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I was prepared for the same old boring acceptance speech, but then she went there.

It's pretty incredible that "Transparent," a TV show about a trans woman coming out while raising a family, won the 2015 Golden Globe for Best TV Series Comedy. But the acceptance speech from Executive Producer/Director Jill Soloway confirms why this win was so very important for not only the trans community, but the world.

I want to thank the trans community. They are our family. They make this possible. This award is dedicated to the memory of Leelah Alcorn and too many trans people who die too young. And it's dedicated to you, my trans parent, my moppa. You're watching at home right now. I just wanna thank you for coming out, because in doing so you made a break for freedom. You told your truth. You taught me how to tell my truth and make this show. And maybe we're gonna teach the world something about authenticity, truth, and love. To love!
— Jill Soloway


So why exactly is this such a big deal?


In December 2014, 17-year-old trans teen Leelah Alcorn committed suicide, leaving behind a heartbreaking suicide note on her Tumblr citing depression and continuing struggles with her parents over her gender identity. This sparked an important conversation about the struggles of LGBTQ youth, especially those who are trans.

There are still so many people who don't understand what it means to be trans and therefore have a difficult time understanding and accepting their friends, family, and coworkers when they come out. It's so important to continue telling trans stories to not only encourage others to value and embrace their gender identity, but also to educate others and promote love and acceptance.

In Soloway's speech, she refers to her "Moppa," which is a combination of the words "mama" and "poppa." This is an important detail because Soloway has said in interviews that she wrote "Transparent" as a response to her own experience with her Moppa's transition. So while "Transparent" is technically a work of fiction, it comes from a place of honesty and experience, which is really beautiful.

Full disclosure: I haven't seen "Transparent" — yet — but considering all the good things I've heard about it, along with Jill Soloway's incredibly touching speech, I clearly need to get on the bandwagon. Check out the season one trailer below.



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A child’s mental health concerns shouldn’t be publicized no matter who their parents are

Even politicians' children deserve privacy during a mental health crisis.

A child's mental health concerns shouldn't be publicized.

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It's an unspoken rule that children of politicians should be off limits when it comes to public figure status. Kids deserve the ability to simply be kids without the media picking them apart. We saw this during Obama's presidency when people from both ends of the political spectrum come out to defend Malia and Sasha Obama's privacy and again when a reporter made a remark about Barron Trump.

This is even more important when we are talking about a child's mental health, so seeing detailed reports about Ted Cruz's 14-year-old child's private mental health crisis was offputting, to say it kindly. It feels icky for me to even put the senator's name in this article because it feels like adding to this child's exposure.

When a child is struggling with mental health concerns, the instinct should be to cocoon them in safety, not to highlight the details or speculate on the cause. Ever since the news broke about this child's mental health, social media has been abuzz, mostly attacking the parents and speculating if the child is a member of the LGBTQ community.

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Famous writers shared their book signing woes with a disheartened new author.

Putting creative work out into the world to be evaluated and judged is nerve-wracking enough as it is. Having to market your work, especially if you're not particularly extroverted or sales-minded, is even worse.

So when you're a newly published author holding a book signing and only two of the dozens of people who RSVP'd show up, it's disheartening if not devastating. No matter how much you tell yourself "people are just busy," it feels like a rejection of you and your work.

Debut novelist Chelsea Banning recently experienced this scenario firsthand, and her sharing it led to an amazing deluge of support and solidarity—not only from other aspiring authors, but from some of the top names in the writing business.

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This article originally appeared on 04.15.19


On May 28, 2014, 13-year-old Athena Orchard of Leicester, England, died of bone cancer. The disease began as a tumor in her head and eventually spread to her spine and left shoulder. After her passing, Athena's parents and six siblings were completely devastated. In the days following her death, her father, Dean, had the difficult task of going through her belongings. But the spirits of the entire Orchard family got a huge boost when he uncovered a secret message written by Athena on the backside of a full-length mirror.

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This article originally appeared on 01.22.19


The legality of abortion is one of the most polarized debates in America—but it doesn't have to be.

People have big feelings about abortion, which is understandable. On one hand, you have people who feel that abortion is a fundamental women's rights issue, that our bodily autonomy is not something you can legislate, and that those who oppose abortion rights are trying to control women through oppressive legislation. On the other, you have folks who believe that a fetus is a human individual first and foremost, that no one has the right to terminate a human life, and that those who support abortion rights are heartless murderers.

Then there are those of us in the messy middle. Those who believe that life begins at conception, that abortion isn't something we'd choose—and we'd hope others wouldn't choose—under most circumstances, yet who choose to vote to keep abortion legal.

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