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Viewpoints BTL Editorial: Snyder And GOP Abandon LGBT Equality - Again

Governor Rick Snyder and the GOP legislative leadership abandoned the LGBT community last week when they could not muster even one co-sponsor of an amendment to the state's civil rights bill. All of the House (50 out of 50, plus one Independent) Democrats co-sponsored a bill to amend the state's civil rights law to include sexual orientation and gender identity. Eleven of the 12 Senate Democrats voted to support the Senate version of the bill (with Tupac Hunter not voting for it.) Not one Republican has signed on, and Snyder did not come out and support the bill or encourage any of his party's members to reach across the aisle last week when he could have. READ MORE.

As Heard On Facebook

Now that the governor's race is heating up, people are making their voices heard on Facebook. Governor Synder has been the direct target for angry Michiganders, while Mark Schauer (running for Governor) and Lisa Brown (running for Lieutenant Governor) are stirring up hope. READ MORE.

Transmissions: School Days

Summer is quickly turning to autumn, and the only proof of this beyond the local coffee shop pulling out their pumpkin spice is the doors of all the local schools being opened. In California, this means the start of the first full year under AB 1266. The bill, signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in August of 2013, went into effect at the first of this year. Far right groups like the Pacific Justice Institute have tried to stop it with an unsuccessful repeal effort and - to date - no effective legal challenges. They even attempted to fabricate stories of harassment in order to scare people into supporting their efforts, which have failed. READ MORE.

BTL Endorses Schauer For Governor

With Labor Day behind us, we can expect to be bombarded with political ads, emails and robo-calls. It's so easy to become numb, to tune out - to feel like it is all way too invasive and obnoxious. It might be, but don't let it stop you from caring about this election cycle. READ MORE.

Transmissions: Where We Cross

A few months back I found myself speaking at a Transgender Day of Remembrance event in Northern California. As the event was breaking up and folks started to head for their cars, a member of the local Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence came up to me. He - as he was male identified - was nearly my height, with a mustache and goatee, wearing the traditional makeup, habit, and wimple one might expect from a sister. READ MORE.

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Nearing Agricultural Nirvana With Dolly The Llama

CHELSEA - Following a path that has taken her from working in civil rights in the big metropolis of New York City to owning dozens of sheep, chickens, pigs and other rowdy farm animals, Angie Martell seeks a full life of balance and tranquility.

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