As asking for preferred pronouns slowly but surely becomes more commonplace and transgender awareness increases in prevalence, some institutions have lagged behind the curve. Hospitals have only recently begun taking into account the gender identities of those who do not align with the sex they were assigned at birth. Not surprisingly, this has had major ramifications. As professionals, caretakers, and administrators of healthcare, it’s critical that the patients feel a sense of mutual respect. Otherwise, the fear of being condemned could outweigh their desire to seek care
I loved to swim in the ocean when I was in Guam and I always felt envious of the life in the sea. They were colorful, beautiful creatures, and they didn’t have to worry about being accepted or hiding who they were; as a young gay boy, this was all I ever wanted. Life on the island was all I know growing up as a Chamorro. I was born and raised on Guam, a small island in the pacific which has been a US territory since 1898. Natives from the island are called Chamorros, which is also the name of our language.
Despite making up 52% of the LGBTQ+ community, bisexual people often go unrecognized in modern history and media. To celebrate Bisexual Pride Day and the inclusive Bi+ Week of September 23, this feature highlights prominent bisexual influencers and events throughout history.
Being queer shapes many aspects of one's being, from one’s relationships with society and family to one's relationship with oneself. A person can be proud or ashamed of their own identity. As an asexual person, I experience no sexual attraction to individuals of any gender. My asexuality sculpted my entire life before I even knew that I was asexual. Learning to love myself and my sexuality has been a long, difficult, but ultimately rewarding journey.