04 Mar 2011

South Dalota Legislature Removes Abortion as a Choice for Less-Priviledged Women

(from http://www.catholicnewsagency…. ) In a 21-13 vote, the Senate approved HB 1217, which mandates that a licensed physician first meet with a woman considering an abortion, discuss the documented risks with her, and schedule the procedure no earlier than 72 hours after the assessment. The bill now awaits signature from

15 Feb 2011

Two steps forward…

I mentioned a step in the right direction here: ( http://www.pamshouseblend.com/… ) regarding a Kansas anti-discrimination bill that includes trans folks and public accomodations. Here's more good news:  (from http://www.medscape.com/viewar… ) Addressing the Needs of Transgender Youth in Primary Care To minimize negative health outcomes and maximize positive futures for

15 Feb 2011

Kansas Equality Includes Public Accomodations

Kansas includes public accomodations in SB53.  See Kansas Equality Coalition's website for details not listed here ( http://www.kansasequalitycoalition.org/ ).  They are also pushing SB56, a bill to finally repeal the State's anti-sodomy bill which remains on the books (and for which one could still be arrested) despite Lawrence v. Texas.

24 Nov 2010

Vatican: Condoms okay for “a man, a woman or a transsexual” to stop HIV transmission

Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy to know that they think about us TS’s so frequently, and so highly.  If we use condoms to prevent HIV transmission, we too can be on the road to “moralization”. From, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/new… Father Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman, said he asked the pope

19 Nov 2010

Pope, Church leaders call for guaranteed health care for all people

“VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI and other church leaders said it was the moral responsibility of nations to guarantee access to health care for all of their citizens, regardless of social and economic status or their ability to pay. Access to adequate medical attention, the pope said in

19 Nov 2010

Lieberman on DADT: We Have 60

(from http://www.advocate.com/News/D… By Kerry Eleveld JOE LIEBERMAN X390 (GETTY) | ADVOCATE.COM Sen. Joe Lieberman said Thursday that repealing ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ as part of the National Defense Authorization Act is no longer a question of votes, it’s a question of process. “I am confident that we have more than

15 Nov 2010

Lame Duck Bills (or, Business as Usual)

  We see the lame duck session of Congress as the last chance to gain a crumb of equality before the new session of Congress begins.  For us, it is the Democrats’ last chance to help us gain the equality we believed they stood for.  However, for them it may

10 Nov 2010

Mexican transgender woman granted asylum in U.S

A little bit of good trans news in the media: (from http://www.denverpost.com/news… ) When Alexandra Reyes’ father caught her wearing her sister’s shoes and clothes, he tied her up and beat her with spiked pieces of a tree.  “It was so horrible, I would scream,” Reyes said in Spanish. “He

01 Nov 2010

If you are disenchanted and plan to not vote

Please.  Make your dissent heard instead. Go to your polling place. Get marked down as taking your ballot. Put it directly into the box.   Imagine both parties analysts' and candidates trying to spin the following ticket results as positive and plan for 2010: Democrat Candidate: 2500 votes Republican Candidate:

29 Oct 2010

How DADT Repeal Will Disrupt Cohesion, PLUS Pre-election Terrorist Plot

When America's troops are fighting the good fight and their lives are on the line, we’ve been told that sometimes it is their faith in God that get's them through.  And without their Chaplains, their faith might falter, which could mean the difference between being able to destroy a civilian