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Journey Toward LGBTQ Equality

The LGBTQ fight for equal rights became organized in 1969, after the riots at New York City's StonewallInn. LGBTQ civil rights activist and author Mark Segal has been involved in the movement from its beginning. Mark joins Robert Traynham for a candid and intimate discussion about his life, his role in the fight for equality, and the state of LGBTQ rights across America and around the globe. Mark is the publisher of the Philadelphia Gay News. Interview recorded on May 17, 2017.

LGBTQ Equality in Black America

Recent years have afforded many advancements in the movement for LGBTQ equality. And while public opinion polls show that visibility and acceptance continue to rise, not all subgroups reap the same benefits. For African-Americans who identify as LGBTQ, equality gaps do exist across earning ability, health issues and inclusion.

David J. Johns, Executive Director of the National Black Justice Coalition, discusses the black equality gap, along with his organization’s efforts to foster higher rates of acceptance and visibility for the black LGBTQ population.

LGBTQ Pride in Rural America

While America’s LGBTQ population is highly visible in select metropolitan areas, LGBTQ people and their families live in every single geographic region of the United States, including rural communities. While challenges that contribute to a sense of LGBTQ isolation exist in rural America, many choose to remain, making homes and raising families with pride.

Julianna Gonen, Policy Director for the National Center for Lesbian Rights, discusses the organization’s “Rural Pride Campaign” and advocacy efforts to increase access to services for LGBTQ populations outside of urban areas.

A Face for Transgender Rights

A 2017 Pew Research Center study reports that Americans are becoming more accepting in their views of LGBTQ people, with 63 percent of respondents saying that homosexuality should be accepted by society. However, when it comes to transgender people, the public is split over whether acceptance has gone far enough, too far, or if the current level of acceptance is just right. As the movement for LGBTQ equality continues, what is the state of discrimination on the basis of gender identity and expression

Sarah McBride, National Press Secretary for the Human Rights Campaign, published her coming-out letter in the student newspaper at American University, launching her career as a transgender advocate and putting a face on the cause for transgender rights.
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