Monthly Archives: May 2007

Question of the Day

What’s your favorite activity that costs no money?

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Big news for Irish transsexuals….

A transsexual has won the right to have her Inter and Leaving Certificates [basically, high school diplomas] amended to reflect her new name. The woman who was registered at birth as male and suffers from Gender Identity Disorder changed her name by deed poll. For employment purposes she wanted her state examination certificates to reflect the gender with which she identifies.

The State Examinations Commission originally refused, however after she brought a complaint of discrimination under the Equal Status Act the case was settled.

Niall Crowley CEO of the Equality Authority said the case reflected an important breakthrough.

(Article here.)

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Cross-pond rightwing alliances….

Shakers who regularly read my posts will know that I have a very positive view of the situation for LGBT folks in the Republic of Ireland.

That’s not to say, however, that our tiny island doesn’t harbour its share of bigots and homophobes.

A Democratic Unionist Party member is under pressure to apologise for allegedly saying he is “repulsed” by gays and lesbians.

Ian Paisley Jr made the comments to Hot Press magazine and is quoted as saying: “I am, unsurprisingly, a straight person and I am repulsed by gays and lesbians.”

He also went on to say “those people harm themselves and – without caring about it – harm society”. However, he said, “that doesn’t mean to say that I hate them. I hate what they do.”

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A More Civil Union

New Hampshire joins the growing list of states that recognize civil unions.

Gay couples in New Hampshire can start applying for many of the rights and responsibilities of marriage as early as January under a law Gov. John Lynch signed Thursday establishing civil unions.

“We in New Hampshire have had a long and proud tradition taking the lead in opposing discrimination,” Lynch said. “Today that tradition continues.”

Couples who enter civil unions will have the same rights, responsibilities and obligations as married couples. Same-sex unions from other states also would be recognized if they were legal in the state where they were performed.

Legislators who gathered for the bill signing packed the governor’s chambers and overflowed into an adjoining sitting room. They snapped photos and burst into applause as he signed it.

“I’ve listened and I’ve heard all the arguments,” said Lynch, a Democrat. “I do not believe that this bill threatens marriage. I believe that this is a matter of conscience and fairness.”

Yip yah!

My only problem is that all of the states that have recognized civil unions are in places where they still have winter. C’mon, Florida, join the gang!

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In Things That Threaten to Crush Me with the Weight of Their Sadness

Fort Lewis, Washington:

So many Fort Lewis soldiers are being killed in Iraq the Army base will no longer hold individual memorial services.

Starting next month Fort Lewis says it will hold one memorial a month for all the dead soldiers.

Fuck this war. Fuck this president. Fuck the entire Congress who won’t fucking end it.

And fates save the troops.

[Via Gordon.]

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Flying Disease Man Has a Name

…for better or for worse. It has been reported that the Flying TB Patient is a 31-year-old lawyer from Atlanta named Andrew Speaker. And that his father-in-law is a microbiologist who conducts research on tuberculosis for the CDC. Of course.

This guy flew home through Canada and then drove into the US to avoid being detained by Customs officials. Like, you know your disease is so dangerous that they won’t even let you on a plane, so you just, like, go to Canada.

Multiple-drug-resistant TB is a frightening thing, especially when it finds its way into prisons, poor countries or the body of someone without some seriously kickass health insurance to cover the years of daily drug doses, and even then, the survival rate is not comforting. So, yeah…this guy’s kind of a douche, no?

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“I am the president!”

As go tales told out of school about President Deludednutz, this one is fairly alarming:

The White House sees terrorists as born, not created by history, bearing the mark of Cain, not the mark of circumstance. There is a scarlet “T” written on their foreheads at birth and the only answer is to destroy them. This kind of thinking, of course, relieves the thinker of any responsibility for the presence of the insurgent-terrorist-whatever in our innocent midst.

…But by all reports, President Bush is more convinced than ever of his righteousness.

Friends of his from Texas were shocked recently to find him nearly wild-eyed, thumping himself on the chest three times while he repeated “I am the president!” He also made it clear he was setting Iraq up so his successor could not get out of “our country’s destiny.”

Wow. Sanity has left the building.

[H/T Walt.]

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