Dee Culp

LIVING YOUR TRUTH: Finding transgender acceptance in the workplace – a thank you to my former boss

LIVING YOUR TRUTH: Finding transgender acceptance in the workplace – a thank you to my former boss

“The time has come,” the walrus said, “to talk of many things.” Most notably, the future, my employment, and opportunities to complete transition. I believe I’ve reached a turning point in my life where certain truths must be dealt with – truths about my anatomy and my appearance that have made it impossible for me […]

 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 […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Big Gay StorySlam shares personal tales of LGBTQ community and allies at Scranton Fringe Festival on Oct. 3

Big Gay StorySlam shares personal tales of LGBTQ community and allies at Scranton Fringe Festival on Oct. 3

From a press release: The Big Gay StorySlam, a head-to-head storytelling competition featuring 10 storytellers, each sharing a true, personal five-minute tale, will take place in Scranton on Saturday, Oct. 3 at The Leonard Theater as part of the inaugural Scranton Fringe Festival. This will be the 11th slam organized by the Scranton StorySlam and […]

 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 […]

 Dee Culp

LIVING YOUR TRUTH: Introductions, questions, and the daily routine of a transgender woman

LIVING YOUR TRUTH: Introductions, questions, and the daily routine of a transgender woman

This morning, like a lot of women, I got up, got dressed, put on some makeup, and ran out the door to get to work. It’s all just routine to me, now, but about a year ago, it was a struggle. I struggled to figure out clothes and makeup. I struggled to put it on […]