The state is unwilling to define reparative therapy and denial of medical care to transgender youths as abuse. We cannot change what religious leaders are preaching, nor do our voices carry enough weight to effectively gainsay their religious messaging. A radical new direction is needed. Therefore, I propose an emancipation project.
Leelah Alcorn, a 17 year old transgender teen from Kings Mills, OH, died by suicide early Sunday morning. But for local media in Ohio, Leelah doesn't exist at all.
Not long ago, one quote jumped out at me, "I just wish the administration would at least acknowledge our existence." That student's statement reminded me that transgender students are still "separate but equal" at universities across the nation.
As a drag queen, I play with gender roles and this has led me to develop a great respect for my transgender brothers and sisters who are not playing at anything, but are simply being who they were born to be.
The secret to staying together is staying together, but more than that it is caring enough to see the world through someone else's eyes and saying, I see you. Not just the bluster or hubris, but the soft core inside that is oftentimes hidden from the harshness of the world. I see you.
Cleo's story takes us into a rarely seen love story within the Ugandan LGBTIQ-community.
I've been asked many times before if I fear that my son will "change his mind." What if he "decides he wants to be a girl again"? What if I made a mistake by allowing him to transition at such a young age? I know that without walking a mile in my shoes, it's hard to understand. So let's pretend my child wasn't born to be transgender.
What many on the outside looking in don't realize is that this isn't about "special" treatment. For people with gender dysphoria (a diagnosis recognized in the DSM-V), physiological and psychological treatment is medically necessary. These things are not optional, but even so it's been a battle to make them available in prisons.
Queering the winter holidays, let's celebrate our uniquely inclusive community where deep and real friendships cross every boundary -- without judgment or fear between us.
It was a weekday afternoon and things were pretty quiet in our house. I was tidying up with the beats of my cleaning music in the background when I glanced out of the window and saw a police car parked in our driveway.
In truth, of course, no one deserves first-class treatment more than the men and women, like Paula, who have given so much to our country. And they certainly shouldn't have to wait until they're dead - or even longer than that - to be treated with the dignity and respect they deserve.
In the second episode of The Pearl of Africa, I take you deeper into Cleo and Nelson's life, showing something that's rarely highlighted when talking about transgender people in Uganda: their love, their hope and their dreams.
Just how good is Fallon Fox? We will probably never know. Just like Satchel Paige the odds are we will still be arguing this 30 after she has passed away.
It's been over a week since the release of your new single, "Mister Sister," and the publication of my open letter to you regarding the disappointment and pain that it caused me, a longtime fan, and many in the trans community. What initially began as a few sparks flying about your single has officially turned into a conflagration.
"So Shtine, what's the latest with the book? Any updates?" That was my cue. Calla and Ava knew their "Uncle Shtiny" had quit his job in advertising to write a book but were very curious what it was about. The question was, at ages 11 and 9, were they old enough to know?
When you are tempted to say things like "Ugh, (insert Southern state here) is a terrible state and I am never living there," I am asking you to just pause, and remember that there are LGBT people who live in that state and love that state.