The Disturbing History of Research into Transgender Identity

This piece by Jack Turban in Scientific American does a wonderful job of speaking to how the research community must evolve in developing and fielding scientifically sound research – free from inherent biases – into the origins of gender identity.

For far too long transgender adults and children have been seen as needing to be “fixed” in some way so that we can become contributing members of society. Fifteen years ago, before I could have my gender reassignment surgery, I had to be clinically diagnosed as suffering from gender identity disorder. I am many things, but disordered is most definitely not one of them.

The reality is, my trans brothers and sisters and I are already a bold and beautiful part of society, we do not need one-sided or prejudicial research to conclude something to the contrary. As the author points out, “What good science shows us is that when we accept transgender people, they thrive. . . It’s time to celebrate that and move on.” And to that, I say, Amen…read more

Transgender America: 30 Killed And Fatally Shot Already In 2020

Will this epidemic of senseless violence ever stop? Will we ever have a Transgender Day of Remembrance service WITHOUT any new names being read? Trans people of all stripes are not disposable. We are human beings and it is our humanity that unites us with each other and our world. We need our allies to stand with us and demand justice or these horrific acts will continue…read more at

Misgendering in Health Care and How to Improve

Although written for healthcare professionals, the concepts of misgendering and microaggressions are universal in that their occurrence cuts across all businesses – regardless of size – and industry segment.

Please remember this: pronouns may be among the smallest words in the English language, but when used incorrectly they can and do cut like a knife…read more

LGBTQ+ voices: Learning from lived experiences

If you haven’t read this report from McKinsey & Company, you really should. I have spoken and written at length about how companies must evolve from “policy to practice” in their LGBTQ inclusion initiatives, and especially as they pertain to their transgender and non-binary employees. This piece, in its own way, speaks directly to that concept. The work must continue!…read more

What I Learned as a Parent of a Transgender Child

I absolutely love this story, which to be quite candid, connects so well with what PFLAG National/Straight for Equality was founded on – a parent’s love for their LGBTQ+ child. Sometimes the hardest thing a parent can do is let their child lead…read more