"I am a survivor of sexual abuse and domestic violence. I'm from the South side of Chicago. You know from a lower-middle-class family. I'm dark skinned. I'm plus-sized. I'm afro-centric and therefore I'm marginalized even within the margins."
The world has changed for the better for the LGBT community so much these past few years; however, that I'm hopeful Pope Francis will do much better than appoint the next Paul McHugh as an adviser to torture our community.
There is a price to be paid for having a narrow trade space for ideas. When we get used to seeing and hearing only one side of things, it numbs us to the fact there are a lot of perspectives out there which are very much different from our own.
Why can we more easily acknowledge bullying of queer and trans youth when situated in reality but when the same bullying motives are masked through 'comedy' does their danger transform into something deemed uproariously funny?
Crossing Over, a documentary film directed by Isabel Castro and produced by Katrina Sorrentino, is one of the first films to ever explore the stories of undocumented transgender women seeking political asylum in the United States.
"What exactly does it mean to be transgender? Why do they want to change their sex? Why can't they just be gay or lesbian?" These are some of the questions I so ignorantly used to think about transgender people. But I am a firm believer that ignorance must always be replaced by education.
I used to be a transphobic gay man. I remember making jokes. I remember feeling uncomfortable when trans* people would walk into the coffee shop. But something shifted inside me when I saw Matrix co-director Lana Wachowski's acceptance speech for the HRC Visibility Award in 2012.