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Parents and activists who support transgender rights rally before a school board meeting on Aug. 10, 2021, in Ashburn, Virginia. Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Trans people have a long history in Appalachia – but politicians prefer to ignore it

The ongoing debate over transgender rights in rural America frames transness as a nascent movement, ignoring a long undercurrent of transgender history that is all but forgotten.
More time spent on social media can leave young adults feeling worse about their bodies. Leo Patrizi/E+ Collection via Getty Images

The COVID-19 pandemic increased eating disorders among young people – but the signs aren’t what parents might expect

Boys, LGBTQ youth and people with normal body mass index are often overlooked when it comes to recognizing eating disorders, a physician and psychotherapist explain.
While the league has taken steps to make baseball more welcoming for LGBTQ employees and fans, no active player has come out. Spencer Platt/Getty Images

How much longer will major league baseball stay in the closet?

Among the more than 20,000 men who have played major league baseball, not one has publicly come out of the closet while still in uniform.
Parents may want to talk to teachers about their family structure, and what their child calls each parent, before the start of the school year. Attila Csaszar/Moment Collection via Getty Images

7 tips for LGBTQ parents to help schools fight stigma and ignorance

Parents often think about a school’s quality, class sizes, safety and extracurriculars. LGBTQ parents may also want to know their family will be respected.
Grindr allows for anonymity in a way that other dating apps do not. Martin Bureau/AFP via Getty Images

How gay men justify their racism on Grindr

When gay men were confronted about writing ‘no Blacks’ or ‘no Latinos’ on their profiles, many of them became defensive.
Evangelicals share the recognition of the Bible as the ultimate authority. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Understanding evangelicalism in America today

A religion scholar explains how evangelicalism in the US is not a monolith. It includes a a variety of churches, theologies and practices.
Queer women in sports is often hidden from history. ‘A Secret Love’ helps illuminate missing pieces. Here, Terry Donahue, fifth from the left in the front row, in the Peoria Redwings team photo in 1947, the same year she met her long-time lover, Pat Henschel. (Netflix)

Revealing the long but hidden history of queer women in sport

The Netflix documentary A Secret Love tells the remarkable story of a decades-long relationship between two gay athletes and opens up a conversation about racism, classism and homophobia in the 50s.
Young evangelical Christians are facing a dilemma whether to follow in the footsteps of their parents or pursue other choices. Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images

Why some younger evangelicals are leaving the faith

Disaffected young evangelicals and those who left the church describe an out-of-touch institution not in line with their political beliefs, a scholar found
For some queer people, time at home has meant time away from communities and friends that recognize and support their gender and sexual identities. (Zackary Drucker/The Gender Spectrum Collection)

Queer people’s experiences during the pandemic include new possibilities and connections

Pandemic experiences for queer people were marked not only by loneliness but new possibilities and connections that will shape their lives when the world reopens.
Gov. Andy Beshear is in favor of making Kentucky the 21st state to ban conversion therapy. AP Photo/Bryan Woolston

Conversion therapy is discredited and increases risk of suicide – yet fewer than half of US states have bans in place

Kentucky lawmakers are trying to make the state the 21st to enact a ban on conversion therapy. In states that are ‘silent’ on the issue, nonprofessionals are allowed to continue the harmful practice.
HIV health and support groups offered COVID-19 testing and other community services during the pandemic. iStock / Getty Images Plus

How gay neighborhoods used the traumas of HIV to help American cities fight coronavirus

Having survived the HIV/AIDS pandemic, gay communities in the US were well equipped to get residents health and social services early in the pandemic, when the government’s COVID-19 response lagged.

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