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Transgender Day of Visibility March 31, 2021: Need It More Than Ever!

On his first day in office, President Joe Biden signed an executive order that stated “children should be able to learn without worrying about whether they will be denied access to the restroom, the locker room or school sports.”  This order was aimed at fighting discrimination based on gender identity and sexual identity. Erasing Trans…

BiHealth Important All Year Round!

March is Bisexual Health Awareness Month. In its eighth year, it was founded by the Bisexual Resource Center.  Its purpose is to “raise awareness about bisexual and community’s social, economic, and health disparities, advocate for resources, and inspire actions to improve bi+ people’s well-being.” Why #BHAM Is Needed In a recent Gallup poll, over HALF…

“Love and Marriage, love and marriage go together like a horse and carriage,” But Shouldn’t Be Blessed If You’re Gay, according to His Holiness Pope Francis.

In the third grade, during “Show and Tell” at The North Street Elementary School, I decided to serenade, or bore the class with my rendition of Frank Sinatra’s hit “Love and marriage, love and marriage go together like a horse and carriage.  This I tell ya’, brother, you can’t have one without the other…” A…

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…