She changed the cultural landscape, for better and worse, and gave us all a platform we never had. We're not quite to the status of "just another American minority group," but we're on our way.
On December 15, U.S. Federal Judge Dean Pregerson ruled that the line between gender and sexual orientation discrimination "does not exist." The ruling, addressing discrimination against a pair of lesbian basketball players at Pepperdine University, has the potential to put sexual orientation under the umbrella of established civil rights laws.
I've learned through this journey with my son that our children are not an extension of us and are instead their own individual people and should be respected for that. Who am I to tell my son what his gender is?
For the first time ever, the president of the General Assembly addressed a U.N. forum on LGBTIQ issues. In opening remarks, H.E. Mogens Lykketoft made it clear that members states are obliged to protect the human rights of LGBTIQ people.
What a difference a decade makes. From the most lonely of places, from the darkest of moments, from an abundance of hopelessness, the miracle of Christmas has a particular meaning to me.
For many people, blending in by being 'respectable' is necessary for any chance of success, if not survival, in their prejudiced or queerphobic environment. But respectability of this sort, commonly referred to as 'passing,' should not be framed as the ideal.
"Because intersex is framed as a disorder within the medical model," Morgan told me, "the medical community is using the tools it has to make people fit into the definitions of 'sex' and 'gender' created by society."
In this cult, the weekend evening ritual of dancing until dinnertime, or beyond, to DJ Lina Bradford's music has been indulged in, celebrated and repeated - as rituals are - for years. A decade, to be precise.
How many parents gripe about their children not sharing their lives with them? Your kid just risked everything so they could be their authentic self every time you are together. That is magical.
It became a daily thought, to claim my body as male and to feel the liberation of congruence. I wondered what it could be like to have a body that would go unnoticed among men in the locker room; I fantasized about one day going for a swim without concern for my emotional and physical safety.
While most sex worker organizations were taking a solemn approach to December 17th, International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, Singapore's...
Church-related universities can choose to believe what they want and practice their faith in whatever ways they choose. What they should not be able to is to do is to discriminate against transgender, lesbian, and gay students and staff and receive federal benefits while so doing.
James Felton Keith went back to his hometown of Detroit to help rebuild the city after it went bankrupt. On his first day working in the new mayor's office, a colleague was giving him a tour of the office when two gay men walked by and were introduced. After they left, James was shocked at what he heard from his colleague:
We must end the criminalization of all people who work in the sex trade in order to end this violence. Laws punishing people who engage in sex work serve only to worsen the violence and economic hardships of transgender people already struggling to survive.
This is a woman who loves her husband totally, but also understands their need to be accepted as a woman. These are two of the best performances you will see this year, and they complement each other beautifully.