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Swimming upstream for black votes

“You live in your poverty, your schools are no good, you have no jobs, 58 percent of your youth is unemployed. What the hell do you have to lose?”

So, too, the black lives many politicians pander to in order to get them.  

Remembering our community this Labor Day

Celebrating Labor Day in the LGBT community.

Labor Day is a celebration of people who work hard on both the business and societal front, and what a year this has been.

Just as the year 2015 was a big one for marriage equality, 2016 will be remembered as the year we celebrated the “T" in LGBT. 

Coming out to care: The fear of coming out as a queer cripple when you need care

Andrew Gurza - Disability Awareness Consultant, Founder of Disability With Drew/DisabilityAfterDark

I think that every queer person knows the feeling of the act of “coming out” all too well.  We have all felt that tinge of anticipation mixed with fear, the fear of not knowing what the outcome will be.

Not knowing whether we will be accepted after we tell our truth. As queer people, we also know that the act of coming out is not ever a singular event.

'Nextdoor' app user blames Hillcrest's gay bars for 'filthy' streets

Numbers on Park Blvd, San Diego.

One Nextdoor app subscriber has taken to the social media platform to discuss the differences between the cleanliness of Little Italy to that of Hillcrest.

He accuses Hillcrest’s LGBT bars as being the main culprit of urban decay.

Peter Cache posted his observation via his feed which is only visible to subscribers located in that part of town: Northeast Hillcrest.  

The gay marriage that broke the Nigerian internet

Eric Shoen-Ukre and David Shoen-Ukre

We tried very carefully to make sure this wouldn’t happen. Guests were instructed not to take photos during the ceremony. We were very particular about who was invited. It was a sad added bonus that most of the guests from Nigeria cancelled just 24 hours before the ceremony.

What it means to be a gay teen in a Jewish ultra-Orthodox community

I’ve met bearded Hasidic rabbis who joined this under a girl’s name because they are transgender, and teens thrust out of their homes for being gay who don’t know how to live in the secular world. Some are happy. Some are despondent.

Recently, “Mira” cut her hair short. It was cute, and boyish. The next morning, she was called to the office in her high school yeshiva and told, “We don’t tolerate such shenanigans.” Girls at their school are required to look properly feminine, and all of them are expected to marry.

Advice to parents and friends of transgender individuals

Listen with an open mind and heart.

Our son is transgender. We welcomed him into the world 26 years ago as a daughter, but he is now our son. What does that mean? Three years ago he had surgery to give himself a more masculine body.

Two years ago he began hormone treatment, which led to male puberty.

He changed his name from Emily to Jeremy and asked that we use male pronouns. We are proud of him and love him.

Staying high in these days of going low

What comes with Twitter bullying is hate speech, and Trump has normalized hate speech in the public sphere.

When we see hate speech and injustice, we must hold tight to Michelle Obama’s words.

First Lady Michelle Obama’s speech on the opening night of the Democratic National Convention rocked, and her words and advice about hate speech resonated especially for many LGBTQ people.