Living Your Truth

Living Your Truth is a weekly column about the empowerment that comes from being true to your authentic self. It focuses on the LGBT community in NEPA and the news and events that impact it.

 Dee Culp

LIVING YOUR TRUTH: 2017 Geisinger Transgender Conference is strangely missing trans representation

LIVING YOUR TRUTH: 2017 Geisinger Transgender Conference is strangely missing trans representation

As we come up on the 2017 Transgender Awareness Conference, scheduled to take place on Monday, April 10 at the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (formerly the Commonwealth Medical College) in Scranton, I feel compelled to be there. In its fifth year, we see that the conference has undergone something of a name change, now […]

 Dee Culp

LIVING YOUR TRUTH: LGBT support in NEPA music scene clear at Wilkes-Barre punk rock benefit

LIVING YOUR TRUTH: LGBT support in NEPA music scene clear at Wilkes-Barre punk rock benefit

Here we are, in Donald Trump’s second month as president, with a new Muslim ban to replace the extremely unconstitutional one that came before it and a worse health care plan designed to replace the Affordable Care Act, titled – I kid you not – H.R. 1275 – World’s Greatest Healthcare Plan of 2017. I […]

 Dee Culp

LIVING YOUR TRUTH: Transgender bathroom repeal isn’t about safety – it’s about alienating others

LIVING YOUR TRUTH: Transgender bathroom repeal isn’t about safety – it’s about alienating others

It would appear that, so far, Donald Trump is doing exactly what he said he would and making good on his campaign promises. Promises such as the promise to defund Planned Parenthood; the promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act; the promise to tear families apart and make life a living hell for Muslims and […]

 Dee Culp

LIVING YOUR TRUTH: Giving thanks for acceptance and the new ‘traditional’ American family

LIVING YOUR TRUTH: Giving thanks for acceptance and the new ‘traditional’ American family

“You met my mom before, though, right?” Andrea asks me as we drive out of New York City. “No, never,” I tell her, but it only leads to more confusion. “I couldn’t have met her. You forget, we’ve only been together for about five months. I only met you last summer.” “Why does it feel […]

 Dee Culp

LIVING YOUR TRUTH: Keep your post-election safety pins – we need action now against bigotry

LIVING YOUR TRUTH: Keep your post-election safety pins – we need action now against bigotry

The past few days have been extremely difficult for me. My feelings come in waves, and they revolve between anger, depression, fear, and despair. I literally quaked in fear on Tuesday evening as I sobbed and had to have a friend drive me home. I did not sleep for at least 24 hours and, when […]

 Dee Culp

LIVING YOUR TRUTH: Don’t give up on government just yet – passing LGBT equality in Wilkes-Barre

LIVING YOUR TRUTH: Don’t give up on government just yet – passing LGBT equality in Wilkes-Barre

Last night, I did something that I have only dreamed about my entire life. I stood up, as myself, and faced the establishment. I made my voice heard. I made a difference. And it felt wonderful! On Aug. 11, Wilkes-Barre City Council met for a regular session where they would vote on a proposal brought […]

 Dee Culp

LIVING YOUR TRUTH: Sarah McBride is another woman who made history at the DNC

LIVING YOUR TRUTH: Sarah McBride is another woman who made history at the DNC

They’re calling it the first time an openly transgender woman has addressed a major convention. Indeed, on a night of firsts, I was brimming with pride to see Sarah McBride take the podium at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Thursday. The first time I read about Sarah was her heartbreaking story of courage […]

 Dee Culp

LIVING YOUR TRUTH: Entering a mixed-race transgender lesbian relationship and all the prejudices that come with it

LIVING YOUR TRUTH: Entering a mixed-race transgender lesbian relationship and all the prejudices that come with it

It was Monday, the Fourth of July, as the rain drizzled and fireworks exploded all around us. I took her hand and we walked out of the apartment building to see the big display Wilkes-Barre was putting on at Kirby Park. As we walked hand-in-hand, I couldn’t help the feeling of trepidation when I noticed […]

 Dee Culp

LIVING YOUR TRUTH: ‘Day of Action’ takes Pennsylvania one step closer to legal equality

LIVING YOUR TRUTH: ‘Day of Action’ takes Pennsylvania one step closer to legal equality

There’s this saying: “Don’t ask God to move mountains if you aren’t willing to pick up a shovel.” It’s a powerful statement that reminds us that we need to be prepared to work for things that we want. Much like moving a mountain, when it comes to changing laws, getting ordinances passed, and fighting for […]

 Dee Culp

LIVING YOUR TRUTH: After Orlando shooting, we must stand together against hate – ALL of us

LIVING YOUR TRUTH: After Orlando shooting, we must stand together against hate – ALL of us

My heart has been broken. My community – my family – has been viciously attacked. At roughly the same time I was out clubbing with friends in Philadelphia, a nightclub full of mostly Latino people who were LGBT, just like us, were doing the same in Orlando, Florida. And just like us, they felt safe […]

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