Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Hate on the Ticket

Trump Chooses Anti-LGBTQ+ MAGA Acolyte JD Vance for VP Slot

by Brandon Wolf • July 15, 2024

MAGA author and US Senator JD Vance has a history of spewing anti-LGBTQ+ vitriol and opposes reproductive freedoms nationwide. He defended the dangerous “groomer” smear campaign against Democratic politicians for their support of LGBTQ+ people, said he “strongly disagreed” that LGBTQ+ people should be protected from discrimination, railed against the Equality Act, calling its landmark nondiscrimination provisions “an assault,” and argued that victims of rape and incest should be be barred from accessing abortion care. As a United States Senator, Vance has routinely taken aim at basic rights and freedoms, voting against a bill to codify access to IVF, introducing legislation to charge doctors with a felony for providing medically necessary health care to transgender youth, and promising to support a national abortion ban.

Meanwhile, the Biden-Harris Administration has been the most pro-equality in history. Since being inaugurated in 2021, the administration has taken extraordinary steps to advance equality. In 2022, President Biden signed the Respect for Marriage Act into law, a landmark piece of legislation that codified federal protections for same-sex and interracial marriages. They have issued new administrative rules protecting LGBTQ+ youth from discrimination and harassment in schools, ensuring LGBTQ+ youth are protected in the foster care system, and protecting LGBTQ+ patients from discrimination in health care. They have also filled the administration with members of the LGBTQ+ community, appointing a record 200+ LGBTQ+ people across each level of government and nominating a number of LGBTQ+ judges.

In May, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) launched its We Show Up: Equality Wins public education campaign to mobilize 75 million Equality Voters nationally in support of President Biden and Vice President Harris’ reelection bid. The campaign includes a $15 million strategic investment in key battleground states, including Pennsylvania, Arizona, Michigan, Wisconsin, Georgia, and Nevada. HRC has had year-round, on-the-ground staff in these states since 2017, and will bring on dozens of additional staffers in these states to organize for November. HRC will also have a strong ground game in California, Texas, New York, and Delaware to support historic LGBTQ+ congressional candidates whose elections are poised to help make the difference in putting a pro-equality majority back in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Tuesday, July 16, 2024

I Love A success Story - Skirts And Heels Are Not Just For Women...

               This Guy Proves That Perfectly

Most of us believe that clothes have "genders." Our society got the idea that some things are "fitting" for a man or woman to wear, some are not. However, there are open-minded people in this world who wear whatever they want and express themselves freely, not needing to live up to any type of stereotype. Like this inspiring man. He proves that it's finally time to get rid of gender stereotypes, especially in clothing.

Mark Bryan

Mark Bryan is an American, but he currently lives in Germany and is a robotic engineer. He lives his life like every other person, except that he challenges gender stereotypes every day. He almost always wears a skirt and heels while he goes to work, to the town, and even at home. And let's just say he looks absolutely fabulous while he does.

Mark told Bored Panda:

I dress like this because I can. Just to be different. I have always admired the women that wore tight skirts and heels. Not sexually, but the power they presented. I don’t dress to be sexual, but to dress like any professional woman would. To me, clothes have no gender. I prefer skirts to dresses. Dresses don’t allow me to mix the genders. I prefer a 'masculine' look above the waist and a non-gendered look below the waist. It’s all about clothes having no gender."

We asked Mark what inspires him to wear heels and skirts: "All the fashion options. With men’s pants, you have just a few color options: black, gray, navy, and brown, and no pants with prints. With skirts, you can add reds, green, brighter blues, floral prints, animal prints, etc. Same with shoes, but then you also have many more styles and heel types. Plus you can wear open-toed shoes when the weather is nice."

"I feel no different as to me, it’s just clothes. Naturally, on a cold or windy day, it physically feels different. When wearing heels, I feel taller, but also empowered for some reason. In all, maybe having the inner strength to have the confidence to wear non-conforming clothing has also given me the confidence and strength to handle my pressures at work," said Mark when asked how wearing heels and skirts makes him feel.

Mark has been happily married for 11 years and gets full support from his wife and family: "My wife often makes suggestions on what I should wear. My daughter wishes she could borrow my shoes at times."

Read more and on the Site Bored Panda where there are 30 photos

Monday, July 15, 2024

How sex and gender are different...

A detailed look at children’s brains might show how sex and gender are different, new study says

By Jen Christensen, CNN
Fri July 12, 2024

The concept of gender and sex show
up in different parts of the brain, a study finds.

My Note: The first and my hope not the last study, in an area dear to our hearts / brains. We live daily with this incongruent and finally we are getting some scientific research. 


Sex and gender are often conflated or equated in everyday conversations, and most American adults believe a person’s gender is determined by sex assigned at birth. But a new study of nearly 5,000 9- and 10-year-olds found that sex and gender map onto largely distinct parts of the brain.

The research gives a first insight into how sex and gender may have “measurable and unique influences” on the brain, study authors said, just as other experiences have been shown to shape the brain.

“Moving forward, we really need to consider both sexes and genders separately if we better want to understand the brain,” said Dr. Elvisha Dhamala, an assistant professor of psychiatry at the Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research and the Zucker Hillside Hospital in Glen Oaks, California, and a co-author of the study, published Friday in the journal Science Advances.

The researchers on the new study defined sex as what was assigned to the child at birth. In the US, clinicians make this assignment based on genitalia. Most people are assigned either female or male, according to the research; the rest are intersex, a person whose sexual or reproductive anatomy doesn’t fit this male/female binary.

The researchers defined gender as an individual’s attitude, feelings and behaviors, as well as socially constructed roles. They noted specifically that gender is not binary, meaning not all people identify as either female or male.

Both sex and gender are a core part of human experience. They’re key to how people perceive others and how they understand themselves. Both can influence behavior as well as health, the study authors say.

The researchers looked at brain imaging data from 4,757 children in the United States, 2,315 assigned female at birth and 2,442 assigned male at birth, who were ages 9 and 10 and were a subset of the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) study, the largest long-term study of brain development and child health in the United States. Over a period of 10 years, the children in the ABCD study underwent comprehensive neuroimaging, behavioral, developmental and psychiatric assessments.

A 2022 poll showed that most American adults — and the vast majority of conservatives — believe that a person’s gender is determined by the sex assigned at birth. The distinction is key to gender-affirming care, medical treatment for people who identify as a gender that is different from the one they were assigned at birth. Conservative politicians have pushed for a record number of bans on such care, and nearly half of US states have enacted bans on gender-affirming care for minors.

Dr. Avram Holmes, an associate professor of psychiatry at Rutgers University:

The field of neuroscience has only just begun to acknowledge and address the presence of biases and barriers to inclusivity within research.

Saturday, July 13, 2024

Friday, July 12, 2024

Thursday, July 11, 2024

Living In The Twlight Zone

Why Josh Hawley’s ahistorical ‘Christian nation’ nonsense matters

July 10, 2024, 9:00 AM EDT
By Steve Benen

From Connie Jensen Facebook Page

Sen. Josh Hawley not only falsely claimed that the U.S. is a "Christian nation," he went on to endorse a right-wing concept called “Christian nationalism.”

On the Fourth of July last year, Sen. Josh Hawley stumbled into a mess of his own making. The Missouri Republican — who majored in history at Stanford before getting a law degree from Yale — honored Independence Day by publishing a tweet that quoted Patrick Henry claiming that the United States was “founded ... on the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”

Henry, however, never said any such thing: Hawley was actually quoting a report from a white nationalist publication that ran in 1956 — more than a century and a half after the Founding Father’s death.

With this recent history in mind, it was striking to see the far-right GOP senator make a similar mistake almost exactly a year later. HuffPost reported:

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) is under fire after a speech Monday night in which he advocated “Christian nationalism” for the good of the nation. The Missouri Republican was speaking at the National Conservatism Conference in Washington, D.C., when he attempted to put a positive spin on “Christian nationalism,” a far-right ideology that promotes the belief that America was founded as a Christian nation and that policy should be decided using a fundamentalist interpretation of the Bible.

The Republican lawmaker wasn’t exactly subtle in his messaging.

Josh Hawley seen fleeing pro-Trump mob he 'riled up' with fist salute.
 Jan. 6 footage

Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Feminine Differential - Girlfriend Jeans vs. Boyfriend Jeans


Girlfriend and boyfriend jeans are no longer just a trend but are a casual fashion staple that offer options for all figures. Knowing what the differences are between girlfriend jeans and boyfriend jeans can help you pick the best style for your figure and height. Because the fit of any type of jean varies from brand to brand, the girlfriend and  boyfriend fit jeans compared here are both from the same brand, Gap Factory.

The better informed you are, the less hassle – less returns of online purchases because the fit isn’t what you expected.  Or being better informed,  in the case of in-person purchases, means less trips to the dressing room. Whether you are shopping online or in a store it helps to be familiar with jean styles and the terms brands use to describe their jeans.

Girlfriend   vs     Boyfriend


Boyfriend jeans are often “over-sized” in fit resulting in a loose-fitting, baggy silhouette that sits lower on the hips. This was the type of jean fit Marilyn Monroe wore when she further popularized denim among women in the early 1960’s by wearing jeans in the movie The Misfits.

This comfy, casual jean fit isn’t cut to follow a curvier figure but is cut to fit a more angular figure. Some boyfriend jeans are labeled as slim cut, meaning they are less slouchy but still have a looser fit. (The jeans shown are Gap Factory Mid Rise Destructed Sexy Boyfriend Fit Jeans)


Around 2014-2015, jean brands soon added another option to the boyfriend style – girlfriend jeans. Girlfriend jeans are cut for a closer fit and taper more in the leg. The close cut means that girlfriend jeans don’t sit as low on the waist as the looser-fitting boyfriend jean. The closer fitting silhouette makes the girlfriend jean a style that can be worn for a casual daytime look or dressed up for a night out.

Girlfriend and boyfriend fits mean more options for style and body shapes. (Pick the one offers the best feminine differential for you)

Read the whole article with more suggestions

Tuesday, July 9, 2024

I Love A Success Story - Charles Busch


Charles Busch

From CharlesBusch.com

CHARLES BUSCH has forged a unique place in the world of entertainment as playwright, actor, director, novelist, cabaret performer and drag icon. He is the author and star of over twenty-five plays including The Divine Sister, The Lady in Question, Red Scare on Sunset, The Tribute Artist, The Confession of Lily Dare and Vampire Lesbians of Sodom; one of the longest running plays in the history of Off-Broadway. His play The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife ran for 777 performances on Broadway, won the Outer Circle Critics’ John L. Gassner Award for playwrighting, received a Tony nomination for Best Play and is the longest running Broadway comedy of the past twenty-five years. 

He wrote and starred in the film versions of his plays, Psycho Beach Party and Die Mommie Die, the latter of which won him the Best Performance Award at the Sundance Film Festival. For two seasons, he appeared as Nat Ginzburg on the HBO series OZ and is the author of the auto-biographical novel Whores of Lost Atlantis. He has directed two films; the Showtime short subject, Personal Assistant, and a feature, A Very Serious Person, which won an honorable mention at the Tribeca Film Festival. Due to his love and knowledge of film and theatre history, he has appeared as a guest programmer and in numerous documentaries for Turner Classic Movies, and has lectured and conducted master classes at many colleges and universities including NYU, Harvard, UCLA and Amherst College. In 2003, Mr. Busch received a special Drama Desk Award for career achievement as both performer and playwright and was given a star on the Playwrights Walk outside the Lucille Lortel Theatre. He is also the subject of the acclaimed documentary film The Lady in Question is Charles Busch.

He is a two-time MAC award winner and has performed his cabaret act in many cities including San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, New Orleans, Philadelphia, London, Paris, Barcelona and New York. In winter of 2016, his show The Lady at the Mic premiered at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series.  His first CD, Charles Busch Live at Feinstein’s 54 Below, was released by Broadway Records.

Monday, July 8, 2024

Project 2025 - Hate and Extremism

Election 2024: Exposing Project 2025

The Truth about the Right-Wing’s Planned Takeover of the Federal Government [Trump's Handbook]

By Glaad  
Charlie Neibergall 
June 24, 2024

My Note: A Vote for Trump will be a vote and endorsement of "Project 2025".

CNN News today: ‘Just ludicrous’: Ex-Pence advisor on Trump’s attempt to distance himself from ‘Project 2025’

What is Project 2025?

A coalition of far-right organizations has a plan for the U.S. federal government if one of their allies returns to the Oval Office on January 20, 2025. Project 2025 is a presidential transition plan and a government in waiting, spearheaded and organized by the far-right the Heritage Foundation, and with 100 coalition partner organizations, many of which are well-known for pushing anti-LGBTQ policy, legal efforts, and harmful rhetoric, accompanied by Christian nationalism. The project is a 180-day playbook of regulations and executive orders that could be signed and implemented by the next president upon taking office, a database of potential appointees, and an online “education academy” to train appointees in its conservative tenets. 

The $22 million effort also includes a 1,000 page handbook which it describes as “the next conservative President’s last opportunity to save our republic.” It claims that its goal is to pave the way for an effective conservative administration. In fact, if implemented Project 2025 would strip away rights and protections, embolden authoritarianism, and weaken institutions that uphold American democracy and the rule of law.

The plan includes firing federal employees that oppose or insufficiently support right-wing policies, ending access to abortion and contraception, and eliminating protections for LGBTQ people. The document even calls for erasing LGBTQ-inclusive language throughout federal agencies such as “the terms sexual orientation and gender identity (“SOGI”), diversity, equity, and inclusion, gender, gender equality, gender equity, gender awareness, gender-sensitive, abortion, reproductive health, reproductive rights.” 

Though not named, Donald Trump is the only 2024 candidate who would be poised to enact the project’s mission, and the project’s director has indicated he expects “and hopes” Trump will win the presidency. 

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What does Project 2025 mean for LGBTQ people?

Project 2025 aims to gut protections for the LGBTQ community, which its organizers believe exists in opposition to the “traditional American family” and its Christian nationalist underpinnings. The Project would prioritize families “comprised of a married mother, father, and their children,” and would eliminate any federal policies that promote LGBTQ equality or that assist single mothers. The Global Project Against Hate and Extremism (GPAHE) reports that the project claims falsely that, “Only heterosexual, two-parent families are safe for children, and that, ‘All other family forms involve higher levels of instability (the average length of same-sex marriages is half that of heterosexual marriages); financial stress or poverty; and poor behavioral, psychological, or educational outcomes.’ (Their data on the length of marriages is false).”

Friday, July 5, 2024

Summer Shorts

Summer is time for a relaxed casual look  Walks on the beach, picnics or just a walk at the mall.  Overdressing is so "a lightning rod" for unwanted attention.  Observe how most women dress, and yes, do take it up a notch or two and you will look stylish with out screaming overdressing.

Pinterest -  Another Shorts Look

Above are two current items. The shorts are Ann Taylor (a Soma Sister store) - AT Weekend Belted High Rise Denim Shorts in Ivory.  A great fit and I love that I can roll up the leg opening to be much shorter than intended. I hate the long shorts look. Short is a better look for me. This weekend 50% off.  I had been watching these for several months waiting for the "Summer Sale".  the fit is generous.

Also, Amazon's Omoone Women's 3/4 Sleeve Denim Crop Top Tie Knot Shirt. I love the tie at the waist which is a definite feminine differential.  A very seasonable $25.00.  

What are you going to wear to the picnic?

Thursday, July 4, 2024

Happy July 4th

Think about the risk the signers of Declaration of Independence faced, had the war not been won. It is not just about hot dogs, hamburgers and fireworks. 

 Signers of Declaration of Independence risked their lives, fortunes

By signing the document, the 56 men risked high treason against the King of England. In essence, they signed their death warrants because that was the penalty. However, death was not simple or quick. It was a process. First, the guilty party was to be hanged until unconscious. Then cut down and revived. Then disembowled and beheaded. Then cut in quarters. Each quarter was to be boiled in oil. The remnants were scattered abroad so the last resting place of the offender would remain forever unnamed, unhonored and unknown.

In addition to death, all of the offender’s earthly goods were confiscated by the state. The family could own no property and this dictate extended to future heirs. In the words of Shakespeare, “For the sins of your fathers, you, though guiltless, must suffer.”

So on this Fourth of July as you celebrate the holiday with hot dogs, hamburgers and fireworks, remember those who “pledged to each other their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor.”  

My Note: Derived from that is a republic we need to honor, cherish and keep. Display your independence this weekend and "ESCAPE"!

Wednesday, July 3, 2024

Musical Interlude - Masculine Women... Feminine Men.... (1926)

Hey Hey women are going mad, today
Hey Hey fellers are just as bad, I’ll say
Go anywhere, just stand and stare
You’ll say they’re bugs when you
look at the clothes they wear

Masculine Women Feminine Men
which is the rooster which is the hen
It’s hard to tell ’em apart today
And SAY…
Sister is busy learning to shave
Brother just loves his permanent wave
It’s hard to tell ’em apart today

Girls were girls and boys were boys
when i was a tot,
Now we don’t know who is who or
even what’s what
Knickers and trousers baggy and wide,
Nobody knows who’s walking inside
Those Masculine Women Feminine Men

Masculine Women Feminine Men
Which is the rooster which is the hen
It’s hard to tell ’em apart today
And SAY…

Auntie is smoking, rolling her own,
Uncle is always buying cologne
It’s hard to tell ’em apart today

You go and give your girl a kiss in the hall
But instead you find you’re kissing her brother Paul
Mama’s got a sweater up to her chin,
Papa’s got a girtle holding him in
Those Masculine Women Feminine Men
Stop, Look, Listen and you’ll agree… with me
Things are not what they used to be… you’ll see
You say hello to Uncle Joe,
Then look again and you find it’s your Aunti Flo
Masculine Women Feminine Men
Which is the rooster which is the hen
It’s hard to tell ’em apart today
And SAY…
Wifey is playing billiards and pool,
Hubby is dressing kiddies for school
It’s hard to tell ’em apart today
Ever since the Prince of Wales in
dresses was seen,
What does he intend to be the King or the Queen
Grandmother buys those tailor-made clothes
Grandfather tries to smell like a rose
Those Masculine Women Feminine Men

Tuesday, July 2, 2024

Feminine Differential - Jewelry



Gender-neutral clothing and dressing fluidly has seen more representation and support in mainstream fashion over the past few years (and rightly so), with fashion houses such as Maison Margiela producing unisex collections and department stores like Selfridges offering genderless shopping sections. Jewellery though is a whole different ball game. While male celebrities have been seen embracing traditionally ‘female-oriented’ pieces, such as Harry Styles wearing ‘feminine’ necklaces and earrings, this notion is relatively new and has still not been embraced by traditional-thinking online trolls and Daily Mail readers.

The rise of gender-bending men’s jewelry in mainstream fashion can’t be discussed without recognizing the impact hip-hop and rap artists have had on the trend way before Harry Styles was born. Since the late 70s and early 80s, artists, such as DJ Kool Herc, LL Cool J and Run-D.M.C., have shown off their over-the-top ice but more so as a sign of excessive wealth rather than to challenge societal gender norms. Think of T-Pain’s ‘Big Ass Chain’ necklace. I mean, that really was a big ass chain. In more recent years, rappers such as Lil Uzi Vert, Tyler, The Creator and A$AP Rocky have continued to carry the torch and have put their middle fingers up to imaginary gender boxes and expressed themselves through, again what a traditionalist might call, ‘feminine’ options. 

My Brighton Earrings
Back to Harry Styles. Known for his overall gender-bending wardrobe, he catapulted granny’s pearls into mainstream fashion after his 2019 Met Gala look. The singular cream-pearl earring dangling from Harry’s lobe became a big trend throughout 2020. Pearl earrings, pearl rings, pearl necklaces… It seemed as though everyone only just discovered the accessory. Brands like Gucci and Casablanca were quick to get on the trend and could not resist from sending a collection down the runway without the ‘it’ item. 

Just like many fashion trends (think the knitted cardigan), the pearl necklace then made it to TikTok. E-boys were seen sporting it alongside other accessories such as cross earrings and bracelets. Though the abundance of ‘feminine’ necklaces, rings and earrings has seen (and will surely continue to see) huge success at the frontlines of fashion, a scroll through any of these guys’ Instagram or TikTok comment sections sadly shows how un-ready the world is for a unisex wardrobe. However, are angry conservatives and online trolls going to stop men from expressing themselves freely? I wouldn’t count on it. 

P.S. If you want to cop genderless jewelry, check out Varon, Serge DeNimes and Vitaly.