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My Family Knows Me, but Not My Life

It’s time for Black LGBTQ men to introduce their queer and birth families to each other.

By Henry Philyaw

Hey, Trans Folks! Here’s the FYI on Getting Your Breast/Chest Screening Scheduled

Ohio trans health advocate Tyson Crenshaw shares his own story as part of this guidelines update from Equitas Health.

By Tim Murphy
Courtney Sarkin with mom

Sexual Minority Women Are at Risk for Breast Cancer: Interview With Courtney Sarkin

Homophobia and cis heterosexism create elevated breast cancer risks for queer identifying women by pushing them out of healthcare.

By Terri Wilder, M.S.W.
Cecilia Chung 6

Not Just Gay Men: Honoring the Stories of Women With HIV 40 Years Later

Over the past 40 years, women living with HIV/AIDS have had to—and continue to—fight against erasure from the historical dominant narrative.

By Terri Wilder, M.S.W.
Emmett Patterson

Queer, Trans, Disabled, and Proud of All Three

What is disability pride? Radical acceptance of both self and community.

By Emmett Patterson
Carl Nassib

Carl Nassib Rejected Homophobia—the Supreme Court Should Too

In announcing he is gay, Nassib used his celebrity to draw attention to the stigma and disproportionate risks LGBTQAI+ youth face every day.

By Juan Michael Porter II

Along the Road to Joy: Soul Music and a Shift in Perspective

For many Black gay men, the path to freedom and self-expression is anything but a straight line.

By Monte J. Wolfe
Nora Burns with her friend David

Back When They Called It ‘Gay Cancer’

In the early 1980s, LGBTQ people grew increasingly worried about 'gay cancer'; but many wrote it off as a government-led conspiracy.

By Tim Murphy
Woman speaking to a mental health counselor

A Mental Illness Diagnosis Changed My Life for the Better

After a bipolar-disorder diagnosis, Candis Y. McDow found healing and a renewed sense of purpose through therapy, medication, and writing.

By Candis Y. McDow

The Nervousness That Came With Not Knowing

For these LGBTQ community members, the late 1970s through early 1980s was a time of first relationships and life in NYC and Seattle, set against a backdrop of uneasiness amid rumors of "weird infections."

By Tim Murphy