This week I want to introduce you to a young woman who holds a special spot in my heart. I want her to tell you her story.
2015 may well go down in history as the year that traditional family values (which frequently hide behind the purported threat of an imaginary "War Against Christians") finally got exposed for the perversions of its loudest proponents' hypocrisy.
While the privacy that others may choose deserves respect, there is fallacy in the proposition that everyone should know better than to pursue understanding of a subject to which they have yet to be exposed.
As intersectionality becomes a more discussed realm within our current LGBT movement, we have no time to fantasize a reality in which white cis-dominance erases queer representation of color.
I believe that the willingness to be oneself, one's true self, openly in public is a scary thing for anyone. Honesty in the face of adversity is a form of moral strength. For transgender people, being "out" can be downright dangerous.
"I'm a woman, I'm black, I'm curvy and I'm trans. There are a lot of things that I deal with. When I talk about those things, I am literally talking about my embodiment of these intersections."
Whether you're on the front lines of a social movement or struggling with discrimination in your daily life, it can be difficult to survive, let alone find your way forward. Here are five important tips to help you in your journey.
Queer people rarely learn our histories at school or from our families of origin, but we can't rely on the media to teach us. We need to teach it to each other so our youth know they're not the first to feel this way. So we know we belong in every field, because we have always been trailblazers.
Andrew Solomon is a writer and lecturer on politics, culture and psychology as well as an activist and philanthropist on behalf of LGBT rights, mental health, education and the arts.
Communications and the media are powerful vehicles, and as the conversation about the gender spectrum gets louder, communication pros need to hone their facility with talking -- and writing, producing and Snapchatting -- about it.
Gigi has 1.6 million subscribers on YouTube and has appeared on shows like "Project Runway," and she uses her internet fame to bring awareness to transgender issues. She still deals with discrimination and bullying.
Change is not a bad thing. Especially when we can change our monsters into peaceful companions.
While many of us celebrate the victory for marriage equality in the U.S. Supreme Court, research shows that LGBTQ people face significant challenges throughout their lives -- beginning at a very early age.
Our new life has begun and we are settling into our new normal. What seemed impossible at times is now do-able without even blinking an eye... sometimes.
The one constant I've noticed is how incredibly difficult it is for transgender folks to transition and become their authentic selves and still be healthy and secure -- emotionally, physically, financially...the list goes on and on.
My body positivity does not hinge on the idea that all bodies are perfect as they are, because for some of us, this isn't true to our experience. But all bodies are worthy -- meaning we should treat them with love and care, whatever that care looks like so long as it's good for us.