Health Care

We have Until Aug 13 to Oppose Trump’s Anti-Trans Health Care Plan

We have Until Aug 13 to Oppose Trump’s Anti-Trans Health Care Plan

Under the Trump Administration, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has abandoned its duty to fight against discrimination in health care. It stopped defending existing regulations in a lawsuit attacking protections for transgender individuals and people who have obtained abortions. HHS then turned around and cited that very lawsuit as a reason for changing the regulations. But HHS cannot use its failure to defend current protections as a reason to gut them.

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LGBTQ

Doctors Warn of Conversion Therapy’s Harms and Call for a Ban in New Report

Doctors Warn of Conversion Therapy’s Harms and Call for a Ban in New Report

The debunked practice can lead to depression, PTSD, and suicide and should be banned throughout the U.S., the report argues.

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Transgender

Why Trans Women Feel Torn in the Wake of the Latest Pose Episode

Why Trans Women Feel Torn in the Wake of the Latest Pose Episode

The world met Pose’s Candy Ferocity on June 3, 2018. The member of the House of Abundance was a speedy, driven, and fast-acting woman with a sharp tongue and tons of energy and motivation to boot.

For the very first time, a generation of young black and brown trans girls saw a new kind of role model on television: Angelica Ross, who portrayed Candy on the FX series, is 38 years old, a self-taught coder who has founded her own non-profit TransTech Social Enterprises, and is independent and empowering.

Ross’s portrayal of Candy — as with the other trans women who play characters on Pose — was strong, flawed, empathetic, raw, funny, and so much more. Pose is one of the first of its kind on TV, boasting the largest trans cast in the medium’s history.

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Transgender

Trump wants to deny transgender rights on religious grounds. But what if gender identity, itself, is a matter of the soul?

Trump wants to deny transgender rights on religious grounds. But what if gender identity, itself, is a matter of the soul?

IN LATE MAY — just before the start of Pride Month — the Trump administration formally announced its intent to allow medical practitioners and health insurers to legally discriminate against transgender people.

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LGBT

Queer: A New Narrative

Queer: A New Narrative

When early twentieth century philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein wrote the above quote, he was cautioning readers that the words we use can act like mental barriers that close us off to alternative ways of thinking, stunting personal and societal growth. Wittgenstein saw philosophy as a tool uniqely capable of freeing us from those limitations. In the age of social media, such limiting and divisive language has reached a zenith. In LGBTI discourse, personal identity labels have emerged as a nearly all-encompassing system of thought, actively walling in discussions of sex, sexuality, gender, and relationship models. As a consequnce, LGBTI culture is trapped in a singular, dominating perspective that erases individuals and too often treats us as little more than microcosms of group identities. This trend toward ever more narrow defintions is constraining society, preventing us from fully exploring our sexual and romantic social freedoms.

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