Step Therapy: A Problem for All Patient Communities

By | 2018-04-11T16:24:19-05:00 April 11th, 2018|Guides, Health & Wellness, Opinions, Viewpoints|

Members of the LGBTQ community face many unique health care challenges. They suffer from higher rates of smoking, depression, anxiety, HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. Compounding these challenges is the fact that LGBTQ individuals are more likely than others to experience difficulty accessing health care, due to a long history of anti-LGBTQ bias.

Striking gold

By | 2018-04-04T13:55:05-05:00 April 4th, 2018|Opinions, Viewpoints|

To be transgender in 2018 is to deal with challenging, difficult times. We face attacks from all sides, and the specter of death itself lays heavy upon our community. As a result, I find I often have to spend a lot of time ringing the alarm bells, and warning of dire times.


By | 2018-03-28T12:57:28-05:00 March 28th, 2018|Opinions, Viewpoints|

The Trump Administration has once again attempted to ban transgender people from serving in the U.S. military. This time out, the ban was secretly drafted by Vice President Mike Pence, with assistance from Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council (FRC) and Ryan T. Anderson of the Heritage Foundation.

Unanimous Vote in Favor of Michigan Transgender Woman is Groundbreaking

By | 2018-03-14T13:51:05-05:00 March 14th, 2018|Opinions, Viewpoints|

A landmark legal decision for transgender rights was issued last week. A unanimous three-judge panel of the federal Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals — covering Michigan, Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee — ruled that Michigan RG & GR Harris Funeral Homes violated federal civil rights laws when they fired Aimee Stephens for a being a transgender woman.

Transmission: November Hope

By | 2017-11-23T09:00:00-05:00 November 23rd, 2017|Opinions, Viewpoints|

by Gwendolyn Ann Smith The 7th of November was the 40th anniversary of Harvey Milk's historic victory in San Francisco, becoming the first out, gay elected official in the United States. It felt as if [...]

Who Gets Remembered

By | 2017-11-16T09:00:00-05:00 November 16th, 2017|Opinions, Viewpoints|

BY GWENDOLYN ANN SMITH The 20th of November is the Transgender Day of Remembrance. This year will be the 18th observance. It was my work with the Remembering Our Dead project that helped create the [...]

Faith Matters: We Matter

By | 2017-11-16T09:00:00-05:00 November 16th, 2017|Opinions, Viewpoints|

BY RENEE MCCOY When the movie "The Color Purple" came out in 1985, I had a disturbing conversation with my mother. She had neither read Alice Walker's book nor known about Stephen Spielberg's ability to [...]

Mombian: A Very Queer Halloween

By | 2017-10-26T09:00:00-05:00 October 26th, 2017|Opinions, Viewpoints|

BY DANA RUDOLPH Halloween is almost here, which for many of us means trips to the store to purchase overpriced costumes or hours spent sewing and hot-glueing homemade versions, both for our kids and for [...]

Where Are We?

By | 2017-10-12T09:00:00-05:00 October 12th, 2017|Opinions, Viewpoints|

BY SHARRON FINCHER The more I become involved in the community the more I notice something is missing. Not totally missing, but the representation of MoC lesbians is lacking. Masculine of Center (MoC) is a [...]

Transmissions: At War

By | 2017-10-12T09:00:00-05:00 October 12th, 2017|Opinions, Viewpoints|

BY GWENDOLYN ANN SMITH Prior to the 2016 Election, I recall writing about how the election of a President is not simply the election of one person, but a whole administration -- and how the [...]

Harming Our Troops

By | 2017-08-31T09:00:00-05:00 August 31st, 2017|Opinions, Viewpoints|

BY JAY KAPLAN On Monday morning, Aug. 28, the ACLU filed a lawsuit in the federal district court of Maryland challenging the constitutionality of the Trump Administration's transgender service member ban. The 39-page lawsuit states [...]

Positive Thoughts: Connected Action

By | 2017-08-10T09:00:00-05:00 August 10th, 2017|Opinions, Viewpoints|

By Oriol R. Gutierrez Jr. Laurel Sprague, PhD, is the executive director of GNP+ (The Global Network of People Living with HIV). The Amsterdam-based organization works to improve the quality of life for all people [...]

Transmissions; Uniformly Bad

By | 2017-07-20T09:00:00-05:00 July 20th, 2017|Opinions, Viewpoints|

BY GWENDOLYN ANN SMITH Since prior to the last election, many have warned of the precarious position transgender law was on the federal level. While great strides were made during the Obama years on behalf [...]

The Tradition of Connectedness

By | 2017-07-20T09:00:00-05:00 July 20th, 2017|Opinions, Viewpoints|

BY CURTIS LIPSCOMB It is that time again, and after months of strategic planning and securing partnerships, Detroit comes alive. The summer heat, the creative energy, and the festivities are highlighted accomplishments and challenges of [...]

Who Speaks For Us?

By | 2017-07-13T09:00:00-05:00 July 13th, 2017|Opinions, Viewpoints|

BY GWENDOLYN ANN SMITH On a recent episode of Chelsea, a Netflix-based interview show, host Chelsea Handler asked guest Janet Mock about another transgender celebrity, Caitlyn Jenner. Days before the show, Jenner had joked about [...]

Two Years Later and Where Are We?

By | 2017-06-29T09:00:00-05:00 June 29th, 2017|Opinions, Viewpoints|

BY REV. ROLAND STRINGFELLOW June 26, 2015 - a day history was made. Crowds gather around their television sets waiting for the announcement from the High Court. A collective breath was held. Couples were holding [...]