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Last week for World AIDS Day, Penn Medicine honored me with its Red Ribbon Pioneer Award. Truth is, it really hadn’t dawned on me, why me? 

  

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Last week, as I turned the pages of my local daily newspaper, the newspaper of record, I saw a few pages of ads from the city notifying the public of the coming elections, where the polling stations were and what was on the ballot. This is common practice from governments around the country. And in many of those municipalities, they also place those ads in community newspapers to ensure the participation of minority communities who have been left out of the process.

 

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Dictionary.com describes the definition of funny as “causing laughter or amusement; humorous.” Further, it goes on the define a comedian as a professional entertainer who amuses by relating anecdotes, acting out comical situations, engaging in humorous repartee, etc.

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Is Lil Duval truly living his best life,  really? This is what he says in the lyrics of his hit song. It has to be hard to believe that living your best life is a possibility when you have said harmful and hateful things regarding transgender individuals who have been targeted by society and most recently by the Trump Administration throughout his presidency. The transgender community is trying to live their best lives, but it has been hard to do so when the Trump administration has threatened to roll back the civil rights of transgender Americans.

 

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"The agency’s proposed definition would define sex as either male or female, unchangeable, and determined by the genitals that a person is born with, according to a draft reviewed by The New York Times. Any dispute about one’s sex would have to be clarified using genetic testing. Sex means a person’s status as male or female based on immutable biological traits identifiable by or before birth. The sex listed on a person’s birth certificate, as originally issued, shall constitute definitive proof of a person’s sex unless rebutted by reliable genetic evidence.”

 

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