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The New “Faggots” Are Trans

in Autumn Sandeen/Opinion

Bayard Rustin is a civil rights icon of the African-American and gay civil rights movements. In 1986, Rustin gave a controversial speech entitled “The New ‘Niggers’ Are Gay,” and that speech is included as an essay in the book Time On Two Crosses: The Collected Writings Of Bayard Rustin. I believe it’s time to revisit…

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In Revolution, The Trans Terms Sylvia Rivera Used

in Autumn Sandeen/Politics

I look to Sylvia Rivera, who passed in 2002, was an activist icon whose action approach to civil rights is one I admire. I like to think I’ve emulated part of her action approach to civil rights when I chained myself to the White House fence twice for repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, but…

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What Are Y’all Gonna Do New York Trans Community?

in Featured/Monica Roberts

In the wake of the failure of GENDA to pass and become the law of New York state for the fourth time, there has been some justified anger and venting about the lack of support from the GL community on this issue. But the bottom line is that we trans people also have the ultimate…

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Pride 2009: We Yelled, They Screamed. But Did Anyone ‘Hear’ Us?

in Vanessa Edwards Foster

It was one for the ages. Forty years after Stonewall, to the day (with an additional 12 hours added) … we found ourselves marching down Fifth Avenue through downtown New York and cutting a path directly through Greenwich Village and right down Christopher Street in front of the Stonewall Inn where the riots – the flashpoint for the organized Gay Rights Movement around the world – began.

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