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" For my entire life, I've wrestled with my gender identity. "
" Homophobia, transphobia, and sexism, they're all rooted in the same prejudice: the belief that one perception at birth - the sex we are assigned - should dictate who we are, who we love, how we act, and what we do. "
" I think that someday we will live in a world where transgender people will be viewed as the multidimensional people that we are. "
" During my sophomore year at American University, I was elected president of the student body. At the same time, I was struggling with my identity and whether or not to come out as transgender. "
" Living authentically isn't an act of courage as much as an act of survival. "
" Put simply, barring transgender people from restrooms consistent with their gender identity doesn't help anyone, and continuing to allow transgender people to access those restrooms doesn't hurt anyone. "
" Time and time again, we have seen a growing alliance of allies who are willing to stand with trans people, who are educating themselves on trans identity and trans equality, and who understand that our lives are worth celebrating and that our cause matters. "
" Trans justice calls on us to combat the blend of prejudices that demean the lives and diminish the autonomy of another person. "
" When a person finally has the courage to say, 'This is who I am,' and society is not there to welcome them with open arms, it is so tragic. "
" No one should be forced to not dream anymore. "
" We can celebrate the speed at which LGBT equality has progressed, but we also have to acknowledge that it wasn't fast enough, because too many people didn't get to experience it. We can never be too impatient. "
" Trump's campaign is not a collection of ignorant statements. It is a candidacy of hate and fear that poses serious risks to people of color, women, people with disabilities, immigrants, and LGBTQ people. "
" It's OK to be talking to one another about what it means to be transgender. We don't have to shield everyone from the existence of people like me. "
" I think it's really difficult for folks that aren't transgender to really wrap their mind around the feeling of having a gender identity that differs from their sex assigned at birth. But for me, it felt like a constant feeling of homesickness. "
" For me, having a gender identity that was different from my sex assigned at birth and that wasn't seen by society felt like a constant feeling of homesickness - that unwavering ache in the pit of my stomach. "
" The reason why access to facilities - and access to public spaces - is so important is because it's much more difficult to go to work, to go to school, to participate in the public marketplace if you can't access bathrooms that make sense for you, that match who you are. "
" There's no question that the political is personal. "
" Like all women, my path to womanhood is unique. No two paths are the same. Each of us travel with different privileges, challenges, and perspectives - some limiting, others illuminating. "
" When the boys and girls would line up separately in kindergarten, I'd find myself longing to be in the other line. "
" Every single day matters when it comes to building a world where every person can live their life to the fullest. "
" The first time I heard the word 'transgender' had been in a sitcom episode that mocked the potential for cisgender people to find people like me attractive. Every time someone expressed any interest in the gorgeous trans guest character - her identity still a secret to most of the main characters in the show - the laugh track would cue. "
" If I only care about equality for transgender people, then I am leaving so many people behind - if I'm not at the same time seeking to end discrimination against people of color, seeking to end discrimination against women, seeking to ensure that people of every religious background have an equal opportunity. "
" I love politics, love government, and I definitely want to stay involved. But I don't know if I'd ever want to run for office. "
" Donald Trump, Mike Pence, and Jeff Sessions are using their powers and offices to make life as difficult as possible for everyone from the transgender worker to the gay widower to the queer undocumented immigrant. These efforts are not about bathrooms or religious freedom; they're about driving LGBTQ people out of public life. "
" I want to make sure that people understand that, behind this national conversation around transgender rights, there are real people who hurt when they're mocked, who hurt when they're discriminated against, and who just want to be treated with dignity and respect. "
" I now know that my dreams and my identity are only mutually exclusive if I don't try. "
" Efforts to bar transgender people from restrooms are nothing more than an attempt to codify discrimination before our country advances any further on transgender equality. "
" It was easier to forget, or be dismissive about, transgender issues when there weren't transgender staffers or interns walking the halls of the White House. "
" Trans issues are also environmental issues. They're also healthcare issues. They're also national security issues. "
" I'm so proud to stand with the LGBT Caucus and speak out in support of Hillary Clinton, because we know she stands with us. "
" When I came out, I wondered whether I had a future not just professionally but romantically. Would I be able to find someone who loved me? "