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When A Gay Guy Gets Nabbed By The Sexual Orientation Police

Meet Bill, a gay man who dates trans men. Have some questions? It turns out a lot of people do, and Bill is here to set the record straight (no pun intended). Warning: This gets a little NSFW ... so maybe bookmark this one for later if you're in a cubicle.


Update: I received some really thoughtful feedback about this piece. I thought I'd share it here rather editing the original text: "Bill’s gay, and he’s also cisgender. The trans guys he dates are bi or gay (or other identities that include being attracted to other guys), so it seemed a little confusing to describe Bill by his sexual orientation but to describe the guys he dates by their trans status. It’s almost implying that Bill’s gender is taken for granted whereas with the trans guys, they need a qualifier." Thanks, kind and engaged readers!

For some people, every day is Independence Day. For Janis Shinwari, this will be his first 4th of July as an American citizen. And boy, he earned it.

"If I was in Afghanistan—if I didn't come here, I wouldn't be alive now. I would be dead." Shinwari told CNN Heroes in 2018. Shinwari risked his life for nine years serving as a translator for U.S. forces in his native country of Afghanistan. He risked his life everyday knowing that should he be caught by the Taliban, the consequences would be severe. "If the Taliban catch you, they will torture you in front of your kids and families and make a film of you." Shinwari said. "Then [they'll] send it to other translators as a warning message to stop working with the American forces."

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