Gender noncomformity is not a new concept and living outside of the binaries is not a new identity, though the term nonbinary was coined more recently, growing more popular around 2014.

Fourteen Black trans women have been killed in the U.S. this year, including the most recent death of Pebbles LaDime in South Carolina on Aug. 4. This means all trans women who have been violently murdered in 2019 were Black. Locally, our community continues to mourn Tameka “Michelle” Washington, whose suspected murderer awaits trial.

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.

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