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Loren S. Schechter, M.D., F.A.C.S.

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'Gender Confirmation Surgery': What's in a Name?

Loren S. Schechter, M.D., F.A.C.S. | Posted June 20, 2012

I'm a plastic surgeon based in the Chicago area, certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and an active member of several medical societies, including the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons, and the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery. I earned my medical degree from...

Gretchen Peters

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Words

Gretchen Peters | Posted June 20, 2012

I work in words. I write music, too, but the words almost always come first for me. Sometimes they come in the shape of phrases or titles, and sometimes I find myself possessed by a general idea, the expression of which requires me to find the words through a painful,...

Trish Bendix

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AfterEllen.com's Best Lesbian Week Ever: April 14-20

Trish Bendix | Posted June 20, 2012

AfterEllen.com is Logo's site for lesbians and bisexual women in entertainment and media, which means we pride ourselves on knowing all kinds of Sapphic pop-culture facts. Each week we'll share some of the best tidbits on The Huffington Post in our new series, "Best Lesbian Week Ever."

Here's...

Steven Petrow

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Queeries: Should You Come Out As Tattooed?

Steven Petrow | Posted June 20, 2012

Question: Over the years I've gotten a number of tattoos, and they've really become a part of my identity. Most of them are not visible when I'm in work garb, but some of them are, especially when I roll up my sleeves. My boyfriend says I should cover them up...

Jenni Chang and Lisa Dazols

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Nepal's Sunil Pant Keeps His Country at the Forefront of LGBT Rights

Jenni Chang and Lisa Dazols | Posted June 20, 2012


2012-04-18-6312682360_6d6baa76ab_n.jpgThere is not one single gay bar in Nepal. Yet this small country, which ranks near the bottom of the Human Development Index, emerges as a world leader in progressive laws supporting LGBT individuals.

The man behind all of this is Sunil Pant,...

Peter DeWitt

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An Outreach to Parents of LGBT Students

Peter DeWitt | Posted June 20, 2012

No one is more important to a child than his or her parents. Having open and accepting parents can set LGBT children on a positive course through life. Unfortunately, not all parents accept their children when they come out. This rejection can have negative effects on an LGBT child's future.

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Benjie Nycum

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What Raymond Taavel Would Do to 'Fix the System'

Benjie Nycum | Posted June 20, 2012

We need to get over our "broken system"/"heads should roll" approach to assigning blame in order to solve problems. Raymond Taavel would have approached the problems that led to his cruel, unnecessary, and unfortunate death with sincerity, compassion, urgency, and persistence. The blame game has started, and I think Taavel...

A.J. Walkley

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Command Sergeant Major Allegedly Assaults Lesbian Captain at Military Ball

A.J. Walkley | Posted June 20, 2012

Last Saturday, April 14, 2012, I came across a troubling post in one of the groups I belong to on Facebook. A soldier in the United States military wrote, "I was just shoved across the dance floor by my command sergeant major for being gay...lovely end to my active duty...

Ian Thompson

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Obama Administration Endorses Student Non-Discrimination Act

Ian Thompson | Posted June 20, 2012

Earlier this afternoon, following a screening of the documentary Bully at the White House, the Obama administration officially endorsed the Student Non-Discrimination Act.

The Student Non-Discrimination Act would provide students with explicit federal protections by establishing a comprehensive prohibition against discrimination and harassment in all public elementary and...

William J. Mann

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The Greatest Vampire of Them All: Jonathan Frid (1924-2012)

William J. Mann | Posted June 20, 2012

The death of Jonathan Frid last Friday -- Friday the 13th, of course -- will bring a bit of added publicity ahead of next month's opening of the Tim Burton/Johnny Depp big-screen remake of Frid's classic television series, Dark Shadows. It will also guarantee even more comparisons between Frid's beloved...

Julie Ross

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Raising a Transgender Child: A Star is Born

Julie Ross | Posted June 20, 2012

Eight months ago, my 9-year-old son tearfully shared with me that "his whole life, he had wanted to be a girl". Pressed by the therapist (who, thank G-d, was in the room with us) to clarify whether he wants to be a girl or is a girl, George immediately replied...

Mara Keisling

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Reflections on a National Media Moment for Trans People (VIDEO)

Mara Keisling | Posted June 20, 2012

If you watch Sunday morning news shows, you may have noticed another unprecedented event for transgender people. Last Sunday MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry dedicated the second hour of her two-hour show solely to trans social and political issues, in a segment called, "Being Transgender in America." For one of...

Barb Snelgrove

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Nathan and Tristan: A Story of Love, Peace, and Understanding

Barb Snelgrove | Posted June 20, 2012

"GOD HATES FAGS."

That phrase, written on placards and shamelessly held aloft near the funerals of a few well-known gay men, is forever indelibly etched on the brains of queer folk everywhere. It is a constant reminder of what we (at the worst of times) must face in our battle...

Hudson Taylor

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The AEI: Why Professional Athletics Need an Equality Index

Hudson Taylor | Posted June 20, 2012

In the wake of Houston Dynamo midfielder Colin Clark's suspension from Major League Soccer for using a homophobic slur on the field, it is clear that professional sports teams are beginning to take lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) equality and allyship seriously. Homophobia that would have passed...

Melissa Carter

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LGBT Civil Rights March This Weekend

Melissa Carter | Posted June 20, 2012

A civil rights march for the gay community. Joe Knudson told me that that idea popped into his head last year after readers of his book, Living the Difference, revealed that they didn't know LGBT citizens were not granted the same rights and privileges allowed all other segments of society.

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Chelsea Shamy

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Stepping Out of the Silence

Chelsea Shamy | Posted June 20, 2012

It's that time of the year again. The Day of Silence 2012: A day when students around the country vow to be silent in order to call attention to the silence many LGBT individuals face each and every day in the face of bullying and harassment. This year will be...

Kitty Stryker

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Principled Pornography: How Queer/Indie Sites Are Reframing the Industry

Kitty Stryker | Posted June 20, 2012

As the one who organizes the international chapter of the Ladies High Tea and Pornography Society, and as a feminist sex worker generally, I am often asked how I can support pornography when it is clearly and inherently violence of men toward women -- as Gail Dines says,...

Randy Turner

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Missouri Bill Prohibits Discussion of Sexual Orientation in Classroom

Randy Turner | Posted July 23, 2012

Many of the writing assignments I teach are based on classroom discussions and each year some of the most interesting discussions concern the First Amendment rights of students.

Naturally, I talk about the Tinker case, in which Justice Abe Fortas wrote that students do not shed their constitutional...

Hannah Kreider

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I Participate in Day of Silence as an Act of Faith

Hannah Kreider | Posted June 20, 2012

If you ask people who know me about my life growing up, they'll certainly tell you that I'm one extraordinarily fortunate girl. I'm a nearly 18-year-old queer girl from a tiny town in southern Virginia, but that hasn't stopped me from having an incredible coming out experience. I've heard quite...

Sam Harman

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Why I Participate in the Day of Silence

Sam Harman | Posted June 20, 2012

I participate in Day of Silence to encourage other young people to open up to others about their sexual orientation and gender identity instead of having to hide or be ashamed of themselves.

Personally, I believe that the notion of "coming out" is flawed because, when I "come out,"...

Debra Ollivier

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How France Shaped Three Powerful American Women

Debra Ollivier | Posted June 20, 2012

Long before French women became the marketing phenomenon they are today, American women of all stripes quietly made their way to France and were shaped on a deep level by their experiences abroad. They returned to America imbued with, as Alice Kaplan put it, "a kind of confidence in themselves...