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I was asked to moderate a series of discussions between individuals who hold "gender critical" views and those who hold "gender affirmative" views. We had three topic-focused one-hour-long discussions over Zoom. The discussions were very collegial and productive. All came away with more understanding of the other POV and were grateful for the exchanges.

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Ive recently gotten interested in the undue and scary influence WPATH seems to have over the issue of transitioning children. When I had lunch with an old friend recently it occurred to me to offer that I had an issue that we might agree upon. He is a Republican that voted for Trump and I'm a Democrat. He is pro gay marriage, if that fills in any blanks. We spent at least a half hour discussing it, and it felt good!

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Braver Angels is all about depolarization - www.braverangels.org. Check out the What We Do section on the website. I've been involved with BA since 2017. In 2023, I became more involved. I like what they're about and doing.

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I like the Foundation Against Intolerance and Racism. My son interned with them a couple of summers ago. He loved meeting people with widely different views who were open to discussion with others.

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A bunch of lefty (and former lefty) Terfs in the Bay Area are headed to the San Francisco March for Life this weekend to gather signatures for the Protect Kids ballot initiative. People in our group have also been going to Republican events to gather signatures.

https://protectkidsca.com

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You're always welcome back here for dinner anytime, Lisa! **wink**

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I'm talking to a conservative subscriber who doesn't hate Trump but she doesn't think he's the worst thing ever. I'm reading up more on conservatism to get more familiarized with the different flavours. Just as not all cons are crazy MAGAs, not all libs are crazy wokes (and no, I don't like wokies). Maybe some wokies can show me not all wokies are crazy :) Anyway, looking for the folks on either side not too far down either extreme....

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We've talked about this a bit Lisa, via Zoom, but I'm working on an artistic body of work about how deep and controversial conversations around the dinner table (and in other places) are vanishing. I think most people don't realize that their individual actions (of tuning out others or only being with like minds) have a powerful say on larger society. I'll mention Vaclav Havel's book again "The Power of the Powerless". I'm trying to help these people physically 'see' what is disappearing from larger society. With everyone's short attention spans, I think it will help to 'shock' them to show the potential end if we don't change our ways.

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Jan 17·edited Jan 17

Braver Angels is holding an online Forum for Mental Health Professionals on the 19th, and Zander Keig will be there. https://braverangels.org/event/forum-for-braver-angels-mental-health-professionals/

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My mom, a devoted Christian, patriotic voter, Democrat, and "rabid" Trump-hater (praised Jesus when he got covid :) ---said she would vote for DeSantis because to his stance against trans ideology. I don't know if I could vote for DeSantis but that to me represents a brewing crisis that liberals and Democrats are hiding from themselves. Journalists too. I hear journalists talk about "culture war" topics being a confounding factor in whether someone votes for a candidate in a different party but they never use the trans ideology example which is the most obvious example to me.

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Is the Hands Across the Aisle Coalition still active?

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“Bipartisan” entered the American political lexicon in 1994, when the GOP returned from the wilderness it had occurred since 1950. It means “republicans voting for democrat policy.”

No one goes to the polls to effect policies of their opponents. “Bipartisanship” is a psyop to convince adults that voting with Democrats against freedom, liberty, prosperity, the rule of law... and voting for open borders, decarceration, child sexual mutilation... will result in a free, prosperous, educated future.

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