The more I read about the DSM and the arbitrary, bullshit diagnosis categories in its various incarnations, the angrier I get. I have a long and complicated history with psychiatry/anti-depressants…(potential tw)
By now practically everyone in the Queer Nation has heard of the really unfortunate incidents that occurred in March of this year on the Washington Mall during the Supreme Court arguments on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
But do you know the real people who it happened to? Well meet the guy who was holding the Trans* Flag that day.
A political activist for the progressive and LGBT community Bryan describes himself as an ”open and proud bisexual transman”. A native of Staten Island NY graduating from College of Staten Island with a BA in Poli Sci, he has interned in the offices of Christine Quinn, the Speaker of the New York City Council and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz. During 2012, he went out and worked in the Ohio OFA (Organizing for Action) office helping re-elect Obama to a second term. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy Bryan worked with FEMA doing Community Relations work. He’s currently a board member of the Stonewall Democrats of New York City and a campaign aid (LGBT Liaison) to Mel Wymore in his run for the New York City Council.
“the bulk of my work is in the LGBT community whether it be advocating for Marriage Equality across the country, calling out the need those who talk ill to me or any of my transgender brothers and sisters as well as my continued work for Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) in New York State or when it comes to people learning about bisexuality and not thinking those horrible myths are anything but that.”
When trouble came Bryan and his friends were there standing strong representing the the entire LGBT Community. So while you are cheering the symbolism please also remember the actual person. Says Bryan,
As a straight dude who is generally down with respecting women, and thinks people of every gender and walk of life should be down with it too too, it can get frustrating to see the lack of similar minded people in pop culture. Recent feuds between comedians and women have created a feeling of…
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