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Adoption Pentagon- terminology

Over the course of this blogging, I’ve had to rework or outright create new pieces of language to describe concepts core to the Bastard experience.
As with any human rights political movement, Bastards often find themselves confined and defined by language no rooted in their own perceptions of the world around them.
Constructing new and more accurate [...]

Another former Adoptee Rights Demonstration committee member’s perspective on the current ARD

In today’s post, I’m going to do something I’ve never done before; following in Bastardette’s footsteps, I’m going to repost a “special guest blogger’s” work.
My partner, Mike Doughney was also in Philadelphia with me last week and naturally, has his own perspective on the current Adoptee Rights Demonstration.
He and I have been to adoption [...]

Weekend round up- “Birthmother’s Day”, and A Day without Adoption, & Mother’s Day and My Day

So this is the second Mother’s Day since I began blogging about adoption.
I’ve already said pretty much everything I needed to say in last year’s,
Mothers’ Day and my day
Since I first wrote that piece, it’s been another year of ‘the more things change, the more they stay the same.’
May 10th, 2009 marks another year of [...]

C.A.R.E.’s lie; writing adopted people out of our own history

Ron’s been keeping a watchful eye on C.A.R.E. out in California and their latest nonsensical antics. His most recent post, What is Jean Strauss SMOKING???, does an excellent job of saying what must be said.
Not surprisingly, considering some of the core of the folks behind the group, C.A.R.E. has falsely attributed the impetus behind efforts [...]

“Expendables”- the human toll of legislation that “compromises” us away

I’ve been writing pretty much since early on in this blog (at least November ‘07 here) about what being “left behind and forgotten” means in practice in terms of myself personally. I’m one of Ohio’s Black Hole Bastards.
I am one of an undetermined number of people, at least 150,000, adopted in Ohio between the [...]

Being C.A.R.E.-less about adopted people’s access in CA

If you believe the California Adoption Reform Effort, (or C.A.R.E.”) is going to gain full Bastard access to records in CA I’ve got a bridge to sell ya… .
In C.A.R.E.’s case, apparently the Brooklyn Bridge, as they for a time, could not be bothered to even find a picture of a California landmark bridge, instead [...]

Maine restores rights, records access, but once again, adds an odious “contact preference” form

LD 1084, An Act To Provide Adult Adoptees Access to Their Original Birth Certificates took effect today in Maine.
In 1953 Maine took away adopted [...]

*UPDATED* Abrazo revised fundraising dates, Abrazo related personnel were at the ARD, and Gershom’s comment on such

(Update below.)
Sometimes actions speak louder than words.
The Adoptee Rights Demonstration had a “group” of Abrazo related personnel at it according to Gershom. She has written about how they shared a meal together after the demonstration at the convention center. In her post The Protest part 2, Gerhsom stated the following:
I was at the other table [...]

“What dank political swamp have adoptees tripped into?”

Bastardette has blogged about the latest hearing on Ohio’s substitute bill for HB7, LSC 127 0671-3.
Yes legislators walk out on hearings frequently, but I think it’s pretty clear by this point that those of us shut out of the system, left with nothing other than begging for equality are being viewed as a non-vital waste [...]

Sleeps with Bastard

So my life partner, Mike, has finally set up his own blog, “Sleeps With Bastard.” (Cue the champagne!)
As a non-adopted person, external to the adoption pentagon (I’ll explain later, in another post) but someone deeply familiar with concepts of information systems and information control among other things, I at least, feel he’s got things of [...]