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A Prescription for Inclusion: Lessons from the Medical Field in Centering Transgender Communities


Introduction In late December 2012, the American Psychiatric Association published the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), the authoritative document for diagnosing mental health in the United States. It contained a dramatic shift in language, decades in the making: the term “gender identity disorder” was replaced with “gender dysphoria” […]

Gender, Race and Identity

Queer Nation: A lesson on being an ally


Last fall the Registrar’s Office put many students in a terrible bind. We were forced to choose between Professor Khalil Muhammad’s Race, Inequality, and American Democracy, one of the few courses on race, and Professor Tim McCarthy’s, Queer Nation: LGBTQ Protest, Politics, and Policy in the United States, the first course on queer identity and […]

Amidst a recent win for transgender rights, the fight for true LGBTQ equity in Massachusetts is not over


BY SAM BARRAK This past November, Massachusetts made history as the first state to affirm transgender non-discrimination protections in a public referendum. To those voters who said yes on Question 3, thank you for making the state that I love a safer place for me to live as a transgender person. While we rightly celebrate […]

Event Review: the Annual GLAD Spirit of Justice Award Dinner


What’s that, you say? A social-justice event that is like the Grammy’s for the music industry, but for die-hard civil justice fans who love the gays! And I get to attend? Lead the way. Friday, October 27 was the 18th Annual GLAD Spirit of Justice Award Dinner. What. A. Night! As I mingled with over […]

Gender, Race and Identity

We Are Not This. Or Are We?


BY ANDREA SORCE If you’re from North Carolina like me, your social media feeds blew up last Wednesday afternoon. #wearenotthis. “We” being North Carolinians. “This” being HB2, the sweeping anti-LGBT legislation passed last Wednesday in a specially-convened session. HB2 prohibits transgender residents from using restrooms that match their gender identity and also nullifies municipal anti-discrimination […]

Gender, Race and Identity

Interview with Amir Ashour, Founder of Iraqueer


Amir Ashour is a human rights activist and the founder of Iraqueer, the first and only organization for the LGBTIQ+ community in Iraq and Kurdistan region. IraQueer aims at increasing the visibility and the awareness amongst and about the local LGBTIQ+ community. In a region where homosexuality is criminalized and queer people face horrific violence, […]

Gender, Race and Identity

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