Opinion

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 […]

Obituary: ‘Monica Roberts – Transgriot’ 1962-2020

Obituary: ‘Monica Roberts – Transgriot’ 1962-2020

“I come from a long line of historians in my family. I’m also a voracious reader. I recalled something that I’d read about the griots of Western Africa, the storytellers who pass on the oral history and traditions of their people. Some griots can recite up to 500 years of their people’s history from memory. […]

OPINION: Coming out helped me to find people who understood me

OPINION: Coming out helped me to find people who understood me

‘Coming out as transgender was complicated, but on National Coming Out Day, I am now empowered to take ownership of my story’ Transman Isaac S is a volunteer with Just Like Us, which sends LGBT+ ambassadors into schools in the UK to tell their stories Some say that in an ideal world, no one would […]

OPINION: ‘Berlin Patient’ Timothy Ray Brown was an HIV hero

OPINION: ‘Berlin Patient’ Timothy Ray Brown was an HIV hero

The ‘Berlin Patient’ Timothy Ray Brown, the first person known to have been cured of HIV, has died at the age of 54, from a recurrence of the cancer that prompted his historic treatment. In 1995, Brown, an American, was diagnosed with HIV. Ten years later, he was found to separately have acute myeloid leukaemia (AML).

OPINION: Other Girls Like Me – A Greenham Common Memoir

OPINION: Other Girls Like Me – A Greenham Common Memoir

By Stephanie Davies Stephanie Davies is a writer living in New York, who worked for many years in communications for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and co-edited an LGBT+ magazine in Brighton, UK. Her memoir Other Girls Like Me is out now. At Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp, I was free to be a tomboy, to […]