Trans of Thought: Good riddance 2019

By : Maia Monet
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I almost killed myself two or three times in 2019. I know that sounds dramatic, but it is also true. I’m not saying this to garner sympathy, or even worse, elicit advice. Rest assured, I am taking the steps necessary to improve my state of mind. It is just that being trans can often feel like existing in a vat of acid eating away at your dignity and integrity. It is the rare trans person who hasn’t contemplated escaping the pain through drastic means. If you don’t believe me, find a trans person in your life you happen to be close to and ask them if they’ve ever created a suicide plan. Don’t be surprised if they have a ready answer.

Perhaps my first column of the year should be about looking forward with a sense of optimism, but that doesn’t reflect my life as part of the trans community. I sometimes wonder if cisgender people appreciate how difficult it is to be transgender in today’s world. They might be able to quote the suicide rate for trans people, but I suspect they are detached from the reality of our everyday lives. They don’t actually experience the emotional stress of hearing about yet another government policy meant to incrementally erase the legal status of trans people. They can’t comprehend the blinding fear of coming out as a trans woman to a cisgender heterosexual man who might decide violence is the appropriate response.

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The Last Page: Jessica Thomas, Thomas Law Firm, PLLC

By : Jeremy Williams
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The Last Page is dedicated to individuals who are making a positive impact on the LGBTQ community in Central Florida and Tampa Bay.

This issue, we check in with owner of Thomas Law Firm, PLLC, Jessica Thomas from Central Florida. Keep an eye on this space to learn more about the movers and shakers of your community.

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Bogota’s history-making mayor-elect weds partner in Colombia

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BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) | The first woman to be elected mayor of Colombia’s capital city has married her partner in a private civil ceremony before taking office.

Claudia Lopez announced her wedding to Angelica Lozano this week by sharing an enthusiastic message and several photographs on social media.

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More than half of same-sex couples in US cohabitating are married

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) | New estimates show that more than half of the same-sex couples living together in U.S. households are married.

New figures released Nov. 19 by the U.S. Census Bureau show that about 543,000 same-sex couples living together in households were married and 469,000 same-sex couples living together were unmarried.

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Gay married couple in Md. sues after daughter denied US citizenship

By : Michael K. Lavers of the Washington Blade, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: The Kivitis, photo via Twitter.

A gay married couple from Maryland on Sept. 12 filed a federal lawsuit against the State Department over its refusal to recognize their daughter’s U.S. citizenship.

Roee Kiviti and Adiel Kiviti of Chevy Chase married in California in 2013. Their daughter was born via surrogate in Canada in February.

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Senate confirms anti-LGBT judicial nominee who stood up for Kim Davis

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: The U.S. Senate has confirmed anti-LGBT judicial nominee Matthew Kacsmaryk (First Liberty Institute publicity photo)

Flouting the recognition of June as Pride Month, the U.S. Senate approved a Trump judicial nominee on June 19 who has a long anti-LGBT record, including defense of Kim Davis for refusing to give marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

The Senate confirmed Matthew Kacsmaryk to a seat on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas by a vote of 52-46.

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Watermark’s Wedding Bells: Jamie DeHay & Jay Hawkins

By : Aaron Drake
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Jamie DeHay and husband Jay Hawkins really knew how to make an entrance to their wedding—by seaplane.

“Because the wedding venue was located on a lake and to go along with our travel theme, we arrived to the wedding by seaplane—underscored by ‘Game of Thrones’ theme music—to the surprise of the guests, who all assumed we would be coming by boat or jet ski,” says DeHay. “It was by far the most thrilling and memorable part of the wedding.”

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David’s Bridal TV ad includes lesbian couple for first time

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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David’s Bridal included a lesbian couple for the first time in a television commercial.

The commercial starts off with the narrator reciting the classic wedding rhyme “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.” The ad peeks in on different weddings including a ceremony in a forest and a couple who brings their child up with them to exchange vows.

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Idaho GOP delegates talk immigration, marriage at convention

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POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) – Idaho Republicans spiked a last-ditch effort calling for harsher punishments for employers who hire workers living in the country illegally.

Delegates discussed the issue while finalizing amendments to the Idaho Republican Party platform during the final day of the GOP convention in Pocatello June 30.

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Fashion designer Christian Siriano splits from husband Brad Walsh

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Fashion designer Christian Siriano and his husband singer Brad Walsh have broken up after almost two years of marriage.

Walsh shared the news on his Instagram stories.

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Indiana GOP platform keeps marriage between man and woman

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Indiana Republican Party activists overwhelmingly voted Saturday to reaffirm language first inserted in their platform when Vice President Mike Pence was governor that defines marriage as a union “between a man and a woman.”

The (Northwest Indiana) Times reported that delegates to the party’s biennial state convention chose the existing plank in its party platform over one floated by Gov. Eric Holcomb’s hand-picked party chairman that was intended to be more inclusive of same-sex couples.

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Gay Mormon who made headlines for marrying a woman announces divorce

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Josh Weed, a Mormon who made headlines for his blog post explaining that he was in a happy marriage with his wife Lolly despite being a gay man, is now getting divorced.

Josh and Lolly, who started as childhood friends, have been married for ten years and have four daughters together. In 2012, Josh claimed in a blog post their marriage worked even though he wasn’t straight.

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