This Pride Month, the LGBT community and its allies should take time to honor those lesbian, gay and bisexual servicemembers who served in silence, and all of our proud transgender men and women who were - and are still - forced to do so.
I grew up in an apartment just off Main Street in Lewisville, Texas. The sign in front of my school, just three blocks away, boasted for all the city’s 80,000 residents to see “Lewisville High School, Home of the Fighting Farmers.”
LGBT advocates — who faced a setback this week when the Senate kept protections for same-sex couples out of immigration reform — will have to wait until after the Fourth of July holiday to see any action on another top priority: a bill to ban workplace discrimination against LGBT people.
Although Democrats abandoned same-sex couple provisions in immigration reform legislation on Tuesday, LGBT activists will continue to support the bill, saying there are aspects of the "gang of eight" plan worth fighting for, even if it leaves out gay couples.
Cook County Jail has quietly expanded its transgender policies and services in recent months, opening a protective unit for transgender women and bringing in local advocates to work with detainees and staff.