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: 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 […]

 Dee Culp

LIVING YOUR TRUTH: Another transgender woman has been murdered, so what will we do about it?

LIVING YOUR TRUTH: Another transgender woman has been murdered, so what will we do about it?

Monday evening, a little after we had just finished recording Episode 36 of the NEPA Scene Podcast, I left the studio to head home. The humid air outside TwentyFiveEight Studios clung to me like a warm, wet sweater. It was about 12 a.m. when I took notice of my surroundings and how eerily quiet and […]

 Dee Culp

LIVING YOUR TRUTH: Restroom incident at Kildare’s brings up gender identity issues in Scranton

LIVING YOUR TRUTH: Restroom incident at Kildare’s brings up gender identity issues in Scranton

Gender identity and restroom usage has been a hot topic lately. As transgender awareness and visibility increases, it’s only reasonable to expect that people are looking out for us more than ever, and that means a false positive report was bound to happen sooner or later. Well, it finally did. According to her Facebook post […]

 Dee Culp

LIVING YOUR TRUTH: Why I’m proud to be transgender

LIVING YOUR TRUTH: Why I’m proud to be transgender

NEPA PrideFest is coming up next week in Pittston on Saturday, Aug. 15, and I’m excited! I’m really looking forward to this year because we’ve got a lot to celebrate. Between the passage of marriage equality and seeing what’s going on in the fight for equality in housing and the work place, plus my own […]

 Dee Culp

LIVING YOUR TRUTH: Learning to dance (and live) as a woman

LIVING YOUR TRUTH: Learning to dance (and live) as a woman

I never thought dancing with a man would feel so… natural. After a lifetime of being me, I thought I had a few things figured out and squared away. But, it turns out, after just a few months of being ME, I was in for some revelations. The first time I danced with a man […]

 Dee Culp

LIVING YOUR TRUTH: It’s the little things – the importance of pronouns

LIVING YOUR TRUTH: It’s the little things – the importance of pronouns

Let’s talk about pronouns. You remember pronouns, right? I, me, he, she, you, it, that, they, miss, ma’am, lady, dude, bro, bruh, cuz, homie, bae, boo, etc. Those are pronouns, and some of them have genders. Some are feminine, and some are masculine. And it’s really important that people get them right. I mean, this […]

 Dee Culp

LIVING YOUR TRUTH: Caitlyn Jenner’s speech was inspiring, though her politics need work

LIVING YOUR TRUTH: Caitlyn Jenner’s speech was inspiring, though her politics need work

How amazing was Caitlyn Jenner at the ESPY Awards, delivering her acceptance speech for the Arthur Ashe Courage Award? Of course she was amazing, and I felt all the feels. The part that got to me, most of all, had to be where she thanked her family for standing by her and supporting her, stating […]

 Dee Culp

LIVING YOUR TRUTH: Netflix series ‘Sense8’ sets standard for transgender representation in media

LIVING YOUR TRUTH: Netflix series ‘Sense8’ sets standard for transgender representation in media

I saw myself on TV the other day. Well, I actually was on TV a few weeks ago, being interviewed for an 11 o’clock news piece on the transgender community in Northeastern Pennsylvania for WNEP, but that’s not what I’m talking about. I’m talking about the metaphorical sense, the sense that there are finally positive […]