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In a Los Angeles community LGBT Muslims and Jews (and their allies) came together to celebrate the Muslim iftar (break of the Ramadan fast ritual meal) and weekly Jewish Shabbat dinner hosted by JQ International, an organization that co-founder Asher Gellis said brings LGBT Jews together to find support and community. This is the 2nd such event the organization has hosted. This is a great way for Muslims and Jews to learn about each other and a great way to bond. Muslim and LGBT ally Marium Mohiuddin makes an excellent point with that quote about labeling people.
Contributed by Sam Feldstone
A beautiful video of ending discrimination in marriage. Set in Australia, this commercial illustrates the life of two individuals from the time they met. Showing those who watch that even LGBT couples live the same lives as other couples, and sharing the same happiness and love.
Contributed by Ben Sansiribhan
If you haven't heard about Coy Mathis, this article deserves a read. A transgender 1st grader in Colorado (my state) was banned from using the girl's bathroom...even though she identifies as a female. I just can't wait for the day when a person's gender identity won't matter.
Contributed by Brianna Kay Colbert
Most people have the mindset of not understanding gender vs. sex. This needs to be taught, especially in schools, not only to promote respect in the transgender community, but to possibly clear up confusion that a student may be facing. Gender: "what's in between the ears." Your gender is developed in your brain. You are born with your gender; it is not a choice. This is how you identify. Most people do not give it a second though. For example, a person born female will identify as female. Sex: "what's in between the legs" or "your chromosomes." Most people think gender and sex are the same thing. Biological males have XY chromosomes, and biological females have XX chromosomes. Sometimes, a person's gender and sex do not match up, or the person may identify differently from their sex. This person is transgender. There is nothing wrong with this person, but it may cause them some discomfort. Many transgender people will undergo hormone therapy and surgeries over the course of several years in order to feel in the correct body. The "T" in LGBT is often silenced. Transgender people are ridiculed and mocked, especially on public television. Transgender people are just like non-transgender people, and their identities need to be respected.
Contributed by Renee Cox