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You're standing in front of your Family and Friends prepared to make your dreams of a lifetime come true. It's at that moment that you are grateful that you have a professional guiding your ceremony. The Supreme Court has finally ruled upon this issue. Now is the time to plan your perfect LGBT Wedding. I have been performing Commitment Ceremonies since the beginning, and I am so pleased this has opened up for everyone to marry the one they Love. Contact Reverend Jacqui Weiks, Your LGBT Wedding Officiant
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Daniel Pillai’s He/She Project Growing up in a traditional south Asian community in Canada, Daniel Pillai didn’t quite fit in. “There was an inherent non-acceptance to who I was and how I acted,” he says. “I stuck out like a sore thumb.” Pillai spent his childhood in what he calls a “conservative atmosphere,” surrounded by […]
Addiction Treatment and the Recovery Process By Matt Gonzales, writer and researcher for DrugRehab.com Drug addiction is a chronic disease that affects your physical and mental health, job status and relationships. Once you’re hooked on a drug, your whole life revolves around it. Substance use disorders are common in the United States. Heroin use in […]
Who pays after the devastating Orlando shooting? After a tragedy, who pays the bill? There has been a lot of talk lately about medical costs and medical debt, even as the Affordable Care Act helps more Americans get the treatment they need without taking on crippling debt. Even with more people covered, medical treatment is […]
Making a Legal Case for Bisexuality Bisexuality is widely misunderstood. Bisexuals are often dismissed or used as a punchline by the straight community and sidelined in conversations about LGBT rights and equality, often while experiencing many of the same struggles and setbacks as the rest of the queer community. And for some–like Ray Fuller, a […]
Olympic Coverage Criticized as Homophobic? One of the most memorable moments of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio didn’t occur during an event. Instead, just after the women’s rugby event on Monday night, Brazil’s Isadora Cerullo’s partner, Marjorie Enya, surprised her with a proposal. As reported by CNN, Enya said in her emotional speech “I […]
Where Are the LGBT Millennials? The millennial generation has been called “the gayest generation,” with over seven percent of young adults between 18 and 35 identifying as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender. Wider understanding and acceptance of a range of gender identities and sexual orientations, along with the ability to easily connect with peers locally […]
How Do We Stop LGBT Bullying? A young man’s recent suicide in Wyoming following years of anti-gay bullying and harassment has drawn national attention to the abuse faced by young members of the LGBT community, but his tragic story is unfortunately not unique. In fact, according to a recent study, 86 percent of LGBT youth […]
National Student Pride 2016: Focus on Mental Health The first weekend of February, British LGBT students gathered for the eleventh annual National Student Pride, a weekend festival featuring a number of LGBT-focused speakers and events that included a career fair, a screening at London’s historic Regent Street Cinema, and a panel discussion about coming out. […]
LGBT Youth Resources: Making a Difference LGBT youth face a number of obstacles when it comes to finding supportive communities and thriving as young adults: family rejection, institutional failure, bullying, and homelessness are all issues that leave LGBT youth in precarious situations. Finding social services that provide safe spaces and adults who understand the unique […]
LGBT Youth Issues While the lives of many LGBT people have improved over the past few years, there are still a disproportionate number of issues affecting LGBT youth: whether it’s at school, at home, or within their communities, LGBT youth face harassment and exclusion that can lead to lifelong issues, including anxiety and depression, creating […]