Letters to the Editor

Editor:

We must urge Philadelphians and, by extension, Pennsylvanians, to support protecting LGBTQ+ students and our rights in the educational sphere. We have unique situations and experiences that our non-LGBTQ+ peers face, including excessive bullying and harassment based on sexual orientation and/or gender, known or perceived; this treatment prevents a significant sector of America’s youth from reaching our full potential and making the most out of the education available to us.

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Timothy Cwiek’s article about Saul Ewing’s partnership with TLDEF’s Name Change Project on Feb. 4 did an excellent job of describing that program and the important need that it serves. We have a long way to go before the needs of low-income transgender individuals are met, and every effort to meet those needs is welcome.

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The cover is overall stark, but arresting. The model, with flowing brown tresses, is sitting somewhat uncomfortably on a barely seen stool, looking directly at the camera. She wearing a white satin body shaper. Behind her, fogged metallic walls pick up her blurred reflection.

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My name is Sharron L. Cooks; I am the owner and CEO of Making Our Lives Easier LLC, which is a consulting firm that provides quality information and resources to under-represented individuals and organizations. We are a community-based organization that engages in social, political and economic advocacy and activism, as well as community grassroots organizing.

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The notion of antigay lawmakers being self-loathing and closeted is by no means an uncommon thing. Whether it’s Larry Craig and his toe-tapping, wide-stance antics in a Minneapolis airport bathroom, or George Rekers and the rent boy he hired to “lift his luggage” on a two-week European vacation, those who espouse the strongest antigay positions seem to be the largest hypocrites.

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We are living in very mean times.

The news is filled with police assaults and murders of people of color. Congress is continuing to try to gut health care and other social safety nets. Certain elements of the media continue to blame women, immigrants, the poor, religious minorities and people of color — amongst others — for all of society’s ills.

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In November 2011, I found myself making a whirlwind trip to Washington, D.C., to be part of a meeting in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. The Eisenhower Executive Office Building, for the uninitiated, is a sizable structure on the west side of the White House grounds. It includes some 566 rooms and covers roughly 600,000 square feet.

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