Discrimination

Exploring the health and well-being of the transgender community

On this year’s Transgender Day of Visibility, we want to celebrate the accomplishments made towards expanding and protecting the rights and well-being of the trans community. But we must also recognize a significant amount of work left to be done in fighting the rampant discrimination and violence facing trans and gender nonconforming communities. Members of…

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Hateful to Health: The lasting effects of hate crimes on public health

Warning: This post discusses physical and verbal abuse and violence, including references to mass weapons, racist symbols, suicide, and death. Over the years, hate crimes have steadily increased in America. In 2017, there was a 23 percent increase in religion-based hate crimes, while 60% of survivors and victims were targeted because of their race, ethnicity,…

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Living True: Transgender Day of Remembrance

Almost 20 years ago, transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith started the Transgender Day of Remembrance (T.D.O.R) to honor Rita Hester, a transgender woman killed in her own home in 1998. Her death was widely ignored by the media and many today still don’t know who Rita was. Her death remains unsolved. T.D.O.R is a day…

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