All tagged LGBT

Orlando: Healing Through Learning, Demanding Change

After the horrific, anti-LGBT terrorist attack in Orlando, Florida, millions of people around the globe offered their thoughts, their prayers, and held candlelight vigils to mourn for the victims. While I understand their usefulness to others, I am not a religious person and prefer to express my solidarity with the victims and outrage towards the massacre through words and action. Nothing I can do or write will bring back those lives lost at the Orlando nightclub. Nevertheless, if we are able to learn from their tragedy, it will not have been in vain. In the spirit of healing through learning and reform, I offer these observations.

Gay-on-Gay Bullying: Such a Shame

I've made bullying prevention one of my top priorities, including cyber-bullying and anti-LGBT bullying. In all my advocacy and research, I seem to have missed another important subset of bullying: gay men bullying other gay men ("gay-shaming" or "gay-on-gay" bullying). It never occurred to me that LGBT persons, who have been victims of bullying themselves for many years, would then turn to bullying members of their own community. That is until I was the target of such bullying.

Scrubbing These "Bathroom Bills"

Today, the state of North Carolina and the United States government launched a hotly contested legal battle over who can use certain bathrooms, giving new meaning to the phrase "frivolous lawsuit." North Carolina argues that the federal government should basically "mind its own business" and let the state do as it pleases. The United States Government, on the other hand, says that North Carolina's anti-transgender legislation constitutes illegal discrimination that "provides no benefits to society and all it does is harm innocent Americans." What's all the fuss about anyway?