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Posted by Quita Tinsley

A few days into this week, the Trump administration has already made two strikes against the LGBT community, by revoking protections for federal contractors and erasing LGBT people from the 2020 census.

On Monday, Donald Trump signed an executive order which overturned the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces orderan Obama administration executive order, which required federal contractors to prove they are in compliance with anti-discrimination law and don’t steal their employees’ wages. On Tuesday, the U.S. Census announced its 2020 report would not questions related to sexual orientation or gender identity, even though a draft had a proposal to include these categories for the first time. 

With these actions, the Trump administration has yet again made efforts “to deny LGBTQ people freedom, justice, and equity” and undermine the enforcement of LGBT specific programs and legislation.

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What’s even more frightening is that 2020 Census is not the only place where the Trump Administration is erasing LGBT people. Following the reversal of federal guidance outlining protections for transgender students, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has abandoned federal guidelines that impact LGBT beneficiaries of two programs. Emergency shelters funded by HUD are no longer required “to post information about LGBTQ people’s rights to access shelter safely and in accordance with their gender identity.” HUD has also gotten rid of data collection and implementation guidelines for a homelessness prevention program for LGBT youth. Meanwhile, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) eliminated LGBT-specific questions from two surveys that are critical to setting federal policy that helps seniors and people with disabilities.

Contrary to Trump’s statements that he would not overturn LGBT protections, he has shown us throughout his first 70 days that this is a lie. While some people may think that survey questions are not significant, they cause tangible, long-lasting harm to LGBT people. As Liv Bruce of PWR BTTM tweeted, by refusing to collect data on LGBT people, the government is making it easier for them to cut programs that benefit us, and ultimately say that we do not exist.

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Mar. 30th, 2017 11:30 am
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The spot soldering/welding job on my new glasses at the temple has come undone. I can find the flux and solder, but not the little butane torch. Argh.

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Mar. 30th, 2017 07:22 am
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Carrie carried many shoes into the living room overnight and chewed a strap off one of my sandals and one of Christine's shoes overnight. She also took socks out of the bedroom and left them in front of the library, and pulled jeans to the door of the bedroom. It would be adorable if it wasn't so expensive. Christine talks about nominative determinism: i should remind Carrie her name is not "Carry."

I've ordered "bitter apple" spray that should arrive in a week.

Also, i will be trying to not let her sleep all day.

--== ∞ ==--

A black snake slithered out of my way as i was mowing the east yard yesterday -- first snake of the season. The exterminators found mice under the house, so snakes follow. (Actually, we'd seen a snake going under the house when we first moved here.)

Also, when i went out before heading to sleep, fireflies. Fireflies! Already! I don't recall them before June, but i also didn't have the habit of going out every night when i was growing up.

The exterminators gave us a quote for replacing all the vents under the house, around $1500. It seemed wise to get an estimate for sealing off the crawl space as we had pretty serious humidity issues last summer. I was sure it would be over $10k, but it wasn't. So, we'll have the crawl space sealed up and included in the HVAC system. I think it will help reduce Christine's anxieties about snakes under the house, and it should be more efficient. All around a good investment.

--== ∞ ==--

I saw a therapist yesterday. She thinks i'm lonely, and that's affecting my capacity in dealing with Christine's elephants. She's echoed one of my goals for the week and helped chat me through some of the procrastination. It's hard for me to see myself as lonely, but i have been aware that my interactions with people have decreased. Even here with you all.

One insight i had was that i didn't have a clearly social relationship with many of my CA friends. That is, it was either a group gathering, stopping to see someone at work, or in conjunction with Meeting activities. I never had a pattern where they or i reached out directly to each other.

She also loaned me a book about living with someone with one diagnosis of what the elephants may be. Much of the details did not resonate. Christine said when i shared the book that it was a diagnosis that was one of the more unlikely. After reading some of the diagnostic points, i'm leaning towards discarding it as a possibility altogether.

Con or Bust-ery

Mar. 30th, 2017 08:03 am
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News from the Con or Bust end of things:

1) Auction accepting offers now through April 23; bidding April 24 through May 7.

2) Sign up for the newsletter, which includes fandom news as well as Con or Bust stuff!

3) Read the annual report for 2016 and the board meeting minutes, which include my announcement that I am strongly considering not running for re-election to the Board in spring 2019 (ten! years!) and the Board's agreement that regardless, we should identify and encourage new candidates for the Board next year (and/or people who could start volunteering this year!), to bring new perspectives and to keep improving Con or Bust’s stability as an institution, not just my personal project.

I think that's all for now. *whooshes away*

Futuristic

Mar. 30th, 2017 07:49 am
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When I was a child, I was a science fiction weirdo. I read Buck Rodgers stuff and believed that someday we’d put a man on the Moon and be able to put a roomful of computing power in our pockets. I’m afraid I haven’t outgrown it. I find myself dreaming of a bizarre futuristic Facebook: We could choose the way our pages look! We could easily have a different userpic for each post! We could edit our posts in a large, easily correctible typeface! When a discussion popped up, we could move it out of the way. If we didn’t want our short posts to appear in big letters, we wouldn’t have to! Someday, humanity will reach these distant dreams.

Self-diagnosis

Mar. 30th, 2017 07:01 am
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I have a Szaszian distrust of psychiatric diagnoses, even the ones that can’t plausibly be applied to me. I consider myself to be on the “spectrum” that gets people labeled with autism/Asperger’s, ADHD, narcissism, libertarianism, and introversion, among others, because we live in our minds and deal with the world instead of living directly in the world like the neurotypicals. I used to think I was an Aspie, but now I’m convinced I’m much more of an ADDer.

There is a site called ADDitude that promises to pander to my kind. It is set up as click-one-after-another instead of one big page that I can comfortably move back and forth on, which, given my attention issues, makes me want to inflict grievous bodily harm upon them.

Titles

Mar. 30th, 2017 05:59 am
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Vermont has a Cartoonist Laureate. I think two women should discuss this.

Thanx to File 770

QotD

Mar. 30th, 2017 05:24 am
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"It's like building bridges People can say the design stinks, your ideas aren't any good. But if the bridge stands, it stands. What works, works. People can look at me and say what they want. They'll judge me and they'll judge people who are like me, and they can have their weird theories. They can say where I'm going to go when I die. But take a look at my life and tell me if the bridge stands." -- Lynn Conway (b. 1938-01-02)

Color

Mar. 30th, 2017 05:17 am
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“Why do you say, ‘I don’t see color,’ as if it were a good thing?”
Because, as Dr. King said, it would be a good thing if the whole country did it. But the Power Structure sees color, and so do millions of stupid white people who get one vote each, so we have to. It’s one of those things we can’t escape, like government and bondage to our bowels.

ETA: Thank to several helpful comments, I realize this should have been something like “I wish I lived in a world where I didn’t have to see color, where we didn’t have that particular element of collectivist politics that makes many people suffer and gives the rest of us another civic duty.”

Birthday week update

Mar. 30th, 2017 12:27 am
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As I mentioned last week, I decided not to have a birthday party this year. And I'm not really particularly celebrating my birthday in any other substantial way. But my birthday week is going pretty well anyway.

Over the weekend, I attended Into the Woods in San Francisco (I particularly liked the cow in this production), hung out with Debbie, helped Kam move some boxes, played boardgames, watched a couple of DS9 episodes, and even got some long-overdue day-job work done. Also started catching up on comics-reading; I somehow stopped reading all of my regular comics about six months ago, so I've now bought a dozen bound paperback volumes to start catching up.

Monday I did at least half a dozen things (both at work and at home) that I would have liked to have gotten done days or weeks or months earlier, several of which I was anxious about doing. (Some of them I had legitimate reasons for not having done yet, others not so much.) There are still plenty more overdue things where those came from, but still, a relief.

One of those things was finally getting tickets to attend Speakeasy with Mary Anne when she visits in a couple weeks. I've heard very good things about the show, but as with Sleep No More, I feel like they don't do a very good job of giving first-time attendees useful information. In particular, I found Speakeasy's online order form confusing, and when I called their number I got an in-character recording. But I dropped a note to their help email address, and shortly thereafter got a phone call from a very friendly and helpful and informative person who answered my questions and gave me a better idea of what to expect.

Part of how I got stuff done on Monday was by carefully limiting my Facebook time. I'm trying to mostly stay off Facebook this week, though birthday week is not a good time to make that decision, given how much I enjoy FB birthday greetings. But I've been largely successful at diverting my frequent “Time to check Facebook!” impulses into (a) doing stuff on my to-do list, or (b) reading fiction.

Also a relief on Monday night: Apple finished repairing my computer and returned it to me. I was a little tense about not having it last week; my life is not yet sufficiently in the Cloud that I can proceed normally without access to my laptop.

And on my way home, I stopped by the grocery store, which was still open, and picked up various foodstuffs that I like, for consumption on Tuesday.

Tuesday was my birthday. It was pretty satisfactory, even though I didn't really do much to celebrate.

For one thing, the sun was out. I've been intermittently moody for the past couple months, but the sunshine in the past few days has improved my mood quite a bit.

So I was in a generally cheerful headspace, and various minor problems and setbacks didn't throw me. I biked to work, and got some things done, though not as much as I should have. I got phone calls from Kam and Sumana. All day, people sent me lovely birthday notes, on Facebook and elsewhere. And I emptied the dishwasher.

I also posted old family photos on Facebook; I usually do that on Thursdays, but my computer was in the shop last Thursday. I would have just skipped a week, but a big milestone is coming up in the photo sequence of my grandmother's life, and I got impatient. So I did last week's batch on Tuesday, with the expectation that I'll still do this week's batch on Thursday.

Tuesday night, I watched the movie To Sir, with Love, which I'm sorry to say I didn't like. But it didn't ruin my day or anything. I also watched the pilot of Parks and Recreation, which various friends have been enthusing about for ages; I liked that episode more than I'd expected to. (I generally don't like sitcoms.)

Have done some unnecessary-but-satisfying bookcase reorganizing in the past few days; no big changes, just putting some books into more pleasing and useful places. Still more to do on that in the next few days. Relatedly, pulled half a dozen books off the unread shelves that I realized I had no interest in reading, so those can go straight to the giveaway shelves. (There are still on the order of 900 books on my unread shelves, but I'm currently reading or skimming or deciding to skip about eight books a month, so at the current rate I should get through them all in only another ten years! :) )

For dinner last night, I cooked some frozen ravioli and coated it in yummy pesto, and had a piece of cranberry-walnut bread (I used to not like cranberries and to not like nuts in bread, but somehow am liking that combination now), and then for dessert I had a piece of apple pie and some vanilla ice cream. Which was nicely satisfying; it fit my very-low-key-celebratory mood.

Today, Wednesday, I met Karen for breakfast, and then stopped off for some more groceries and a haircut before heading to work. I came home to drop off the groceries, and got all ready to bike to work, and realized I wasn't feeling well. Headachey, mildly upset stomach, drippy nose. I blew my nose and took an Advil and got on my bike, and got down to the end of the block before deciding that I really ought to just stay home today.

So I decided to work from home, but continued to not feel well, so I took a break to read for a bit, and fell asleep on the couch. I've been doing that a lot lately; I really ought not to sit on the couch in the afternoon, because it too often happens that I fall asleep for a couple of hours. I probably need the sleep, but it takes a big bite out of my day.

This evening, I watched another Parks and Rec episode, which I unfortunately didn't enjoy much, and the latest episode of Supergirl, which had some great moments. And did some more reading and some more book-adjusting, and soon I will put this computer down and do a little bit of day-job work before going to sleep. I think today was retroactively a sick day rather than a work-from-home day, which is too bad because there's stuff I should get done before the end of the week.

Another of the things I did on Sunday or Monday was to finally order captive-bead earrings to replace the one that I misplaced a couple months ago. I ordered a few of them, of various colors and such; a couple of them arrived today, and it's kind of nice to once again have a tiny portable silent fidget toy always at hand. Also in today's mail: the Blu-ray of Moana, which was supposed to be released a couple weeks ago but has been unavailable until now.

Anyway, all of which is to say that I'm having a reasonably good (and reasonably productive) week despite various setbacks, and I very much appreciate all of the birthday greetings. Thanks, everyone!

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Mar. 30th, 2017 02:22 am
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Every few months, I run through [site community profile] changelog compiling a list of who has been contributing patches to our code repository, with the understanding that this is not a competition, or any sort of "high score" list. It's intended as a guide for casual developers, to discern not only our most prolific contributors, but also those who have contributed to the project most recently and therefore would be more likely to provide a timely, informed response to development questions. That is why the list is sorted by "Latest" instead of "Changes".

In general, one commit on Github equals one point in the "Changes" column, but fractional points are awarded for collaborative efforts — the most common example being a new S2 theme, where usually half credit is awarded to the theme author and the other half to the person who converts the theme into a code patch. Due to the nature of development, some changes are massive contributions of new code, and others are tiny tweaks; there is no correlation with the amount of effort involved. We are grateful to everyone who helps to improve Dreamwidth, in ways large or small.

I last compiled this list at the end of September. Since that time, we have not been graced with any new contributors, but we are pleased to welcome [staff profile] denise and [personal profile] fu back to active development after a long absence.

  #  User                      Changes     Latest
  1. denise                     417.08     Thu Mar 30 04:19:59 2017 UTC
  2. fu                         2168.5     Thu Mar 30 04:12:07 2017 UTC
  3. kareila                      1151     Tue Mar 21 16:56:21 2017 UTC
  4. alierak                        33     Wed Mar 15 13:41:33 2017 UTC
  5. mark                        563.5     Wed Feb 15 22:47:17 2017 UTC
  6. kaberett                     44.5     Mon Feb 13 18:53:52 2017 UTC
  7. momijizukamori             229.16     Sat Feb 11 17:08:28 2017 UTC
  8. srukle                          9     Sat Feb 04 00:09:02 2017 UTC
  9. woggy                          17     Thu Sep 29 22:26:43 2016 UTC
 10. onlyembers                    0.5     Thu Sep 29 19:58:05 2016 UTC

 11. pinterface                   15.5     Sat Sep 24 00:19:48 2016 UTC
 12. wohali                          1     Wed Aug 31 14:12:26 2016 UTC
 13. hotlevel4                      53     Fri Jul 15 22:39:55 2016 UTC
 14. phidari                         2     Sat Jun 18 21:14:12 2016 UTC
 15. cesy                        29.83     Sat Jun 18 15:28:34 2016 UTC
 16. chrisboyle                     15     Sun May 15 12:08:22 2016 UTC
 17. me_and                         36     Sun May 15 11:33:08 2016 UTC
 18. dfabulich                       1     Mon Apr 25 19:53:40 2016 UTC
 19. azurelunatic                    8     Mon Mar 28 05:54:30 2016 UTC
 20. sgsabbage                      17     Wed Feb 24 20:45:39 2016 UTC
The rest of the list... (159 total) )

Stuff

Mar. 30th, 2017 01:25 pm
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Cats: Mason got his stitches out and is enjoying a cone free existence. He's been pretty good at pacing himself and not trying to jump on stuff that is too high. Also now he doesn't have to the wear the cone he and George are much more comfortable around each other, even occasional grooming.

Link to instagram photo because it won't embed for unspecified reasons

Because Mason still needs to be kept close and not be allowed to wander too much, I am reinstating the rule that the cats are inside with closed doors at night. Which is a good rule. This means I am bribing them with tuna most nights to get them to come inside, but they both seem to think it's a fair trade. Mason gets locked in when I'm at work, but George gets to stay on whichever side of the door she is on (with food in a bowl outside) because unlike Mason her timidity means she is less likely to get into dangerous situations.

Work: Mostly good. I gave a presentation on Fair Trade and ethical fashion at a Catholic high school on Thursday. It was fun to do and I would happily do it at other schools.

We had stocktake on Monday which meant I ended up working a 12 hour day. It all went pretty smoothly and we ran re-counts on Tuesday and there weren't many errors. I'm glad it happened towards the end of my work week, and not at the beginning.

Speaking of which, my roster will be changing after Easter for reasons I can't discuss publicly just yet. But my new roster will be pretty good, and still 4 days a week and 5 days in November and December, so that's something.

TV I started watching Gotham which is all [personal profile] sabotabby and [personal profile] the_axel's fault. They promised me crack but I got invested in the well being of characters like Baby Cat Woman, Fish Mooney, and Butch Gilzean. I even like Baby Bruce Wayne and Alfred. The character I care least about is Jim Gordon, and I'm pretty sure the actor is the bastard love child of Russell Crowe and Ben Mendelsohn.

After finishing two seasons in 3 weeks (look, I was home with a sick cat for two of those weeks), I decided to wait for season three to finish airing so I could binge that, too. And started looking for something that actually was the entertaining yet low stakes show I was looking for in the first place and Brooklyn Nine Nine is currently filling that role.

The only shows I'm watching weekly which are currently airing are pretty much only The Magicians, which finally had a good episode after lots of rage inducing stupid plots, and Elementary, which I'm not enjoying as much as in previous years.

I started watching Atlanta on SBS on Demand, but it autoplayed the episodes in the wrong order so I rage quit.

Books: I know I read some...

Last night I finished re-reading Margaret Atwood's The Blind Assassin, which I hadn't read in 5-10 years. It turns out most of the stuff I remember was from the last third of the book, and there was lots more stuff about childhood and family history that I'd forgotten.

Before that I read The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin, which was a great continuation of The Fifth Season. I liked the introduction of another point of view.

And before that I read Silvia Moreno-Garcia's Certain Dark Things, an urban fantasy-ish novel about vampire drug gangs in Mexico. This was really great, and actually made vampires interesting again. I loved the idea that there were actually different species of vampire, each local to one part of the world, which explains the different mythologies.

Me: Generally okay, but slept weirdly the last couple of days while trying to make up for the couple of days before that.

I got stung by a bee on Sunday, but thanks to quick action on my part followed by asking beekeepers for advice on facebook, it hasn't swollen up and the itching has pretty much stopped.

I usually make some sarcastic comment about giving up something for Lent. This year I decided to do a secular version of Lent which I have dubbed "Meat Free March" (with fish allowed on Fridays). It's been pretty good and I have remembered some of my favourite vegetarian dishes. But now the end is approaching and I am really looking forward to Saturday. I'm basically a non-religious person who likes to celebrate all the events on various calendars which revolve around food, so I figured it was time to try some of the fasting events as well as the eating events.

Winter is coming, and we had a weirdly wet and cold summer, so I'm a bit apprehensive. But also planning a Hogswatch/Solstice party for my birthday. This will be decidedly non-vegetarian as the whole point is an excuse to bake a ham. But there will be veg*n options. Plus asking everyone to bring a dish, and possibly a chair.
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Those of you who love Open Source Bridge: it's going to be June 20-23, in Portland, Oregon. The call for session proposals closes in a few days, on 31 March. Last month Denise mentioned she hasn't yet decided whether to treat OSB 2017 as a "take Dreamwidth people to this conference" conference. But regardless, figured you might want to know.

Changes this year: a Community Organizer track during the Friday unconference, more extracurricular activities, and "a new track to explore how activists are using technology, how open source communities are supporting activists, and how other open source and activist communities intersect."

Presentations, panels, sets of lightning talks, workshops, or other session types are welcome.

Presentations can fit either a short- or long-form slot. Short-form presentations will receive a 45 minute session, and long-form will have 1 hour and 45 minutes. Pick the format that best fits the scope and style of your presentation.


[Call for proposals]
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Posted by Mariela Santos Muniz

Louisiana is next on a list of states considering eliminating their tax on tampons. State Senator JP Morrell filed Senate Bill 24, which proposes allowing local governments in the state to ban the application of sales taxes on a number of feminine hygiene products including menstrual pads, tampons, and menstrual cups. Diapers for young infants are also included in the bill.

Taxes on things deemed necessities – like utilities and prescription drugs – are currently prohibited in many states. Now activists are pushing their state governments to end the sexist interpretation of how a “necessity” is defined, and stop taxing products that so much of the population uses every month. Senator Morrell’s bill would be a step towards doing just that.

According to New Orleans’ Times-Picayune, in order for the bill to go into effect the Louisiana Constitution would need to be amended. The voting process begins on April 10 when the State Legislature will have to approve the measure by two-thirds if it is to pass. If enough votes are cast by the members, the bill will then be voted on in a state referendum this fall, going into effect on January of 2018.

Some activists criticize the Louisiana bill for not doing enough since local governments would only be given the option to end their tax on tampons, and could decide to continue taxing people who menstruate.

The Washington Post reports that four states – Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Massachusetts and Maryland – already don’t have a tampon tax and Oregon, Montana, and New Hampshire have no sales tax at all. Bills have been introduced in California and Texas to eliminate the tampon tax as well.

Last year, Assemblymember Cristina Garcia proposed the bill in California, emphasizing in her introduction that low-income women are especially affected by the tampon tax. California Governor Jerry Brown then vetoed the bill, citing the economic impact that the measure would have on state revenue. Persistent, Assemblymember Garcia has introduced a new bill this year, proposing that the tampon tax be eliminated and the revenue loss be substituted by taxing hard liquor more, Time reports.

Women’s health is directly affected by their access to necessary hygiene products. The potential elimination of the tampon tax in Louisiana could be beneficial for some of the most vulnerable women in the state and the legislators of other states would do well to consider similar initiatives. If not, women will continue to feel the financial brunt of what it means to be a woman in today’s society, in which women’s bodies are policed and taxed.

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