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Related: new research shows that transgender children as young as 5 years old are nearly indistinguishable on psychological gender-association tests from cisgender children of the same gender identity.
The study, Gender Cognition in Transgender Children, from the University of Washington, says, "Our results support the notion that transgender children are not confused, delayed, showing gender-atypical responding, pretending, or oppositional"; "transgender children do indeed exist and that this identity is a deeply held one."
The tests included an Implicit Association Test, which measures responses that are faster by milliseconds when concepts are unconsciously paired together.
Lead author Kristina Olsen was expecting to find a difference "between the degree to which a transgender girl associated herself with girls — compared to cisgender girls — simply because, for part of that transgender girl’s life, other people called her a boy." "I had this wrong interpretation that it was a switch. But for them, that is who they are and have [always] been."
(from lesbot at tumblr)
What an existential dilemma - having to vote for either a non-white person or a non-male. What to do . . . .
Wouldn't it be fun if Carson did get the nomination? Dough-Boy Rove wouldn't work with him, and the rednecks wouldn't vote for him.
(Although there are still a lot of elderly African Americans who still vote Rethuglican because it used to be "The Party of Lincoln." I used to work for one...she also thought OJ Simpson was innocent...we had some yelling matches during that farce of a first trial.)
Mabel was a REGULAR on that TV show, but was always billed as "Guest Star." She worked (coaching) till she was in her 80s...but still remembered every rebuff and insult anyone tossed in her direction....I can't really blame her.
Likely presidential candidate [if by "likely presidential candidate" you mean the likely candidate whose only qualification is he's black and Republican] Ben Carson tells Iowa radio host that Congress should remove federal judges who support marriage equality.
Federal judges had better make sure that their future rulings don’t conflict with the policy preferences of a President Ben Carson. Otherwise, despite a lifetime appointment, they might quickly find themselves out of a job.
During an interview last week with conservative Iowa radio host Steve Deace, Carson, who is considering running for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016, discussed the wave of recent rulings by federal courts striking down same-sex marriage bans. He argued that statewide ballot initiative results should be the final word, saying it was “unconstitutional” that judges have ruled in favor of equality despite these votes.
Carson continued that, when federal judges make rulings like this, “our Congress actually has the right to reprimand or remove them.”
Religious-run schools and hospitals in Ireland will not be allowed to fire employees for being gay, divorced, or unmarried parents, according to Equality Minister Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, who expects the law to be changed this spring.
Catching up... on the Denver bakery asked to put homophobic messages on a bible-shaped cake, they never refused the potential customer the cake. Just as Daniel suggested, "the baker could do everything but the actual text."
“He wanted us to write God hates …” she trails. “Just really radical stuff against gays.”
“He wouldn’t allow me to make a copy of the message, but it was really hateful,” Marjorie adds. “I remember the words detestable, disgrace, homosexuality, and sinners.”
However uncomfortable the request made the pair, both maintain that he was never refused service.
“I told him that I would bake the cake in the shape of a Bible,” says Marjorie. “Then I told him I’d sell him a [decorating] bag with the right tip and the right icing so he could write those things himself.”
"Pro-LGBT Colorado baker slapped with religious discrimination complaint", Out Front, Jan. 14 http://outfrontonline.com/news/pro-lgbt-baker-slapped-religious-dis...
One commenter there suggested that they post a sign in their store: "Inscriptions that are deemed offensive or are deemed hate speech will be surcharged 100% with the appropriate charge being donated an offended charity."
Another commenter: "I was just in the bakery today and two local news crews were filming reports. Google the story and it has gone international. They’re getting a tidal wave of support, and in this normally slow season business has picked up remarkably. Marjorie said many Christians have called and emailed their support. The religious nut seeking to harass Azucar has actually given them a boost in business."
Sorry to hear of the loss.
I just got an email from another ex-skater...Canadian medalist and innovator (and painter). Toller Cranston died yesterday of an apparent heart attack. Damn.
Daniel, when I was a kid there were candy alphabet sets that were sold next to the cake mixes and stuff....they were inexpensive, you could buy several sets, and write a book on top of a sheet cake if you were so inclined. I wonder if they still sell those. You can also buy tubes of colored gel for writing on cakes, or make your own decorating tubes out of plastic bags. I'm not the most artistic person in the world, can't do roses, but I did teach myself basic cake decorating when I was about 11 years old.... If I can do it anyone can! (There are also stencils for airbrushing designs and lettering...BFD.)
I found the cakewrecks site....couldn't believe the misshapen messes....
Joan, I found Vivian and Nonie's story very touching, but also felt sad that they had to wait so long (and in hiding) to marry.
I have a couple of friends who have been together for almost 50 years....20 years ago they paid an attorney a small fortune to set up an unbreakable "domestic partnership" for them, that was all that was available at the time. Too many of their friends had died of AIDS, and the families had been able to break simple wills. Easily. One couple that I knew, too, had a profitable business together along with the relationship. The surviving partner was left with NOTHING....except his clothes, and a car that was registered in his name only. Losing his lifelong love PLUS everything they'd built together destroyed him.
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