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: 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 […]

 Dee Culp

LIVING YOUR TRUTH: Marriage equality is great, but we’re not done yet – far from it

LIVING YOUR TRUTH: Marriage equality is great, but we’re not done yet – far from it

June 26, 2015 – Decision Day. The day the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that the ban on same-sex marriage can no longer be upheld. Probably one of the biggest days in American LGBT history since the Stonewall riots. The day those of us in the LGBT spectrum became first-class citizens. This is […]

 Dee Culp

LIVING YOUR TRUTH: Transgender education in schools could change and save lives

LIVING YOUR TRUTH: Transgender education in schools could change and save lives

As strange as it may seem, one of the things that kept me accepting that I was transgender was that no one had explained to me that I could be a woman and still be attracted to women. Not understanding this, I convinced myself that I was just confused about who I was and who […]

 Dee Culp

LIVING YOUR TRUTH: Why Rachel Dolezal shouldn’t be compared to Caitlyn Jenner

LIVING YOUR TRUTH: Why Rachel Dolezal shouldn’t be compared to Caitlyn Jenner

I’ve been told that, scientifically, race does not exist. So the story goes, we are all one people, descendants from a tribe in Africa that were descendants from earlier forms of humans that once populated the Earth. Over the millennia, as the tribe grew and separated, they spread out into different regions where the climate […]