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44.6 F in downtown Chicago, a few days before May!


This Floridian's mind is truly boggled, but this is Chicago.

Late-Life Transition Like Bruce Jenner's Full of Challenges, Rewards, Experts Say


FRIDAY, April 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Patricia Harrington is many things: a woman in her 60s, a successful physicist and radiation oncology programmer, and currently the intake coordinator for the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund.

The New York City native is also someone with firsthand knowledge of what it means to undergo the complex journey from male to female, something former Olympic champion Bruce Jenner is expected to speak about in a "20/20" interview with ABC's Diane Sawyer on Friday evening.

"I was very cautious," Harrington said. "It's not a day and night kind of thing. When I was very young I was severely bullied, so after that I kind of closed down and spent decades denying who I was.

"When that finally became unbearable, I began to explore the options and test the water in slow motion," she added. "I began at 40, and very slowly tried to undo years of repression. I experimented with cross-dressing. I was lucky enough to connect with people and get support, and I built up my self-confidence, and eventually came out at work."

much more at link

Windows 10 poll....

Just curious.



One of the simple joys in life was had by me last night....

My 19 year old son came over to see me yesterday. I love this kid so much. We went to downtown Orlando, had a nice huge pizza meal, witnessed a false fire alarm event in a high-rise building, had nice talks, and watched a new movie, Ex Machina.

He actually wants my advice at times! (*falls over*). And he listens! He puts up with my unsolicited advice too! He is very kind to me, and I try to be to him also. He is my contribution to the world.

Have a wonderful lovely spring day, all!

allow me to vent my frustration for a moment, please

I am absolutely appalled at some of the comments in GD over Bruce Jenner. He (his preference for now) was 100% sincere and serious. He is suffering and has been his (Jenner's preference for now) entire life. I don't give a shit that he is a Republican, HE IS A HUMAN BEING.

I am in total solidarity with the transgender community, both at DU and in the real world. People need to be educated, seriously. They need to take Bruce Jenner seriously.

Thanks for listening.


ok, I'm assuming this is a serious post....

#1- I thought Jenner was 100% serious and sincere. It's one thing to do clownish things on a reality show for money, but your gender identity ? Come on, I'm not cynical enough to believe that anyone would expose themselves to that level of scrutiny (and ridicule and abuse in some cases) for money. Taking hormones for money ? Undergoing very serious surgeries to make money ? Come on.

#2- Yes Jenner is very fortunate to have plenty of money for surgeries, counseling, medications, psychotherapy, etc. Even if he was dirt poor, he STILL was believable. I'm not an expert on transgender issues, but my limited understanding is that many transgender people are what they used to call "pre-operative" (old probably incorrect language now, don't flame me, educate me please).

He (what Jenner prefers to be called for now) was 100% serious and sincere. I have absolutely no doubt about it, and I'm a middle aged straight guy who is a few years younger than him (again, his preference).

Ethan Allen arrest warrant to be auctioned


MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) A 1774 arrest warrant for Vermont Revolutionary War Hero Ethan Allen and other leaders of the Green Mountain Boys is going on the auction block.

Swann Auction Galleries in New York will auction off the partial document one of its two leaves is missing on April 14.

"It's certainly a watershed document in the history of Vermont," said Rick Stattler, Americana specialist at Schwann.

The proclamation came at a crucial period right before the Revolution, during a conflict between Vermont and New York over land. It orders royal officers to be "vigilant in suppressing the said riots ... as well as for bringing to justice the perpetrators and authors of the said riots."

No snow in lower 48 (except for high elevations)!

Could this be the end of it until September/October ?

Grey Poupon versus Heinz Dijon Mustard versus.....

I admit, I have no clue what Dijon mustard brands are good.

(inspired by GD thread)

I don't think I've ever had Grey Poupon, I am sooo deprived!

Indiana pizzeria that backed 'religious freedom' law reopens (xpost from LBN)


WALKERTON, Ind. A northern Indiana pizzeria that closed after its owner supported Indiana's religious objections law has reopened.

Memories Pizza owner Kevin O'Connor says he reopened about 4 p.m. Thursday. He says that within an hour, all eight tables were filled and six people were waiting for carryout orders. There were no protests as of 7 p.m.

O'Connor faced criticism after he and his daughter, Crystal, said they would never deny service to a gay customer but would decline to cater a same-sex wedding because it would conflict with their Christian beliefs. Protests led them to close the Walkerton pizzeria about 20 miles southwest of South Bend.

O'Connor says he'll use some of his share of more than $842,000 raised online to make improvements. He also plans to donate to charity.
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