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All Of Your Questions About What It’s Like To Be Asexual Answered

Asexuality is like visual impairment. There is not just one way to be…IT. Some of us are born and live our whole lives this way. Some have accidents or injuries in life that make us this way. And some of us choose surgery to be this way. In Matthew 19:12 Jesus speaks of eunuchs, who are asexual beings in society who are loved by God.

In this Huff Post video on Asexuality, a young lady speaks about what Asexuality is for her. One thing truly asexual people don’t have is constant, unremitting, torture and agony from not having or doing IT. And being asexual is much more of a problem for people who want to have sex with you, for whatever reason, than it is as a personal trait. “How can you turn me down, Sweetheart? I’m the hottest thing in town!!!”

The other link will take you to the AVEN website. A lot of information and examples of asexual people are available to non-members here. Members can participate in forums with a worldwide reach in different languages.

Are there times I wish I wasn’t this way? Not really. As a transgender female Asexuality is my cup of tea. What may be YOUR cup of tea is, of course, something no one can decide for you. Good luck. +

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/asexuality-bauer-mcclave-the-spectrum_us_57472336e4b0dacf7ad42e7c?utm_hp_ref=queer-voices&ncid=newsltushpmg00000003. (Huff Post article/video)

.http://www.asexuality.org/home/. (AVEN)

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Superbug Gene Isolated in U.S.| MedPage Today Article

This is a story the full impact of which will be played out and reported by the news media as medical science confronts it. Some of us are already living with colonies of antibiotic-resistant organisms in the moist parts of our bodies and have bouts of urinary tract infections. In the interests of not making the bacteria in our bodies resistant to antibiotics by overuse of the agents, living with the bacterial colonies has been determined by medical science to be the rest approach to treatment.

Now a lady in Pennsylvania has been found to have a “superbug” that can stand up against the last resort antibiotic, colistin. Until now, the U.S. has been a continent free of this pathogen called mcr-1.

This is truly a major health crisis for the U.S., if not the world. This pathogen in endemic in that it is silently carried in humans, animals, and food. As of now there are no defenses for this “superbug gene”.

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Bathroom Lawsuit Could Send Transgender Rights To U.S. Supreme Court. PLUS Intersex: XX Boys and XY Girls – America’s Still-Invisible Conundrum

Only in America does the highest court in the land get to decide where one can or cannot go to the toilet. The arguments used against transgender people are the same arguments of STATES RIGHTS that were used back in the civil rights days against black people voting, going to school, use of drinking fountains and restrooms, etc.. News media, like the Huffington Post just pass the crap along without any attempt to EDUCATE its readers about being transgender. Worse, the folk-fallacy of MENTAL versus PHYSICAL causes still plagues the USA, when it comes to the human rights of those with diverse Mental Health, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Biological Diversity (Intersex).

Physical means it isn’t your fault (whether mom or dad can be blamed is another story). Mental means it IS your fault (all you need to do is to WANT to change, get saved, or get a good swift kick in the ass and be made to get a job).

So where does the BULLSHIT end (that TV viewers and print readers pay billions of dollars to consume) and public education begin? Mental or physical? It is All physical (BIOLOGICAL) folks, even the mental. LGBT, like I,is biological ( it HAS to be, because it cuts so deep into the person’s Being in the World). Forget NATURE versus NURTURE. Milton Diamond versus John Money is history (read THE BOY WHO WAS RAISED AS A GIRL by John Colopino and check out the enclosed Alice Dreger links). The only nurture in all this is whether or not it is safe to come out.

It must be remembered that there are Transgender persons who may be Intersex, but not Gay, Lesbian, or Bisexual. And there are Intersex persons who are not Transgender, but may or may not identify as Gay, Lesbian, or Bisexual. There are also Intersex persons, thanks to the history and current practice of silent “normalization” of genitalia at birth in the US, who do not know they were born Intersex and for whom none of this controversy is important.

So where, in the interests of FULL DISCLOSURE, am I coming from in all this? I am a transgender female, who was born intersex, who is also asexual (not into sexual activity at all) in sexual orientation.

Links with asterisks are YouTube videos that are important for basic knowledge of Transgender and Intersex issues.

*Alice Dreger: Why Have Intersex Rights Been So Hard to Secure in America? (25 Feb. 2016 – very important presentation)

https://youtu.be/ZGfRANkJJRQ

Three Selected Intersex Medical Conditions (DSD) Disorders of Sexual Development – National Library of Medicine

Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome
.https://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/androgen-insensitivity-syndrome

46XX Testicular DSD
.https://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/46xx-testicular-disorder-of-sex-development

5α Reductase Deficiency (cf. Jeffrey Eugenides: MIDDLESEX)
.https://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/5-alpha-reductase-deficiency

*YouTube: Oprah – Growing Up Intersex (Part I)

https://youtu.be/cJxZe4KAdqU

*YouTube: ABC News – “Normalizing” Surgeries on Intersex Children

https://youtu.be/5dJduGC3HyQ

Huffington Post Link that Angered Me to Write This Post

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/bathroom-bill-supreme-court_us_57489327e4b03ede4414cb06?ir=Queer+Voices§ion=us_queer-voices&utm_hp_ref=queer-voices&

More Alice Dredger – 16 Feb. 2016 (THE SAAD TRUTH)

https://youtu.be/qD6EVe87w1c

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Toilet wars: Eleven states sue the American Government

Here we are, world! Hot-off-the-press, international news from the USA about where to go to the toilet! For my readers who don’t know French I have included a link to an English translation from France 24 that is faithful to the French post.

Reading this news item reminded me of Paris back in the early 1960s where, around L’arche de triomphe there were these metal contraptions (pissoirs) that people used to urinate in. They were moved around from tree to tree to spread out the smell. I did not see any HOMMES or FEMMES signs on them. And they were free to use.

Where I worked the cleaning women would come into the busy men’s room and, while cleaning up the place, sing a little song as men came and went to use the trough.

When I was in Paris in 2014 I had to pay a couple Euros to pee! And there were no paper towels! It was a single-occupancy thing and commuters used credit cards on a turnstile to frequent the facility. In Sweden at the Malmö train station I had to pay, also. And there was this blue-light thing you put your hands in to sanitize them. No paper towels, either.

Will all this finally have to go to the US Supreme Court like Scotus (same-sex marriage)? If so, hurry up. I can’t hold it forever!

“Bataille des toilettes” : onze États poursuivent le gouvernement américain http://f24.my/1TEMk9g

.http://www.france24.com/en/20160525-11-states-sue-obama-administration-over-transgender-toilets (English)

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A 9-1-1 dispatcher explains why anti-trans bills make absolutely no sense

These are the kinds of reports that may shake some sense into rabid homo/transphobes who see a cross dresser in every woman’s restroom. There were no reports of cross-dressing women attacking little boys in men’s restrooms. (They might fantasize about this, however, in a “private” moment.).

The practice of news outlets broadcasting and rebroadcasting news to make advertising dollars without a sense of moral compunction is disgusting. On the Internet you can pick and choose what is worth watching and reading without being forced to sit though streams of crap chosen to accent the commercials.

Going to the toilet, like being transgender, is NOT a choice. If someone has a concern about where I empty my bowels and bladder, call 911.

A 9-1-1 dispatcher explains why anti-trans bills make absolutely no sense http://news360.com/article/351984718

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BBC News: Hiroshima: A Newsround Special

This event happened two and one-half years after I was born in the San Francisco Bay Area. I grew up in the Sacramento Valley where I remember the air raid drills and how I had to tell the teachers I was left-handed and covering my neck with my right hand while I was laying down facing the wall was the right way for me. When I played with the neighbor girls we would discus what would really happen if an atomic bomb dropped on us. None of our families had built bomb shelters.

Growing up I just accommodated myself to the bomb tests in Nevada (Could I feel the ground shake when one of the bombs was exploded?) and Bikini Atoll was so far away. Somewhere along the line atomic bombs became nuclear bombs and the Nevada tests went underground.

High school was uneventful, except for having to sign up for the draft after graduation. I graduated when I was 17 and started college at a local community college. My parents gave me a bad time about my friends, for wrecking my car, and an encounter with the Police. One of my high school friends joined the Navy and was really excited about it. I didn’t want to commit to a four-year enlistment; so, to get away from home and to work on my military obligation, I enlisted in the Army for three years.

The Army got ahold of me, tested me to see what I was good at, and sent me to communications school after Basic Training. It was about this time the Berlin Wall went up. While in com school I submitted to a polygraph (lie detector) exam and the FBI checked my background. After com school I was sent to the Pentagon for further training and then deployed to Paris for the rest of my enlistment.

My honorary discharge paper (DD214) says I was assigned to the Office of the Army Attaché/American Embassy in Paris. While deployed I lived through, among other things, the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 and the JFK Assassination in 1963. We came SO CLOSE to nuclear war with the Soviet Union back then. And it won’t be until 2063 when the National Archives will release all the information about Kennedy’s murder.

Writing this at age 73, it appears that the specter of nuclear destruction is still with us. The world has been able, since Hiroshima and Nagasaki, to keep from using nuclear weapons in warfare. Kim Jong-un, however, is gearing up to end this period of nuclear sobriety. Is he really serious? A madman with a gun is one thing. A nut with a nuke is something else.

The links below in English and Swedish are presented as background to the bombings in Japan. The final link is the BBC Newsround Special.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atomic_bombings_of_Hiroshima_and_Nagasaki. (English)

https://sv.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atombomberna_över_Hiroshima_och_Nagasaki. (svenska)

http://www.english.illinois.edu/maps/poets/g_l/levine/bombing.htm. (English)

I saw this on the BBC News App and thought you should see it:

Hiroshima: A Newsround Special_84662573_nr_japan_still02.jpgLeah travels to the Japanese city of Hiroshima, which was completely devastated by a nuclear bomb during World War Two.
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BBC News: The US veterans going back to live in Vietnam

As a Cold War, US veteran who never served in Vietnam, I know how the pull of foreign culture can result in a sense of homelessness, after returning home, that time can never erase. The body may be “home”, but the soul will never return as it once was. The expression, “You can’t come home, again.”, recognizes the constant reshaping of self through lived experience. And now, with the Internet and Skype, home can be the world, if you so desire.

When I returned to Europe for a family visit in 2014, 50 years after I left in 1964, what I saw of the places I revisited was more modern, but in many ways not much different from the ways I remembered them in my mind. I was discharged from active duty while deployed in Paris. However, the loose ends in my life before I enlisted HAD to be dealt with and, with a sad heart, I finally flew back to California a couple months later.

During my time in France I learned how to play the classic guitar and speak French. German and Spanish I tried to maintain and I visited Spain and West Germany several times. The discovery in early 2014 of family in Sweden resulted in the addition of Swedish to my collection of foreign languages.

I tell my story, but can anyone really hear it? How many of my readers turned 21 outside of Paris in a farm house? When I look at my life now, I can see a thread connecting those days in Europe with my life as it is now. When I die I want my ashes to end up in Sweden.

Then I will FINALLY be home.

I saw this on the BBC News App and thought you should see it:

The US veterans going back to live in Vietnam_89774882_clarkedsc_9976.jpgMore than 40 years after the end of the Vietnam war dozens of ageing former American soldiers have gone back – and have succeeded in finding peace.
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