Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter

I’m up at my brother and sister-in-law’s condo today. I hope that all of you who celebrate Easter are with the ones you love. However, for many people holidays are a stressful time, so open your hearts and invite them in you your home.

I leave you with some Easter humor...

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Saturday Six #523

Patrick’s Place Saturday Six #523

1. P is for PAEDOTROPHY: Do you think your parents did a better or worse job of raising you compared to how well their parents raised them?
I like to think that they did a better job but I don’t know since my grandparents died when I was young.

2. P is for PANCAKES: How often do you have pancakes for breakfast, and what’s your favorite flavor of syrup?
Never, I used to have them on Sundays but since I became diabetic I can’t have any syrup and I would have to limit myself to one pancake. I used to make blueberry pancakes with Maple syrup.

3. P is for PARADE: What was the last parade you remember attending?
I can’t remember, I probably wasn’t even a teenager yet.

4. P is for PEN: What’s the price of the most expensive pen you’ve ever purchased?
They are all cheapies, just your basic generic pen.

5. P is for PILL: On a normal day, how many pills do you take (including medication, vitamins and supplements)?
Yikes, a whole slew of them six pills and two of them I take twice a day.

6. P is for POWER: Do you have any power backups in your home in case the lights go out?
Yes, but it is for the computer modems. I can sit in the dark and still surf the web. I do have a gas lantern, some oil lamps and flashlights, along with a gas campstove.

Saturday 9: Here Comes Peter Cottontail (1950)

Crazy Sam’s  Saturday 9: Here Comes Peter Cottontail (1950)

1) Which do you prefer: colored hard-boiled eggs, chocolate marshmallow eggs, or plastic eggs with coins inside?
The hard boiled eggs that I make into deviled eggs.

2) What's your favorite color of Peeps (yellow, purple, or pink)?
I don’t like Peeps, way too much sugar for my tastes.

3) All this talk of sweets is making Sam hungry. What's for lunch?
Mexican, I going out to lunch with a former classmate from Texas so she is taking me to a restaurant that she wants to try.

4) This song was introduced by country singer Gene Autry and it's still a favorite. Please share some of the lyrics. (And you're on your own; Sam didn't include a link to the song this week.)
I imagine that today’s kids are wondering what is “an Easter Bonnet?”

5) Gene Autry was so popular that a town in Oklahoma named itself for him. Have you ever been to Oklahoma?
Nope, I have been to Kansas through.

6) In addition to singing, Mr. Autry made 93 cowboy movies. What's the last movie you saw?
Does the Winds of War count? It was a seven part mini-series that I’m watching on Netfix

7) He and his horse Champion also had a TV show. Can you name another famous horse?
Trigger, I was watching Roy Rogers this morning.

8) Gene Autry also recorded "Rudolph, The Red Nosed Reindeer," and it was, of course, wildly popular, too. Who is your favorite recording artist?
Burl Ives since we are on the fifties era music.

9) Back to the holiday celebration at hand -- Easter is considered the season of rebirth. What leaves you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated?
A good night sleep which is rare for me now a days.

Friday, April 18, 2014

The Trans Health and Law Conference

In just seven days the Trans Health & Law Conference that will be held on April 26, 2014 at the UConn Health Center in Farmington, Ct. I have been working on the conference ever since the first conference eight years ago when I was a Master Thesis project for the director of the Hartford Gay and Lesbian Health Collective. The conference was also designed not just for trans-people but also the healthcare providers and lawyers who work with the community. The idea was to create a synergy where both the community and the healthcare/legal professionals will gain a greater knowledge then if the conferences were held separately. Unlike other conferences for trans-people you will find no workshops on makeup or other workshops that trans-conferences usually have, instead you will find workshops on what your rights are if you rent and apartment or about the state’s non-discrimination laws. Or workshops on how Obamacare will affect the trans-community.

Eighth Annual Transgender Lives: The Intersection of Health and Law Conference

Our keynote speakers are Dru Levasseur & Tony Ferraiolo Co-Founders of the Jim Collins Foundation, a nonprofit organization that raises money to fund gender-confirming surgeries. M. Dru Levasseur is the Transgender Rights Project Director for Lambda Legal and Tony Ferraiolo, is a Certified Life Coach and Transgender Youth Advocate in New Haven.

Some of this year’s 22 Workshops cover topics such as:
  • Trans 101a newcomers guide transgender healthcare and issues
  • The Health Care Professional and the Transgender Patient
  • The Effects of Discrimination on Trans Health.
  • Networking for parents of Transgender Child
  • How to Successfully Transition in Your Employment
  • Trans Discrimination and the Fight for Housing Justice
  • LGBT Adoption, Surrogacy, and Sperm/Egg Donation Law 2014
  • Trans Health: An Evidence-based Update
  • Partners, Family and Friends: Grief and loss, dealing with stigma, coming-out and other common experiences.
High Level Conference Timeline
  • 08:00 - 08:30 AM : Registration and Continental Breakfast
  • 08:30 - 09:15 AM : Welcoming Remarks and Introductions
  • 09:15 - 12:00 AM : Morning Workshops (Sessions I & II)
  • 12:00 - 01:00 PM : Lunch & Movie
  • 01:00 - 03:30 PM : Afternoon Workshops (Sessions III & IV)
  • 03:30 - 04:45 PM : Keynote
  • 04:45 - 05:00 PM : Closing remarks and wrap up
Registration is $25 for Individuals (though no one will be turned away due to registration cost), $50 for NASW CECs

You can register online here. However, if you register after April 20, meals will not be included.

The conference will be held at,
UCONN Health Center
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, Connecticut  06030

It is the only exclusive transgender conference in Southern New England and the workshops are geared for Connecticut’s laws.


When you need emergency medical treatment and you are on a gurney with doctors and nurses leaning over you are at your most vulnerable, you do not want to hear that it is against their religion to treat someone like you.

Or you are in your primary care physician office and he refuses medically necessary treatment because you are a sinner. Lambda Legal is suing a doctor for doing just that,
Lambda Legal Sues Doctor and Clinic for Denying Medical Care to Transgender Woman
By Lambda Legal
April 16, 2014

Yesterday, in the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois, Urbana Division, Lambda Legal filed a lawsuit on behalf of Naya Taylor, a transgender woman denied medical care after she requested hormone replacement therapy. The lawsuit alleges a violation of the ACA’s non-discrimination provisions prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex, (which includes gender identity), and requires that clinics receiving federal funds treat transgender patients in the same manner as they would any patient under their care.

Kenneth Upton, Senior Counsel for Lambda Legal, said:
    The provisions of the Affordable Care Act are clear: doctors receiving federal funds cannot discriminate in providing patient care just because a person is transgender. Patients such as Naya Taylor place their health and well-being in a doctor’s hands. Ms. Taylor asked for her doctor to provide services similar to those provided to other clinic patients who are not transgender and the doctor and clinic refused, posing a significant risk to Ms. Taylor’s health. The ACA’s non-discrimination provisions were intended to ensure appropriate medical care for transgender people, a community that already faces a disproportionate amount of discrimination, violence and suicide rates.
When a doctor takes the Hippocratic Oath there is no clause in the oath that says they treat patients with “only patients with the same beliefs.” The AMA says that,
A physician may decline to undertake the care of a patient whose medical condition is not within the physician's current competence. However, physicians who offer their services to the public may not decline to accept patients because of race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other basis that would constitute invidious discrimination.
The doctor originally said to Ms. Taylor that she was not trained in cross gender hormone treatments, but the clinic later told her that the clinic “does not have to treat people like you.”

Once a doctor or clinic or hospital accepts federal funding they agree not to discriminate against anyone, there is no clause for a religious exemption, everyone who walks through their doors must treated equally. A doctor who does not treat patients who do not share their religious beliefs should maybe look for another job.