The moment of dread for transgender people comes when the question arises on a job application: "Have you ever lived or worked under another name?" It bears a chilling echo of the witch hunts of the McCarthy era's anti-communism trials.
On May 24, Puerto Rico’s House of Representatives passed a comprehensive LGBT rights bill, prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in employment, housing, governmental services, public accommodations, and private entities. Gov. Alejandro García Padilla has pledged to sign the bill into law.
On May 24th, just a week after speaking at a vigil in honor of Mark Carson, Eugene Lovendusky became a victim of another anti- gay hate crime in New York City's Hell's Kitchen neighborhood. Eugene's attack is the ninth anti-LGBT attack for the month of May and the 27th since the start of the New Year.
Ja'briel Walthour, a transgender woman of color who is an activist, community organizer, and author living in southeast Georgia, has launched a fundraising campaign on Indiegogo to support the publication of her children's book series and help fund her medically necessary gender-affirming surgery.
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.