We’re bringing nature home this summer, Ranger-style

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Something extraordinary is growing in the heart of Toronto this summer.

Check out this inspiring video about our Homegrown National Park Project.

With the boundless enthusiasm of 21 Neighbourhood Park Rangers and 14 local partner groups, we are literally bringing nature home to the city.

Watch the video, then check out how Park Rangers are bringing veggie gardens, plants and flowers to surprising places throughout the old Garrison Creek corridor – transforming unloved grey spaces into bee-friendly gardens and connecting parks, yards, alleyways and streets.

Stay in touch by joining the Homegrown Facebook Page, and stay tuned for more awesome Ranger projects this fall.

Truly,

Jode Roberts and the Homegrown National Park Rangers

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Louisiana Police Sting Targets, Arrests Gay Men For Sex Using Unconstitutional Anti-Sodomy Law

Law enforcement in Baton Rouge have reportedly been using an invalid, unconstitutional law to target and arrest adult gay men, according to a new report.

The Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office sting was revealed on Saturday by the Baton Rouge Advocate, which investigated the arrests of at least a dozen Louisiana gay men since 2011 who agreed to consensual gay sex with undercover officers. In all of the cases, the men were arrested under the state’s anti-sodomy law, which was struck down as unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2003 ruling in Lawrence v. Texas.

Technically invalid yet still on the books, the state’s “Crime Against Nature” law prohibits “unnatural carnal copulation by a human being with another of the same-sex or opposite-sex or with an animal” along with “solicitation by a human being of another with the intent to engage in any unnatural carnal copulation for compensation,” according to Louisiana legislature.

“This is a law that is currently on the Louisiana books, and the sheriff is charged with enforcing the laws passed by our Louisiana Legislature,” Casey Rayborn Hicks, a Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman, told the Baton Rouge Advocate. “Whether the law is valid is something for the courts to determine, but the sheriff will enforce the laws that are enacted.”

However, the Advocate also revealed that none of these cases had been prosecuted by District Attorney Hillar Moore III, whose office could find no evidence of any crime being committed by any of the arrested men.

While Hicks argued that the fact that the men agreed to sex in a public park made their actions illegal, Equality Louisiana’s Bruce Parker told MSNBC.com that this claim carried little legitimacy as no sex ever actually happened in the park and most of the men intended to have sex at a private residence.

“They started a conversation and the officer invited him back,” Parker said. “That’s a conversation that could happen anywhere. It’s the equivalent of me asking you out in a Post Office.”

As outrage from advocates for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community grew over the weekend, the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office posted two statement on its Facebook page. The first was a defense of the policy, which claimed that department was not trying to target or embarrass any particular community.

“When we receive calls from the public about lewd activity near our children, we have to respond,” the statement reads. “Our park operations, conducted at the specific request of the BREC Park’s Ranger, were an attempt to deter or stop lewd activity occurring in the park near children… The deputies used a statute that they felt fit the situation in order to remedy the concerns of the parents and park officials.”

However, one hour and several Facebook comments later the department posted a second, more conciliatory status:

The goal of our statement was to express our intent to the public, which was to keep the parks safe. We admit, however, the approach needs to change. We are not making excuses, simply stating we will learn from this, make changes and move forward. We will be working with all branches of government to find a better solution for keeping our parks safe. Thanks to all for their input.

While it appears that law enforcement in Louisiana may be rethinking any further application of the anti-sodomy statutes, ThinkProgress notes that similar laws remain on the books in over a dozen other states. In fact, two years ago a Michigan sheriff’s office was revealed to be executing similar stings against gay men in the area.

UPDATE on July 29 at 2:45pm ET: The East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s office has released a statement with an apology which note, “While sections of La. R.S. 14:89, Crimes Against Nature, have not been removed from the Louisianalaw code, they have been deemed unenforceable and
unconstitutional. The Sheriff’s Office will not use these unconstitutional sections of the law in future cases.” Read more at The New Civil Rights Movement.

 

 

Trans Tale and updates! by Toni D’orsay

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Job hunting training, critical thinking, self knowledge, substance abuse, ex-offender reentry, homelessness diversion, help getting to see a doctor. We’ve been able to help people get hormones for the first time ever.

Spread the word — we desperately need donations to keep us going while we forge ahead. tell your friends to visit www.thisishow.org and donate any amount they can possible spare — every dollar matters, every dollar counts.

The next Trans Tale

She had been in shelters for a year. She always got their early to be sure she could get a bed, and she always helped out whenever asked. She had been pushed away from her family by her family, and the pain of it burned deep inside her, though she rarely let others see it.

She found herself there, and she didn’t like change from unstructured to structured at first, but she stuck with it because she needed the help, needed the safety net, and she kept on going. Soon she was back in school, and studying hard, and having challenges and on those days she wanted to quit, the people around her wouldn’t let her, and on days that she needed space, they let her have it.

Christmas came around. She began to withdraw. The holidays are a hard time for many trans people. There are memories and old desires that spark up. For Thanksgiving there had been a large meal put out that the whole community could enjoy. Three turkeys, a duck, a turducken that was donated, and more. She couldn’t take garlic or onions, and so hadn’t expected to eat, but sure enough, there was plenty that didn’t have those things in it.

It had started to pull her back, but the heartbreaking weight of Christmas still hovered over everything, and so she fought and resisted and then, it was there.

And among the presents was one for Her. Not for the person that had been. For her. It was, truly, her very first christmas as herself, and she looked around and saw there was a tree and there were stockings and here, in her hand, and her lap and around her were presents. Presents for her, not for what people had seen her as for so long.

She felt real, for the first time.

No one had ever given her a present before.

She shifted inside, and refocused on school and made new friends and volunteered and then came the day she left, looking forward now, not back, and filled with a sense that she was there.

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Oh, hey. Yeah, we know: Your Monday’s been a little lacklustre so far. In which case, we’re right on time, ready to change the colour of your day.

(Why all the Anglophile spelling? Who knows. Blame the royal baby.)

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A Muslim Scholar Wrote A Book About Jesus. Watch A Confused Newscaster’s Brain Shut Down.

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Meet Maggie, who after 40 years as a donor wanted to do something more and ended up going on a road trip, handling a (fake) polar bear and standing up for the Arctic on Parliament Hill!

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