Opinion

Opinion: Jamaica’s anti-gay ban fuels homophobic violence

Opinion: Jamaica’s anti-gay ban fuels homophobic violence

“Them fe dead long time.” When a gay man or transgender woman is killed in Jamaica, a police officer or other law official will utter those words in patois. The phase translates as: “Someone should’ve killed them a long time ago.” As a gay Jamaican and an LGBT+ activist, I’ve seen at close range how […]

UK: Headmaster comes out to act as role model for young people

UK: Headmaster comes out to act as role model for young people

‘Today, in my seventh year as headmaster, I have taken the decision to be open about my sexuality to the pupils under my care – I have the moral imperative to do so’ Fifteen years ago, I was told by a senior colleague in the independent school I was working in at that point that […]

Opinion: The struggles and joys of a lesbian nun

Opinion: The struggles and joys of a lesbian nun

‘My faith has been strengthened by being my true self, despite the church and society’s rejection of LGBT+ people’ Understanding and accepting myself as a lesbian woman in a community of nuns, or religious sisters, stretches over more than 40 years; indeed, it stretches over the more than 80 years of my life! As it […]

Denied by trans military ban, the door finally opens

Denied by trans military ban, the door finally opens

‘Why not me?’ After years denied by the trans military ban, the door finally opens Military service has been a goal of mine for a long time. Quite a few members of my family have served in either the army or the navy. I’ve always had this attitude of: Well, why not me? If there’s […]

Opinion: LGBT+ literature taught me to love myself

Opinion: LGBT+ literature taught me to love myself

It is no exaggeration to say that discovering LGBT+ literature in 1970s Ireland saved me. I was terrified. I had casually suggested creating an anthology of LGBT+ writing that would stretch from ancient times to the 21st century, and span as many languages and cultures as I could fit between the covers of a book. […]

OPINION: LGBT+ employees need mentors in careers

OPINION: LGBT+ employees need mentors in careers

By Kim Langers  The opportunity to be mentored into a leadership role when you are a young LGBT+ professional at the beginning of your career is almost nonexistent. Many young LGBT+ professionals, who work in the corporate world, tend to get discouraged when they do not see a reflection of themselves in the office, or […]

OPINION: Things incoming Biden/Harris can do now to improve lives of trans people

OPINION: Things incoming Biden/Harris can do now to improve lives of trans people

As most transgender people, including non-binary people, living in the United States will tell you, it has been a long four years. This is not to say that our lives were free of difficulty under the Obama administration, but we are sure a far cry from when former Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, said on live […]

OPINION: Japan’s universities lead gov’t on trans rights

OPINION: Japan’s universities lead gov’t on trans rights

By Anjelica Jarrett Four women’s universities in Japan allow trans women to attend, yet sterilising surgery is still a requirement for legal gender recognition When I was a sophomore in 2014 at Mount Holyoke College, a women’s college in Massachusetts, our college president announced that transgender women would be able to join our student body. […]

Opinion: Pope’s ‘yes’ to same-sex civil unions could mean more equal Catholic Church

Opinion: Pope’s ‘yes’ to same-sex civil unions could mean more equal Catholic Church

By Francis DeBernardo Gene and Bill had been partners for more than 50 years when I first heard their story. The two men met and fell in love when they were both 22. Because of the socially oppressive climate, it was not safe to live together as a couple, so they moved in as ‘roommates’. […]

Opinion: Spirit Day Generation – How Gen Z is transforming LGBT+ advocacy

Opinion: Spirit Day Generation – How Gen Z is transforming LGBT+ advocacy

By Clare Kenny Generation Z is growing up in a contradictory time. One minute they are told by world leaders that they are the future, the next they see an article – about climate crisis, COVID-19, you name it – that tells them we may not have a future. What I know is that listening […]