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June 26, 2019

Each June, we celebrate Pride Month — a time to recognize the progress made by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) community while raising awareness about how far we still have to go to achieve full equality for LGBTQ people.  While Pride is more...

June 19, 2019

When we talk about domestic violence, the tendency is to focus on heterosexual relationships. This is an important conversation — but it often excludes lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people who experience domestic violence.  Domestic violence is...

June 13, 2019

In the past month, two trans women were violently killed in Dallas.  On June 1, the body of 26 year old Chynal Lindsay was recovered from White Rock Lake in northeastern Dallas.  On May 18, 23 year old Muhlaysia Booker was shot and killed in Dallas.  Both were trans wo...

June 5, 2019

June is unofficially recognized as Pride month, a time to celebrate the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) communities.  It is held in June to commemorate the anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion in New York City on June 28, 1969, which is widely c...

June 27, 2018

We know that gender norms (an expectation that people will act a certain way based on their gender) can be incredibly damaging.  As we have discussed in previous posts, even seemingly innocuous statements like “boys don’t cry” can have a lasting impact on men.   These...

June 20, 2018

June is Pride Month, a time to celebrate the Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ+) community.  It is also an opportunity to explore the issues that face LGBTQ+ people in the United States, such as domestic violence and increased rates of hate crimes against...

June 13, 2018

When you think about Pride Month, what comes to mind?  Rainbow boas, concerts, and parades?  All of these are familiar parts of celebrating the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community.  However, it is also vital to remember the roots of Pride Mo...

June 6, 2018

June is Pride Month — a month of celebration, protest and political action for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) community.  The first Pride marches began in 1970 in commemoration of the Stonewall Riots.  Today, Pride Month encompasses a variet...

March 15, 2017

On Wednesday, February 22nd, the new presidential administration withdrew and rescinded the rule that transgender students have the right to use the bathrooms and locker rooms corresponding with their gender identity.  This decision effectively strips transgender youth...

May 25, 2016

Recently our news (and social media feeds) have been consumed with one subject: the ability of transgender people to use the bathroom of their choice.  At Blackburn Center, we fully support the right of transgender men and women to use whichever bathroom they are comfo...

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