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Name: Mara Alis Butler
Gender: Female
Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana
Home country: USA
Current location: Indianapolis, Indiana
Member since: Sat Feb 28, 2004, 01:13 AM
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Transgender (MTF) Social Worker/Case Manager working for State of Indiana. Huge Sci-Fi/Anime Geek and music lover. Hopeless \"political junkie\" and aspiring writer.

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Trump gaining in PA?

One of my friends posted on FB short time ago that Trump is gaining steam in PA? Is there a new poll out or something?
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Tue Oct 20, 2020, 04:11 PM (43 replies)

So, Are we just "living with COVID" now?

Cases seem to be trending upwards just about everywhere but nobody is talking about the possibility of more lockdowns or restrictions. It's going up here in Indiana but our Governor just moved us to Stage 5 (less restrictions). Republicans seem to be getting restrictions overturned in the Courts in places like Wisconsin and Michigan and Republican Leaders in those states, Ohio, and others (and of course Trump) just seem to be telling us that we have to "learn to live with it." Plus, they are fighting just about every plan to ensure safe voting in November. So, are most of our leaders (not all of them but a lot of them) just giving up and adopting sort of a tolerance where we're not really fighting it anymore, at least until we have new leadership (hopefully) and a vaccine next year? What is going on? Are there no other strategies for dealing with this rise in COVID cases being contemplated or looked at? I'm starting to see a lot more reports of potential exposure in my job and among my Facebook friends too. It feels like it is getting worse and worse.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Sat Oct 10, 2020, 04:46 PM (21 replies)


but prebubescent children get NOTHING in terms of medication, hormones, surgery, etc.
Pubescent children can get put on blockers in order to delay the onset of puberty. These have no known serious side effects for children and just put the brakes on natal puberty. Natal puberty produces some changes to ones body that can exacerbate gender dysphoria for Transgender people and be costly to address via surgery and other procedures. It is undeniably ideal for Transgender children to not have to go through their natal puberty. Cross-sex hormones, which DO cause changes in the body are not typically introduced until age 16 or so recommended by their doctors and nobody is getting surgery until adulthood. There will always be some people for whom transition may have been the wrong choice and desire to detransition. They should be supported and affirmed in that choice. However, what I am most concerned about is people freaking out about a handful of detransitioners or people regretting their choice and imposing new and unreasonably stricter rules on others whom literally are going to die if their dysphoria is not addressed. Bigotry against Transgender people, especially in the UK, is a serious problem and people like JKR are promoting ideas and theories and information that is harmful to the cause of Transgender equality and access to transition-related care.

So, if I seemed a little concerned about that in this thread, this is why. Thank you for being supportive and trying to understand.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Fri Oct 9, 2020, 04:59 PM (1 replies)

But out of how many other people who transition without regret?

And let me emphasize that I support people whom choose to detransition as long as they're not in turn trying to make it harder for people seeking transition to get the care they need.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Fri Oct 9, 2020, 02:37 PM (1 replies)

There are always going to be a few people who transition and then de-transition

No system of care is going to be perfect. De-transitioning is still very rare. Very few people de-transition or experience regret (and a lot of those people who do do so because of adverse social circumstances). I feel like some people would rather 10 Transgender people be denied or delayed gender affirming care instead of having 1 person make a mistake regarding transition and have to deal with the consequences thereof.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Fri Oct 9, 2020, 01:50 PM (1 replies)

Nothing else is known to "cause" gender dysphoria

You pretty much either identify with your gender assigned at birth or you don't. If you're actually gender dysphoric, the recommended course of treatment is to transition. Anti-depressants or other psychotropic medications or counseling aren't going to change those feelings.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Fri Oct 9, 2020, 01:45 PM (1 replies)

I don't know a lot about the UK and Transgender Care

but they are generally even more restrictive with transition-related care than the US. From what I have heard from my Trans brethren across the pond there are usually long waiting periods and require trans people to live in their identified gender for up to two years before they are given cross-sex hormones, surgery, etc. Here in the US, transition care for children is generally pretty conservative and heavily monitored by doctors, endos, and psychologists throughout the process. Cross-sex hormones aren't usually approved until children are about 16 or so and are often prescribed blockers (which are used for non-Trans related reasons as well) around the onset of puberty. This case seems to be more like a case of transition regret (which does occasionally happen) but the problem that I have with it is that it could have adverse consequences on the majority of children whom are gender dysphoric if it becomes more restrictive as a result. There is a lot of misinformation put out there and information not supported by evidence by people like JKR and TERFs whom are simply bigoted towards Transgender people.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Fri Oct 9, 2020, 01:40 PM (0 replies)

My only concern

is that Pence sort of "cleans up" Trump's mess left by the last debate and/or helps normalize Trump and some of his policies. Pence is dull and sort of dumb but he cleans up well and won't be showing up spouting a bunch of conspiracy theories or talking over and interrupting Kamala. The main problem for him, I suppose, is that he will be put in a position of having to either defend Trump or repudiate him, which has got to be an unenviable place to be. My guess is that this debate will neither help or hurt either candidate much or really move anything. I have full confidence in Kamala to present herself well.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Wed Oct 7, 2020, 06:40 PM (0 replies)

Since Breyer has been mentioned:

He's another reason to vote out Trump in November because he will probably be looking to retire or will probably have to work himself to death during the next 4 years to try to avoid having his seat filled with ANOTHER right-winger!

And if everybody wants or needs another reason for 4-8 years of Biden/Harris, Thomas' seat could *potentially* come up as well during that time, which could help shift the balance of the court back towards the center. While Thomas would probably not purposefully resign under Biden, he may still get sick and be forced to retire and/or pass away since he *is* getting up there in years. If Trump wins, he would likely retire and Trump would get yet another pick.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Sat Sep 26, 2020, 09:40 PM (0 replies)


All three of them are tainted:

Gorsuch: This was supposed to be President Obama's pick- Garland or somebody else. But McConnell and other Republicans invoked a non-existent rule (now referred to as the "McConnell Rule" and used their power to prevent hearings or a vote for 8-9 months before the 2016 Election, ostensibly to prevent Democrats from appointing a moderate/liberal replacement for Scalia.

Kavanaugh: Who paid his debts off? Why did Kennedy suddenly decide to resign? WHAT in the world was that reaction to Trump that was caught on tape. And Kavanaugh was credibly accused of sexual assault and had a meltdown at his own confirmation hearing. Totally UNFIT for the job but he got it anyway- because Republicans wanted it and Collins decided to straddle both sides of the fence on the sexual assault allegations presented by Blasey-Ford. Hopefully, she pays for it with her seat this year.

Barrett: In a naked and bald-faced reversal of their 2016 "McConnell Rule", Republicans are now literally tripping over themselves right now to replace Ginsburg, a liberal member of SCOTUS, with a hardcore right-winger to tip the scales of the court even further in a conservative/right-wing direction for generations to come a mere 40 or so days until the 2020 Election. They are trying to gussy up their hypocrisy with a bunch of caveats and excuses but nothing can talk them out of their hypocrisy.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Sat Sep 26, 2020, 09:36 PM (0 replies)
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