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  1. UsernameOptional added a post in a topic: When, oh when, are they going to stop legislating our love lives?   

    That's just plain ignorant.  And if those charged, tried and convicted of sodomy fight it... it seems to me this bill (if put into law) could become pretty costly for Michigan I would think.
    Mind-boggling.
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  2. UsernameOptional added a post in a topic: Breast form adhesive - what's best   

    NOTE --
    The domain, compresional.com, is for sale - the business has either gone under, or they are operating under a new name and website.
    Just FYI
    -Michael
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  3. UsernameOptional added a post in a topic: Trevor Project's First Trans Board Member   

    By Michaela Mendelsohn
    January 29 2016 6:41 AM EST
    "This makes my work with Trevor all the more poignant and important to me. I want the trans kids who are struggling for acceptance to know Trevor is there for them and make sure that we are there when they need us — like Michele had been there for me." -- advocate.com
    Meet the Trevor Project's First Trans Board Member
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  4. UsernameOptional added a post in a topic: HHS Expected To Lift Blanket Medicare Ban On Sex-Reassignment Surgery Soon   

    UPDATE  --  
    HHS Rules Trans Woman Entitled to Surgery Under Medicare
    By Cleis Abeni
    January 31 2016 11:41 AM EST
    "Young represents Charlene Lauderdale, a retired master sergeant in the Air Force, a purple heart recipient, and a trans woman who has waited years to receive the trans-affirming health care from the Veterans Administration through an HMO called United Healthcare/AARP Medicare Complete. The HMO now has the right to bring suit against HHS in federal trial court to contest the decision within 30 days."  -- advocate.com
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  5. UsernameOptional added a comment on a blog entry: I should not feel the way I feel   

    "I should not even write this here. After all, I'm a mod; mods don't cry." --Emma
    Yes, even mods cry.  I don't like to cry.  Don't like to admit that I do.  I've denied it when I've been caught.  I fight it when the urge to do so hits me.  Crying gives me a headache.  Maybe 'cause I fight it.  But sometimes... we have to have an outlet.  And sometimes...the only outlet, is to cry.
    -Michael
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  6. UsernameOptional added a post in a topic: Patrons Praise Gender-Neutral Bathroom   

    In some ways, I sort of agree with Christine that if we leave the schools out of it until the dust settles, by then, it won't be such a big deal.  At the same time however, I believe that having different/seperate bathrooms for trans kids is no different than when this country had different/seperate bathrooms for black and white people.  It's discriminatory... plain and simple.
    But yeah... I understand we have to start somewhere.
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  7. UsernameOptional added a post in a topic: Patrons Praise Gender-Neutral Bathroom   

    Ya know, while this is a good move by the pizza place in the article, mainly because they did it intentionally to meet the needs of the many, it's amazing how totally innocuous single-use, gender-neutral bathrooms were before all the haters and nay-sayers started screaming about "bathroom bills," and nazi bathroom storm troopers started coming out of the woodwork turning someone who simply needs to use the bathroom into a suspect of some kind of covert attempt to get into women's restrooms and do them harm.
    -Michael
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  8. UsernameOptional added a post in a topic: Patrons Praise Gender-Neutral Bathroom   

    By Daniel Reynolds
    January 13 2016 4:24 PM EST
    "“Our community got really small-minded when it decided to breakdown this very inclusionary ordinance to just who is using the restroom next to me and what sex they are,” Ghazi told Comer. “The sole focus became restrooms and locker rooms. This is such a bigger human rights issue than just who’s in the stall next to you. It’s none of your business.”"  --advocate.com
    Patrons Praise a Pizza Shop's Gender-Neutral Bathroom
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  9. UsernameOptional added a post in a topic: Debunking the Desistance Myth   

    "84 percent of transgender kids stop being transgender on their own."  -The End of the Desistance Myth
    I wonder if 84% of quacks stop being quacks on their own?

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  10. UsernameOptional added a comment on a blog entry: My Dog is Very Sick   

    Nothing hurts so much as losing a furry pal.  My little puppy girl and I are sad to hear about Milo.
    All our best...
    -Michael
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  11. UsernameOptional added a comment on a blog entry: Happy Holidays!   

    I like posts that make me smile. 
    -Michael
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  12. UsernameOptional added a comment on a blog entry: Happy Holidays   

    Big Happy Holiday Hug, Emma.
    -Michael 
    I like that pic.  
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  13. UsernameOptional added a post in a topic: Locked topic in Transgender Discusion is out of date   

    Hiya Char -
    For now, the thread, Veterans Administration (Hospital) Policy on Transgender Care has been hidden.  I did this in case you take up Emma's suggestion of an updated version.  I didn't know if having a copy of the original thread would make it easy to update or not.   If it can be easily updated, the thread can be unlocked so that you can edit it.  If it cannot be edited, and would be easier to start fresh, then we can go ahead and delete it.  Just let us know.
    -Michael
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  14. UsernameOptional added a post in a topic: NYT: "How Kricket Nimmons Seized the Transgender Moment"   

    Couldn't read the article, but for some reason I was able to get to the video.  A lucky lady, indeed.  It was very heartening to see her mum with her on the way to Philly for surgery.
    -Michael
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  15. UsernameOptional added a post in a topic: Rules Across the Board   

    RULES
    WARNING:  This post contains examples of words/terms/phrases/language inappropriate for some members/readers, and for this board.  They are included only to place emphases on the provision(s) of this board's rules.
    It's become obvious, that more and more, members are ignoring a few simple rules of this board.
    There is certain language that is highly discouraged, and certain content that is absolutely not acceptable - this is a support board and is not age restricted.  When it comes to inappropriate language, there is nothing any of us composes that can't be done cleanly.  *For purposes of advancing this point, the following words are the kind of language considered inappropriate on this board, no matter the topic or issue:
        Ass~, used in combination with another word.  Ex:  ~hole, ~wipe, ~hat, etc
        Shit, and any other term/phrase containing the word, and in any variation (including shyte or shite)
        F*ck, and any other term/phrase containing the word, and in any variation
        C*nt (including any proper form if it is being used to demean or flame)
        P*ssy (including any proper form if it is being used to demean or flame)
        D*ck (including any proper form if it is being used to demean or flame)
        C*ck (including any proper form if it is being used to demean or flame)
    This includes any combination of such terms, and terms/phrases that one creates believing they have cleverly circumvented the rules.  A good example: Richard Cranium.  This was actually a username that someone registered with several years ago - the account was promptly deleted.  If you get it, you understand and know what's acceptable and what isn't.  If you don't get it, then chances are, you probably won't be creating such terms/phrases.
    Additionally, there is really no need for even the following terms, though quite often, they are overlooked (and perhaps to a degree even acceptable in today's society) if use in a single post is not excessive:
        Damn
        Crap
        Bull-/horsecrap
        Pissed
        Hell
        Screwed
    So, don't over-do it.
    Discussion on nearly any topic, up to and including sexual topics related to being trans or transitioning and trans issues have always been allowed, as long as the discussion is tasteful and that such content does not contain unnecessarily graphic description or language designed to titillate.  When a post or blog entry begins to look more like erotica, then it's no longer acceptable.  When images, video or quoted text is posted containing unacceptable language, it is in violation of the board rules:
        1.  Just because the topic has to do with trans issues, that is not a free ticket to compose any content laced with unacceptable language/profanity/vulgarities
        2.  Just because a discussion from someplace else (copied and pasted here) deals with trans issues, that does not mean it's acceptable with all it's unacceptable language/profanity/vulgarities
        3.  Posting in the blogs is not license to post sexually explicit content, or entries that have been written in an obviously titillating manner, or content laced with inappropriate language/profanity/vulgarities
        4.  Posting images in the gallery is not license to post sexually explicit or highly sexually suggestive content
    There are rare occasions when an article or video is linked that might contain a smattering of inappropriate content is acceptable because of the informative or important message that article or video contains.  In those instances, we ask that a member include a warning with their post, otherwise, moderators will edit a post to included a warning.  However, slamming up a warning is not a license to post just anything.  
    From this point forward:
        a.  Any language that can be considered inappropriate will be deleted from posts.  
        b.  If a post is so laced with language or content that it cannot be edited, the entire post will be deleted.  This includes blog entries.
        c.  If such a post was the start of a thread, the entire thread will be deleted.
        d.  Any post or blog entry that appears to be unnecessarily sexually explicit, or appears to be an attempt on the part of the member to use TGG as a place to post erotica, will be deleted.  In such cases, the member could find him-/herself under moderator review.
        e.  Any image uploaded anywhere on this board (including the member gallery and member albums) that is sexually explicit, overly suggestive, or otherwise inappropriate, will be removed.  Depending on the severity of the infraction, a member's access to the gallery could be suspended.
    *The listed words/terms are not to be considered a complete list thereby implying that words/terms not listed may be used as one wishes, but are simply a few examples to use as a guide as to what is or isn't acceptable.
    _____________________________________________________________________
    NOTE:  I myself have used "disguised" terms on occasion.  One such example, "donkey orifice."  I'm sure many adults recognized the actual intent - it was done for impact in whatever the top was, and believing that those 16 or younger would not make the connection.  I will not being doing so again.  The occasional use of these kinds of things is probably harmless, but it is now getting out of hand, and of course today, some are just using the actual terms.
     

     
     
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