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Comment by Daniel W on May 14, 2013 at 7:56pm

Looks like Brazil is well on it's way to marriage equality....  BBC News.

Interesting info in the article - stating Brazil is the world's most populous Catholic country, and has 60,000 same sex couples.

Comment by Daniel W on May 14, 2013 at 7:45pm

Adoptive parents sue over their child's gender reassignment surgery.

On various news sites, this is ABC.

I'm not crazy about suing medical providers, especially since this surgery may be considered a standard of care.  I think it's wrongly a standard of care, and should be ended.  Maybe the lawsuit will create a "speed bump" in the decision process, or change minds, and avoid tragedy for another child.

The fact is, the child was intersex.  That was (and is) their gender.

 This surgery was not gender assignment, it was gender reassignment, and ignores that children grow into their identity which might not be what the surgeon chose.

I'm glad the story is in the news.  It might help with awareness.

Comment by Daniel W on May 14, 2013 at 1:26pm

Now it's Minnesota....  First they overturn their anti-equality amendment, now they  pass marriage equality.  Cool!

Comment by Daniel W on May 13, 2013 at 6:34pm

Hello All,

For 4 years, I've  been the moderator (administrator) for this group.  During that time it's grown from a hundred or so members, to 590, although I suspect most are not active.

I need to streamline my role, for personal reasons.

The member who began the group ("creator") is no longer here, and hasn't been for 4 years.  The website, on the Ning platform, does not allow an administrator (me) to reassign that function.  Only the creator can do so.  

This leaves me in a dilemma.  The only way that I can think to reassign the role of moderator for this group is to CLOSE this group to new posts, members, and comments, and redirect members to the new group.  That new group would have to be created by an interested member.  This group would remain on site, but only as an archive.

Is there someone who is motivated to do that?  I would like to pass on the baton, so to speak, even though I think this is an important group.

Comment by Gary F. Lord on May 11, 2013 at 4:05pm

I wish I could have been so brave back in the day.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 8, 2013 at 10:10pm

More bad news from Africa:

Zambian men charged over gay sex

Two Zambian men have pleaded not guilty during a court appearance in the small central town of Kapiri Mposhi to a charge of engaging in homosexual acts.

They were released on bail on Monday after undergoing medical examinations to check if they had engaged in homosexual acts.

Simeon Mawanza, Amnesty International's Zambia researcher says,  "Anal examinations conducted to "prove" same-sex conduct are scientifically invalid and, furthermore, if they were conducted without the men's consent, contravene the absolute prohibition of torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment under international law."

"In addition, the doctors who conduct these examinations, by doing so forcibly, violate their ethical obligations towards people they examine," he added.

My heart breaks every time I hear stories like this.  

Comment by Tony Carroll on May 8, 2013 at 10:02pm
Comment by Daniel W on May 7, 2013 at 12:35pm

I love this editorial from the Washington Post for the following description of NOM:  "The loathsome and duplicitous National Organization for Marriage".  Awesome!

That comment in a time when news organizations continue to interview NOM and other hate group people like American Family Association as legitimate sources.

Comment by Loren Miller on May 5, 2013 at 10:06am

Grinning Cat, that quote of yours kicks MAJOR-LEAGUE ASS.  The final two statements:

Pushed out? No. I walked out.

speak to the thought Jeff gave this matter, the conclusion he came to and the choice he made, one that many of us in our own way share with him.

Smokin' stuff, GC, thanks for posting it!

Comment by Chrissie Farthing on May 5, 2013 at 9:46am

As I am a transwoman I really enjoyed her talents.  The best part of this is that we "Ts" as a group are slowly catching up with the rest of the LGB+T community.  When I was her age in the 40s & 50s you were either in the closet or dead.  I may have enough time left to see us fully intregated as I could make another 20 years.  A lot are making it to 100 these days and we are making progress.  Even us Atheists are gaining ground.  It has been years since people ran in terror if they found you to be one of those scary heathens that were "Non Believers"

 

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