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Speaking Out About Medical Racism

Speaking Out About Medical Racism

Ericka Hart is changing the face of health education. The breast cancer awareness and representation advocate was diagnosed with breast cancer, and now in her mid- 30s, she is challenging institutionalized racism in the medical industry—known as medical racism.

The Decade of the Pronoun

The Decade of the Pronoun

On Jan 3, 2020, the American Dialect Society held its 30th annual “Word of the Year” vote, which this year also included a vote for “Word of the Decade.” It was the year – and the decade – of the pronoun.

Celebrating Trans Heroes of 2019

Celebrating Trans Heroes of 2019

While the last year felt like a two steps forward, three steps back kind of year, some notable trans folks broke national headlines, moving the needle even further towards trans visibility in 2019.

Reducing HIV Transmission Rates Requires Decriminalizing Sex Work

Reducing HIV Transmission Rates Requires Decriminalizing Sex Work

This World AIDS Day, let’s not forget that transgender women—particularly trans women of color—are also more likely to be living with HIV than cisgender people. The fight for trans justice cannot be separated from the work to reduce new transmission and provide care to those who are living with HIV, while ending stigma and criminalization for having HIV. To win this fight, we must decriminalize sex work.

Queer and Trans Migrants Discover Community at Mexico’s House of Women

Queer and Trans Migrants Discover Community at Mexico’s House of Women

Floriberta Roberto, 37, has a shy smile, but when 28-year-old Kataleya Nativi makes her laugh, Roberto opens her mouth to reveal the letters F and R in gold, punctuated by a zirconia stud on her two front teeth. Roberto, who is from an Indigenous community in rural Guatemala, had never had an interaction with a trans woman before meeting Nativi, who is from San Pedro Sula, Honduras, and is wearing a skort with her name painted on it in rainbow colors on this day in August. The two met in Tapachula, Mexico, at T’ja Xuj, which means “House of Women” in the language of the Indigenous Mam of Guatemala.

Aimee Stephens Takes Her Trans Rights Case To The Supreme Court

Aimee Stephens Takes Her Trans Rights Case To The Supreme Court

This week the US Supreme Court will hear three cases dealing with queer and trans rights, cases that ask the court to decide whether it is legal to fire someone who is queer and/or trans under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act’s prohibition on discrimination based on sex. The subject of one of these cases, R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes Inc. v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, is Aimee Stephens.

Mattel Launches Creatable World Gender Inclusive Doll Line

Mattel Launches Creatable World Gender Inclusive Doll Line

Global toy brand Mattel announced today a new product line featuring a customizable doll offering endless combinations all in one box. The Creatable World™ doll line, consisting of six different doll kits that are available in a variety of skin tones, invites kids to create their own characters with extensive wardrobe options, accessories, and wigs that allow them to style their doll with short or long hair, or in a skirt, pants, or both.