Partners of trans folk -- especially heterosexual cisgender male partners of trans women -- need to start coming out and stop treating their partners as a source of shame. We need to start having discussions about the problems within our community
What an amazing three months it has been! Now that we have all caught our collective breath from an unprecedented Pride Month, let's step back for a moment and consider what has transpired during this time for the entire LGBTQ community.
Houston looks set to become ground zero for the country's next major LGBT civil rights battle. How national and local media cover that fight could help determine how the rest of the country thinks about the next stage of the struggle for full LGBT equality.
The other night I watched a marathon session on Bravo TV featuring Caitlyn Jenner, starting with About Bruce and then flowing right into the premier episode of I Am Cait. She is Cait, but I am amazed.
Maybe if even half of those so enraged by a drag ban got enraged about a lack of services for LGBTQ youth, maybe we'd find ourselves in a world where we don't just say "It Gets Better". We make it better.
I was highly honored to have the opportunity to participate in the Midwest Regional Suicide Prevention Conference last week in Kansas City. There were many intimate discussions about what can be done to lessen the likelihood that people will choose to attempt to bring an end to their own lives.
What is it about making love with another person that can dispel preconception? Is it the vulnerability of being naked that provides a conduit for communion with another? The finding out that a body so different responds so much as one's own? Or just the sensation of touch?
It was an intimate celebration with GLAD Board members and leaders who worked tirelessly to achieve equality for our LGBT community, including Mary Bonauto, GLAD's Civil Rights Project Director.
There are some habits that are really hard to break! For my BFF and me our summer vacation to Maine is one of them, and it is that time of year once again. When we think of Maine, we think of bikes and beaches, lighthouses and lobsters.
The enemy is the same ignorance and hate that leads to transphobia, racism and misogyny. It's the same ignorance that causes us to jump to defend our mistakes, rather than attempt to understand why or how we could be wrong. It's the same hate that drives people to inexplicably murder another person they deem as other, or wrong, or perverted, or less-than.
Last Thursday Senate and House Democrats, 205 in all, introduced the Equality Act (S.1858/H.R.3185). Like ENDA since 2009, it is fully inclusive, covering gender identity and expression as well as sexual orientation. That is today's reality, and will not be a bargaining chip.
My brother died in a car crash when he was 18 and my family never really recovered from it. I can't begin to imagine the Prescott family's pain. We live in a world that makes it very, very difficult to be trans.
Are we in the TG community attempting to force acceptance through highly scripted and well-staged reality shows that may or may not be representing the majority of the TG community?
Since 2010 we have made incredible strides toward those goals, and we have addressed some of the structural drivers that make Black Americans, gay and bisexual men, and transgender women disproportionately vulnerable to HIV infection.
It is exciting to see our stories being told and winning awards, but should we be concerned that transgender people have little involvement in the story telling?
I am a skeptic--something I do not admit lightly. Rarely do coincidences bother me or make me think that yes, the universe really does have a "plan." But this week tested that skepticism. I began to consider that our lives, even just the lives of queer people, are indeed guided by a strange hand of fate--one with a dark humor all its own.