by Christopher Peak | Feb 22, 2019 3:08 pm | Comments (11)
After coming out as a transgender boy, Daniel Martinez asked his Wilbur Cross teachers to start calling him by a new name.
“This is not your name,” the teacher told Martinez, as he handed back an assignment. “Put your legal name or I will not grade it.”
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by Allison Park | Jun 12, 2018 1:56 pm | Comments (6)
When IV Staklo started working in the food service, they faced not only threats of physical and sexual assult by coworkers but also hourly cuts by their employers, all because of their identity as a non-binary person.
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by Thomas Breen | Dec 18, 2017 3:19 pm | Comments (1)
For Lorenzo Jones, co-founder of the criminal-justice reform Katal Center, there is a big difference between being an advocate and being an organizer.
One strives for progress, the other for revolution.
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by Markeshia Ricks | Nov 21, 2017 9:04 am
Chardonnay Heather Charlene Merlot said she’s tired. Tired of the list of trans men and women that seems to grow longer with each Transgender Day of Remembrance.
“I’m tired of saying them,” she said. “Because I’m afraid and I’m scared that one day one of those names could be mine.”
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by Lucy Gellman | Jul 17, 2017 8:02 am | Comments (2)
Climbing the 168 York Street stage, Kiki Lucia pulled at a noose hanging low around her neck, looking out at the audience with long-lashed, saucer-sized doe eyes. She jerked backward. The noose loosened, and she broke free.
I’m aliiiiiiiiiivvvveeee, Sia belted from the second-floor balcony.
Kiki Lucia ripped open her blouse, exposing a heaving chest and two bright, sweat-slicked nipples, along with a message written in black: Trans rights now.
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by Lucy Gellman | Jun 30, 2017 1:46 pm | Comments (2)
Patrick Dunn never thought that turning the pages of National Geographic magazine would lead him to the New Haven Pride Center (NHPC). Now his thinking about herd mentality has him stepping up as its first executive director.
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by Lucy Gellman | Jun 6, 2017 4:36 pm
At the Yale Cabaret’s tiny basement theater on Park Street, something mystical was unfolding. A scarved, glitter-clad and turbaned soothsayer worked their hands around a glowing glass globe, looking into the future. In wide fishnets, shiny booty shorts and a pink tank top, Charmian begged for her fortune.
“Good now, some excellent fortune! Let me be married / to three kings in a forenoon, and widow them all: / let me have a child at fifty, to whom Herod of Jewry / may do homage: find me to marry me with Octavius / Caesar, and companion me with my mistress,” she cackled.
“You shall outlive the lady whom you serve,” said the soothsayer in a singsong, wispy voice.
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by Lucy Gellman | Apr 27, 2017 1:31 pm
As the rents in New Haven rose, so did HIV diagnoses among gay men, especially in communities of color.
That rise isn’t happening just in New Haven, learned AIDS Project New Haven (APNH) Director Chris Cole. It’s a national problem, and it’s not showing signs of going away.
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by Paul Bass | Mar 31, 2017 3:34 pm | Comments (14)
New Haven finally had its encounter Friday with an anti-LGBTQ “free speech” bus — and it ended practically as soon as it began.
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by Lucy Gellman | Mar 29, 2017 10:10 am
Addressing a crowd from the courthouse steps, Chardonnay Merlot extended her hand to a person in a rainbow-printed bandana and asked, “What’s your name?”
“And what pronouns do you identify with?”
Continue reading ‘100 Rally For Trans Rights’