The policies provide a path for transgender troops to access the health care they need in order to transition.

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The U.S. Department of Justice issued In-Service Transition for Transgender Services Members” on March 31, 2021. This was in response to President Joe Biden’s executive order, which was issued on January 25, 2021. About two months later, the Pentagon released new policies that comply with the directive in the executive order.

The Department of Defense released issuance titled: In-Service Transition for Transgender Service Members. The information in it will be effective 30 days after publication, on April 30, 2021. The announcement…


To understand the significance of this executive order, you need to know the history behind it.

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President Biden issued an executive order on January 25, 2021, called “Executive Order on Enabling All Qualified Americans to Serve Their Country in Uniform”. The purpose of this executive order was to overturn former President Trump’s ban on transgender people serving openly in the military.

“All Americans who are qualified to serve in the Armed Forces of the United States (“Armed Forces”) should be able to serve. …


The order provides people who are LGBTQIA+ with the same protections that cis-gendered people already receive.

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President Biden issued an executive order on January 20, 2021, titled: “Executive Order on Preventing and Combating Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation”. The purpose of this order is to ensure that people who are LGBTQIA+ do not face discrimination based on who they love or who they are.

The Congressional Research Service (in a report that was released on 2014), explained what an executive order is and why a President can issue them:

Executive orders, presidential memoranda, and proclamations…


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Hey, Jen! It’s me — “future Jen”. Yes, that sounds impossible. You’re gonna have to trust me (even though you don’t trust anyone right now.)

I know you really want to quit your ballet class. When you were a little kid, it was fun. Somewhere along the way it got exhausting and stressful. You got your first pair of toe shoes when you were nine (which was way too young) and your feet never stopped hurting.

Our parents get angry every time you outgrow your toe shoes, leotards, or tights, but they won’t let you quit ballet. Over and over…


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What happens if a President of the United States becomes incapacitated, dies, resigns, or is removed from office? The next eligible person in the Presidential Order of Succession becomes President. Here is a list of the positions that are part of the Biden-Harris Presidential Order of Succession, and the name of the person currently holding those positions.

The Presidential Order of Succession

President of the United States: Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr.

Joe Biden was the 47th Vice-President of the United States during the Obama-Biden administration. Key accomplishments include the Recovery Act (economic recovery plan with a focus on clean energy) and the Affordable Care Act…


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The Congresswoman is reactionary, mean, and causing obstruction.

Republican Congressman Tom Graves chose not to run for re-election in 2020. He was representing Georgia’s 14th District, and announced that he would step down from Congress in October.

In June of 2020, a primary was held to determine which of the many Republicans running to represent the 14th District of Georgia would be the one to do it. Candidates included: Andy Gunther, Ben Bullock, Matt Laughridge, Kevin Cooke, Bill Hembre, Clayton Fuller, John Barge, and John Cowen (a neurosurgeon). The list also included Marjorie Taylor Greene (a wealthy businesswoman).

Ballotpedia reported…


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You posted your most recent piece of art on your Twitter account to show your friends and fans. Someone you have never interacted with responds with an @ to an account you’ve never heard of and with a string of letters and numbers that look like complete gibberish. What’s going on?

The short answer is that a despicable person has put your tweet — including your art that was part of that tweet — on the blockchain. There is nothing you can do to remove it from there. How horrifying!

Even worse, the art thief intends to sell your tweet…


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Running away will not magically prevent the NRA from facing legal consequences.

On January 15, 2021, the Associated Press reported that the National Rifle Association announced that it has filed for bankruptcy protection and will seek to incorporate in Texas.

The Associated Press also reported that that the NRA filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in federal court in Dallas and said it planned to incorporate in Texas, where records show it formed a limited liability corporation, Sea Girt LLC, in November of 2020. …


What happens when a delivery of ice cream is left at the wrong home during the COVID-19 pandemic?

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Last night, my husband ordered Thai food from a family-owned restaurant that is located within walking distance. We try to support it whenever we can. Very nice people. Fantastic food. It even has one thing I can safely eat because it doesn’t include any of the foods that I am allergic to.

I was only vaguely aware that my husband was going out to get Thai food because I was taking a nap when he asked if I wanted food from that…


How can we retrieve it without having to move the stove?

photo by Jen Thorpe

Few things are more mundane than grocery shopping. Eventually though, you have to do it. Putting the groceries away after you return home can be a tedious chore. Over all, its a boring task. This time, however, things went differently than planned.

My husband Shawn was putting the groceries away when something completely unexpected happened. He accidentally dropped one of the cans of tuna fish that we bought, and it rolled behind the stove. It was a random thing that has never happened before.

It seems the can landed…

Jen Thorpe

Freelance writer with invisible illnesses and chronic pain. Poet, podcaster, video game player, creator of strange artwork, they/them @OwnkaMav

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