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Words Matter

Words Matter

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | As with so many revelations about the Trump administration, the storm over seven words that staff members at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) were warned last week not to include in budget proposals began with an unsettling news report, followed by a bewildering, nontransparent mix of official pushback, […]

Censored Communication

BY ED SIKOV | From the Washington Post: “Policy analysts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta were told of the list of forbidden terms at a meeting Thursday with senior CDC officials who oversee the budget, according to an analyst who took part in the 90-minute briefing. The forbidden terms are ‘vulnerable,’ […]

Addressing Trans Health Respectfully, Holistically

BY COREY JOHNSON & DOUG WIRTH | Imagine surviving childhood trauma, sexual assault, homelessness, an HIV-positive diagnosis, and multiple suicide attempts. That’s a snapshot of the life of one Amida Care member, a transgender woman of color living in Brooklyn. Unfortunately, her story is all too common for people of transgender experience and gender-nonconforming individuals. Transgender […]

Go Ireland? The Real Meaning of the Marriage Victory

BY KELLY COGSWELL | Apparently, rainbows broke out all over Ireland as people voted “yes” to letting queers tie the knot. It was hailed as a remarkable victory for LGBT people, not just because it was the first successful attempt to hold a popular vote on same-sex marriage across an entire country, but also because the […]

Get Her  

Get Her  

BY ED SIKOV | About 17 million people watched Bruce Jenner come out as transgender on “20/20 — Bruce Jenner: The Interview” on April 24, earning the news show its highest rating in 15 years. But it was hardly news. As everyone who’s been in a supermarket checkout line in the last year knows, the tabloids, […]

Dyke-Baiting, Trans-Hating, and the MichFest Debacle

BY KELLY COGSWELL | Early last week, Lisa Vogel announced that the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival would close after this year’s 40th anniversary event. The response was tears in some quarters, and from some “good riddance.” I’m ashamed to admit that I put off weighing in because I’m not thick-skinned and I hate getting trolled. But […]

Embedded in Queer Turkey

Embedded in Queer Turkey

BY KELLY COGSWELL | I was in Turkey almost two weeks for an LGBT film festival, and at first it seemed like Paris or New York or San Francisco, where out queers hold popular events, discuss how to push things forward in a resistant, but mostly democratic society. In fact, everybody smiled so much, was so […]

Health Department Now Ready to Ease Transgender Birth Certificate Changes   

Health Department Now Ready to Ease Transgender Birth Certificate Changes   

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In a decisive reversal of its position from eight years ago, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is prepared to reform its regulations regarding amendments to birth certificates so that transgender people born here can change the gender designation on that record without providing proof of transition […]

Is ENDA Necessary?

Is ENDA Necessary?

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Even with the marriage equality movement appearing to gain unstoppable momentum, the LGBT community has not yet won simple employment nondiscrimination protections at the federal level. The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), a measure barring bias in the workplace based on sexual orientation and gender identity –– which has been kicking around […]

City Must Pay For Transgender Youth’s Transition Surgery

City Must Pay For Transgender Youth’s Transition Surgery

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A New York State Supreme Court justice in Manhattan has ordered the city’s Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) to pay for gender reassignment procedures, including surgery, for a 20-year-old transgender woman still in the foster care system. Justice Peter H. Moulton’s March 21 order — first reported in the New York […]

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