The first time I heard Reina Gossett speak, she took my breath away. Having just finished my first year of law school, I was caught up in the type of reform narratives that are cognizable to our legal system. Ideas of formal equality, rights, democracy, and participation had already started to replace my notions of justice and revolution.
Advocacy for the health and safety of LGBT communities can't just be about adding the "T" at the end of our priorities. The needs and experiences of transgender people must be at the forefront of our agenda.
Until one year ago we were perceived as an ordinary family when it came to composition: husband, wife and kids. But when my other half expressed to the world that she is a woman and would start presenting herself as a woman, the news surprised some, shocked most and unraveled a series of fortunate and unfortunate events.
Since puberty I've experienced gender dysphoria but developed coping mechanisms to ignore it. It got harder with age. Having just turned 33 and returned from another month-long tour, I felt more depressed than ever. With every single performance the pain of the lie was perpetuated.
Is Microsoft finally getting serious about making its workforce welcome to women and minorities?
While the recent Ugandan and Kenyan court rulings are two victories to celebrate, we know there have been many battles quietly lost.
"LGBT Diversity: Show Me the Business Case," the new report from the largest global LGBT research initiative, LGBT2020, reveals what life in 2014 is like for LGBT Americans at work. And, unfortunately, the news from the U.S. workplace is not that good.
When I heard that Koko Jones, Houston's former percussionist (as well as The Isley Brothers' former percussionist), had embarked on her first album since coming out as a trans woman, I took notice and became very excited to talk to her about her life and music.
Should I wait until I am in a serious relationship and absolutely sure the guy is right for me and will be supportive of my son? If I do wait and find that I have developed feelings for this man only to discover that he won't be supportive of my son, then I must end the relationship. So since I won't know how supportive he'll be until I take off my mask and test the waters, that's what I do.
Whether at school or in public spaces, many LGBT youth don't feel safe and continue to face disgraceful levels of discrimination (and some don't feel safe at home, either). But when they enter the workforce, disadvantages persist.
There are a number of complicated perspectives and positions on trans inclusion in women's spaces, and these dialogues illustrate some of the complexities of combating patriarchy.
Intellectual freedom controversies don't always have happy endings. A happy ending for some may be an unhappy ending for others. But here's a case with a happy ending for everyone.
While I might not be able to protect myself, you, the American people can. I'm nothing but an inmate. That I know. But I'm an inmate who is willing to force an issue in the public sphere.
Is there transparency that others can see in our truth? Will our truth connect us, or will it isolate us from those around us? Does living our truth come with consequences?
Over the past two weeks, community members in L.A. have held a vigils to mourn the death and celebrate the life of Aniya Parker. The murder of Ms. Parker marked the eighth homicide of a transgender woman of color reported in the U.S. since June. She was shot in the head and killed as she was fleeing from three men who had confronted her on a sidewalk in Hollywood.
Tambor may be the headliner, but he is surrounded by an amazing cast. And it's the way they adjust to the news and come to terms with their own identity issues that makes this series so watchable. The character development is masterful and the performances are, in a word, real.