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RoadAre 'trans rights' and 'gay rights' still allies?

RoadFOX News's Todd Starnes says that Obama plans to turn the military against the people and attack Christians.

PolarbearRoadLondon Natural History Museum's wildlife photographs of the year.

RoadBehind the scenes of 'Tan Mom''s gay adult film debut.

RoadAir pollution definitively linked to cancer: "Sources of air pollution identified by the agency include emissions from motor vehicles, industrial processes, power plants and household heating and cooking fumes and while the chemical makeup of outdoor air pollution varies around the globe, the IARC was clear that 'the mixtures of ambient air pollution invariably contain specific chemicals known to be carcinogenic to humans.'"

RoadSupport pours in for Scott Jones, the gay man paralyzed in Nova Scotia stabbing over the weekend. Help Jones HERE.

RoadeBay founder Pierre Omidyar describes new Glenn Greenwald venture: "In an interview with Jay Rosen, media critic and NYU professor of journalism, Omidyar said he was committing an initial $250m to the as-yet-unnamed venture. Omidyar told Rosen the decision was fuelled by his 'rising concern about press freedoms in the United States and around the world'. Omidyar said he hopes the project will promote 'independent journalists with expertise, and a voice and a following' while using Silicon Valley knowhow to build an audience. 'Companies in Silicon Valley invest a lot in understanding their users and what drives user engagement,' Omidyar said. The company will be online only and all proceeds will be reinvested in journalism."

RoadBreak-up rumors begin after Jonas Brothers delete Twitter account.

RoadNot sure who Midnight Red are, but they're shirtless in Miami.

TuringRoadAttitude honors Alan Turing with commemorative cover. “The gay man who saved the world".

RoadRare saber-toothed whale washes ashore in Venice Beach: "Covered in bites from so-called cookie-cutter sharks, which feed by gouging round plugs of flesh from larger animals, the carcass was extremely well-preserved, Fash said. The whale was probably alive when it washed ashore, he added."

RoadHelp protect children from bacterial meningitis!

RoadKen Cuccinelli donor linked to kidnapping case, anti-Semitic newspapers.

RoadRep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) under fire for shutdown votes: "Since the shutdown, Maloney has sided with the Republicans 11 times, breaking with the Democratic strategy to vote against legislation that would have funded government agencies selectively and incrementally. And early in the morning of October 1, Maloney was also one of only seven Democrats to vote for a rules change in the House that now prevents anyone but the majority leader — Republican Eric Cantor of Virginia — from forcing a vote on a bill that cannot be reconciled between the Senate and the House, effectively preempting one key Democratic procedural maneuver to end the shutdown."

RoadMiley Cyrus album Bangerz debuts atop Blllboard chart.

SaturnRoadSaturn's hexagon storm system captured in true color.

RoadACLU of Wisconsin files court brief in support of Domestic Partner Registry.

RoadA day in the life of Prince Harry.

RoadDiamonds fall as rain on Jupiter and Saturn: "Diamond rain on Jupiter and Saturn begins in the upper atmosphere. Lightning strikes methane, turning it into soot (carbon). As the soot falls, pressure increases, and it turns into graphite. After falling for another 4,000 miles or so, the pressure is so great that the graphite turns into diamond. The diamonds then continue to fall for another 20,000 miles or so (no one knows how far it is to core of Saturn or Jupiter) — almost three times the diameter of Earth — until they reach the core."


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  1. Your link to the bit about the Jonas Brothers does not work.

    Posted by: Critifur | Oct 17, 2013 4:46:14 PM

  2. Tan Mom in a porn, even in a non-sexual role, is a total boner killer.

    Posted by: Pervy McPerv | Oct 17, 2013 5:05:03 PM

  3. "Are 'trans rights' and 'gay rights' still allies?"

    Allies? We're the same movement! The broad logic behind one immediately implies the other.

    This is not to say there aren't bigots in both segments, as there are in any movement.

    And, it seems, there will always be desperate talking heads striving to make their career on promoting division.

    Posted by: Randy | Oct 17, 2013 5:26:04 PM

  4. Yeah, the trans movement is our movement. It's disgusting to think that any g, l or b could turn their backs on trans people.

    Especially when the trans fight is the gay fight on steroids. There are a handful of trans role models for all of human history, there is almost no positive media reinforcement, trans people are far more likely to be beaten or killed in public and private than a g/l/b.

    Also lets stab at the heart of the anti-trans people in the gay movement. YOU ARE SHALLOW. You don't like trans people because you find them ugly. You are so shallow you seek to harm them through neglect, you are shallow to the point of bigotry and beyond. Hey, you, you shallow ponce, people's worth is totally unrelated to your boner.

    Posted by: Fenrox | Oct 17, 2013 5:32:13 PM

  5. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney isn't the only DINO who supported the Tea Party's shutdown.

    Kyrsten Sinema.

    Posted by: Randy | Oct 17, 2013 5:37:33 PM

  6. Sean Patrick Maloney, member of Ancient Order of Hibernians, (anti gay) maybe Opus Dei.....definitely a Neanderthal and a two faced greedy self promoter.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Oct 17, 2013 6:06:26 PM

  7. As Laverne Cox said in her excellent piece, the resistance to rights for LGB and T folk is rooted in the fact that both defy gender expectations, be it via not being attracted to who you're supposed to, or not fitting into the role society says you should have because of your genitals. To fight against one and not the other is, at best, shortsighted. At worst, it's creating arbitrary divisions between people and thus hurting the movement as a whole.

    Posted by: Jackie Frown | Oct 17, 2013 6:19:27 PM

  8. Clearly, Tan Mom's skin isn't the only thing that got fried.

    Posted by: gr8guyca | Oct 17, 2013 7:37:27 PM

  9. "Are 'trans rights' and 'gay rights' still allies?"

    Oops! The NYT blog set up a one-sided "dialogue" but it forgot to maintain the lie that LGB and T are not allies but are part of the same community. The poor "cis" guy who wrote that headline obviously hadn't been fully briefed on the proper lie to tell.

    As for the participants, 5 of the 6 all agree that gays should be the slaves to trans activists. One angry trans activist helpfully clarifies that the obligations only flow in one direction; gays owe trans, but trans activists owe nothing to gays. Only John Corvino is permitted to very weakly note that our interests might not always be aligned.

    Missing from the conversation is the kid who points out that the emperor has no clothes. LGBT is false. It is an inherently anti-gay, reactionary construct. It is also anti-trans. If we are ever going to be allies, it needs to go.

    Posted by: Debs | Oct 17, 2013 7:38:09 PM

  10. One can be an ally to trans people without being of the opinion that we're the same movement. Also, Mattilda Sycamore's article is just about the least compelling argument I've ever heard that ANYONE should ally themselves with whatever group she represents. I'm surprised she didn't write it in all caps. I consider myself a progressive in almost every way but the L, G, B, and T community (communities?) are not well-served by postmodern faux-intellectualism.

    Posted by: Zell | Oct 17, 2013 7:46:48 PM

  11. maloney is a sell out he likes the idea of his gay marriage but works with the party that considers his family second class citizens. he probably is a goproud supporter too. wish he would stop trying to collect money as a democrat maybe the cock brothers will give him some scraps

    Posted by: walter | Oct 17, 2013 9:05:50 PM

  12. @Fenrox, No, no no... Gays and Lesbians have trouble accepting transpeople not because we're shallow, we just see it as an illegitimate concept, thought up by the patriarchy, to jingle keys in front of feminine gay men and masculine lesbian women and say, 'wouldn't you be happier as a man/woman? that way you can stop threatening our gender binary'. That being said though, there are no, 'illegitimate people' and trans people do deserve protections.

    Posted by: Ryan | Oct 17, 2013 9:07:18 PM

  13. Ryan: what about the two-thirds of trans women who identify as bisexual or lesbian post transition? Your logic doesn't hold up.

    Posted by: Jackie Frown | Oct 17, 2013 9:28:12 PM

  14. Jackie Frown: False statistic, and if it was true, its able to be explained by autogynephilia, straight men who are arosed by the thought of being a woman or 'being a woman' in a sexual act.

    Posted by: Ryan | Oct 17, 2013 9:37:43 PM

  15. Linking to that article is proof positive that Andy and the rest of TR staff don't even read the comments, anymore.

    Can't say as I blame them, really.

    Ryan, have you ever tried wrapping your head in a plastic bag? It's fun. You should try it.

    Posted by: FFS | Oct 17, 2013 9:50:49 PM

  16. Ryan's not wrong, transgender people are the people that reinforce the gender binary they rail against. Because some boy likes pink, likes men, and does feminine things, that makes him a woman, not a man. I cannot wait till the 'transracial' concept starts. Just because you identify as something doesn't make it so...

    Posted by: Janet | Oct 17, 2013 9:59:02 PM

  17. t dont think I agree with everything Janet and Ryan said but I definitely think this is a conversation we need to have over the nature vs. nurture aspects of trans people

    Posted by: lalaland | Oct 17, 2013 10:08:25 PM

  18. Sean Patrick Maloney is a queer ConservaDem who has betrayed the principles he was put in office to defend. His pro-GOP votes are cynical and craven, and I am ashamed to have supported him. I will never support him again.

    Posted by: David Groff | Oct 17, 2013 11:00:21 PM

  19. As a trans person, I've never identified as a woman because of my like for cooking or whatever. In fact, if I was a cisgender woman, I'd probably present pretty androgynously. The foundation of my transsexuality is that my body feels wrong, and the things that make it male are the thing that make me feel wrong in my own skin. Pre-transition, I would wake up from a dream and be astonished and saddened upon realizing that I didn't have breasts, or to find the wrong situation downstairs. If you think people are trans because they like the stereotypes of the opposite gender, then you don't know much about the trans experience.

    Posted by: TheDrDonna | Oct 18, 2013 2:03:39 AM

  20. Time for Tan Mom to go back to rehab.

    Posted by: Jack M | Oct 18, 2013 7:49:06 AM

  21. Aww come on, no conjecturing about which one of the Midnight Red is gay? You all disappoint me.

    Posted by: Bruce | Oct 18, 2013 8:55:25 AM

  22. When I read the blurb, I thought that Tan Mom was Asian…

    So I find out that she's Honey Booboo in 30 years.

    And Lucas Entertainment is doing this?

    End of Days, End of Days.

    Posted by: tinkerbelle | Oct 18, 2013 5:25:19 PM

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