Biden references "a young man who became a woman." Trans people *are* they don't *become,* but he is definitely trying to address this issue of safety and non-discrimination for trans people with compassion and clarity.
Twitter erased my thread on this: an immigrant mother of two kids, one of whom is trans, asks Biden what he will do about the discrimination that the Trump Administration has visited on trans and other LGBTQ people.
Biden says he will overturn any discriminatory rulings from Trump. He cites the murders of trans WOC and other trans people who have been disproportionately affected by violence. He says he will address discrimination against #LGBTQ.
Biden says his son Beau was the first to pass non-discrimination legislation in Delaware and that he is very proud of that.

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16 Oct
Very interesting night. Anyone who watched the #BidenTownHall AND the #TrumpTownHall had to be asking what they really want in a leader. Trump was as least civil to the voters questioning him, but he was also impatient and testy (is he still on steroids?).
Biden was calm and thorough in his answers. Knowledgeable. No raised voices, no arguments. He got no push back at all from George Stephanopoulos, who was barely moderating. The voters led. The #BidenTownHall was the antithesis of the #TrumpTownHall.
But Trump did himself no favors by attacking Savanah Guthrie. It was appallingly abusive and misogynist.
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15 Oct
#FireChuckTodd is trending. How many know the women at @MSNBC--Joy Reid, Nicolle Wallace, Rachel Maddow--all have advanced degrees, but Chuck Todd & Brian Williams have no degrees. Todd was mentored by Tim Russert & brought into cable by Chris Matthews. White men always fail up.
The thing is, I don't have an issue with folks being in journalism via working in journalism like Brian Williams and Chuck Todd have done their whole adult lives. But women don't get those same opportunities *without* degrees.
The reason to #FireChuckTodd isn't because he has no journalism degree--but that he's bad at his job. And arranging to have Trump do a town hall at the same time as Biden when Trump already cancelled on the original debate just continues MSNBC's too-cozy relationship with Trump.
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11 Oct
In an interview Sunday on @NewYorker radio on @NPR, Dr. Fauci spoke about violent threats to himself and family. He said in the 80s & 90s he got threats from "right wingers" who "didn't like me spending so much time on AIDS and 'queers' or whatever they called gays then."
Fauci said those people were a small faction, but now it's very extreme. He says no one should be threatening a "public health official." Fauci says, "I am not the enemy. The enemy is the virus." Fauci also spoke about vaccines and communities of color.
Folks may forget it was Fauci who raised the issue of disparity in infection and death rates in BIPOC communities and that had to be addressed and Trump et al ignored his concerns. He spoke about that again & said Black and brown communities have reason to distrust the govt.
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11 Oct
THREAD 📌 So no joke I was too depressed to write about #WorldMentalHealthDay. I meant to put up a series I did on #LGBTQ mental health and didn't. I meant to put up some interviews I did with MH experts on the "collective trauma" we are experiencing, but I just couldn't.
For months I've been being treated for an exacerbation of #PTSD with concomitant depression & anxiety. I was going to write something profound about that, but instead took a Xanax, cried for a bit, read some poetry (which I used to write), tried not to crawl out of my skin.
I mostly wanted to say that we all need to be able to talk about how mental illness is often crushing, the pain as exhausting as physical pain. I wanted to say to folks who are suffering that you are not alone--there are millions of us. But I was unable to do any of it. Sigh.
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10 Oct
My SNAP intake appointment was scheduled for 11:15am. It's 11:52 and they still haven't called me. My anxiety level is ridiculous.
The changes the government puts the working poor through is freaking ridiculous. 45mins and counting.
So my scheduled appointment--which I got snailmail notice of 10 days ago--was an hour ago. No call. It's pretty upsetting. And of course I am thinking about the other women who have been waiting for their calls and not gotten them, as well. Begging for help is tough enough. Yeesh
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8 Oct
I will say this in my column, but @KamalaHarris had to navigate so much: She was up against the sitting VP. She is one of only 4 women in US history to be on that stage, as a nominee and is the only Black woman & only 2nd Black person to do so.
The expectations of women are so much more than they ever are on men. For WOC, it is exponential. A Black woman on stage as a challenger to a white man is itself an optic that unsettles the fundamental narrative of white supremacy.

Many of us were shattered by the abusive performance by Trump a week ago. So comparatively, Pence's calm, message-driven gaslighting performance seemed different. Contentious but not threatening--not like Trump's scary shouty abuse. Or was it?
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