Marriage, Trans & Lesbian Style

By: Sunday December 9, 2012 2:41 pm

Love. It’s a marvelous thing. The Melissa Harris Perry Show highlighted the December 6th marriage of Liz Margolies and Scout — a marriage of a lesbian and a trans man. If anyone tells you marriage equality isn’t a trans issue, they likely don’t get that marriages like Liz’s and Scout’s would not be recognized as [...]

Gender Identity Disorder Diagnosis Is Quietly, Without Much MSM Notice, Going Away

By: Monday December 3, 2012 8:27 am

The Gender Identity Disorder (GID) diagnosis is still going away, but it hasn’t been reported much in mainstream media (MSM). When the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Version 5 (DSM-V) is printed in 2014, the GID diagnosis for adults and children will be gone, replaced with the Gender Dysphoria diagnosis. The Guardian mentioned [...]

Guest Post: Afterglow

By: Tuesday November 20, 2012 11:31 am

The following is a guest post by Sharon Brackett, Board Chair for Gender Rights Maryland. It was originally published in Baltimore OUTloud on November 16, 2012 and is reprinted here with permission of the author. Note from Laurel: Just as those of us in blue states must not forget the ongoing struggles of our friends [...]

Guest Post: The Beautiful Daughter: How My Korean Mother Gave Me the Courage to Transition

By: Friday November 16, 2012 11:13 am

Guest Post By Andy Marra Public Relations Manager, GLSEN Growing up, I remember making a pact with myself. As an adopted child I promised to find my family in Korea, but how exactly that would occur remained a mystery to me. I luckily had the unconditional support of my American family, even if they were [...]

True The Vote Targets Transgender Voters

By: Sunday November 4, 2012 5:55 pm

The transgender population is a small population, and to my knowledge until this election trans voters haven’t been systematically targeted for voter suppression. Well, this year trans people are being targeted for voter suppression by True The Vote. A graphic from True The Vote’s Virginia training materials shows what the organization thinks about trans citizens.

What Is The Civil Rights Issue Of Our Time?

By: Friday November 2, 2012 4:06 pm

According to Vice President Joe Biden, transgender issues are “the civil rights issue of our time.” There is a reason Trans United For Obama exists. The Obama administration has been a pro-trans issue administration. This is in stark contrast to when Mitt Romney was the governor of Massachusetts when he was notably transphobic and biphobic, [...]

Landmark moment: Army vet — and trans activist — to head up LGBT military advocacy org

By: Friday October 26, 2012 8:03 am

Allyson Robinson is a wonderful pick to head up the newly combined OutServe-SLDN organization. It’s a moment of transition in the post-Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell era. There is still work to be done to bring the lives of LGB service members to parity with their straight colleagues when it comes to civil rights. It is [...]

On This DADT Repeal Anniversary, Let’s Not Forget The T

By: Thursday September 20, 2012 1:11 pm

Today is the one-year anniversary of lesbian, gay, and bisexual servicemembers being able to serve openly. With that in mind, I’m reposting this essay from December 19, 2010 — an essay (entitled Dan Choi: I Am Somebody! Autumn Sandeen: I Am Still Not Recognized As Somebody.) where I highlighted how with repeal of Don’t Ask, [...]

Listing The Reasons Trans People & Allies Should Vote For Obama

By: Friday September 7, 2012 4:00 pm

Helen Boyd — author of My Husband Betty and coordinator for Trans United For Obama — has recently spelled out why trans people should be voting to reelect President Barack Obama in her En|Gender post President Obama’s Accomplishments for Transgender Americans President Obama Took Pivotal Steps To Ensure That Transgender Americans Have Stronger Protections Against [...]

Still Living With Mental Illness

By: Wednesday August 8, 2012 6:59 pm

In December of 2009 I “came out of the closet” as having a mental illness. I have a bipolar condition that Dr. Hagop S. Akiskal, the psychiatrist who developed the bipolar spectrum and who was a few years ago also one of my diagnosing psychiatrists, describes as bipolar type II ½. Some others in the [...]

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