18 Sep 2012

Social Conservative DADT Proponents Focusing On Fear & Process

OneNewsNow (a subsidiary of the American Family Association) has an interesting article up on the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) entitled Military’s DADT supporters effectively silenced. An excerpt: Retired Army Brigadier General Douglas Lee, board president of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty, says troops who oppose openly

17 Sep 2012

A 47%-er

As I wrote just this past weekend in my piece Living On Government Largesse, according to Gary Bauer said about those receiving checks from the government: Bauer also told TPM that “there are a lot of people who will vote this November because they depend on government largesse,” meaning checks

15 Sep 2012

Living On Government Largesse

Sometimes I don’t understand conservatives with their “small government” approach to “government largesse” and big government approach to reproductive rights. Talking Points Memo (TPM) has an article up on what Gary Bauer, the former president of the Family Research Council, said at the Values Voter Summit said about people like

07 Sep 2012

Listing The Reasons Trans People & Allies Should Vote For Obama

Helen Boyd — author of My Husband Betty and coordinator for Trans United For Obama — has recently spelled out why trans people should be voting to reelect President Barack Obama in her En|Gender post President Obama’s Accomplishments for Transgender Americans President Obama Took Pivotal Steps To Ensure That Transgender

19 Aug 2012

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Kate Bornstein, A Queer and Pleasant Danger: A Memoir

One of the very first books I read after beginning my transition in 2003 was Kate Bornstein’s Gender Outlaw. My first thoughts were “She is so wrong about transsexual people — we are NOT in between male and female! I know I’m a woman!”

And I still know that as truth about myself, and it’s a different personal truth that the personal truth Kate has embraced for herself. But what I’ve come to realize that Kate, through that book, taught me was that there is no right way to be trans. She taught me that there is not standard narrative or set of experiences one has when one comes to realize one is a transsexual.

13 Aug 2012

I’d Apparently Be A “Taker” In An Ayn Rand/Mitt Romney/Paul Ryan Presidency

My views on charity are very simple. I do not consider it a major virtue and, above all, I do not consider it a moral duty. There is nothing wrong in helping other people, if and when they are worthy of the help and you can afford to help them.

11 Aug 2012

Romney’s VP Choice Looks Like It’s Going To Be Rep. Ryan

MSNBC is reporting that Rep. Paul Ryan is going to be Gov. Romney’s choice for VP. Via 3 sources indicate Romney will pick Ryan Three different sources close to the Romney campaign indicate to NBC News that Mitt Romney will announce House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan as his vice-presidential

08 Aug 2012

Still Living With Mental Illness

In December of 2009 I “came out of the closet” as having a mental illness. I have a bipolar condition that Dr. Hagop S. Akiskal, the psychiatrist who developed the bipolar spectrum and who was a few years ago also one of my diagnosing psychiatrists, describes as bipolar type II

07 Aug 2012

NCTE: HHS Affirms that Healthcare Discrimination Law Protects Against Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity

Vrom the NCTE entry HHS Affirms that Healthcare Discrimination Law Protects Against Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity: HHS Affirms that Healthcare Discrimination Law Protects Against Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has confirmed that it views a 2010 law

31 Jul 2012

This & That: Open Thread

It’s an open thread! Pleeeeease feel free to chat, blogwhore, and link-share in the comment thread… So, this is what my cartoon sockpuppet Bookworm Bob have been looking at since our last This & That post. • Navy Times‘ 70 years ago, WAVES paved way for Navy women: …The WAVES