Whenever anyone of us is diminished, we are all demeaned, when anyone or any group remains institutionally and socially stigmatized, marginalized, excluded, or disenfranchised, when violence comes down upon any of us, the possibility for authentic community cannot be realized unless and until we challenge it in truly transformational ways.
Arkansas bill SB202 blocks all cities and counties from enacting anti-discrimination laws that protect LGBT people. My brother, Arkansas Rep. Charlie Collins (District 84), cast his vote Friday in support of the SB202. What's incredible to me is that my brother supported this bill even though he has a gay brother and a lesbian sister.
I kept silent about my sex change for several years. I knew only one other transgender lawyer, and she was already established. There were no role models to help me believe it was possible to open up without jeopardizing my career. I feared losing the life ring that my job provided for my soul. But no woman is an island.
Currently there are an estimated 2 million LGBT seniors in the United States; by 2030, that number will more than double. For those of us working to meet the needs of this growing and vulnerable population, the future is now. We must address the glaring need for housing that is inclusive, accepting and affordable for older LGBT adults.