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It is officially the holiday season. If black LGBTQ folks do not have it hard enough, we are about to embark on the exhausting, awkward and anxiety-provoking holiday season with our biological families. And despite all the cheer in the air, it can be extremely stressful for a lot of black queers, especially if you family does not know or doesn’t approve.

When I was growing up, my parents had one of those wall sayings you get from the Hallmark store tacked up in the house that read: “Raising kids is like trying to nail Jell-O to a tree.” At the time, I attributed it to corny parent humor; yet, lo and behold, a few decades later, I find myself appreciating its truth.

Transgender, non-binary, gender-nonconforming people and those questioning their identity are now being connected with job opportunities and access to critical resources and services at Mazzoni Center’s new weekly meet-up group.

Democrats took control of the U.S. House of Representatives with a 32-seat majority during the general election last week — a victory that will “win protections for transgender people on a broader scale in the long-term,” according to a local transgender advocate.

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