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Xavier Sayeed: Living Outside the Box

Growing up as a Muslim in Southport Indiana, Xavier Sayeed has never been quite like anyone else. And that’s OK with him. “It doesn’t bother me to not fit in a box. I’ve always been ok with being a little bit quirky and weird, and…
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Trump & Pence Represent Regressive Approach to LGBT Issues

In their debut as running mates on 60 Minutes, Donald Trump and Mike Pence looked like giddy frat bros suffering from mutual man-crushes; two men meant for each other, politically. Both Trump and Pence have shown contempt for immigrants, expressed…
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We Cannot Abadon Our Transgender Family

“Family means no one gets left behind or forgotten.” - David Ogden Stiers I remember the days when we were “gay.” Then, in the 80s, the definition of the word began to slant more toward gay men. So, lesbians decided we wanted equal…
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How I Became a Student Leader for Equality

As one of the five Bank of America Student Leaders in Nashville, I spent my summer learning, exploring, growing and challenging myself through a summer internship with the Oasis Center, an organization that helps youth grow, thrive, and create…
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How to be a Buyer in a Seller's Market

As of this writing, Indy is in the midst of a bustling, mind-blowing, almost surreal seller’s market. Most of my houses have gone into multiple offers within hours of listings and sell significantly over the original price. Buyers and realtors…
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This Straight Ally Sees Hope

It’s a dose of adrenalin and an infusion of love. Walking in the parade that culminates the Circle City IN Pride Festival (June 4-11 this year) is an annual highlight for my wife, Beth, and me. We don PFLAG shirts, toss trinkets and blow kisses…
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Indy Mayor Hogsett Welcomes Diversity

On the day he was to honor a memory of local civil rights history by speaking at the annual Landmark for Peace Memorial park in the near-north side of Indianapolis, in commemoration of the April 4, 1968 appearance by Robert F. Kennedy who announced…
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New School Year, New Opportunities for GLSEN

Twenty-six years ago, a man named Kevin Jennings had this crazy idea that we could make a difference in the way LGBT students were treated in schools all across the country. From a small, secretive meeting in Boston in 1990 came the Gay, Lesbian,…
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Local Star: Shannon Lashley

L.A. Security Inc. maintains a safe and secure environment for customers and employees by establishing and enforcing security policies and procedures for all. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, L.A. Security Inc. has over 18 years experience…