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Local Michigan non-discrimination ordinance being challenged by notorious Jackson bigot

Local Michigan non-discrimination ordinance being challenged by notorious Jackson bigot

In early February of this year, the City Council in Jackson, Michigan approved a non-discrimination ordinance (NDO) that prohibits discrimination against anyone for housing, employment, or public accommodation based on sexual orientation and gender identity. It’s essentially a move that extends basic civil rights provided to most Michiganders under the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to Michigan citizens in the LGBTQ […]

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Trump admin refuses to provide Title IX protections to transgender students, Betsy DeVos falls in line to save her job

Trump admin refuses to provide Title IX protections to transgender students, Betsy DeVos falls in line to save her job

Less than a year ago, the administration of President Barack Obama issued an historic guidance document instructing school administrators that anti-transgender rules, regulations, and laws are in violation of federal law including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. This guidance was received the full-throated support of U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr., Attorney General Loretta E. […]

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Episode 17 – We’re not keeping our mouths shut, President Bannon – with special guest Amy Hunter from the ACLU

Episode 17 – We’re not keeping our mouths shut, President Bannon – with special guest Amy Hunter from the ACLU

The show notes for Episode 17 are at http://www.eclectablog.com/2017/01/episode-17-were-not-keeping-our-mouths-shut-mr-bannon-wsg-amy-hunter-from-the-aclu.html New York Times: Trump Strategist Stephen Bannon Says Media Should ‘Keep Its Mouth Shut’ WhiteHouse.gov Trump self-fellation: Praise for President Trump’s Bold Action Washington Post: Republicans should be scared of repealing Obamacare, and this poll shows why Center for Budget and Policy Priorities: ACA Repeal Would Lavish Medicare Tax Cuts on […]

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There’s no better time for transgender people to enroll in a health insurance plan

There’s no better time for transgender people to enroll in a health insurance plan

Protections remain in place to prevent trans-specific exclusions, so enroll before the January 31 deadline for 2017. Let’s face it: There’s a lot of uncertainty right now about the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, but that’s no reason for anyone to put off getting signed up for insurance in 2017. In fact, there is no better […]

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Jacqui’s story: Embracing her real self, inspired by her daughter

Jacqui’s story: Embracing her real self, inspired by her daughter

When her youngest child came out as transgender, this woman recognized her own truth. This is part of a story series about the lives of transgender people. Read the introduction here. From the time she was young, Jacqui Leaonna Turner didn’t understand why the males were prettier than the females in every species in the animal kingdom except for humans. […]

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Kara’s story: Finding her truth — and true love

Kara’s story: Finding her truth — and true love

After decades of painful confusion, this transgender woman’s journey has a happy ending. This is part of a story series about the lives of transgender people. Read the introduction here. Like many transgender people, Kara Marie Ramsey struggled from an early age to reconcile the gender she was assigned at birth with the way she felt inside. By the time […]

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Ashton’s story: Through friendship, the courage to live out loud

Ashton’s story: Through friendship, the courage to live out loud

The brave example of his best friend inspired this transgender man to express his truth to everyone. This is part of a story series about the lives of transgender people. Read the introduction here. Growing up in a small town in Michigan, Ashton Niedzwiecki didn’t know that anything beyond the female gender he’d been assigned at birth was possible. He […]

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DNC video highlights – Part 1, Mothers of the Movement, #FlintWaterCrisis, and more

DNC video highlights – Part 1, Mothers of the Movement, #FlintWaterCrisis, and more

As many of you know, I was a pledged delegate to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia this year supporting Sec. Hillary Clinton. If you watched the roll call vote, you might have even seen me on TV: LOL. But the DNC was no laughing matter. It was a four-day effort to re-educate America about the decades of work done […]

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Ahya’s story: Expressing the music in her soul

Ahya’s story: Expressing the music in her soul

This transgender woman uses her unique voice to advocate for herself and her community. This is part of a story series about the lives of transgender people. Read the introduction here. Ahya Simone didn’t plan on becoming a harpist. She’s always been musical and had long been a singer, but taking a harp class began as nothing more than a […]

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Arizona’s story: Listening to her authentic self

Arizona’s story: Listening to her authentic self

After nearly 50 years, this transgender woman finally let the world see who she’s always known herself to be. This is part of a story series about the lives of transgender people. Read the introduction here. Arizona Welsh was three years old when she first realized that she was much more like the women in her life than the men, […]

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Attorney General Bill Schuette seeks to define Michigan as a state full of transphobic bigots

Attorney General Bill Schuette seeks to define Michigan as a state full of transphobic bigots

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette joined with the attorneys general of nine other states to sue the federal government over their recently-released guidance for educators on how to make their schools safe, welcoming places for transgender students. The other states are Arkansas, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Wyoming. In his press release, Schuette claims […]

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