Hopeless

To Anyone Out there Following this blog:

I gotta say I feel pretty hopeless right now. This feeling comes on the heels of the revelation that Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy will retire July 31, 2018. To me, this means an even more Conservative judge will be put in his place and everything that we have accomplished will be reversed in the blink of an eye. We see daily how this new megalomaniac in charge of this country has reversed every single thing that President Obama and others before him worked so hard to put in place. This includes marriage equality. I see everything we have ever accomplished – going all the way back to Stonewall – being erased.

At this point I feel that they should tattoo a number on my forearm and strip me of my identity. The megalomaniac in charge of this country admires dictators, so why wouldn’t he follow in the footsteps of Hitler?

I think I’m going to take a break from blogging for a few months. See where we are by year’s end. If things have improved then I will return. If not, I will close the blog permanently.

Your thoughts are welcome, as always.

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ESPN’s Body Issue Features 1st Gay Couple

These two attractive women deserve this honor. So thrilled to see ESPN taking this critical step.

Soccer player Megan Rapinoe and WNBA star Sue Bird just became the first openly gay couple to appear on the cover of ESPN’s iconic body issue.

“It’s important for people to come out. Visibility is important,” Rapinoe, 32, told ESPN’s Jemele Hill in an interview published Monday. “It’s important for there to be a first one on the cover [of the body issue], or whatever. Just in terms of the culture and society, someone has to do it.”

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Starbucks Goes the Extra Mile

Wow. This is just amazing. Kinda makes their over-priced shit worth purchasing. I’m glad they are taking the lead in helping their transgender employees be who they truly are.

Starbucks has announced plans to offer comprehensive care for transgender employees, covering several procedures that are usually excluded by insurers.

In the new plan announced on Monday, Starbucks said that in addition to covering bottom surgery, they will now cover all other medical steps in a person’s transition.

This will cover several other procedures that were previously considered cosmetic – which can often be hard to obtain as insurers typically refuse to cover them.

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Transgender Woman Kicked from DC Restaurant

I love how restaurants and other public places will bully these men and women until they get pushed back. Then they’re all “that’s not what we meant”. Bull-fucking-shit.

When a transgender woman got up to use the woman’s bathroom at a restaurant, she said she was asked to show her ID.

And when she refused, she said she got kicked out.

Charlotte Clymer, who identifies as female, works for the Human Rights Campaign. She said she was at Cuba Libre Restaurant and Rum Bar in Washington on Friday with a group of friends for a bachelorette party.

Clymer wrote on Twitter that the group was having a good time. But things shifted when she and a friend went to use the bathroom.

On her way there, an attendant at the restaurant asked Clymer for her ID, she wrote. But, she said, he didn’t ask anyone else for theirs.

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Oceans 8 Gay Undertones

I saw this movie opening day with my aunt and my cousin. My gaydar went off seeing the relationship between Sandra’s character, Debbie, and Cate’s character Lou. A current romantic relationship is not explored in the movie, but you do get a sense that they might have been more than friends at some point. If anything further were explored or revealed in an Oceans 9, I think we’d learn that Debbie is perhaps bi-sexual (as it was a guy she was dating that ratted her out to police) and that Lou is a Lesbian. However, what I loved most about this interview is how they are totally open to bringing Laverne Cox into their already diverse mix of actresses.

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ME to Offer Non-Binary Gender Option on License & IDs

Huge step forward for those individuals who don’t align with either of the traditional genders.

Maine will start offering driver’s licenses and IDs with a third, non-binary gender option.

The Portland Press Herald reported Monday that the state’s bureau of motor vehicles will begin issuing stickers for IDs or licenses stating “Gender has been changed to X – non-binary” for those who request them.

The state’s licenses and IDs will feature a M, F or X gender option after a redesign in 2019.

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