Maya Zuckerman: The Gendered Journey

The world is actually getting better. Fifteen years into the 21st century, life on the whole has improved for a great deal of humanity. Access to basic needs like food, shelter, water, education and work has improved.

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Nikki Araguz Loyd: #TransWivesMatter: Presidential Recognition and Honor for the Transgender Widow of a Fallen Firefighter

Nearly 6 years ago my firefighter husband, Captain Thomas Araguz, was killed in the line of duty. While this was a horrific tragedy, the torture continued as my marriage was voided and all of the support that most widows of fallen heroes receive disappeared.

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Stephanie Mott: The Life and Death of Coming Out Trans

Sometimes I am asked if it frightens me to be open as a transgender woman. Yes, of course it does. But I will not hide. I am not ashamed of who I am.

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Harvey Katz: I Caught a Case of Internalized Transphobia at the Doctor’s Office

I have a history of making poor self-care choices in order to sidestep medical practitioners because I've had so many unfortunate experiences.

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Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus Statement on HB 43

The Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus stands in strong opposition to HB 43, the so-called “Pastor Protection Act.” This bill, being falsely promoted as a “religious liberty” bill, seeks to deceive the public and is being used as a fear tactic that churches, synagogues, mosques and other houses of worship might be sued for choosing not to marry same-sex couples.  It is a ridiculous notion that a self-respecting same-sex couple would want to be married in a house of worship where they are not welcomed.

The right of clergy members to decide who they will and will not marry has always existed and is guaranteed in the Constitution.  This bill is unnecessary and is opposed by faith leaders from around the state.

The Caucus strongly urges Legislators to vote against this homophobic legislation if and when it comes to the House & Senate floors.

We urge our members, supporters & friends across the state to contact their House and Senate members to oppose this bill!

This Trans Guy Documented His Transition By Taking A Selfie Every Day For 3 Years

One trans guy is taking to YouTube to document the dramatic change he's made over the course of three years during his transition to living ...

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Warren J. Blumenfeld: Pope Francis’s Hollow Rhetoric On Place of LGBTQ People in the Church

Hope reigned supreme that real change was possible with the installation of Pope Francis as head of the Catholic Church. During his brief tenure thus ...

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Laurin Mayeno: 10 Ways to Make It Easier for Your Child to Come Out

If your child is thinking about coming out, you probably don't know about it. You might suspect that your child is LGBT, or you may not have the slightest idea. There are ways that parents and caregivers can make the days before and after coming out much easier for their children.

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Diana Scholl: Sharing the Stories of LGBTQ Youth: Matt, 15, Ossining, N.Y.

"I feel like the sooner I can go on hormones, the better. I've been known at Matt since 8th grade, and have been using masculine pronouns since the beginning of 9th grade. But there are certain people who might not fully accept me until I am transitioning."

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Wayne Dhesi: National Coming Out Day — The Journey Continues

National Coming Out Day (NCOD) is not about pressuring people to come out. What NCOD can do is highlight the difficulties that people still face when thinking about coming out. And if that can, in turn, make everyone think a little about how they can help those people not feel so alone, then that's surely a good thing.

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