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


BY LAURA MERRYFIELD AND PRANAV REDDY   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 […]

Lifting Up Women’s Voices While Challenging the Binary


Women’s spaces are stronger when they include transgender voices. BY LAURA MERRYFIELD When I returned to my home city after college, I found community in the feminist collective. I attended radical craft nights, “ladies only” urban bike rides, and late-night discussions in garages where women led conversations on topics like rape culture, and men sat […]

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 […]

How to Argue Against Trump’s Ban on Transgender Service Members


On July 26, 2017, President Trump took to Twitter to proclaim that transgender individuals are prohibited from serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. The directive caused a flurry of activity at the Pentagon. LGBTQ news sources began reporting on Friday, August 4, that a guidance document was on its way to Secretary of Defense Mattis […]

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