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Tuesday This & That: Open Thread

Oh crap — I originally wrote the subject date as “Monday” for this post, when I posted it on a Tuesday! D’oh!

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Emoticon: Smiley drinking coffee while using computerImage: Bookworm Bob, the cartoon 'sockpuppet' of Autumn Sandeen's; Link: Pam's House Blend This & That tagSo, this is what my cartoon sockpuppet Bookworm Bob have been looking at since our last This & That post — which actually was posted quite awhile ago!

• The Los Angeles TimesLessons from a teen student’s killing; Whatever questions remain after the mistrial in the killing of gay Oxnard student Larry King, this much is clear: In middle school, kids need guidance:

…The jury was stuck between murder and manslaughter; torn, like much of a troubled public, between competing scenarios:

Was Brandon an angry white supremacist who plotted the killing because he despised Larry for being gay? Or was the shooting a “crime of passion” by a troubled, frustrated teenage boy embarrassed beyond reason by another boy’s unwanted romantic attentions?

When the shooting occurred in 2008, it was considered by some the most notorious gay hate crime since the 1998 Wyoming torture and murder of college student Matthew Shepard. This was, it seemed, a troubling sign of homophobia playing out violently among children barely into their teens.

But if there is anything the nine-week trial made clear, it’s that this case is not just about gay rights and gender identity but also about the tensions afflicting adults — and the mixed messages that bumbling grown-ups can transmit to impressionable kids…

For anyone interested in this trial, I believe this is one of those “must read” articles from the publication that I believe has been covering the trial best. The conclusions found in the article seem rather terrifying in perspective for those who don’t conform to societal sex and gender norms.

Care2‘s Anti-Bullying ‘Seth’s Law’ Passes California Senate:

Thumbnail Link to Equality California's Fact Sheet for AB 9 - 'Seth's Law'California’s senate lawmakers passed a bill last week that will require schools to specifically enact policies against bullying related to sexual orientation and gender identity.

The bill, known as AB 9 or Seth’s Law, passed the Senate in a 24 to 14 vote late Thursday. The California Assembly passed the bill in June on a 52-26 vote. The legislation now heads to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk. He is expected to sign the legislation.

AB 9 is designed to ensure that every school in California implements anti-harassment and anti-discrimination policies and programs that include actual or perceived sexual orientation and gender identity and expression, as well as race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, disability, and religion. The law is also designed to give parents of children in California’s schools clearer knowledge of what to expect from school administrators when they are handling instances of bullying and ways of reporting concerns if parents think school administrators are not acting appropriately.

Seth’s Law is named after 13 year-old Seth Walsh who, because of pervasive anti-LGBT bullying, attempted suicide and died as a result of his injuries last year…

[More below the fold.]

• The Trevor Project‘s The Trevor Project launches Talk to Me Campaign:

Kevin McHale who stars on GLEE is helping to launch The Trevor Project’s awareness campaign for National Suicide Prevention Week which is September 4-10, 2011). The campaign encourages individuals to communicate via phone and video calls along with positive behaviors that can help prevent suicide.

We know through our work on the Trevor Lifeline that you can understand much more about what a person is going through just by talking. During National Suicide Prevention Week, The Trevor Project asks that you join the campaign for conversation, ‘Talk to Me,’ and get in the habit of healthy, and potentially life-saving conversation,” said David McFarland, Interim Executive Director of The Trevor Project. “National Suicide Prevention Week is about knowing what to do if someone you care about is in crisis, even if that person is you. Leaders like Kevin McHale have taken the pledge to ‘Talk to Me,’ and we challenge all Americans to call someone and really talk this week, because you never know when your call can help save a life.”

The campaign is also aligned with The Trevor Project’s core crisis intervention program, the Trevor Lifeline, a 24/7 phone counseling service for LGBTQ youth, ages 13-24. Since the Lifeline opened in 1998, hundreds of thousands of youth have called in need of help and a caring person to talk to. The leading challenges of individuals calling the Lifeline include: feeling isolated; depression; problems with family members; problems with bullying; questions about their sexual orientation or gender identity; considering suicide; considering cutting. The helpline number is 866-4U-TREVOR

For more information visit

TMZ‘s Dancing with the Stars: Gloria Allred to Dance with Transgenders for Chaz:

Gloria Allred and a famed lesbian rights activist will hold a news conference Monday to protest people who are urging children not to watch Chaz Bono on “Dancing with the Stars.”

We’re told there will be dance and viewing parties across the country with transgender individuals and their supporters on September 19 — the night of Chaz’s debut — and Gloria will dance with every transgender person who wants to dance with her — but only at the L.A. party.

• Our Wiener Story Of The Day: The Local East Village‘s Look Out When You Cook Out! Bugs and Band-Aids Found in Hot Dogs (by Stephen Rex Brown):

If you’re stuck in town this Labor Day weekend without so much as a roof to grill on, wipe that hangdog look off your face: Maggots, worms, metal, plastic and even a razor were just a few of the objects that horrified callers said were in their hot dogs in complaints lodged with the U.S. Department of Agriculture between 2007 and 2009.

Back in 2009, this reporter filed a Freedom of Information Act request asking the U.S.D.A. to give up its dirty-dog logs. The 64 case files finally came in this week, just in time for the holiday! Consider them food for thought if you’re planning to grill during these last dog days of summer.

The documents (viewable here) tell numerous cringe-inducing tales of foreign objects disrupting all-American meals. Band-Aids, a rubber glove, and even a lock washer (used to secure a bolt) are all described in snappy detail…

As always, “The weenie tempts you!” — well, maybe. Emoticon: Blank face

So anywho…It’s an open thread! What are you thinking about today, or what books or articles have you been reading the past few days? Wanna share?

And again, please feel free to chat, blogwhore, and link-share in the comment thread because…it’s an open thread! Woo-hoo! Emoticon: Dancing happy face character

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