Welcoming our new board members for 2019-2020

Louisiana Trans Advocates is proud to announce the incoming at-large members of our Board of Directors. After a search and recruitment period of several weeks, we are excited to introduce you to the seven incoming Directors, each of whom bring vision, talent, and passion for serving transgender, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming Louisianans.

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What Pride Means to Me by Peyton Michelle

I want to use Pride month as a reminder to everyone that we have to stand up for our rights. And I know, it can definitely be scary to do so with anxiety and whatnot, but we are the only people that will put in the effort to stand up for us. Not even all of us can stand up for us, at risk of losing their job, home, family, etc. So for those of us that can, we really need to use that privilege to do what we need to do.

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Peyton Theriot
How to Heal: Self-care, health and wellness in the era of Trump and attacks on our civil rights.

Audre Lorde once said “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” As a therapist, it concerns me that self-care is one of those phrases that gets bandied about carelessly and is now used to describe everything from bath bombs to overpriced salads at chain restaurants. Truly caring for oneself goes a bit deeper.

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Louisiana Trans Advocates
#ProtectTransTroops: a guest post by Ben Collongues

I enlisted to serve in the U.S. Navy in June of 2011 and shipped off to boot camp at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, IL in January 2012. After completing boot camp, A-school, and C-school, (14 months of training) to be an Aviation Electronics Technician (AT), I was assigned to Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron One (VQ-1) at NAS Whidbey Island in Oak Harbor, WA. During my enlistment, I completed five detachments, two of which were in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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Louisiana Trans Advocates
Season’s Greetings from Louisiana Trans Advocates

As 2018 comes to a close, I’ve been reflecting on the past year’s work. This year has been a roller coaster for trans people across the country, and Louisiana was no different. We’ve suffered losses and celebrated triumphs. What’s really marked this year for me, though, was that we’ve experienced a massive investment of time and talents from trans Louisianans and our allies.

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Dylan Waguespack