About Us

The following bloggers are the core blogging team at ENDAblog:

Kynn Bartlett is a journalist and web designer living in Tucson, Arizona. He is the editor of Colorez!, southern Arizona’s GLBTS newsmagazine, a former president of the HTML Writers Guild, and the author and editor of several books on web design. He has blogged before at the blogs “Shock and Awe” (an anti-war blog launched during the early days of the Iraq War) and “The Inland Anti-Empire” (chronicling progressive causes in Temecula Valley, California). While in southern California, he co-founded the area’s first peace group and was a founding member of Temecula’s PFLAG chapter.

Jessica Blank hasn’t yet written up her bio.

Katrina Rose hasn’t written her bio either. Here’s her web site, though!

If you’d like to join the ENDAblog core blogging team, please email us.

18 Responses to About Us

  1. Amicus says:

    Please feel free to include me on your list of inclusive sites.

    Also, please feel free to reproduce any posts on the topic that I’ve made that you think would be worthwhile.

    I have new comments up and a table, just recently, of those sponsoring HR 2015.


  2. Kelli Busey says:

    I am a transwoman. I begain living full time in June 07 and have been experiencing first hand the open job discrimination. I have been following ENDA and am learning the history of the LBGT community as I go. It has been a amazing experence. I would love to be linked to your blog.

  3. planetransgender says:

    Thanks for reading my posts. You rock!!

  4. I just noticed your blog entry.
    You can take it down, accusing me of lying in to instances that are blatantly false, one in the rio incident where wjla can confirm that I was there the day afterwards, and the other where a voice analysis can prove you are lying…..

    or I can sue you for slander
    which I will.

    your choice.

    theresa rickman

    • Beth Morgan says:

      haha, really? I have no idea what you’re talking about, but it sounds like a crock of crap.

      slander isn’t even the term you’re looking for if you’re talking about blog posts or anything written, that would be libel.


  5. Richard says:

    I read through much of this blog. The Colorez web domain has expired for Kynn Bartlett – you may want to remove it from your biography. Katrina Rose’s website is interesting. Leaving Teresa Rickman’s comment up does not increase credibility in your blog.

    Reading this blog, I gain a sense of bitterness for wealthy white gays and lesbians interested in Marriage Equality and the repeal of DOMA and DADT – two issues near and dear to me though I will not benefit from either. I gain a sense of support for “T” inclusive ENDA which I strongly support – it is appalling that the decision to transition almost automatically includes automatic reduction to poverty.

    I get some sense of wanting to make certain that history includes the role of transgender folks at Stonewall. I do not see mention of the 1966 transgender Compton Cafeteria Riots in San Francisco – brought on by organizing by Glide Memorial Methodist Church and the inability of transexual women to obtain employment – if they finally did obtain a decent job, someone would “out” them and they were soon back on the street. Hooking on Polk Street was the only economic option available to so many until medical options opened for them in the late ’60’s. I wish the entire LGBT community and the entire world had more appreciation of the brave women fighting the police at the 1966 Comptom Cafeteria Riots.

    I also hear alot of bitterness at this and that … what I do NOT hear is what legislation the bloggers believe will benefit the transexuals in the USA. ENDA – yes … but what else? You discussed HRC in the State Department and lambasted her emphasis on partner benefits … marriage like benefits. What other benefits would specifically make life better for a transexual employee of the State Department that is not currently available?

    I am ignorant. Can a heterosexual transexual person sponsor their married foreign partner into the USA and into US citizenship like a non-transexual married person? As I said, I am ignorant. I assume marriage is completely possible for a heterosexual transexual person.

    I am assuming health insurance coverage for transitioning expenses is a huge issue … or is it? Have insurance companies been reasonable? Is Medicare and Medical reasonable? I (and most forks, I imagine) have no idea.

    I bet you feel like you have no responsibility to educate fools like me. Actually you don’t. You really don’t. It is up to me to educate myself. But lets get real.

    I have a blog that I write when I can – I am 100% disabled and most days cannot write in my blog ( I should be there now instead of here) Many straight folks who are my neighbors, family members, friends, and who are disabled like me read my blog. It for the straight people that I write my blog … and for my many gay friends who do not have the time to read up on LGBT USA and international news. So I repeat and repeat myself – I educate them over and over. Why?

    Because I know that even though they have a responsibility to educate themselves, they won’t. There are way too many calls on their time to expect them to get on line and look up gay or lesbian issues and outlooks. They simply will not do it. It is my best interest for the straight folks to understand the gay and lesbian interests, politics, and outlooks. So I educate them over and over and over again.

    I really think if you are serious in this blog, you may want to educate about you issues over and over again and again. So that idiot white gay men like me who come to you blog learn a thing or three – other than you are bitter about white gay men and Marriage Equality.

    Goddess forbid I should tell you what to do!!! I am not doing that. I am sharing my experience with you. I am telling you in all candor that chances are real good that I am going to bed and will not look up Medicare’s policy on reimbursement for transitioning expenses to see if that is an issue or not. I just know myself. It would be useful if you would tell me what your issues are, that’s all. You can choose to do so or not – your choice entirely.

    I enjoyed your blog … hope you add some about the brave folks at the Compton Cafeteria Riot – those Transgender folks deserve to be remembered as much as the Stonewall folk – and I do hope to learn here more about what the transexual brothers and sisters need politically.

    Hang in there!


  6. Wow , please do us a favour and post some more stuff like this one ! thank you a lot

  7. Naught shemale posts are the best thing ever , post more please!

  8. Ohhh yeah thank you for this fantasti post , I would love to get more and more tranny posts like this one ! Thank you

  9. RSG says:

    Oh great, just what the Internets need–another blog advocating for ENDA by those so far out of the mainstream that they make Fred Phelps look almost rational.

  10. OutHistory.org, the award-winning website on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer U.S. history, announced the winners of its “Since Stonewall Local Histories Contest” on Monday, June 28, exactly 41 years after the start of the rebellion that marks the beginning of the modern movement for LGBTQ rights and liberation.

    The contest—the first of its kind—invited people from across the country to create exhibits on OutHistory.org about the history of LGBTQ life in their village, town, city, county, or state since the Stonewall riots, 40 years ago. The contest also offered five cash prizes, from $5,000 to $1,000, to the creators of the top five exhibits. The awards were provided by the Arcus Foundation, which funded OutHistory.org for four years.

    OutHistory.org received over thirty exciting exhibits about LGBTQ history. One of the contest’s major goals was to draw attention to LGBTQ history in places that scholars have overlooked. Exhibits include entries about states such as Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Minnesota, Nebraska, Oregon, and Virginia, among others.

    The “Since Stonewall” exhibits are all geographically-based, but range dramatically in subject, from one New Yorker’s memoirs, to a history of the Gay Activists Alliance of Washington, D.C., an account of a long-lived gay bar in Michigan called The Flame, and a timeline of The Lesbian Mothers National Defense Fund in Seattle. All the entries are listed on the site.

    Professors and historians of homosexuality John D’Emilio and Leisa Meyer served as judges of the contest.

    The First Place Winner
    The first place prize was awarded to “Man-i-fest: FTM Mentorship in San Francisco from 1976 – 2009,” created by Meghan Rohrer, the first openly transgender pastor ordained in the Lutheran Church, in partnership with San Francisco’s GLBT Historical Society.

    The exhibit documents Lou Sullivan’s transition from female to male over the course of thirty years, with evidence drawn from Sullivan’s photos and letters, as well as video footage of interviews he did with the mainstream and community press, and medical professionals. D’Emilio and Meyer praised “the exhibit’s attention to the less studied FTM transition,” and noted “the critical role of mentors in these transitions is remarkable.”

    Second Place
    The second place winner, “Rainbow Richmond: LGBTQ History of Richmond, VA,”
    compiled by Cindy Bray, Program Director for the Gay Community Center of Richmond, provides a deeply textured story of the multiple challenges and triumphs that have constituted the queer history of this former capital of the Confederacy.

    “Moving from a straightforward timeline of the significant moments and turning points of Richmond’s LGBTQ history,” D’Emilio and Meyer said, “this exhibit offers detailed and evocative coverage of the violence, legal battles, and activism that characterized the four decades since Stonewall and offers browsers the rare opportunity to substantively engage this vital southern LGBTQ community.”

    Third Place
    In third place, historian Lindsay Branson’s “Gay Liberation in New York City” provides a remarkable array of sources, from an initial picture of “gay” graffiti to vivid oral history interviews and video footage of historical moments. This entry makes visitors to the site feel like they are part of the vibrant gay liberation movement in New York City during its brief heyday, while working to clarify the complex legacies of Stonewall.

    Fourth Place
    “Las Vegas, Nevada” the fourth place winner documents the creation of LGBTQ communities in Las Vegas over the course of 30 years. It was created by Dennis McBride and Crystal Van Dee of the Nevada State Museum with Paul Ershler of the Lambda Business and Professional Association. “This exhibit makes clear that, while Stonewall is part of a ‘shared’ queer history, we might be better served by looking to institutions like the Reno Gay Rodeo, Le Café in Las Vegas, and the fierce local struggles to maintain these and other institutions to understand the emergence of queer Nevada” D’Emilio and Meyer declared.

    Fifth Place
    In fifth place is the “Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club, San Francisco, California 1971-2004,” created by historian Nathan Purkiss, which documents the first registered LGBT democratic club in the nation. The exhibit draws from the Alice Reports newsletter, interviews with longtime Alice members, and the Gay Vote Newsletters of the Harvey Milk Democratic Club to provide, what D’Emilio and Meyer call, “a fascinating textual and visual journey.”

    Honorable mention was given to “The Midwest’s ‘Queer Mecca’: 40 Years of GLBTQ History in Bloomington, Indiana (1969-2009),” and “LGBT Life in Iowa City, Iowa: 1967-2010.”

    OutHistory.org’s founder, the pioneering gay historian Jonathan Ned Katz, hopes that the Since Stonewall Contest exhibits will be used by teachers to incorporate local LGBTQ history into high school and college courses. He also hopes that the contest will inspire others to write their local histories on the site, which, like Wikipedia, permits users to create content. As contest contributors can continue to edit their entries on OutHistory.org, and new histories are added by the public, the site’s local LGBTQ history content will continue to grow.

    According to D’Emilio and Meyer, “The OutHistory.org website and the ‘Since Stonewall’ contest are critically important in bringing attention to local LGBTQ history, and LGBTQ history more generally. Without recognition of LGBTQ history on local, state, national, and transnational levels our historical narratives will remain forever incomplete.”

    OutHistory.org was the co-recipient of the first Allan Bérubé Award from The Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History of the American Historical Association.

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