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Date:2008-09-10 05:41
Subject:Mark Pritchard Attacks NHS Funding for Transgendered Patients

"Tory MP Mark Pritchard has called in Parliament for NHS spending on sex change operations to be switched to other patient care.The Wrekin MP told the Commons yesterday that he was not against sex changes, but they were “a matter of choice”.


It's not a choice so much as a necessity for a lot of Transgendered folk. For many it's a choice between treatment or suicide or a lifetime of depression and dysfunction. Would NHS deny someone who was born without a leg a prosthesis? Would they deny a cancer patient an operation to remove the tumor. Yes, people with milder dysphoria can choose less extreme coping methods, but for some people this is life of death.

I am told there's already a 6 year wait just to start therapy for GID diagnosis in Sheffield. That's not even getting into the wait for medication or surgery if necessary.

Please, those of you in the UK, write in to complain. Let your voices be heard for reasonable treatment for transfolk.

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Date:2008-05-11 18:30
Subject:Petition against going back to the bad old days of "Reparative Therapy"

For those of you who may no have been watching, they appointed people like Zucker to the DSM-V Committee Members on Gender Identity Disorders." Zucker is in favour of reparative therapy. This means punishing and generally making life miserable for transfolk, often children who refuse to renounce there identity. There is talk they may put something in similar for GLB folks as well.

I signed and wrote the following:
Appointing people who believe in reparative therapy for gay and transfolk goes against all modern studies and represents a serious step backwards in psychiatric care. Autogynephilia is most likely a myth. Why are these people being allowed to write the new entries when their theories are discredited? You risk the futures and mental health of a generation of LBGTfolk.

Yes, I know this is a US issue, but it's bad for all of us if the APA rolls things back to the 1960's when it comes to LGBTQ people. If you want to sign, the petition is here: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/petition/412001300

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Date:2008-05-08 20:51
Subject:If We Really supported the Troops...

The Republicans are trying to ban all skin mags on military bases. Let me repeat that, they are willing to let people bleed and die for Haliburton, but it's not okay for some guy in Fort Bragg to whack off to Playboy. Because that's really what's destroying America. WTF!!!

Meanwhile, poor bastards in Iraq are begging for things like socks, toothbrushes, and sunscreen. They are begging for bras, tampons, foot powder and lip balm.

Seriously. We are willing to pay big bucks to contractors to defend themselves from sexual assault charges, but we aren't willing to give our soldiers basic toiletries, pens, and stationary.

Not cool. In fact, I'm furious.

So here's what you and I can do on a basic level to make things a little more bareable for men and women in the feild.

Go to http://anysoldier.com/WhereToSend/ and then click on a soldier-contact's name, read the blurb he or she has posted about what his or her unit wants, and then click again to request a form (asking for your own addy and name) to get the appropriate address for that unit. You must not send porn, and you must not send packages that contain both food and soap/sunscreen/etc in the same box. No pork products. No anti-islamic tracts in bulk. No political content. No flea collars. No depictions of naked or partly naked people. No explosives, firearms, other shit that is illegal to mail anyway. Don't send chocolate, it melts. You must request the address to send your package to on the same day you mail it, so it's hard to really meet the requests. I am thinking of assembling a bunch of common cheap items, and boxing them up at the last minute. even someone as poor as me can spring for toothbrushes and lip balm, for crying out loud.

Things particularly in need:
* Personal letters from you.
* Army surplus boot socks.
* Toothbrushes
* Razors
* Gel body-washes
* School supplies and toys. Beanie Babies are extra good being small and hard to break
* paper, pens, pencils for the actual soldiers, tampons
*Varios kinds of underwear by unit.
* The special tee shirts that go well under body armour.
* Sunscreen
* Lip balm
* foot powder anti-fungal foot-spray
* insta soups
* Snack foods like doritos.
* Paper back books
* Microwave noodles.
* 220 volt adapters, and batteries.
* Prepaid telephone calling cards.
* hot sauce
* baby wipes
* canned tuna and cat food
* dental floss
* Powdered drink-mixes, especially 'propel' and 'gatoraide' for mixing with bottled water.
* Shaving cream
* toothpaste.
* Dvds
* PC games for lap tops
* nuts, seeds, granola bars, and dried fruits
* Unscented body-lotion that both men and women can use
* Sports bras
* Tampons and maxipads

Special thanks to il_volpe for helping me put this together.

I hate this war. I hate that my money is going towards it. I feel terrible that people being sent to fight it can't be supplied with the very basic necessities, but there's plenty of money disappearing into pockets of the rich.

These people need our help. They are living in a Hell made by our hands. Seriously. We sent them to the desert without sunscreen.

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Date:2008-02-07 21:59
Subject:Write your Senators to get Them to ban torture

Easy link here: http://takeaction.amnestyusa.org/siteapps/advocacy/index.aspx?c=jhKPIXPCIoE&b=2590179&template=x.ascx&action=9690

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Date:2007-12-28 00:41
Subject:One More Voice

I am doubting anyone in the Us government is listening to voters, but I'm doing it anyway: http://www.tearitdown.org/

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Date:2007-12-20 22:10
Subject:Gamer Aid

Gamers: A homeless shelter is looking for old 2nd ed D&D stuff including books, dice, and sheets for gamer kids who lost their gear with there house.

I'm fairly sure I sold mine, but if y'all have any lieing around: http://belladonnalin.livejournal.com/757339.html

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Date:2007-12-15 20:11

If you're interested in letting congress know you think Cheney should be impeached, let them know here: http://www.wexlerwantshearings.com/

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Date:2007-10-11 20:37
Subject:Rally in Seattle

For those Seattle area folks:

There will be a Rally for an Inclusive ENDA

Where: Seattle LGBT Community Center 1115 East Pike Seattle, WA, Capitol Hill

When: Sunday, October 14, 2007 2:00 PM

For more information to go to:




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Date:2007-10-07 22:27

The Friends of Pine Ridge Reservation and

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<a href=http://www.friendsofpineridgereservation.org>The Friends of Pine Ridge Reservation</a> and <a href=http://www.cangleska.org are hosting "Diva for a Day" for the women on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota in honor of <b>National Domestic Violence Awareness Month</b>. Many of these women are not privileged like you and I and after all they've been through, they deserve to be pampered. They will have some activities set up for the ladies, i.e. chair massages, hair cutting, etc. and they will make up goodie bags for the ladies filled with whatever donated beauty/spa products they receive.

Please feel free to purchase any beauty/makeup/fragrance/hair care/skin care/spa type products locally and ship them to the shelter or you can order them online and have them shipped directly.

They can use any of the items listed below (new items only please):

lip gloss
eye shadow
lip liner pencils
eye liner pencils
eyelash curlers
makeup remover
nail polish
emery boards
manicure tools
pedicure tools
toe separators
hair brushes
hair products
fancy hand soap
bath and shower soap
cologne or perfume
makeup brushes
make up sponges
compact mirrors
facial cleansers
facial toners
hand lotion
body lotion
foot scrubs
moisturizing gloves
body scrub
pumice stones
bath salts
bath oil
bubble bath
exfoliation products
scented candles
hair styling products
hair styling tools
cosmetic bags
gift bags
hotel-sized toiletries</b>

Please ship your beauty and spa products to:

Via UPS or FedEx:

Cangleska, Inc.
Diva for a Day
1 Cangleska Road
Kyle, SD 57752

Via US Mail:

Cangleska, Inc.
Diva for a Day
P.O. Box 638
Kyle, SD 57752

So we can keep track for the shelter, please contact us to let us know what you are donating. Thanks so much for your support!

Please Note: Due to the volume of donations shipped to the reservation FoPRR cannot verify delivery of your boxes. If you require confirmation of delivery, please purchase delivery confirmation from the post office or use your shipping service's tracking system.

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Date:2007-10-05 18:39
Subject:FISA Repeal Petition

Petition to end unreasonable surveillance under FISA: https://www.kintera.org/site/apps/ka/ct/contactcustom.asp?c=feIJKQMEF&b=3474721&tr=y&auid=3067156

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Date:2007-10-01 19:42
Subject:ENDA Fury

So it looks like Frank and Pelosi are betraying the T in LBGT. No surprise there. When have they not jetizened transfolk when we prove inconvenience. If you want to bitch to a rep about us getting dropped from ENDA you could start here where they list contacts for Congressfolk by district: http://www.house.gov/house/MemberWWW_by_State.shtml#wa

If you are second district in Washington like me, it's here: http://www.house.gov/larsen/

Out of staters? Every complaint helps. Contact your Congress folk to remind them that when one group is discriminated against, it diminishes everyone. Most congressfolk have staffers who log yes/no on contacts about various topics and numbers really help tip scales one way or the other.

Here is a petition as well: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/transgender_inclusive_ENDA/?e

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Date:2007-07-28 15:28
Subject:Patients Rights: Mastectomy Post Op

There's a bill called the Breast Cancer Patient Protection Act which
will require insurance companies to cover a minimum 48-hour hospital
stay for patients undergoing a mastectomy. It's about eliminating the
'drive-through mastectomy' where women are forced to go home just a few
hours after surgery, against the wishes of their doctor, still groggy
from anesthesia and sometimes with drainage tubes still attached.

A mastectomy is when a woman's breast is removed in order to remove
cancerous breast cells/tissue. If you know anyone who has had a
mastectomy, you may know that there is a lot of discomfort and pain
afterwards. Insurance companies are trying to make mastectomies an
outpatient procedure. Let's give women the chance to recover properly in
the hospital for 2 days after surgery.

Lifetime Television has put this bill on their web page with a petition
drive to show your support. Last year over half the House signed on.
PLEASE!! Sign the petition by clicking on the web site below. You need
not give more than your name and zip code number.


This takes about 2 seconds. PLEASE PASS THIS ON to your friends and
family, and on behalf of all women, THANKS.

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Date:2007-06-15 16:42
Subject:EXPANDED! Volunteers needed: Study on Homophobia and Transphobia in High School (Vancouver)

***This study has been expanded so that people who attended any high school in Canada can participate***


My name is Rebecca, I'm a graduate student in the School of Criminology at Simon Fraser University. I am conducting a study about homophobic and transphobic bullying in high schools. The research, involving group discussions with former high school students, is designed to inform practice, policy, and research and promote a safer learning environment for high school students in Canada.


Interested in being involved? Join a short (1-1.5 hour) one-time discussion group.


Do you meet the following criteria?


1)      Gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, two-spirited or queer (GLBTTQ) individual who feels that you were bullied in high school because of your sexual orientation or gender identity;


2)      19 years of age or older;


3)      graduated from or left a Canadian high school in the year 2002 or later.


If you fit these criteria and are interested in discussing your experiences (both positive and negative) with other GLBTTQ people who have also experienced bullying you’re invited to participate! Refreshments will be provided.


For more information, or to volunteer, please contact Rebecca at bullystudy@hotmail.com.



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Date:2007-05-11 02:07
Subject:Why invade Iraq?

The situation in Afghanistan is deteriorating because the Afghanistan project was always held hostage to Iraq. The Bush administration after 9-11 used Afghanistan as a casus belli to get to Iraq. And you can see this written in the lackluster way in which the administration embraced the project in Afghanistan.

First, they used the war in Afghanistan as an advertisement for Rumsfeld’s theory of lightning fast, high-tech war. Where there wouldn’t be that many casualties; special forces, air traffic controllers embedded with local forces, bomb people from the sky, then Taliban get scared and run away, and finally you call in the Europeans whose NGOs can rebuild Afghanistan, and the inner American in every Afghan will start to blossom. Then you can quickly move onto Iraq, and that’s what they did.

There are several fundamental reasons why the US went to Iraq.

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Date:2007-05-05 07:29
Subject:paper for school

This is a paper i just finished up for school about pre-kindergarten readiness. It is behind a cut as it is 13 pages long, and yes, i need to format the citations correctly  :) , but i was posting it as i wanted to see what people thought. If nobody is interested in reading it though, because it is a bit long, i would understand.

So, if you want, thanks for reading and feedback. :)

Cross posted to a lot of education communities.

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Date:2007-04-16 01:20


My Lip Stuff & the ANIMAL PROTECTION INSTITUTE (API) have teamed up to bring you an awesome way to soften your lips & show your support for API and their cause with a donation from My Lip Stuff!

My Lip Stuff will donate 50% of the retail price of these special edition lip balms to help API in their efforts to help the animals. That means for every tube of My Lip Stuff with the API logo on the label that you purchase for $3.00 we will donate $1.50 to API!

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Date:2007-04-12 12:52
Subject:Master of Healthcare Leadership program...spread the word!
Mood: excited

Hi, everyone!  I am the Program Coordinator for the Master of Healthcare Leadership program at Park University.  The program is completely online, and is a brand new program that's already making waves at the university.  Don't let the online factor fool you - we have high standards for our students and our goal is to prepare the next generation of healthcare leaders (not just managers or administrators) to change the shape and form of America's healthcare industry. 

If you or anyone you know would be interested in this program, please let me know!

Here's our website: and here's our blog.

PS - We also offer a fantastic Healthcare Advocacy Certificate (both professional and volunteer).  See here for more details!


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Date:2007-03-29 00:54

Washingtonians interested in keeping religion out of medicine, please click here: http://eqfed.org/campaign/pharmacy_board_alert

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Date:2007-01-23 15:47

Hey guys, I just found out YouthNoise is giving out two great paid internships to the best entries in this campaign:
All you have to do is write about an issue that is important for you and YouthNoice will be hand selecting one of the winners.

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Date:2006-12-22 19:02

Did you know that more than 2.5 million people have been driven from their homes in Darfur, Sudan? Each day, they face threats that are hard for us to even imagine, including rape, disease, and starvation.

These people need our help to put an end to the genocide and they need it NOW.

Please join me in taking a stand to end the violence before more lives are lost needlessly.

Visit the link below to sign the Save Darfur Coalition's petition urging President Bush and the UN Secretary-General to take immediate steps to stop the killing:

Save Darfur

Together, we can make a difference in the lives of millions of people in the region who desperately need help. The Save Darfur Coalition is urging the international community to prevent further killings, displacement, and rape by:

Deploying the UN peacekeeping force that has already been authorized;
Strengthening the understaffed African Union force that is already in Darfur;
Establishing a no-fly zone;
Increasing humanitarian aid; and
Ensuring access for delivery of food, medication and other essential supplies.

Please do not stand by while the violence continues - you CAN make a difference.

Thanks for your help.

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