Editorials

After a weekend of back-to-back mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, an organization, Gays Against Guns, held a rally with some 300 members for gun control in Times Square.

The group, formed in the aftermath of the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando, does not only work against mass shootings but all gun-related violence, mainly targeting the NRA and GOP. After 30 lives were lost and countless more injured this weekend, in one event that could be prosecuted as a hate crime, and after Donald Trump confused Dayton for Toledo in a speech, the LGBTQ-plus community, oft a group victim to violence, is letting its voice be heard.

Pennsylvania will soon join 13 states and Washington, D.C. that already offer the gender designation of X on state-issued IDs.

While it’s no surprise that New York, Oregon, California and Minnesota are on the list of progressive states offering an alternative option to the binaried “M” or “F” of IDs, what about Arkansas and Utah?

The current immigration issues are certainly not only an LGBTQ issue. However, members of the LGBTQ-plus umbrella, and specifically trans folks, are not exempt from ICE’s mistreatment by any means. One transgender unit exists: the Cibola County Correctional Center in Milan, New Mexico.

Religion and faith are two complicated words in the LGBTQ-plus community. Faith-based organizations have historically contributed to oppression of the LGBTQ community, such as city-funded, Philadelphia-based Catholic Social Services — a group that would rather not allow same-sex parents to foster children.

When the U.S. women won the FIFA World Cup in France, LGBTQ folks had something to celebrate. Widely-accepted public displays of affection along with a rejection of Trumpian policies made this win feel, very simply, good.

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