Civil Rights

Let's work to ensure safety for transgender young people

As our society progresses and becomes more enlightened, the journey from a rarely discussed concept to a valued, protected part of society is easier for those of us who are personally impacted. To each of my grandchildren, I am Jichan, Japanese...

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North Carolina governor's ignorance of trans identity

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory has doubled down on his support for H.B. 2, the discriminatory bill requiring public school students to use restrooms for the gender they were assigned at birth. Recently, he filed a lawsuit against the Department...

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Anti-LGBTQ laws increase risk of HIV, drug use, and violence

Recently enacted laws in North Carolina and Mississippi and their impact on the rights of the LGBTQ community have brought to light a serious public health issue: an increased risk of HIV and gender-based violence. Laws such as these, as well as...

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Reevaluating the Trafficking Victims Protection Act

The Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) is up for reauthorization this year, giving us an opportunity to evaluate the law’s impact. The TVPA outlines how the U.S. government combats human trafficking both at home and abroad—so determining...

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