After a long week at work you might need a pick-me-up, so here are four LGBT rights-related videos that inspired and engaged us this week. Enjoy!
1) A Beautiful Transition
When we talk about trans rights and trans health care these are (for many of us who aren’t trans) somewhat abstract concepts, in particular gender transition and the positive impact it has on the person undergoing their gender realignment.
The following video shows one young woman’s transition, starting in 2008 through to 2012, in a simple but lovely way. What I find most engaging about this video is the smile that appears on her face about midway through:
2) A PSA That Makes a Point About Anti-Gay Language
The following PSA, entitled No Homophobes, asks us why it is that people will freely censor themselves when it comes to using profanity and degrading terms about a lot of different subjects, but why we still hear gay slurs on a frequent basis. The PSA, developed to compliment the NoHomophobes.com website by the Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services, may sound a little jarring but it definitely gets the point across:
3) Love On the Road
The following is a performance by award-winning 15-year-old NPR Snap Judgment contestant Noah St. John who talks in very real terms about the love he has for his two mothers, the family’s relationship, and the vehicle that binds them. To say John has a talent for public performance would be an understatement:
4) I Can Haz Marriage Rights?
A Tennessee gay couple, as part of an ongoing effort known as the We Do campaign, this week applied for a marriage license even though Tennessee does not allow them the right to marry–or many rights at all, in fact. They were, of course, denied but the campaign will continue to target states where LGBT couples are banned from marrying in order to demonstrate that there is a need for change:
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