Scout, Ph.D.: LGBTQ Health Disparities Have Been Eliminated

I've worked in the field of LGBTQ health my whole adult life. Frankly, considering the depth of our disparities, I felt that I would have job security forever.

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Inside The Practice Of A Doctor Who Has Performed 1,500 Gender Reassignment Surgeries

When Dr. Marci Bowers became an OB-GYN more than 20 years ago, she had found more than her professional path. Assigned male at birth, Bowers had spent...

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Toni Newman: Mara Keisling, Founding Executive Director of National Center for Transgender Equality, Discusses Racial Equality

We agreed that President Barack Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden have been the most trans-friendly administration ever in U.S. history. There has been much progress, but in 2015 there is still much work to be done to gain full equality and rights.

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Geena Rocero: On Coming Out as Transgender One Year Ago: The Power of Visibility

It was exactly a year ago when I allowed myself to be fully seen by the world as the woman that I am: a proud transgender female. For a long time, I was paralyzed by fear in accepting my truth. I finally decided that I could not be paralyzed anymore. I realized that to accept vulnerability is to allow your authenticity to shine.

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DNC Expands Communications Team for 2016 Cycle

Washington DC – The Democratic National Committee today is announcing four top-notch operatives to new and expanded roles in its communications department.

“I am thrilled to announce these new members of our communications team,” said DNC Communications Director Mo Elleithee. “With their wealth of communications experience, these new members will help us aggressively take the Democratic message to a wider audience as we work to help elect the 45th President of the United States and other Democrats all across the country in 2016.”

Kaylie Hanson will serve as Regional Press Secretary for the Northeast.  Hanson comes to the DNC from the office of Senator Chris Murphy from Connecticut where she most recently served as Deputy Communications Director after starting as Deputy Press Secretary on his campaign for the U.S. Senate in 2012. Prior to working for Senator Murphy, Kaylie spent two years in the office of U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan. @KaylieEHanson 

Kristin Sosanie has been tapped as Regional Press Secretary for the South.  She comes to the DNC from the South Carolina Democratic Party and Vincent Sheheen’s campaign for Governor in South Carolina, where she served as the Communications Director. Before that, she was the Communications Director for the Obama campaign in Minnesota, after serving as the Communications Director for the Minnesota DFL.  Originally from New Jersey, Kristin is returning to DC – she’s spent time on the Hill, working for the House Agriculture Committee, and received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from The George Washington University. @KSosanie

Eric Walker will join the team as Regional Press Secretary for the West.  Walker comes to the DNC from the office of Congresswoman Louise Slaughter where he served as the Communications Director for her official office and the House Rules Committee, after starting as the Communications Director for Congresswoman Slaughter’s re-election campaign in 2012. Born and raised in New Jersey, Eric is a graduate of The George Washington University. @EricMWalker

Miryam Lipper has taken over as the new Deputy National Press Secretary and Director of Broadcast Media after serving in assistant press secretary and press assistant roles at the DNC. Miryam spent time in Georgia through the 2014 midterms helping to elect Democrats up and down the ticket. Miryam is a graduate of Indiana University. @MiryamLipper

The DNC recently named Holly Shulman as National Press Secretary, Michael Tyler as Director of African American Media, and Rob Flaherty as Director of Digital Media.  Jason Pitt will continue in his role as the Regional Press Secretary for the Midwest.

This School Is Supporting Trans Teens In The Simplest, Most Powerful Way

In a powerful gesture of support, a Jewish secondary school has designated a gender-neutral bathroom and dedicated it to a trans alumnus.

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Julie Tarney: The (Genderqueer) Kid I Never Expected

When Harry told me at age 2 that "inside" his head he was a girl, I have to admit it was an unexpected moment. And it took me awhile to realize that the awareness he'd had of his outer world as an infant applied also to his inner self as a toddler and growing boy.

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Michael Cade Hughes: Bathroom Selfies and the Messy Politics of Passing

We have a significant problem brewing when transgender people who do have passing privilege are made to feel as though their voice can't have an impact.

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The 2015 Trans 100 Is Here! Find Out Who Made The List

While much work is left to do, we've happily seen unprecedented growth for mainstream transgender visibility in the past several years. Now, it's time...

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Grace Anne Stevens: My Transgender Life – HEARTS and MINDS

It took me almost 60 years before I let myself feel anything. I mean REALLY feel anything. Perhaps some of you can understand this.

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