Celebrating a new beginning

Posted on 26 Dec 2014 at 7:50am

U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson Special Contributor As the holiday season approaches, I want to wish all of the residents of the 30th Congressional District a very special Christmas and a joyous New Year. As a community, we should reflect on those things, large and small, that brought us happiness during 2014. Of course there [...]

Plano ordinance: Questions remain

Posted on 26 Dec 2014 at 7:45am

Staff and Board of Transgender Education Network of Texas We, the staff and board of Transgender Education Network of Texas are of mixed reaction in regard to news about the passage of a non-discrimination ordinance in Plano. On the one hand, taking steps towards treating all city employees in a fair and just manner based [...]

Speak up — while we still can

Posted on 19 Dec 2014 at 7:35am

LGBT voices conspicuously absent in the debate over Garner incident, other tragedies The recent spate of stories like the tragic Eric Garner incident in New York City have sparked protests and outcries across the country. Some point to the endemic racism of our country as the cause, while others turn a blind eye and believe [...]

With friends like Plano …

Posted on 19 Dec 2014 at 7:30am

‘Nondiscrimination’ ordinance leaves the Ts twisting in the wind, and LGBs let it happen In the politically correct times in which we live, if you are a savvy city council and wish to permit and condone discrimination against a marginalized class of people, what is the safest way to do that? With a “nondiscrimination” ordinance! [...]

The ‘Golden Rule’ is not enough

Posted on 12 Dec 2014 at 7:35am

Plano serves as the perfect example of why nondiscrimination laws are necessary, despite progress made Despite where I stand on some political issues, I do understand the desire of many people to want to limit the role of government in their lives. And I understand firsthand the importance of faith and why people want to [...]

Changing traditions

Posted on 05 Dec 2014 at 7:30am

Much gets left behind when you transition, so treasure the things and people that go along for the journey I don’t think I’m alone in my love of the familiar. There is comfort in that, a predictability that doesn’t exist in this unpredictable world. Maybe that’s why we tend to be creatures of habit — [...]

Ferguson: No easy answers

Posted on 05 Dec 2014 at 7:25am

Violence and nationwide protests in the wake of a Missouri grand jury’s decision not to indict a white police officer for the shooting death of a black teenager in August reveals the depth of the racial divide in this country and the distrust of our criminal justice system. Despite weeks of preparation by government officials [...]

‘Identity theft’ in the AIDS-free generation

Posted on 28 Nov 2014 at 7:30am

Don’t let the importance of education and prevention efforts get buried amid science and technology The theme for World AIDS Day 2014 — “Focus, Partner, Achieve: An AIDS-free Generation” — is much more than rhetoric. Since the inception of World AIDS Day in 1987, Dec. 1 has offered all people a simple promise: We not [...]

Counting your blessings

Posted on 21 Nov 2014 at 7:25am

Living life as a trans woman isn’t easy. In fact, it can be hard as hell. It hurts; it’s expensive, and at times can seem an insurmountable challenge. There are still many obstacles stacked before us that all seem to conspire to derail transition, or worse. We need look no further than our annual observation [...]

Going homo for the holidays

Posted on 21 Nov 2014 at 7:20am

When you are out and proud, with a loving and supportive Rockwellian family, the holidays are a face-stuffing good time filled with presents, merriment and drinking for good times. If you are not out, or if you come from a judgmental and conservative family more akin to something out of Tennessee Williams, it can mean [...]