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Difficult Two Weeks

Dear Friend, Early Tuesday morning, Kiwi Herring was killed by Saint Louis Metro Police Officers. Kiwi was a transgender woman of color and is survived by her partner and their three children. Kiwi was a member of our LGBT community. We mourn her loss, and we will continue to remember her and say her name. Two nights in a…

LGBTQ Students: Making the Best of the School Year

This is the first year that I will not be returning back to school, and I can finally say that I am envious of all of you who get to return to the classroom. As an LGBT person, school was always complicated, regardless of which school. I went to them all. I went to public…

How Classmates & Allies Can Lend a Hand

Looking to be a better ally? This one is for you. First. Do you know of an LGBTQ person who is in need of help? Call the Trevor Project immediately. Let’s talk about what the power of being an ally means to the LGBTQ community. We will utilize our friends at GLSEN for the perfect…

The More You Know, Parents

As a parent or caregiver it’s instinctual to protect your loved ones. When sending your kids back to school, you are putting a significant amount of trust in teachers, administrators, other students, and community members. No doubt, this can be incredibly nerve-wracking. So, how can you best protect your kids when you can’t be physically…

Notes From the Field: Equality Federation Leadership Summit Edition

Have you ever had that euphoric moment when you feel that you are exactly where you are supposed to be, and you are surrounded by the people that you are supposed to be with? For some, it’s the sweet victory of scoring with your team on the soccer field, for others it’s snuggling with a…

Feeling Prideful

Happy last day of Pride Month! We believe that Pride is a time to honor those who came before us and made it possible for us to be where we are today. It is a time to celebrate each other, recognize the value of each other’s worth, and be visible for those who cannot be because…

Pride For All the Colors: A Reflection on the Rainbow Flag

I never cared for the rainbow flag. I saw it as too flashy, gaudy even. Having only seen it mass produced and put on everything from t-shirts to coffee cups, by the time I came to understand that rainbow flag represented the LGBT community I tried my best to avoid it.  Growing up biracial, queer,…

One Year Ago Today

One year ago today, we all woke up to the horrific news about the Pulse massacre. That same day was our annual SAGE Summer Celebration. We were all wary about attending an event and all saddened and shocked by the news. But being there gave us an opportunity to mourn alongside our people, our community.…

Meeting People at Pride

Surrounded by colors, music, booths, and crowds of diverse people, Pride is one of the most thrilling times of year while also overwhelming. The first time I was ever around more than three LGBT people was at a Pride, and all I can remember was my complete awe that I was not alone. This excitement…