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• I spoke about the City Council vote in Tampa yesterday. Well, the vote’s in… St. Petersburg Times‘ Tampa council grants protections to transgender people:
The City Council on Thursday gave unanimous preliminary approval to expanding its human rights ordinance to protect transgender people from discrimination.
But does that mean cross-dressers are protected, too?
Specifically, the ordinance prohibits discrimination on the basis of “gender identity and expression.” …
So the answer would be “Yes.” Realistically, cross-dressing is so stigmatized in our society that not extremely few people would be going to work one day as Albert, the next day Alice, and the next day as Albert again. As a rule, trans people just don’t alternate in their work presentations like that.
All that said, Hooray for Tampa, Florida!
• ABC News‘ Wall St. Before Main St. for H1N1 Vaccine? – Reports That CDC Set Aside Vaccine for Businesses Has Some Crying Foul:
Despite long lines at health clinics around the country prompted by widespead shortages of the vaccine for H1N1, some on Wall Street may have made their way to the front of the line, a public health watchdog group charged Thursday.
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) has demanded an investigation into why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approved small amounts of H1N1 vaccine for distribution at 13 companies including Goldman Sachs, Citigroup and JP Morgan Chase.
CREW executive director Melanie Sloan wrote a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. “Although CREW has been unable to uncover the demographic makeup of [these companies], surely it is safe to assume the vast majority of their employees are not pregnant women and children, young adults up to 24 years old, and healthcare workers,” Sloan wrote. “Under these circumstances, it is the height of irresponsibility for the CDC to approve distribution of the vaccine to anywhere other than where it is most likely to be provided to those at the greatest risk.” …
Well, this can’t be seen as good optics for the CDC and financial banking giants.
• From the UK’s Times Online: Evangelical outrage over play featuring transsexual Jesus:
A controversial play which portrays Jesus as a transsexual woman was defended yesterday by its writer who has herself crossed the gender barrier to live as a woman.
Jesus, Queen of Heaven, has caused a storm of protest from Christian evangelical groups, who picketed the Tron Theatre in Glasgow when it opened this week.
However, their attacks have caused deep offence to the play’s author, who also acts the leading role. For Jo Clifford — formerly the playwright John Clifford — wrote the piece in an attempt to create greater understanding of transgendered people like herself.
The play’s opening night was attended by about 300 demonstrators. Roman Catholics joined evangelical Christians for a two-hour protest during which they waved placards and sang hymns…
I feel the Christian love.
[Below the fold: Trigger Alert for today’s Washington DC Tea Party event sign, and the Wiener Story Of The Day.]• ThinkProgress‘ Right-wing protesters at GOP rally display prominent sign tying health care to the Holocaust:
ThinkProgress’ Lee Fang snapped this photograph of a prominent sign being displayed at today’s GOP anti-health care rally. It’s unclear whether this sign is one of the many being handed out by Americans for Prosperity, the corporate front group sponsoring today’s rally. The sign reads “National Socialist Health Care: Dachau, Germany — 1945″
Seriously, the Tea-Baggers are just out of control.
• Our Wiener Story Of The Day: Peru, Indiana Tribune‘s Hot Dogs Shut Down Tigers; Peru ends season with 30-0 loss:
FRANKFORT – Frankfort’s defense and ground game were too much for Peru to handle as the Tigers fell 30-0 in a Sectional 20 second-round matchup on Friday.
Much of the game was played in a steady downpour and stiff wind, especially in the first half. The elements took passing out of the equation as the two teams combined to go 0-7 through the air. Making it a ground game was more than fitting for the run-oriented Hot Dogs, who pounded the rock to the tune of 311 yards on 39 attempts.
Frankfort (7-4) quarterback Blake Ayers and wingback Korben Shirar spearheaded the attack. Ayers totaled 106 yards and two touchdowns, and Shirar gained 124 yards with one score.
…The Tigers (2-9) most productive play of the first three quarters came on their initial snap as Nate Gillespie galloped 24 yards. The Hot Dogs run defense stiffened from there out, holding Gillespie to -4 yards on the rest of his first half carries and limiting the Tigers’ to 76 total yards on the night.
The Hot Dogs’ line play, on both sides of the ball, was the difference in a game that was played mostly between the hashes…
Local football games…what’s not to love about a team called the hot dogs?
So anywho…It’s an open thread! What are you thinking about today, or what books or articles have you been reading the past few days? Wanna share?
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