Personal Reflections

LGBTQ Americans are not a monolithic group: Everyone is an individual with different perspectives, based on different life experiences.  But in speaking with some members and allies of the LGBTQ community -- from the mother of a trans child to the rabbi of an LGBTQ synagogue to an NYC community activist, they generally agree on one thing: Massive strides have been made in the visibility of LGBTQ Americans. Here, they share their perspectives: 

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May 30, 2019 - 11:55 am
By Jeanette Jennings, mother of "I am Jazz" star Jazz Jennings “Has anyone’s kid transitioned before kindergarten?” As I typed the words on my computer and hit send to post the question, I was pretty sure I already knew the answer. At first, I heard crickets and eventually the resounding NO and...
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May 30, 2019 - 11:50 am
by Judy Shepard (mother of Matthew Shepard) The past year has been a poignant and sometimes painful journey through the two decades since Dennis and I lost our firstborn son Matt to a brutal and senseless anti-gay hate crime outside of Laramie, Wyoming. As the 20-year mark since his murder got...
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Beverly Tillery - Executive Director of the New York City Anti-Violence Project
May 30, 2019 - 10:40 am
By Beverly Tillery (Executive Director of the NYC Anti-Violence Project) In the decades since Stonewall, the LGBTQ community has come out of the shadows, grown in numbers and strength, changed laws, established rights and gained allies, yet today, we are still fighting for our basic rights, dignity...
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Jonathan Lovitz
May 30, 2019 - 10:30 am
By Jonathan Lovitz, LGBT advocate, lobbyist, and former performer Exclusive to 1010 WINS I’ll try not to be cliché, but I can’t help it for a Pride piece; this story begins with a musical reference. When I was 21 years old, I moved to NYC. And like that epic moment belted by the Star-to-Be in Annie...
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May 30, 2019 - 10:00 am
By Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum When I began at Congregation Beit Simchat Torah (CBST) in 1992, the AIDS Crisis reigned unabated, and institutional Judaism formed part of the circle of stigma that was choking the LGBT community. Few synagogues were welcoming of LGBT people. Gay men were dying and funeral...
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May 30, 2019 - 9:45 am
By Cathy Renna As we approach the largest Pride in history, with millions coming from around the globe for WorldPride and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, we are missing so many LGBTQ people and allies who are not with us. And when Judy and Dennis Shepard take the stage at the...
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