This transgender activist went through hell. Here’s how she got to the other side.

This transgender activist went through hell. Here’s how she got to the other side.

When Lillian Lennon was 14, her parents sent her thousands of miles away from her home in Alaska to Utah for two years to undergo conversion therapy. The harmful practice, which has been banned in 20 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, seeks to change a person’s gender identity or sexual orientation.

Why This Transgender Rights Activist Wants Us To Evolve From Being Allies To Accomplices

Why This Transgender Rights Activist Wants Us To Evolve From Being Allies To Accomplices

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But in the present moment, that isn’t a luxury people in the transgender community get to experience. One of the many issues Geena brings into conversation when she’s speaking at global events at the United Nations, the White House, or the World Economic Forum is how cisgender-focused many of the high-level discussions are.

“It’s super binary,” says Geena. “It’s very placed in cisgender over trans and non-binary people. I think most conversations should be as intersectional as it is, and all of those different identities should be on an equal playing field when it comes to speaking about those lived experiences, rather than prioritizing one more than the other.”

Trans woman who escaped anti-LGBT abuses in Chechnya puts life at risk again for others / LGBTQ Nation

Trans woman who escaped anti-LGBT abuses in Chechnya puts life at risk again for others / LGBTQ Nation:

“A transgender woman who escaped abuse in Chechnya and found asylum in America is speaking truth to power in Washington in hopes of helping others, even if it means putting herself at risk all over again.”