Editorials

Last week, Merriam-Webster announced its word of the year is “they,” used singularly. Searches for “they” increased 313 percent from 2018 to 2019. “People were clearly encountering this new use and turning to the dictionary for clarity and for usage guidance,” Senior Editor Emily Brewster said in a statement.

This week, soccer superstar and lesbian Megan Rapinoe won Sports Illustrated’s sportsperson of the year. The co-captain of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team helped lead the cohort to victory in the World Cup held in France.

World AIDS Day is Dec. 1, 2019. Founded in 1988 as the first global health day, World AIDS Day is a time for people to come together in the fight against HIV, support those living with HIV and commemorate those who lost their lives from an AIDS-related illness.

The annual day of observance on Nov. 20 that honors the memory of those trans folks we’ve lost to anti-transgender violence and bigotry has come and gone. But we must always keep those people in mind who have lost their lives due to transphobia, ignorance and hate. This year’s Transgender Day of Remembrance was poignant as we mourned the loss of Tameka “Michelle” Washington, who was killed earlier this year. While her murderer awaits trial, trans woman Nizah Morris’ 2002 murder remains unsolved, and the Human Rights Campaign reports that 22 trans and gender-nonconforming people have been violently killed this year.

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