California Takes Revenge on Trump

From The New York Times:  https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/14/opinion/california-revenge-trump.html

People leaving the Golden State are changing the political makeup of the states they move to.

By Timothy Egan
Feb. 14, 2020

President Trump clearly hates the most populous state in the country he governs. While trashing California with his gutter mouth, the president has used his office to physically trash the home to nearly one in eight Americans — seeking to make its air more polluted, its water less clean, its forests more vulnerable to catastrophic fires.

But now the Golden State is poised to strike back. By moving its presidential primary from June to March 3, California will finally exert a political influence commensurate to its size. Almost 500 delegates, a fourth of the number needed to win the Democratic nomination, are at stake.

Perhaps more consequential — or at least overlooked — is what’s happening among the vast diaspora of more than 7.3 million people who have left California since 2007. They appear to be changing the political makeup of the states they’ve moved to, perhaps enough to alter the Electoral College map in favor of Democrats.

With nearly 40 million people, California is still gaining population — barely. But stratospheric home prices and unbearable rental costs have created a reverse “Grapes of Wrath,” forcing those who are not rich to flee to states with much lower costs of living.

The question is: Are they bringing California values — fierce defense of the environment, tolerance of immigrants and a multiracial society, insistence on universal health care — with them? It could be just demographic churn. But if you look at the changing politics of Nevada, Colorado and Arizona, all fast-growing states packed with new arrivals from California, the answer is yes. Texas may not be far behind.

The most endangered species, California Republicans, make the most noise about how awful the state is. They cite the many thousands sleeping on streets, the failure to enforce basic standards of public behavior, and high taxes. San Francisco, the sad city by the bay, has become a “hostage to the homeless,” as one respected state journal put it.

More than half of Californians say they have considered leaving the state, and a large majority of them are conservatives, as one survey found. But the evidence in the states taking in a majority of ex-Californians — among those who actually leave rather than just whine about leaving — tells another story.

In Nevada, to which 500,000 Californians moved between 2008 and 2018, Democrats won the governor’s mansion and a second U.S. Senate seat in 2018. There used to be more Republicans, by registration. But Democrats now have a 70,000-voter advantage, and they prevailed there in the last three presidential races.

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TruNews: Zionism Is Using the Transgender Rights Movement to Make All of Humanity Androgynous

From Right Wing Watch:  https://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/trunews-zionism-is-using-the-transgender-rights-movement-to-make-all-of-humanity-androgynous/

By Kyle Mantyla
February 14, 2020

End Times broadcaster Rick Wiles is not only a virulent anti-Semite but also a radical conspiracy theorist, and those two obsessions merged on Wednesday night’s edition of his “TruNews” program, which resulted in some pretty wild claims being made.

Featured on the program were Messianic Jews Steve and Jana Ben-Nun of Israeli News Live, who claimed that the transgender rights movement is a Zionist plot to make all of humanity androgynous.

“They want to rule the world,” Jana Ben-Nun said of the Jews. “They want to get Gentile riches, and they want to rule the Gentiles. They don’t consider Gentiles [to be] fully human beings. In fact, as an end game, they have this strange doctrine: the Adam Kadmon doctrine. Adam Kadmon was, originally, according to the Zohar and the Talmud, he was androgynous; Adam, he wasn’t male or female, he was male and female in one body, and this is why you see this transgender agenda today.”

“Is Zionism behind the transgender movement?” Wiles asked.

“Yes,” Ben-Nun replied. “It gets its origin in Zionism, and it gets its origin in the Talmud, Zohar, and Kabbalah. It’s a Kabbalahistic doctrine of Adam Kadmon. They have this doctrine called Tikkun Olam—repairing the world—so how do they want to repair the world? They want to bring it to the original. Who was original? Adam. He was androgynous. So now they’re putting specific things in food, in drink, and basically their end game is to make humans on Earth that will survive—whatever it is they are bringing—androgynous.”

“What they are really trying to do is undo God’s creation,” Wiles said. “They are at odds with the Creator.”

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The First Time I Said, ‘I’m Trans’

From The New York Times:  https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/22/opinion/twenty-years-trans.html

Looking back on two decades in which things got better and much worse.

By Jennifer Finney Boylan
Jan. 22, 2020

Twenty years ago this month I stood on the banks of Great Pond, in Rome, Maine, holding my children in my arms. It was New Year’s Eve. Over the frozen lake, fireworks burst, welcoming the new millennium.

Something inside of me struggled to be known.

The next morning we climbed French’s Mountain, in Belgrade. We do that every year, on New Year’s Day. We ate clementines.

At the summit I looked down over Long Pond. What would happen, I wondered, if I finally spoke the words aloud, after all these years? Was this the moment I would lose my children, my job, my marriage?

On Jan. 6, 2000, I did it. I’m transgender, I said.

So much has changed since then. In some ways, this country has become safer, as more and more of us step forward to proclaim our realness.

In other ways, we’re more threatened than ever.

When I came out, no one had yet been schooled on the finer points of hating me; most bigots in this country didn’t know a trans woman from the Trans-Siberian Railway.

Because my existence was so far off their radar, few people had bothered to come up with laws to make my life worse. No one lost much sleep over trans folks serving their country. Caitlyn Jenner and Chaz Bono and Janet Mock were not publicly out; Laverne Cox was 13 years from her epic role in “Orange Is the New Black.”

There had been plenty of public fighters for trans people before me — including the iconic Sylvia Rivera, as well my friend Kate Bornstein. But still, there were times when trans advocacy was a lonely place to be.

It is not lonely now. The country abounds with trans people, and not only people like me. There are drag queens and nonbinary people and genderqueer folks and so many others. It is awesome to think of how far we have come.

But it’s also scary. Because now that we’re on the radar, conservatives (and others) have developed a new language with which to demonize us.

Continue reading at:  https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/22/opinion/twenty-years-trans.html

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Becoming a Man

From The New York Times:  https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/21/magazine/becoming-a-man.html

What I learned about masculinity from my father, my father-in-law and my own transition.

By P. Carl
Jan. 21, 2020

It’s April 2018, and my wife of 20 years, Lynette, and I are on our way to my parents’ house. This is our first cross-­country drive since my transition. We drive Interstate 90 from Boston through New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, then finally to my childhood home, Elkhart, Ind. One highway, 880 miles. Though I’m 51, I’m outfitted as if I’m in my mid-20s, the decade of my life I most mourn missing as a man: I’m bearded, wearing overpriced sweats, exclusive sneakers that you have to compete to buy before they sell out and, as always, a Chicago Cubs baseball hat. My integration into the straight white America of middle-­aged, middle-­class couples who road trip across the United States is seamless.

Every time we stop, some white man starts a conversation with me. Lynette is in disbelief. “You’re such a guy’s guy,” she says. “I just don’t get it.” It’s true. I fit right in with all the white dudes along this Interstate. The guys who really love to chat it up with me are usually about my age, maybe a few years older, but they think I’m a younger man and talk to me in some version of “fatherly bro.”

We stop for the night at the Hampton Inn near Ashtabula, Ohio, and we meet John Bolton and his wife — it’s not really John Bolton, the former national security adviser to President Trump, but he looks just like a slightly younger version of him: bushy white hair and what they call a walrus mustache. Mr. Bolton’s relaxed-­fit jeans, golf shirt and white Reeboks (sneakers that are back in fashion, though I doubt he knows this) make him indistinguishable from all the other 50-­something white men we have seen pulling off the Interstate. He sees me get out of the car with a bottle of small-batch bourbon. He and his wife are pulling pillows and sleeping bags from their Hyundai, as if they are on a camping trip. They have done this drive before.

“Hey,” he says, smiling. “Don’t be partying it up too loud tonight. We have to pull out of here early tomorrow. You a Cubs fan?”

“Yeah,” I reply, “since birth. Grew up in Indiana, and we don’t have our own baseball team.”

“No kidding. We’re from Noblesville, about 45 minutes out of Indy. You know it?”

“You bet I do. They had a pretty good basketball team when I was in high school. I’m from Elkhart.”

The conversation continues the next morning at breakfast. We’re all heading out early. Lynette and I learn that Mr. Bolton and his wife have been on four cruises, all to the Caribbean. “Cruises are the only way to vacation,” he tells us. “You have to try one.” The local Fox affiliate is blaring in the room with the free breakfast buffet, airing the story of two black men who were arrested after sitting at a Starbucks for a few minutes without ordering while they waited for another man. There are two other white couples eating waffles and boxed eggs, and we all look at the screen. Then everyone around us quickly looks away.

Mrs. Bolton starts to choke on her bagel. Mr. Bolton stands behind her and says, “You need me to hit you in the back?” He looks at me. “I like to have an excuse to hit her.” He thinks he’s funny. I see Lynette grimace. How many times have I heard my father make these “jokes” about my mom? When she needed some dental work done in her early 70s, he told her, “You don’t need teeth in the grave,” and refused to pay for it. He couldn’t wait to tell Lynette and me this joke during one of our visits, repeating it 50 times to emphasize his clever humor. Lynette and I left my mom a check for $1,200 on our way out the door.

Continue reading at:  https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/21/magazine/becoming-a-man.html

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Catholic Bishops Urge Parents To Reject Transgender Children.

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From Occupy The Vatican:  https://occupythevatican.com/2020/02/04/catholic-bishops-urge-parents-to-reject-transgender-children/
February 4, 2020

by Hemley Gonzalez
February 4, 2020

An open letter by The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is urging parents to reject transgender children. What did the letter say? “We acknowledge and affirm that all human beings are created by God and thereby have an inherent dignity. We also believe that God created each person male or female; therefore, sexual difference is not an accident or a flaw—it is a gift from God that helps draw us closer to each other and to God. What God has created is good.”

The letter continues, “Children especially are harmed when they are told that they can “change” their sex or, further, given hormones that will affect their development and possibly render them infertile as adults. Parents deserve better guidance on these important decisions, and we urge our medical institutions to honor the basic medical principle of “first, do no harm.” Gender ideology harms individuals and societies by sowing confusion and self-doubt. The state itself has a compelling interest, therefore, in maintaining policies that uphold the scientific fact of human biology and supporting the social institutions and norms that surround it. . . The movement today to enforce the false idea—that a man can be or become a woman or vice versa—is deeply troubling. It compels people to either go against reason—that is, to agree with something that is not true—or face ridicule, marginalization, and other forms of retaliation. . .{[w]e call for policies that uphold the truth of a person’s sexual identity as male or female, and the privacy and safety of all. . . “

The letter was co-signed by various United States-based religious leaders, including members of the Lutheran Church, the Islamic Society, the Southern Baptist Church, the Anglican Church, and the Orthodox Greek Church. The sentiments of the letter echo what Pope Francis said back in 2016, calling the increasing acceptance of transgender people “terrible.” Studies have found that Trans children who are rejected by their families are more likely to abuse substances and attempt suicide. On the other hand, transgender kids who are accepted by their families often have better mental health.

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Houston-based Transgender Minor Sues NY State Over Birth Certificate Corrections

From Houston Style Magazine:  http://stylemagazine.com/news/2020/jan/07/houston-based-transgender-minor-sues-ny-state-over/

Style Magazine Newswire
1/7/2020

Today Lambda Legal filed a federal lawsuit challenging New York State’s policy categorically prohibiting transgender minors from correcting the sex designation on their birth certificates – a critically important document for transgender people seeking to navigate through life with accurate government documents.

The minor challenging the policy – identified anonymously by his initials M.H.W. – is a 14-year-old transgender boy born in Ithaca, New York, currently residing in Houston, Texas.

“I am a boy. It’s frustrating to see New York State deny me the opportunity to correct my birth certificate, which I need for so many important facets of my life. My birth certificate incorrectly says I’m female, but that’s not who I am and I need the state to correct that error and respect my identity,” said M.H.W., who identifies as a boy and uses he/him pronouns. “I’m a teenager in high school living in Texas. Having an inaccurate birth certificate can cause the disclosure of my transgender status when I enroll in college classes or when I get my driver’s license, and expose me to possible harm.”

“As parents, we only want what is best for our son. Our son is a boy, but New York State refuses to recognize him as such.” said M.H.W’s mother, Jennifer Wingard. “We have been able to update our son’s other identity documents, such as his passport and social security records. So we were shocked when the only remaining roadblock came from New York State.”

In 2014, New York began permitting people 18 years of age or older to correct the sex designation on their birth certificates without the need for surgery, but the State categorically prohibits minors from correcting the sex designation on their birth certificates.

“We are afraid that as a result of New York’s policy our son will be exposed to extra scrutiny, humiliation or harassment whenever he has to present his inaccurate and inconsistent birth certificate, such as when he applies for his driver’s license. No person should be forced to identify in a manner inconsistent with who they are,” said M.H.W’s father, Michael Sicinski.

Continue reading at:  http://stylemagazine.com/news/2020/jan/07/houston-based-transgender-minor-sues-ny-state-over/

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Study: Transgender Children Recognize Their Authentic Gender At Early Age, Just Like Other Kids

From Forbes:  https://www.forbes.com/sites/dawnstaceyennis/2020/12/29/study-transgender-children-recognize-their-authentic-gender-at-early-age-just-like-other-kids/

Dawn Ennis
Dec 29, 2019

In the struggle over transgender rights in America and the U.K., no debate has drawn more heat and animosity than the so-called “transing” of children: parents who support their transgender kids are portrayed as monsters, abusers, selfish Svengalis and perpetrators of Munchausen syndrome by proxy.

Now comes actual scientific evidence that these parents of trans children are, in fact, heroes, because they did something essential to every child’s health and wellness: they accepted them and loved them for who they are.

You’ll find that evidence in a scholarly research article, but also in a tweet quoting that paper, that provides a very clear answer to those vocal critics and opponents of gender transition: a child’s authentic gender does not depend on what the birth certificate says, what’s between their legs, or even how their parents raise them.

“Our findings suggest that early sex assignment and parental rearing based on that sex assignment do not always define how a child identifies or expresses gender later.”

This conclusion is from a new study, the largest of its kind in the world, that compared transgender children with boys and girls who identify as “cisgender.” That’s a word derived from the Latin prefix, “cis,” which means “on this side of;” it’s used to identify anyone who sees themself as a gender that matches the sex they were presumed to be at birth, and is listed on their birth certificates and medical records. “Cis” is not a slur.

“Trans,” incidentally, is also a Latin prefix, meaning “across from,” and is used to denote someone who is “not cis.”

Researchers at the University of Washington in Seattle found gender identity — the concept of knowing whether one’s self is male, female or non-binary — is as strong in trans kids as it is among those identifying as cis. This was true regardless of how long a child has been treated as being a gender with which they don’t identify, according to the UW social scientists.

The study was published last month in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the official journal of the National Academy of Sciences.

Another key finding of this study: transgender children’s gender development mirrors that of cisgender kids, and they can start to identify with toys and clothes in line with their authentic gender identity from a very young age.

Continue reading at:  https://www.forbes.com/sites/dawnstaceyennis/2020/12/29/study-transgender-children-recognize-their-authentic-gender-at-early-age-just-like-other-kids/

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