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  1. UsernameOptional added a topic in Transgender News & Happenings   

    Trans Men Storming the Political Arena
    Last night, in the thread "Trans Women Storming the Political Arena," I mentioned that there was a trans man running for a seat in Minneapolis also - the same City where Andrea Jenkins just won.  Phillippe Cunningham, a former staffer to the mayor and teacher, has won Ward 4, putting two trans people on Minneapolis' 13 seat City Council.
    Meanwhile, in Pennsylvania another trans man has won a position on the Erie Public School Board.  Tyler James Titus, an openly transgender man and clinical therapist, ran for and won one of four open seats on the board.
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  2. UsernameOptional added a topic in Transgender News & Happenings   

    Trans Women Storming the Political Arena
    In at least two places in the country, people have beat out homophobes, haters, and just run-of-the-mill sheeple -
    A woman in VA wins an election over an incumbent homophobe who brags about being Virginia's "chief homophobe," and "earlier this year introduced a 'bathroom bill' that died in committee."  That woman, Danica Roem, an openly transgender democrat and local journalist.
             AND, wait for it --- THERE'S MORE....
    In Minneapolis, Andrea Jenkins won in a race for City Council, representing the city's Eighth Ward.  She was endorsed by the Minneapolis Star Tribune, and she beat out three other candidates for the seat.   She was also endorsed by the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party.
    Also, two other TGLB people are running for seats in Minneapolis - Phillipe Cunningham (trans man) and Jillia Pessenda (cisgender lesbian).  The results of their races were not in a the posting of this news.
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  3. UsernameOptional added a post in a topic Judge blocks enforcement of Trump's transgender military ban   

    ​::: stands, pounds fist on table, raises glass with other hand :::  Hear, HEAR  !!
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  4. UsernameOptional added a topic in Transgender News & Happenings   

    Trump Continues to Empower Haters
    By Bil Browning · Wednesday, October 11, 2017
    "Also appearing will be House Minority Whip Steve Scalise who was recently wounded in a mass shooting in DC. Scalise’s life was saved by a lesbian police officer who shot and killed the attacker. Scalise has said the incident did not change his mind about gun control or LGBT rights."
    Trump will become first president to speak at hate group gathering
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  5. UsernameOptional added a post in a topic Trump to bar transgender individuals from armed forces.   

    Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman says trans troops should continue to serve....
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  6. UsernameOptional added a topic in Transgender News & Happenings   

    Making Up for the Wrongs
    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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    I think when some of these people were born, they slipped the doctor's grip, being all slippery-like fresh outta the womb, and hit their heads on the delivery room floor....

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  8. UsernameOptional added a post in a topic Texas set to pass transgender bathroom law for schools   

    Mabye there's hope in TX afterall....
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  9. UsernameOptional added a post in a topic Caitlyn Jenner shows support for Trump after Transgender ban   

    I tried to give her the benefit of the doubt... but I finally lost all respect for her even before Drumpf 45 made his sickening tweets about trans people in the military.
    I still say that "republican" and [insert any minority here] do NOT go well in the same sentence... no offense intended to any here who might be republican, but if you're here, you surely understand why so many of us feel that way.
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  10. UsernameOptional added a post in a topic Trump to bar transgender individuals from armed forces.   

    Here is something heartening - I was listening to something on a YouTube clip uploaded by CNN.  At the moment, this is only a freakin' tweet.  And the military powers-that-be have indicated they don't plan on taking any action until Drumpf spits out some guidelines.
    Hopefully, with all the out-cry, and the contant re-running by the media of all of Drumpf's campaign declarations to protect the TGLB community, he will back down and retract that tweet, and leave things be.
    Of course on the other hand... he's been bent on UN-doing everything and anything Obama did.  He also needs stuff to deflect peoples' attention from the Russian investigation.
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  11. UsernameOptional added a post in a topic Yes , government CAN commit suicide   

    Texas, and too many Texans, don't care.  What do you expect from a state where some people actually fly the state flag ABOVE the country's flag.  YES... I have personally seen this with my own eyes.  So why would what NC experienced after their ignorance mean anything to Texas?  After all... that's TEXAS.  Everything in Texas is bigger, better, badder, different.
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  12. UsernameOptional added a topic in Transgender Rights & Political Activism   

    NJ Gov Signs Pro-Trans Bills
    Zack Ford | 24 Jul 2017
    "Both laws take New Jersey in a very different direction than President Trump is trying to take the country on trans rights. Earlier this year, the administration rescinded guidance the Obama administration had issued protecting transgender students..."
    Chris Christie signs two pro-transgender bills into law
    This really blew me away - Christie has been such a Drumpf-kisser, and transgender anything is not on Drumpf's radar screen.  -DML
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  13. UsernameOptional added a post in a topic Hello....   

    ​Hi patrice... and welcome to the TG Guide Board.
    The "likes" are built into the board - not a whole lot we can do about them unless they are just flat disabled for everyone.  Because we have become such a social media society, "likes" have become nearly inseperable from so many platforms. 
    That said, we would prefer that you "ignore the little red circle" rather than delete your posts.  I can appreciate that you prefer not to be notified when someone has liked something you've posted, but deleting posts are unfair to those who have taken the time to read your OP, and then reply to that OP and subsequent posts.  It can really wreck the flow of a topic.  Sometimes, such deletions force us to have to remove entire threads - again, not fair to other members.
    I hope you understand.
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  14. UsernameOptional added a comment on a blog entry Therapy   

    Hi CTF, and welcome to TGG.
    I was about to toss out a barrage of questions and comments... but the ladies have pretty much covered everything.
    I would add a couple more things for you to consider -  part of your therapist's job is to help you transition into society as the man you identify as.  I would be curious to know how she is being helpful to you, when she herself is not recognizing you as a man.
    It seems to me, based on what you've related, she is just flat ignoring your identity.  I don't know what it means when you say your therapist is a contractural therapist, but I would think there would be some guidelines and ethics she is bound to follow and uphold.
    If your therapist can't start using your preferred pronouns and chosen name... you should definitely find another.  I realize the number of sessions you are allowed is limited, but I would think a limited time with a decent therapist would far out-weigh a full course with one who could potentially be damaging to your self-confidence, self-esteem, and identity by her refusal to respect you.
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  15. UsernameOptional added a topic in Transgender News & Happenings   

    Organization Protects TG People from Bathroom Bills
    Zack Ford | Jun 15, 2017
    "To cement their commitment to honoring and protecting transgender people from discrimination, the AMA delegates also “called for future AMA meetings to take place, whenever possible, only in those counties, cities and states that have nondiscriminatory policies.”"  --
    The country’s largest medical organization is protecting transgender people from ‘bathroom bills’
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  16. UsernameOptional added a topic in Transgender News & Happenings   

    Texas may lose 2018 NFL Draft
    10 June 2017 | by Rafaella Gunz
    "Replacing old laws determining child protection, foster care, and adoption service, this Act requires all children’s services and judges to consider a child’s ‘race, ancestry, place of origin, color, ethnic origin, citizenship, family diversity, disability, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.’"  -- gaystarnews
    Texas may lose 2018 NFL Draft amidst transgender bathroom bill debates
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  17. UsernameOptional added a post in a topic MS Man Sentenced for Hate Crime   

    Thanks Monica -
    Here are some new links:
    Man gets 49 years for anti-transgender hate crime killing
    Official says Justice will aggressively pursue hate crimes | WTOP  << this article doesn't mention hate crimes against the TGLB community, but instead repeatedly mentions religious hate crimes
    I cannot find a comparable article to the one that Emma linked... so in the meantime ----
    More reading on Session - see article that indicates he has fought AGAINST hate crime protections for TGLB victims
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  18. UsernameOptional added a blog entry in Michael's Blog   

    Wednesday Evening Rant
    The day didn't start out all that great to begin with... so I guess there was no reason to expect that it would end on a good note.  So why not just vent, get it out of my system, and start fresh tomorrow?  So, after reading this article someone sent me ....
    I guess it's good that ANY exposure will bode better for us... but are poorly written articles, no matter how well-intentioned, any better than those that sensationalize news and other stories when there just happens to be a transgender person involved?
    I.     This article, while informative to cisgender people about the health issues of trans people (has to be for them 'cause we already knew this), does nothing to help dispell the beliefs and misconceptions too many cisgender people have about transgender people.  I think the reporter, Karen Kaplan, should learn a bit more before trying to take on a topic she obviously knows little about.   Even though most of her article is simply passing on information from a study, her opening lines nearly kept me from even ready the rest of the article.  Makes me sorta think she's meerly jumping on a bandwagon that she believes is suddenly popular and therefore a potentially better payday.*
    II.    The reporter defines to her readers, most of whom I am sure are cisgender, what being transgender means, "their gender identity is not the same as their gender at birth."  Hmmmm.  This statement indicates that she clearly does not understand that that sex and gender are seperate, and that sex does NOT always guarantee a particular gender.  And how can anyone determine/dictate what a child's GENDER is at birth since that child cannot communicate that to anyone yet?  Of course the same applies to the reverse statement that followed.
    III.   "Gender-majority?"  WTH is that??  I think we have a good cross-cut of people who come to this board - I've not seen the mention of anything called "gender-majority."   I see this [new?] term as nothing more than something else to further marginalize trans people.  To emphasize that we are no more than a minority.  That is what America did to the variety of peoples in this country - made smaller, especially non-white groups, "minorities."  And where does that term come from?  "Minor."  And what does "minor" mean?   Inferior.  Not serious.  Not up to par.  Secondary.  Less than.  And then what did I find further down in the article?  "Gender minority."  God, I hope this doesn't catch on!
    So who coined this new term?  Surely it wasn't a transgender person.  I hope.  Was it the researchers from Brigham & Women’s Hospital  and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center?  I would think that such entities and the people who staff those places would own a good grasp of terminology.  Or was this a brain-fart of Kaplan's, thinking she'd come up with something that she could go down in the books for, or perhaps a term she thought her cisgender readers might better understand or relate to?  Or maybe to allow those who think that way, to continue to believe they are better than we are?
    Okay.  Sorry for the rant.
    I'm done.    
    I thought about emailing Ms. Kaplan... I mean, since her email addy was right there at the bottom of the article, and all.  But I decided against it.  I'm not sure I am capable of a diplomatic butt-chewing.  And I wasn't in the mood to educate...  least ways, not right now...
    * Of 25+ pages of so-called "recent articles" by Kaplan - all the way back to May 2015 - the article on the healthcare of trans people appears to be the first article she's ever written about trans people, despite the fact that she has many articles with topics for which she has reported on multiple times for one reason or another.  Even in an article about bullying, there was no mention of transgender people, or even LGBT people.  Why suddenly now?
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  19. UsernameOptional added a topic in Transgender Health Care   

    Being Transgender May Be Hazardous
    Karen Kaplan | May 30, 2017, 8:00 AM
    "Just under 66% of cisgender adults had a body mass index of at least 25, qualifying them as overweight. That may sound high, but it was significantly lower than the 72% share for the transgender adults."
    Being transgender in America may be hazardous to your health, study shows
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  20. UsernameOptional added a post in a topic Texas set to pass transgender bathroom law for schools   

    Amazing the lengths too many will go to just to deny someone else something, or deprive another of what they should already have had.  This country has a history of just that.  And humankind an even longer history of it.
    Must be in the DNA to be so hateful, judgemental and selfish....
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  21. UsernameOptional added a topic in Transgender Rights & Political Activism   

    Judge Allows Person to Sue Under Disability Lawt
    Reuters | May. 18, 2017, 11:12 PM | By Daniel Trotta
    "The lawsuit, which also cites protections in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 against sex discrimination in employment, had asked the judge to rule that the ADA clause violates the U.S. Constitution because it denies equal protection for all under the law." --
    U.S. judge allows first transgender person to sue under disability law (CAB)
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  22. UsernameOptional added a topic in Transgender Rights & Political Activism   

    US Split on Need for Anti-Discrimination Laws
    Eric DuVall   |   May 18, 2017 at 2:47 PM
    "The issue came to prominence after North Carolina passed H.B. 2, known as the bathroom bill, which forced transgender individuals to use the bathroom corresponding with their birth certificate. The legislation sparked a national debate, as well as protests and a number of corporate boycotts in North Carolina."  --
    U.S. remains split on need for LGBT anti-discrimination laws
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  23. UsernameOptional added a post in a topic MS Man Sentenced for Hate Crime   

    ​Neither do I....
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  24. UsernameOptional added a topic in Transgender Crime   

    MS Man Sentenced for Hate Crime
    First-ever conviction on federal hate crime charges arising from the killing of a transgender woman
    Jeff Amy, AP
    GULFPORT, Miss. — May 15, 2017, 6:57 PM ET
    "Demoya Gordon, attorney for the Transgender Rights Project of Lambda Legal, called the prosecution "significant" but noted it began under President Barack Obama's administration and added "the cake was already baked" on Vallum's sentencing when Donald Trump became president." --
    Man gets 49 years for anti-transgender hate crime killing
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