Author: Amy Lynn Smith

The time to start shopping for 2017 health insurance is now

The time to start shopping for 2017 health insurance is now

To find the best value, do your due diligence and compare plans. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: Obamacare is working, in many of the ways in which it was intended. Millions more Americans have health insurance than they did before the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was passed and overall healthcare costs are going down. And although […]

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Jacqui’s story: Embracing her real self, inspired by her daughter

Jacqui’s story: Embracing her real self, inspired by her daughter

When her youngest child came out as transgender, this woman recognized her own truth. This is part of a story series about the lives of transgender people. Read the introduction here. From the time she was young, Jacqui Leaonna Turner didn’t understand why the males were prettier than the females in every species in the animal kingdom except for humans. […]

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Kara’s story: Finding her truth — and true love

Kara’s story: Finding her truth — and true love

After decades of painful confusion, this transgender woman’s journey has a happy ending. This is part of a story series about the lives of transgender people. Read the introduction here. Like many transgender people, Kara Marie Ramsey struggled from an early age to reconcile the gender she was assigned at birth with the way she felt inside. By the time […]

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Ashton’s story: Through friendship, the courage to live out loud

Ashton’s story: Through friendship, the courage to live out loud

The brave example of his best friend inspired this transgender man to express his truth to everyone. This is part of a story series about the lives of transgender people. Read the introduction here. Growing up in a small town in Michigan, Ashton Niedzwiecki didn’t know that anything beyond the female gender he’d been assigned at birth was possible. He […]

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Why Stephen Sondheim’s ‘Assassins’ is essential viewing for every American

Why Stephen Sondheim’s ‘Assassins’ is essential viewing for every American

This bold musical depicts the dark side of the American Dream and reflects the work yet to be done to ensure life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all. “I did it to bring down the government of Abraham Lincoln and to avenge the ravaged South…” “I did it to prove to her my everlasting love…” “I did it […]

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Seth’s story: Honoring his authentic self

Seth’s story: Honoring his authentic self

After decades of living as the Mormon Church, his family and society expected him to, this transgender man is finally living his truth. This is part of a story series about the lives of transgender people. Read the introduction here. Seth Carwyn grew up Mormon, living under the strict rules of the faith that were followed by his family. He […]

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Ahya’s story: Expressing the music in her soul

Ahya’s story: Expressing the music in her soul

This transgender woman uses her unique voice to advocate for herself and her community. This is part of a story series about the lives of transgender people. Read the introduction here. Ahya Simone didn’t plan on becoming a harpist. She’s always been musical and had long been a singer, but taking a harp class began as nothing more than a […]

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Arizona’s story: Listening to her authentic self

Arizona’s story: Listening to her authentic self

After nearly 50 years, this transgender woman finally let the world see who she’s always known herself to be. This is part of a story series about the lives of transgender people. Read the introduction here. Arizona Welsh was three years old when she first realized that she was much more like the women in her life than the men, […]

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Racquelle’s story: Focusing on family

Racquelle’s story: Focusing on family

As a new mother, this transgender woman has faced unique challenges that inspired a new direction for her activism. This is part of a story series about the lives of transgender people. Read the introduction here. When Racquelle Trammell found out that she and her fiancé, Liam Johnson, were expecting their first child, it was a joyous occasion. They knew […]

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Justin’s story: Advocating for respect and compassion

Justin’s story: Advocating for respect and compassion

This father of a transgender daughter is committed to overcoming ignorance, online and off. This is part of a story series about the lives of transgender people. Read the introduction here. At some point, a Facebook meme that demeans transgender people — usually with vicious lies — has come across your feed. If you’re a person with any empathy, it’s […]

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Lilianna’s story: Shaping a brighter future

Lilianna’s story: Shaping a brighter future

Raised in an affirming family, this transgender woman now works to lift up marginalized communities. This is part of a story series about the lives of transgender people. Read the introduction here. Lilianna Angel Reyes has never felt like a woman trapped in a man’s body. To her, transitioning from a boy into a woman felt like something very natural. […]

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