The Trans Woman Behind the Right to Have Surgery in Prison

In January, a California prisoner, Shiloh Quine, made headlines when she became the first prisoner to receive sex reassignment surgery. However, her story begins much earlier and through the journey of another transgender woman, Michelle-Lael Norsworthy. "I am so happy that she got it," Norsworthy said of Quine. "Anybody who disagrees with an inmate getting … Continue reading The Trans Woman Behind the Right to Have Surgery in Prison

HRC Releases Ultimate Guide to Raising Trans Children

The Human Rights Campaign teamed up with two national pediatrics groups to produce a comprehensive guide on transgender children to help family, friends, and physicians. The 24-page guide, Supporting and Caring for Transgender Children, was produced with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians (ACOP). It goes over basic … Continue reading HRC Releases Ultimate Guide to Raising Trans Children

Fighting With Fruit: Anita Bryant’s Long-Lasting Legacy

A banana cream pie was a part of one of the most iconic moments in the gay liberation movement. Anita Bryant, a chart-topping songstress who used her fame to fight “homosexual militants,” was speaking at a press conference in Des Moines, Iowa in 1977 when an activist, Tom Higgins, threw the pie in her face. … Continue reading Fighting With Fruit: Anita Bryant’s Long-Lasting Legacy

The Forgotten Tragedy: Before Pulse, there was the UpStairs Lounge in New Orleans

In New Orleans’ French Quarter, countless people walk the intersection of Iberville Street and Chartres Street, perhaps to grab a drink at The Jimani, a bite at the Backspace Bar & Kitchen, or breakfast at Daisy Dukes. But look down, and a bronze plaque is embedded in the brick sidewalk, one with a flame and … Continue reading The Forgotten Tragedy: Before Pulse, there was the UpStairs Lounge in New Orleans

Jamaica – Still a Hotbed of Hate Against LGBT People

Jamaica — it’s an island paradise, splashed across television ads, billboards and brochures, promising a vacation that one will never forget. However, many are trying to get away from the white sand beaches, rum, and reggae tunes: LGBT people. In May, two men were shot and killed at a home they were staying at and … Continue reading Jamaica – Still a Hotbed of Hate Against LGBT People

LGBT History Month: The Johns Committee – State Sanctioned Homophobia

For many people, their memories of their college years are filled with football games, parties, and cramming for exams. For others, it’s horrific flashbacks of being stalked on campus, hours of interrogation, and questioning if everyone they interacted with was an investigator. For students and teachers at some of the top universities in the state, … Continue reading LGBT History Month: The Johns Committee – State Sanctioned Homophobia

Non-profits Are Popping Up Left and Right to Help the Victims of Orlando

In the wee hours of June 12, a gunman entered Pulse nightclub in Orlando and opened fire, killing 49 people and injuring dozens of others. The world immediately went into action, sending prayers, condolences, social media shout outs, blood donations — and cash. Equality Florida set up a GoFundMe account the very same day and … Continue reading Non-profits Are Popping Up Left and Right to Help the Victims of Orlando