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This case marks a significant legal and cultural moment for the country, capping nearly twenty-five years of legal challenges, grassroots activism, legislative advocacy, and steady change in public opinion in favor of the freedom to marry for same-sex couples.
At my high school, the Day of Silence was seen as an excuse for the football team to wear t-shirts with cruel slogans written on them and not get in trouble; things like “Adam & Eve, not Adam & Steve” and worse, “Exit, not Entrance” on their backs with arrows pointing down. Needless to say, our school was not the most welcoming to LGBTQ kids.
Data shows what experience and common sense tell us – it’s not easy being an LGBTQ youth in school. When we discuss LGBTQ student issues, we often focus on bullying and harassment by peers. It is equally important to expand the conversation to include bullying and harassment by schools as institutions. Unequal and unjust treatment of LGBTQ students also happens at the systemic level.
For most of us, a trip to the DMV is a frustrating and time-consuming inconvenience. For so many transgender people, it can be exercise in futility at best, or worse a humiliating and degrading experience, especially when they try to change the gender on their driver’s license.
GLAD Answers is staffed by volunteers, and the training for new volunteers is happening in May—May 12 & 14 (5:30-9:30pm) and May 16 (9am-4pm).
The real test of a movement is whether it has the vision to imagine an even more just society for everyone, and the tenacity to get it done.
In the last year, the trans community has suffered from an epidemic of violence, both physical and psychic. Black trans women targeted and murdered for who they are. Trans youth we’ve lost because society wasn’t strong enough to appreciate them. I know I don’t have the luxury of time to figure out all the answers before taking action. And so, as an ally, I am choosing to begin by writing about the importance of loving trans people.
GLAD is looking for stories of Walmart employees who were denied the option of adding their same-sex spouse to their employee health insurance plan. If you experienced this situation, please contact us at GLAD Answers www.GLADAnswers.org (800-455-GLAD). We want to hear your story.
I have had the honor to observe Mary Bonauto’s work for 25 years – as a GLAD Board member, a GLAD Litigation Committee member, as Executive Director and as a colleague on the GLAD legal staff. What comes first to mind in thinking about Mary is her tenacity, thoroughness and fearlessness.
We were welcomed to the campus with rainbow flags, a giant rock painted to say “The sky can be pink and blue, so why can’t you” and tons and tons of people. It was overwhelming. I have never been to a Pride Festival, but I assume that this is kind of what it feels like.