GRAFTON — She wrote by hand in her journal for hours that night, alone in her room, listening to punk and alt-rock songs on a playlist she had entitled “goodbye.”Then she gathered her winter boots, her purple coat, the water bottle she brought everywhere, and the two volumes of her journal, the running chronicle of her hidden inner struggle. This book is my garden, she had written the month before. I don’t grow much. A lot of weeds overrun it. The soil is rocky. She slipped through the house while her family slept, early on a cold Monday in March. She moved the hallway rug so the door to the garage wouldn’t rub over it and make a noise.At 12:58 a.m., a GPS track of her phone would later show, she stepped out into the dark. I care more about this notebook than I care about my life at times. This is organic and imperfect and nobody cares about it but me. It doesn’t have to live up to anyone’s standard. Not even mine. She had silently debated the … [Read more...] about Secrets of a Lost Girl
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Updated 6:13 AM ET, Thu May 31, 2018 Allendale, Michigan (CNN)Jasmine Glenn's friends remember late-night phone calls from her, sobbing and saying she was ready to kill herself, knife in hand. The world saw her as a man. To pretend she was one, she behaved recklessly. She drank heavily and then ran though bonfires. She raced her car down dark country roads in rural Michigan in the middle of the night. "I was trying to drink myself to death to escape who I was," she said. "I wasn't allowed to be myself, so I didn't want to be anyone else." Then, at 35, she realized what she needed to do to be herself: accept that she's transgender and live openly as the woman she always knew she was. To do that, she said, she had to "fix" her body. But after the battle with herself came the battle with insurers. Read More Not all transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals need medical care to transition. And not all identify as a man or woman. Some resent the pressure to conform … [Read more...] about The insurance battle for life-saving treatment
A TEENAGER has been left scarred for life after a masked thug doused her with acid in what cops say was a racially-motivated attack - because she "dated a black guy". Alma Ponce, 18, felt her skin "bubbling and melting" after the corrosive liquid was thrown at her during a midnight ambush outside her home in Dallas, Texas. The thug had unscrewed a lightbulb on her porch and waited in darkness until she returned from work with her mum Patricia Ponce, 45, and eight-year-old brother Luis Ruiz. He hurled a cup of acid at her before fleeing the scene, leaving Alma to throw herself into a children's pool in her garden to relieve the agony. She was rushed to hospital with second degree burns on her face, neck and chest and went on to undergo a series of skin grafts but remains permanently scarred. Her mum later found graffiti daubed on the side of the family home which read: "N***** loving w***e". The slur led Dallas Police to believe that the attack was racially motivated as Alma, who works … [Read more...] about Teen scarred for life after masked thug hurled acid over her in ‘racially-motivated attack’ because she ‘dated a black guy’
HUFFPOST PERSONAL 05/02/2018 12:01 pm ET Shelley Mann HiteGuest Writer “Mad Men” debuted on AMC in July of 2007, but I didn’t start watching it until the midseason break, when I binged to catch up after reading somewhere it was the best show none of us were watching. I’ve always been a binger. I was 26 and had just landed a sweet job editing for one of the weekly city papers that covered the nightlife scene in Columbus, Ohio. This particular brand of journalism felt similar to the advertising world circa 1960, as we tried to make creative magic happen under relentless deadline pressure and worshipped at the altar of all things booze. The martinis and Manhattans of “Mad Men” inspired a generation of 20-somethings to embrace classic cocktail culture. For me, those seven seasons of television coincided with a particularly traumatic stretch of life, the kind that makes you run toward something to help anesthetize the … [Read more...] about I Drank Like They Did on ‘Mad Men.’ It Nearly Destroyed Me.
Read more transcripts from Face the Nation here. MARGARET BRENNAN, CBS NEWS: Today on FACE THE NATION: North Korea declares it will suspend testing of nuclear missiles and plans to close a test site. The announcement is hailed as a step in the right direction by President Trump, as also faces some crucial decisions about that summit with Kim Jong-un and as his embattled nominees for secretary of state and CIA director move forward in the Senate. All this as the president's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, faces possible be criminal charges. Will Cohen turn on his longtime client in order to make a plea deal? We will cover it all today with two key voices in the Senate, Arkansas Republican Tom Cotton and California Democrat Dianne Feinstein. Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif tells us what his country is prepared to do if the president officially pulls out of the Iran nuclear deal. And former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg joins us to make an Earth Day … [Read more...] about Full transcript: ‘Face the Nation’ on April 22, 2018