In an era where the LGBTQ community has evolved politically, the nightclub scene has been heavily criticized for not catching up. Go to any major American city, and you will hear members complain about the body shaming, ageism or potential racism that occurs.
Back in 2007, long before the recent mainstream media's embrace of the trans community, Candis Cayne was cast as a lead character on the ABC primetime drama series Dirty Sexy Money.
At a time when Cuba is embarking upon historic changes, Allen believes the subjects of her photography metaphorically represent the island.
Kristin's goal with this book is to enlighten and educate society about what is happening in our prison system and that each individual regardless of their gender or sexual orientation, deserves to be treated humanely and fairly in prison.
Taking in is when we recognize the potential others see in us and let ourselves make meaning out of it.
I have made many choices in my life. Some turned out well and some were less successful. One choice in my life was to seek and follow my truth. It really does matter that it took me so many years before I did this. I never look back; I never ask that useless "what if" question.
It follows that if gender is part of someone's core identity it is a protected right. If someone identifies as a male, then it is his right to use a male bathroom. If someone identifies as a female, then it is her right to use a female bathroom.
The world is actually getting better. Fifteen years into the 21st century, life on the whole has improved for a great deal of humanity. Access to basic needs like food, shelter, water, education and work has improved.
Nearly 6 years ago my firefighter husband, Captain Thomas Araguz, was killed in the line of duty. While this was a horrific tragedy, the torture continued as my marriage was voided and all of the support that most widows of fallen heroes receive disappeared.
Sometimes I am asked if it frightens me to be open as a transgender woman. Yes, of course it does. But I will not hide. I am not ashamed of who I am.
I have a history of making poor self-care choices in order to sidestep medical practitioners because I've had so many unfortunate experiences.
Rather than requiring women to ask it for forgiveness, the Vatican needs, instead, to ask those of us whom it has repressed and oppressed for forgiveness of its sins throughout its existence.
If your child is thinking about coming out, you probably don't know about it. You might suspect that your child is LGBT, or you may not have the slightest idea. There are ways that parents and caregivers can make the days before and after coming out much easier for their children.
"I feel like the sooner I can go on hormones, the better. I've been known at Matt since 8th grade, and have been using masculine pronouns since the beginning of 9th grade. But there are certain people who might not fully accept me until I am transitioning."
National Coming Out Day (NCOD) is not about pressuring people to come out. What NCOD can do is highlight the difficulties that people still face when thinking about coming out. And if that can, in turn, make everyone think a little about how they can help those people not feel so alone, then that's surely a good thing.
I think that in a male-dominated society, the pressure of being a masculine man is even greater. This makes men feel insecure and frightened, sometimes of their own sexuality. I have a hard time seeing anything changing to the better in Uganda before the male role changes.