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Facebook adds FIFTY new options for users to describe their gender

Facebook has completely revamped its gender settings to allow for options other than just male or female.

The feature is designed to help transgender users of the site, and now has 50 options, including  ‘cisgender,’ ‘transgender’ and ‘intersex’.

The site has also updated its setting to allow users to select a neutral pronoun referring to them as they, their or them.

Source: The Daily Mail

 

Transgender Issues Follow Path Blazed By Gay Rights

It may have been “the gayest year ever,” as some gay and lesbian activists put it — 2013 saw the Defense of Marriage Act struck down by the Supreme Court and the number of states offering marriage rights to same-sex couples doubled, to a total of 18.
But as 2014 begins, another issue is gaining traction: transgender rights.

Source: Yahoo News

 

Exercise Cuts Stroke Risk From Hormone Therapy

Exercise may moderately shave off some of the increased risk of hormone therapy, researchers found.

Source: MedPage Today 

 

Lee, Cruz seek to protect states’ rights on gay marriage

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Tex., has introduced a measure that would protect states like Utah that want to define marriage as between one woman and one man from any federal efforts to recognize gay marriage.

Source: The Salt Lake Tribune

 

Comcast, Time Warner agree to merge in $45 billion deal

Comcast said Thursday it has agreed to buy Time Warner Cable for $45.2 billion in stock, a deal that would combine the two largest cable providers in the country.

Source: Washington Post

 

Iconic Former Child Star Shirley Temple Black Dead at 85

Iconic Former Child Star Shirley Temple Black Dead at 85

 

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Shirley Temple Black, who was one of the most iconic child stars of the 20th century, has died. She was 85.
The dimpled actress found fame at the height of the Great Depression in movies including “Heidi,” “Curly Top” and “Bright Eyes” and later served as U.S. ambassador to Ghana and Czechoslovakia.
Temple Black died of natural causes Monday at her home in Woodside, Calif., her publicist confirmed to NBC News early Tuesday.

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U.S. Justice Department to expand rights of same-sex couples

Attorney General Eric Holder plans widespread changes within the U.S. Justice Department to benefit same-sex married couples, such as recognizing a legal right for them not to testify against each other in civil and criminal cases, according to excerpts of a speech on Saturday.

Source: Reuters

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Government surveys schools’ stand on gender identity disorder

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) has launched a survey nationwide to schools on how they deal with the issue of gender identity disorder (GID) in their institutions. All schools from the elementary, junior and senior high school levels were included as participants of the survey.

Source: JDP

 

Fox News, CNN Ignore Their Own Advice On Transgender Coverage

Media critics on Fox News and CNN criticized a recent article that outed the inventor of a golf putter as a transgender woman. The two networks’ history of problematic transgender coverage suggests that CNN and Fox could stand to take their own advice.

Source: MediaMatters

 

Taking a stand: No jobs, no rights, transgender community decry social apathy

 Transgender and social activists have decided to kick off a rights campaign from today in the wake of recent police raids and discriminatory television programmes that have allegedly shown the community in a negative light.

Source: The Express Tribune

 

Transgender Men And Dating: Elliott Deline, Bill Roundy And Matt Kailey On HuffPost Live

HuffPost Live guests offered their advice regarding transgender men and dating as part of a spirited discussion last week.

Source: Huffingtonpost

 

Transgender Musician Rae Spoon Takes On Sundance

At Sundance Film Festival’s Music Café last Tuesday, musician Rae Spoon sings on stage, armed with a guitar and laptop. Beginning with acoustic folk ballads, Spoon’s set eventually moves to a more electronic indie-pop-rock sound reminiscent of groups like Metric and Tegan and Sara. To explain the palatable shift, Spoon jokingly prefaces one of their (being transgender, Spoon prefers using gender-neutral pronouns) more experimental songs: “I was really inspired by the folk music in Germany—which is techno.”

Source: The Daily Beast

Huckabee: Dems say women need government to ‘control their libido’

You just can’t make this stuff up.

Huckabee: Dems say women need government to ‘control their libido’

From the article:

“If the Democrats want to insult women by making them believe that they are helpless without Uncle Sugar coming in and providing for them a prescription each month for birth control because they cannot control their libido or their reproductive system without the help of the government, then so be it,” he said. “Let us take this discussion all across America because women are far more than the Democrats have played them to be.”

Huckabee dismissed the notion that the GOP is engaged on a “War on Women,” as Democratic rivals allege.

“Our party stands for the recognition  of the equality of women and the capacity of women. That’s not a war on them, it’s a war for them,” he said.

With friends like this, who needs enemies?

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News Of Interest

Ex-governor of Virginia indicted after corruption probe

Jan 21 (Reuters) – Former Virginia governor Robert McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, were indicted by a federal grand jury on charges including fraud and false statements after an investigation into loans and gifts from a supporter, court papers filed on Tuesday said.

Source: Reuters

 

1 Dead in Purdue Shooting; Suspect in Custody

A man opened fire Tuesday inside a basement classroom at Purdue University, killing one person and prompting officials to send a text alert to students telling them to seek shelter, police and the university said.

The suspect, who is believed to have targeted the man who was shot, surrendered to a police officer within minutes of the attack at the Electrical Engineering Building, Purdue Police Chief John Cox said.

Source: ABC News

 

Nearly 3,000 US Flights Cancelled As Snow Hits Northeast

More than 2,900 flights into, out of, and within the U.S. have been cancelled today, as the Northeast braces for another wave of freezing weather and heavy snow.

Source: SFGate

 

$1 Billion for a Perfect N.C.A.A. Bracket, Courtesy of Warren Buffett

Each March, tens of millions of brackets are filled out in the hopes of predicting the outcome of the N.C.A.A.’s men’s basketball tournament. But the odds that a bracket will be perfect, that is, every game guessed correctly, are long — to the tune of 9.2 quintillion to one.

Source: NYTimes

 

Pope to global elite: Do more for poor

n an address read by Cardinal Peter Turkson at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics said it was intolerable that thousands die each day from hunger.The pope urged leaders to adopt a new “political and business mentality” and to put their skills to work for the benefit of those living in dire poverty.

Source: CNN

 

HOW SECURE IS MY PASSWORD? IF IT’S ON THIS ‘MOST COMMON PASSWORDS’ LIST, NOT VERY

If your password is “123456” or ”Password,” you’re doing Internet security wrong — and you’re not alone. According to password-management firm SplashData, which analyzed passwords that hackers posted online last year, the top two most common passwords are “123456,” and “Password.” Good job, people. 

Source: Bustle

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Laura Jane Grace, Transgender Punk, On Life In Transition

The new album from Florida punks Against Me! is titled Transgender Dysphoria Blues — and that’s not just a metaphor. It’s the first album the band has released since lead singer Laura Jane Grace went public with her transition from a man to a woman. Now, instead of hinting at feelings of gender dysphoria in her lyrics, they’re all right there, front and center, beginning with her barked opening lines: “Your tells are so obvious: shoulders too broad for a girl.”

Source: NPR

 

A Real, Honest Conversation Between a Gay African-American Man and a Transgender African-American Woman About the ‘T’ in the LGBT Family

Over the holidays I had a photo shoot with renowned photographer Eric Scot. Eric’s work has appeared in Ebony (my picture was in the November 2012 issue) and Jet, and he has photographed some of Hollywood’s biggest celebrities. He is the director/writer of a new Web series,          The Gallery, an ongoing family drama about what happens when love becomes vendetta and desire becomes obsessive. In The Gallery, Where there is murder there is love.

Source: Huffington Post

 

Do Your Homework, Dr. Ablow

 

I don’t believe we have definitive data (although many psychiatrists with very impressive credentials, who seem to mean well, assert that we do) that any male or female soul has ever in the history of the world been born into the wrong anatomic gender.
Let me put that more clearly: I am not convinced by any science I can find that people with definitively male DNA and definitively male anatomy can actually be locked in a cruel joke of nature because they are actually female.

 

Source: Huffington Post

 

Gay Dudes, Can You Just Not?

Dear gay dudes,
James Nichols at HuffPost Gay Voices has been doing a series of pieces covering Brooklyn drag culture. As someone who frequently blogs on HuffPost, I tend to read what is going on here. For the latest installment Nichols interviewed a drag queen by the name of — sigh — Amber Alert. As certainly as the sun will rise, an interview with a drag queen will invoke one of the more hateful trans-specific slurs: “tranny.” This interview proved to be no exception.

Source: Huffington Post

 

Pamela Raintree, Transgender Woman, Dares Councilman Rob Webb To Stone Her

Pamela Raintree and her stone are being celebrated by the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community of Shreveport, Louisiana, for their incredible parts in sustaining the city’s LGBT non-discrimination ordinance, which was under threat of repeal.

Source: Huffington Post

It’s Past Time For Sensible, Intelligent Gun Control

If you listen to the Right Wing, Conservative, Pry the Gun From My Cold Fingers, segment of the political scene, odds are you think everything is fine and dandy in the Land of the Free and Armed. Maybe you think gun control is anti-American or unconstitutional and if you think these things, such is your right.

That does not however make you ‘Right’. 

I have never had an issue with people owning weapons who have a legitimate and legal reason to do so. 

It is the other people who I take issue with. Those for whom these weapons are a means to a violent, illegal end. Those who only reason for possessing a firearm is to kill other humans. You know who these people are; they make the news with terrifying regularity. Killing sprees in churches, malls, movie theaters, and town halls. The gang bangers, the drive by shooters, the ones who kill for thrill of having the power of life and death in their hands.

I take issue with violent, mentally ill people having access to weapons of any type and yes, if you have ‘anger management issues’ I think you have a mental condition which should bar you from ever owning a gun.

If you are a gun owner then it is your responsibility and duty to your community to make them secure so criminals, children, and those I have already mentioned cannot gain access to them. If you aren’t responsible enough to do that, then you certainly are not responsible enough to own a gun in the first place.  

I’m going to give links to the stories from just this week of senseless gun violence which could have been avoided through the use of sensible, intelligent laws and the repeal of dangerous legal standards such as stand your ground and conceal/carry.

Today:

Three killed in Indiana supermarket shooting -police

A gunman opened fire inside an Indiana supermarket on Wednesday evening, killing two women – a shopper and an employee – before being shot dead in a shootout with police, authorities said.

Source: Reuters

 

Mason Campbell, New Mexico school shooter, chose victims at random: cops

New Mexico state police believe the preteen assailant, armed with a shotgun taken from his Roswell home, planned his attack in advance of Tuesday’s shooting at Berrendo Middle School. The suspect, identified as Mason Campbell, faces three third-degree felony charges of aggravated battery.

Source: nydailynews.com

 

Police investigate 2 crashes involving gun violence

Police are investigating two separate car crashes on Saturday that both appear to be the result of the driver being shot

Source: ABC

 

There are many more. I did a simple Google search for “gun violence” to find these three examples.

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New Video of POW Bowe Bergdahl Surfaces

A new video has surfaced of prisoner of war Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who has been held captive by the Taliban in Pakistan since June 2009.  It is the sixth video since then showing the only American military service member to ever be captured by the Taliban.

Source: ABC


India gang rape claim: Police investigate robbery, sex attack on Danish tourist

A Danish tourist told police she was gang raped, beaten and robbed after getting lost in the heart of the the Indian capital, New Delhi, officials said Wednesday.

Source: NBCNews


FDA: Acetaminophen doses over 325 mg might lead to liver damage

The Food and Drug Administration is warning against prescription combination drugs with more than 325 mg of acetaminophen, citing the risk of liver damage.

Source: CNN

 

Hollywood’s worst honored with Razzie Award nominations

Johnny Depp, Adam Sandler, Lindsay Lohan and “Movie 43” are among the esteemed company that will be battling for one of Hollywood’s most widely shunned awards: the Razzies.

Source: CNN

 

Parents say love for transgender child is unconditional

 The parents of a Cumberland County first-grader who was born a boy but identifies as a girl say their decision to allow her to go to school as a transgender child was one based on unconditional love and a desire for her to be happy.

Source: wral.com