Roughly 1.6 million people in the United States above the age of 12 are transgender — meaning that they identify as a different gender than the one they were assigned at birth. Over the last few years, gender identity has become a talking point for newscasters, teachers, and lawmakers alike. Although the numbers may surprise
We all deserve the right to live authentically, but for so many people in the LGBTQ+ community, living authentically requires a few extra steps. “Coming out” is the process of telling friends, family, coworkers, and anyone you encounter that you exist outside the heteronormative culture we live in. You are not a straight, cis-gendered person.
It is officially the start of Pride Month, which means celebrating the diverse sexual orientations and gender identities of people all across the country. The LGBTQ+ community is made up of people who identify as Lesbian (L), Gay (G), Bisexual (B), Trans (T), Queer (Q), or other sexual orientations and gender identities such as asexual,