International Transgender Day of Visibility


International Transgender Day of Visibility is an annual holiday occurring on March 31[1][2] dedicated to celebrating transgender people and raising awareness of discrimination faced by transgender people worldwide. The holiday was founded by Michigan-based transgender activist[3] Rachel Crandall in 2009[4] as a reaction to the lack of LGBT holidays celebrating transgender people, citing the frustration […]

Persecution of homosexuals in Nazi Germany

The pink triangle, rendered in hot pink as a gay pride and gay rights symbol, was originally rendered in pink and used pointed downward on a Nazi concentration camp badge to denote homosexual men.

Upon the rise of Adolf Hitler and the National Socialist German Workers Party (the Nazi Party) in Germany, gay men and, to a lesser extent, lesbians, were two of the numerous groups targeted by the Nazis and were ultimately among Holocaust victims. Beginning in 1933, gay organizations were banned, scholarly books about homosexuality, and sexuality […]

Writing “Gay Characters”


Gay characters seem to be the hardest to write. When you write a relationship between a man and a woman it is easy to know what their roles are in a relationship. Sometimes they are stereotyped to a certain degree. More likely than not, the man is the breadwinner and he is the caretaker. The […]

LGBTQIA+ defined

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This acronym of LGBTQIA+ is confusing, to say the least. Sometimes it’s called Alphabet Soup. It’s not globally used because there are so many variations. When homosexuals came out into the mainstream, we were all identified as “gay.” Followed years later by Lesbian, then Bisexual, Transgender and the rest. Today we all want our own […]