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Re: “A Safe Space for the Triangle’s Growing Transgender Latina Population

Thank you Victoria

Lynn and many of our employees at our health center including medical providers are bilingual (Spanish & English).

Posted by Piedmont Health on 09/22/2016 at 4:03 PM

Re: “Hope Tyler’s Little Girl Became a Boy, and She Became an Activist

Your son is exceptionally lucky to have you as a parent.

The tragedy of Leelah Alcorn and of all the Leelah Alcorns in North Carolina and around the world should haunt those who pass hate laws like HB2...sadly they seem to ignore the overwhelming evidence that acceptance and love are the only appropriate responses to transgender children.

Instead they peddle fear - unreasoning, unfounded fear. And I say that as a member of my local school board's Financial Advisory Committee, someone very familiar with the right and wrong way a school system can deal with transgender students.

Last year I was approached by a local school official asking for help with a bathroom policy. I suggested that they not draft one and simply let things move on their own, because an official policy, something that might attract controversy, just isn't needed.

There are four transgender students in our system right now (out of just below 4000 total students). They are not the first transgender students and they won't be the last.

And in the 12 years I've been in the district we have had exactly zero issues, complaints or incidents. Instead our local students have thrived and moved on to college, whether transgender or not. And that's the way it should be.

Posted by Chrissie Browde on 09/22/2016 at 3:19 PM

Re: “Love Wins: Multiple Sclerosis, Cycling, Death, and a Coming-Out Story

Alan, thank you so so much for riding! One day we will find the cure! I just know it.

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Posted by Natalie Rich on 09/22/2016 at 2:36 PM

Re: “Love Wins: Multiple Sclerosis, Cycling, Death, and a Coming-Out Story

Laden, thank you for your comment. It is an uncommon intersection and one that Vicki and I struggled with at times too. Thank you for calling out MS Society Magazine. I hope it causes them to make changes!

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Posted by Natalie Rich on 09/22/2016 at 2:35 PM

Re: “New Yorker Staffer Lauren Collins’s Linguistic Love Story in When in French

Hi, All,
Alexis Pauline Gumb's reading of SPILL at The Regulator Bookshop has been rescheduled for Nov. 1 at 7PM. Thanks! We hope you can make it.
Best regards,
Amy Spaulding, Events Coordinator
The Regulator Bookshop

Posted by amys on 09/22/2016 at 12:52 PM

Re: “Love Wins: Multiple Sclerosis, Cycling, Death, and a Coming-Out Story

This is a lovely article. As a gay man with MS I have often felt overlooked by the MS community and have even called out the magazine of the MS Society for only ever speaking of straight couples. (Surprisingly, they printed my comments.) 400,000 Americans have MS. About 4% of America is gay. There is no correlation between homosexuality and MS. So, having MS and being gay is indeed an uncommon intersection! It makes for a very unique life path.

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Posted by Laden on 09/21/2016 at 8:33 PM

Re: “Love Wins: Multiple Sclerosis, Cycling, Death, and a Coming-Out Story

Absolutely a Beautiful story, Sorry for your loss. She is one of the many reasons I ride. Thanks for sharing this story, and know we care about you just as much as her. Alan Simons

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Posted by Alan Simons on 09/21/2016 at 8:28 PM

Re: “A Safe Space for the Triangle’s Growing Transgender Latina Population

Thank you, Debra! It should also be noted that Lynn speaks Spanish and can provide assistance to both English and Spanish speakers.

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Posted by victoria_foodeditor on 09/21/2016 at 7:48 PM

Re: “A Safe Space for the Triangle’s Growing Transgender Latina Population

Hello,
Piedmont Health Services provides care to everyone including transgender people. We have medical providers at each of our health centers that care for transgender patients. We provide PrEP medications.

Thank you for allowing us to tell everyone about our health care services including dental services, our welcoming of all individuals and that we care for patients of all ages.
www.piedmonthealth.org

If transgender people would like to receive medical care close to where they live, please contact Lynn at (919) 942-8741 ext. 1237


Debra Markley
Piedmont Health Services, Inc.

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Posted by Piedmont Health on 09/21/2016 at 7:21 PM

Re: “Love Wins: Multiple Sclerosis, Cycling, Death, and a Coming-Out Story

Thank you Natalie! I'm so sorry for your loss but your transformation is wonderful. Hope you get lots of support on your path!
Camilla

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Posted by Durhamania on 09/21/2016 at 2:30 PM

Re: “Love Wins: Multiple Sclerosis, Cycling, Death, and a Coming-Out Story

Thank you for opening yourself up to us! You are so COURAGEOUS & VULUNERABLE! Your love story is BEAUTIFUL! I can feel your your heartache through your words & I'm deeply sorry for that grief. YOU ARE A TRUE INSPIRATION!! Much Love

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Posted by Michelle Garner on 09/21/2016 at 11:15 AM

Re: “How to Navigate Busy City Streets on Two Wheels

Hey Barbara 2:

“Bicyclists usually ride on the right side of the lane, but are entitled to use the full lane…. Drivers wishing to pass a bicyclist may do so only when there is abundant clearance and no oncoming traffic is in the opposing lane. When passing a bicyclist, always remember the bicyclist is entitled to use of the full lane.” – North Carolina Driver’s Handbook, p.95.

Please be safe out there...

Posted by Michael Petersen on 09/01/2016 at 4:23 PM

Re: “How to Navigate Busy City Streets on Two Wheels

#1 - stay out of the middle of the road with oncoming cars. If you want us to "share the road", perhaps cyclists should get licenses like auto drivers have to. Let them pay their "fair share".

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Posted by Barbara 2 on 09/01/2016 at 2:49 PM

Re: “The Triangle Has Lots of Great Hiking Trails. Here Are Seven of Our Favorites.

Umstead all the way, bud! 👨🏿

Posted by theseatree on 08/31/2016 at 8:47 AM

Re: “How to Navigate Busy City Streets on Two Wheels

"Helmet usage should not be elevated among implementation of infrastructural efforts to improve bicycling safety." Pretty sure I was doing the exact opposite.
In any event, I hope your tin-foil hats work well to prevent brain injuries, fellas. Glad to know our GoTriangle employees are so on top of it...

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Posted by Grayson Currin on 08/27/2016 at 4:27 PM

Re: “How to Navigate Busy City Streets on Two Wheels

Please see http://www.cycle-helmets.com/Elvik2011_helmet_reanalysis.pdf

Key conclusion: "When the analysis is updated by adding four new studies, the protective effects attributed to bicycle helmets are further reduced. According to the new studies, no overall effect of bicy- cle helmets could be found when injuries to head, face or neck are considered as a whole."

Also: "The findings of this study are inconsistent with other meta- analyses, in particular a Cochrane review published in 2009. However, the study inclusion criteria applied in the Cochrane review are debatable."

A final note from the article: "On balance, the evidence suggests that: (1) soft shell helmets offer less protec- tion than hard shell helmets, and (2) soft shell helmets appear to have become more common over time." From my unscientific observations, most bicyclists wearing helmets wear soft-shell helmets.

Aa 2000 meta-analysis that has been seriously questioned in the intervening 16 years is not "an excellent article on the issue." More importantly, helmet usage should not be elevated among implementation of infrastructural efforts to improve bicycling safety.

(Full disclosure: I work with Erik but not for him.)

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Posted by Geoff Green on 08/27/2016 at 4:20 PM

Re: “How to Navigate Busy City Streets on Two Wheels

The degree to which helmets provide protection is indeed a point of debate, Erik. And there is consensus that helmets do create some safety problems for cyclists and, of course, that helmets are not a panacea for bike safety issues. (No one has really ever argued they are.) We need a better bike infrastructure, and we need better education among both cyclists and drivers to make the roads safer for everyone.

In the meantime, helmets do provide a necessary and helpful barrier between your skull and the street. And here's "an excellent article on the issue": http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/P…, which concludes: "This review included five well conducted case‐control studies and found that helmets provide a 63–88% reduction in the risk of head, brain and severe brain injury for all ages of bicyclists. Helmets were found to provide equal levels of protection for crashes involving motor vehicles (69%) and crashes from all other causes (68%). Furthermore, injuries to the upper and mid facial areas were found to be reduced by 65%, although helmets did not prevent lower facial injuries. The review authors concluded that bicycle helmets are an effective means of preventing head injury."

Suggesting that "provide virtually no actual safety benefits for cyclists" is completely irresponsible.

Signed, someone who has banged his head more than once while cycling, thankfully while wearing a helmet.

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Posted by Grayson Currin on 08/27/2016 at 3:50 PM

Re: “How to Navigate Busy City Streets on Two Wheels

How so? There is no consensus in the scientific community about the safety benefits of wearing a helmet while cycling. I understand that runs counter to what you've been told your whole life, but it's true.

Here's an excellent article on the issue: http://www.cnet.com/news/brain-surgeon-the…

Better yet is the video embedded in that article - start around 4:00 mark for the parts about how safe bike helmets really are: https://youtu.be/07o-TASvIxY

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Posted by Erik Landfried on 08/27/2016 at 3:27 PM

Re: “How to Navigate Busy City Streets on Two Wheels

Wow, that's some real C-grade sophistry from a transportation official, Erik.

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Posted by Grayson Currin on 08/27/2016 at 3:16 PM

Re: “How to Navigate Busy City Streets on Two Wheels

Helmets provide the illusion of safety, but provide virtually no actual safety benefits for cyclists. In fact, safety outcomes would improve more for pedestrians and motorists if they wore helmets than cyclists. So if you think cyclists should wear helmets, do you also think motorists and pedestrians should too?

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Posted by Erik Landfried on 08/27/2016 at 1:39 PM

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