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One in Six Adults in Generation Z (18 to 23) Consider Themselves LGBT

According to a recent Gallup report, an estimated 5.6% of Generation X (born 1981-1996) in the United States identify as LGBT.  This report was based on more than 15,000 phone interviews conducted through 2020 and reflected a jump of nearly 25% since 2017, the last year the survey compared findings. The findings of Gallup: 6%…

Please Don’t Let The Equality Act Be Buried in the Legislative Graveyard

 A bipartisan majority in the U.S. House of Representatives just voted, 224-206, to pass the Equality Act.  Known as H.R.5 and sponsored by Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI.) who has introduced versions of this bill since 2015 in each Congress sessions, the Equality Act is sweeping legislation that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual…

When LGBTQ Kids Feel Rejected At Home

Rob Todaro, Press Secretary of the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ youth, The Trevor Project, reported alarming statistics from a recent Morning Consult Survey.  One-third of LGBTQ young Americans felt they couldn’t be themselves at home with their parents for fear of rejection or worse being “kicked out” of the…

Planes, Trains, and Automobile Remake by Pete Buttigieg

On February 2, 2021, Pete Buttigieg was confirmed, by a vote of 86 to 13, as the Secretary of Transportation. The youngest Senate member at age thirty-nine, he has the distinction of being the first out LGBTQ official cabinet member to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate to a cabinet position. Since 2008, Buttigieg has…

Biden Signs Away Trump’s Ban on Transgender Troops

 On his first day in office, forty-sixth President Joseph Biden, Jr. directed all agencies to address any policies in place that discriminated against individuals on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity (a person’s innate, deeply-felt psychological identification as a man, woman or some other gender), including housing, education, employment and health care. As…

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

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 as asexual or “aces,” according to Lisa Zhang at TED X Gunn High School Talk on YouTube (3-26-2014). What Is Asexuality? Asexuality is a term for…

State of The Union Before 2021: How’s the LGBT Community Doing?

It has been a tough year for many people: unemployment, isolation, escalation in drug abuse, a world-wide pandemic taking so many lives, schools shut. Yet despite all the social problems of this year, there have been some bright spots in this trying time. The LGBT community made some strides and should continue to do so…

National Homelessness Youth Awareness Month: November

Did you know that: LGBT Youth are 120% more likely to experience homelessness. LGBTQ youth are over represented in the foster care system.  They are more likely to become homeless, according to http://pflag.com. One in three transgender Americans have been homeless at some point in their lives. According to Covenant House, LGBT youth comprise 40%…

Why We Need Transgender Awareness Week November 13-19

Yearly, you can count on the third week in November being celebrated as National Transgender Awareness Week.  Between November 13-19, people and organizations in the U.S. help raise visibility about transgender people.  As allies of the trans community, we need to address the issues members of that community face such as social stigma, discrimination and…

Pronouns Aren’t Just Good Grammar

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 identify with the sex…