For queer and trans individuals nationwide, especially queer and trans people of color, safety from discrimination, harassment, violence and death is not a guarantee. Nor are other basic human rights.
This is not the American dream, but the American reality. A dream is what occurs in the mind of an individual, whereas reality is what everyone experiences physically and mentally.
"If protesting solved problems, Illinois wouldn't have any problems."
This is a time when we need to come together to console our sorrow and begin the healing progress from the devastation of this horrific attack on our LGBTQ community and move forward in solidarity as a nation.
For all the innocent people who have lost their lives as a result of what may well have been Mateen's internalized homophobia turned outward, countless others lose their lives every day as a result of internalized homophobia and transphobia turned inward.
Nearly a week after the horrific act of violence that claimed 49 lives in the worst mass shooting in U.S. history, my heart remains broken. It is h...
For me, racism directed toward Asian Americans can be less troubling than the response when Asian Americans dare to say something about it. I mean bot...
The pattern of many GOP politicians muting the identity of the victims is in sharp contrast to their dogged attacks on anyone, particularly President Obama, for not mentioning the "Islamic" identity of the perpetrator.
You see, we LGBT people didn't exactly get to experience our childhoods and teenage years in the way that others did. So we spend our 20s and 30s living that out. To others we are fierce and fearless, young and energetic, strong and courageous.
The deaths of these innocent brothers and sisters at Pulse Night club in Orlando is not only horrible but despicable. My heart bleeds in pain. All men and women of goodwill in the US and throughout the world are rightly appalled at this unmitigated tragedy.
Arielle Scarcella has taken to YouTube to show the world that LGBT people stand strong after Orlando. As the heart of the world's LGBT community continues to bleed, the message is loud and clear: united love is resilient and strong.
Over the past few days I've been watching the social media feeds of the religious people from my past, waiting for one of them to mention the Orlando tragedy against the gay community and recognize it as such. Unfortunately I've barely seen a mention, and the silence is deafening.
As a gay person, I went and witnessed and showed solidarity. But as I looked at the police standing watch, fingers on the trigger, I wondered if we should be thinking less about us and our politics than about the good of society as a whole.
I think people that are homophobic are close-minded and can't accept others for being different. We all need to respect gay and lesbian rights, we all need to stand up against this horrible cancer known as homophobia because it kills us.
I woke late on Sunday, June 12, 2016. I had been out dancing with friends the night before and when I opened my eyes, I found many more phone notifications than usual. In the moments that followed, I skimmed headlines and texts; I tried to process quickly.
Pride is when we show that no matter what is thrown at us, we won't be ashamed. We have pride to show the world that we are not embarrassed about who we are.