Bruce, please hold your head up high and never give up. You no longer need to hide. You no longer need to isolate. You have nothing left to fear. You have conquered more battles already than most could ever imagine in their wildest dreams.
When I was young, perhaps it was the method I used to escape from each present moment in which I knew I just did not fully fit in to. However, even today, when I have been on such an incredible journey where so many of my dreams have come true, I am still a dreamer.
Women's colleges across the country are re-assessing how transgender women fit into their communities.
No pregnant trans man has been denied access to reproductive health services, according to reports; the problem lies with trans men feeling excluded by the language of providers. Well, it's not always about you or me, and demanding that the language that speaks to and empowers tens of millions of women should be neutralized so as not to offend a handful of trans men is unfair.
The idea that we transition reinforces the idea that there is some kind of gender change. It reinforces the idea that at some point in my life, I was a man. It reinforces the exact idea that most significantly creates barriers to bringing about an understanding.
Those of you on the coast need to remember that when it comes to LGBT issues, the Midwest and the South is about a decade behind you. Now, think back to the way things were a decade ago for you. See how we can't abandon ship just yet?
As the flood of tears slowed down, I asked myself, "Whose life am I living?" That question was a hard one, but not nearly as hard as trying to answer it.
New York City's Times Square - with its throngs of visitors, office workers, hawkers of fake designer wear and life-sized Elmos and Buzz Lightyears - today serves as the unusual setting for a United Nations video launch.
I am speaking to the LGBT people who are watching all of the latest events in America unfold. I just want to take this time to remind those LGBT folk that are so quick to condemn the riots in Baltimore that if it were not for rioting, we would not be where we are today.
Say what you will about Miley Cyrus but the girl has the ability to accumulate press. And, what I've always loved about her, even when her actions made me cringe, is that she didn't seem to care what other people said or thought.
If we maintain an interior life--a heart in which we can treasure things, shielded from public view--it gives us a place to figure things out. We can get used to the changes that keep coming at us.
The birds and the bees talk was never just about information, as much as we wanted it to be. It was about healthy choices and healthy relationships, about finding their way in the world as sexual beings. Which our children are, whether we like it or not.
Today I encourage you to look in the mirror and tell yourself "I am pretty, I am worthy, and I love Me!" and then go tell someone else, and even more I ask that the next time you encounter a transgender individual offer them a kind word about their appearance.
A Jew, a Christian and a Buddhist tell about their lives as trans people, and invite new understanding of spirituality by presenting the deeply religious question: "Who Am I?"
You are the world's most influential religious leader. You could protect many youths from harm by teaching that there is nothing wrong with being LGBT, that there is nothing wrong with LGBT children. Doing so would lessen the epidemic of LGBT youth suffering homelessness.