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“The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly” of 2022

The Ugly A record number -nearly 240 anti-LGBTQ bills were filed in 2022.  These bills were to limit the rights of LGBTQ Americans this past year. Half of them specifically targeted transgender people.  Only 41 bills were filed in 2018, but in 2021, 191 bills were proposed, according to nbc.com. Mental health of LGBTQ youths…

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“You’ve Come A Long Way Baby,” but Don’t Rest on Your Laurels!

On Thursday, with a 258 to 169 vote, the House lawmakers approved the Respect for Marriage Act.  Thirty-nine Republicans backed the legislation with all Democrats present.  The bipartisan vote mirrored the findings of the May Gallup poll that 71% of Americans say they support legal same-sex marriage, up from 27% in 1996. Once signed into…

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Freedom of Religion vs. LGBT Rights

Remember the baker Jack Phillips in Colorado?  He denied making a wedding cake for a gay couple because he didn’t believe in same-sex weddings.  His insistence made headlines over ten years ago.  In 2018, the penalty was thrown out of the court and never resolved. A similar case was argued by the Supreme Court this…

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November is Trans Awareness Month

It’s important to be aware of the trans population every month, not just November.  In the United States, there are laws in certain states such as Texas, that you can go to prison for helping a trans minor obtain surgery, puberty blockers. Texas is not the only state to outlaw care for the young who…

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LGBTQIA: What Does the A Stand For? No, It’s Not Ally!

Have you heard about ACE this week starting October 23rd when GLSEN raised awareness about the term? Read the blog and find out its true definition. The correct answer is Asexual.  In our sexually-charged society and social media, it is possible to be asexual.  In fact, 1% or nearly three million people refer to themselves…

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A Straight Mother Thanks Edie Windsor

October is LGBT History Month!  Edie Windsor was a pioneer for same-sex marriage and its benefits! When our gay son was in his twenties, before President Obama’s evolvement of “sacred” civil marriage unions and President Clinton’s signature on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), he announced at dinner “it’s not fair that my straight sister…

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Pronouns Aren’t Just Good Grammar

It’s International Pronoun Day! If you have an LGBT child, you need to address them by the right pronouns. It not only demonstrates acceptance but acknowledges their identity.  It is particularly troublesome for a transgender child or gender non-conforming child to hear the more common pronoun she/her/he/him that is applied to cis-gender kids (those who…

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October 11 is National Coming Out Day

The purpose of National Coming Out Day is to support those in the LGBT Community.  According to the February 17, 2022 Gallup poll, LGBT identification in the United States had ticked up from 5.6% in 2020 to 7.1%, driven by the younger generation. One in five Generation Z adults now identify as LGBT. In 2021,…

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Bisexual Awareness Week: September 16-23

The Bisexual Awareness Week, culminates in Bisexual or Bivisibility Day on September 23. Why do we hold this annual event? Bisexuals make up the largest portion of the LGBTQ+ community (40% of America), according to data from the Pew Research Center.  However, society tries to erase them.  How? The Bisexual Resource Center (BRC), America’s oldest national…

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What Constitutes Bullying? How Can You Make The School Your Ally?

Children should be able to learn in a safe environment but compared to heterosexual students, LGBTQ+ students receive a disproportionate amount of bullying.  Perhaps your child has already started school and witnessed bullying or maybe he is dreading going back to school as he fears being bullied in person. What constitutes bullying?  There are three…

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