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: Friendship, gratitude, suicide, and coincidental healing

LIVING YOUR TRUTH: Friendship, gratitude, suicide, and coincidental healing

“Day” in Hebrew is a word that means “enough.” The suffix “-enu” means “to us.” When put together, “dayenu” is a word that means, roughly, “it would have been enough for us,” as in the song “Dayenu,” a Passover song over a thousand years old. The song is like a prayer to God in gratitude […]

 Dee Culp

LIVING YOUR TRUTH: The conversation about HIV/AIDS has changed, yet stays the same

LIVING YOUR TRUTH: The conversation about HIV/AIDS has changed, yet stays the same

I remember the first time I heard of AIDS. It was some documentary my parents were watching, something about a woman who was dying of a disease doctors knew very little about, back in the late ‘80s. I asked my mom what had happened, and she told that the woman lost her immune system, and […]

 Dee Culp

LIVING YOUR TRUTH: When all the LGBT news is negative, depression can sneak up on you

LIVING YOUR TRUTH: When all the LGBT news is negative, depression can sneak up on you

In this week’s column, let’s talk about depression. Because it’s real, it sucks, and I have it. In case you haven’t noticed, it’s been two weeks since I last wrote an article. Trust me, it wasn’t for lack of things to write about. We had a lot of awful things happening, including Germaine Greer, a […]

 Dee Culp

LIVING YOUR TRUTH: Remaking ‘Rocky Horror’ and what this means to the LGBT community

LIVING YOUR TRUTH: Remaking ‘Rocky Horror’ and what this means to the LGBT community

To start, I should say that “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” is somewhat… sacred to me. It’s a film that features ambiguous sexualities, gender bending, transvestism, and a really well-known dance routine that’s super simple to do (I mean, it’s just a jump to the left, and then a step to the right. Oh, but […]

 Dee Culp

LIVING YOUR TRUTH: Make yourself heard, and not just on election day – the 2015 Philly Trans* March

LIVING YOUR TRUTH: Make yourself heard, and not just on election day – the 2015 Philly Trans* March

“Did you watch the debates?” was a popular refrain among many of my friends this week, which may or may not show you the caliber of people I associate with on a regular basis. I’m not bragging, honestly, but I realize that I tend to keep myself living in a bubble – a very queer […]

 Dee Culp

LIVING YOUR TRUTH: When masculinity becomes toxic, misogyny – and violence – follows

LIVING YOUR TRUTH: When masculinity becomes toxic, misogyny – and violence – follows

Suffice it to say, I’ve been a bit busy the last few weeks. There was NEPA BlogCon, then a trip to Pittsburgh for the TransPride Pittsburgh Conference, and then telling my story at the Big Gay StorySlam for the Scranton Fringe Festival… and I’m not done! This Saturday, I’m marching alongside Daye Lily Pope, transgender […]

 Dee Culp

LIVING YOUR TRUTH: The hopeful and heartbreaking lessons of the TransPride Pittsburgh conference

LIVING YOUR TRUTH: The hopeful and heartbreaking lessons of the TransPride Pittsburgh conference

Going home has always been bittersweet. My family moved from Pittsburgh to Hazleton in 1990, and I was never happy about it. So much has changed that it’s sometimes hard to look back and remember. As such, my family often returns to the area to visit old friends and enjoy some of the many things […]

 Dee Culp

LIVING YOUR TRUTH: Nervous and vindicated – speaking my truth, publicly, at NEPA BlogCon

LIVING YOUR TRUTH: Nervous and vindicated – speaking my truth, publicly, at NEPA BlogCon

“Are you nervous?” my friend asks. I just smile and tilt my head to one side. “Well,” I reply, “I’m probably not as nervous as I could be, but I’m about as nervous as I should be.” She laughs. “Fortunately, this isn’t my first rodeo,” I then tell her. Sometime later, I go over the […]

 Dee Culp

LIVING YOUR TRUTH: How do you properly address someone if you don’t know their gender?

LIVING YOUR TRUTH: How do you properly address someone if you don’t know their gender?

Last week, I lamented on Facebook that I was struggling with a topic to write about. It wasn’t a lack of inspiration; however, it was a lack of positive topics to discuss. There was too much negativity, too much anger and pain. Too much murder, too much death. Too much Donald Trump and Kim Davis. […]

 Dee Culp

LIVING YOUR TRUTH: What we can do to strengthen Scranton’s unenforced LGBT anti-discrimination law

LIVING YOUR TRUTH: What we can do to strengthen Scranton’s unenforced LGBT anti-discrimination law

I’ve always had a high opinion of Scranton, and these days, I’ve been falling in love with it even more. Northern Light is my idea of the perfect coffee shop. Eden is the place to go for vegan delights. I visited Adezzo for the first time last week for a volunteer meetup of the Scranton […]