    "My brother and father are Marines. They would respectfully challenge some of her decisions," he said. "Barack Obama commuted her sentence. My instinct is that he's a good and trustful man. How do those two things mix? Seeing her in person offers, perhaps, the best way to decipher that."

    Several audience members said they were intrigued to hear from Manning. Sara O'Reilly, a Nantucket resident who has attended several past conferences, said the speakers are typically a "little edgy." She said she doesn't judge Manning and other people have done "far worse" things. Bonnie Roseman, of West Palm Beach, Florida, said after the talk that Manning is courageous.

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  6. ToeMay

    As one of the commenters below the original ​post had said:

    "If the US government didn't keep so many secrets unnecessarily there would be no need for the Chelsea Mannings of the world. What she did took an extraordinary amount of courage, from releasing the info to staying around and paying the price by going to jail for seven years."

    And now, we see her getting backlash from the likes of the present administration, politicians who have many things to hide.

  7. Briannah

    Gennee has it right.  There was another article I saw where one of the old pastors of whose name I forget posted a public plea 'to the gays to please just do hand and mouth stuff until the end of the hurricane season'.  I couldn't stop laughing at the idiocy. Aside from the obvious no one's sexual behavior has anything to do with weather, only our pollution behaviors, the idea that it's a specific act in the relationship only that offends their god is...weird.  Last I checked 'hand and mouth stuff' (yeah, that's how he phrased it!  LOL) is also sex.  I'm convinced if they truly believe what they are saying, there is some form of mental illness affecting their reason, but more likely, it garners attention and is designed to use the human psychological need for reasons to their advantage.

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  8. olcharlie


    Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government rescinded a visiting fellowship offered to Chelsea Manning, the former military intelligence analyst who spent seven years in prison for leaking classified government secrets, after the university faced forceful backlash from CIA Director Mike Pompeo among others.

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  9. ToeMay

    Even though I have had sex with men and women I had never considered myself bi or gay.  I know I would be classified as bi and I have had gay sex but what do you call it when your mind is thinking different things.  I was told that SEX is in the mind.  So when I had sex with women my mind was predominately male and when I had sex with men my mind was predominately female.  To me I was having hetero sex no matter who I was having sex with.

    This is indeed a very clear and noteworthy explanation, Bonnie. :)

  10. UsernameOptional

    Kimberly Truong Sep 7, 2017 5:05 PM
    "Not only can surgery be expensive, but transgender people are also often excluded from proper health care — about 20% of trans people lack any form of health insurance. The donations would help relieve the significant cost of procedures to help them feel affirmed in their bodies. Moreover, Faithfully LGBT is hoping to help alleviate the discrimination trans people have faced in the Christian community."  -

    A Christian Group Is Paying For Transgender People's Surgeries To Atone For The Church's Discrimination

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