“Moments ago, the Illinois State Senate voted 34 -19 to pass House Bill 217, the Illinois Youth Mental Health Protection Act that will protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth from the dangerous and discredited practices of conversion therapy. The bill was overwhelmingly approved 68-43 by the State House in May and is heading to the desk of Republican Governor Bruce Rauner. If signed into law, the bill would make Illinois the fifth jurisdiction—behind California, New Jersey, the District of Columbia, and Oregon—to enact a law protecting LGBT youth from the lifelong damage caused by these practices, which have been linked to substance abuse, depression, and even suicide.”
“Invitations went out Tuesday, May 27, to about 150 LGBT and allied civil rights and faith organizations asking for participation in an important new statewide public education campaign ‘to combat widespread public misunderstanding about transgender and gender nonconforming people and the issues they face,’ say the Transgender Law Center and the Equality California Institute in a press release.
The new coalition partners underscore that the effort ‘is independent of work on any political or legislative campaign and exists solely to change attitudes towards transgender Californians through research and education.’”
“Finally, there’s a scientific journal that believes there needs to be more data on transgender people and HIV; and is doing something about it. Dedicating a special issue and calling for more studies, The Journal of the International AIDS Society (JIAS) is seeking abstracts for a supplement on transgender health and HIV.”
“Before the media frenzy erupted over Bruce Jenner’s life-changing decision to become a woman, another star athlete made the same choice 40 years ago. “
“Cristan Williams, a trans historian and journalist, interviewed Judith Butler about gender and the trans experience for The Terfs. They discussed the problem with TERFs and the work of Sheila Jeffreys and Janice Raymond.”
“Cases of young trans people taking their own lives seem innumerable, especially now that the media has started taking notice. With all this attention, you’d expect suicide hotlines and other such counseling services to be well able to field calls from troubled young trans people. “
She had forgotten the sharp tang of salt, mixed with sand and seaweed. The predawn air held a chill as it blew across the beach, the sand cool and gritty beneath her feet. With a deep breath she coaxed her weary muscles to relax, a sarcastic smile turned her lips, such simple things to ease an aching soul even if for just a moment was worth the price paid.
At this hour the beach was mostly deserted, just a few early risers like herself, souls seeking solace. There seemed to be an unspoken agreement, each keeping a respectful distance. She slowly made her way to the water line, where the waves hissed and foamed, splashing coldly across her feet.
If only every moment could be like this.