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Gabrielle Hermosa
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When Caitlyn Jenner commented that, "When you look like a man in a dress, it makes people uncomfortable.", it was a rather unpopular statement among transgender people... but was she right? I don't pass and sometimes people react with visible discomfort in my presence.

Is passing important to you? Why or why not? Please share your thoughts and opinions!

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It's sometimes assumed that #bisexual and #pansexual people are #polyamorous by nature. That's not quite how it works and I explain the realities along with some misconceptions about #monogamy.

Are YOU hit with such assumptions, judgement and criticism because of your sexual orientation? How do you explain it when people get it wrong? You feel the need to remain in the closet rather than deal with #judgement and misunderstanding? PLEASE chime in and share your thoughts and experiences! ❤️

#lgbt #lgbtq #transgender

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June is typically "Pride" month in many areas. Do you call it "Gay Pride" or simply "Pride"? I'd love to hear your thoughts and feelings.

During the very first Pride event I attended (just a handful of years ago), there was some controversy as it was promoted as "Gay Pride" in some outlets and "Roc Pride" (Roc = Rochester) in others. It turned out to be a miscommunication and was supposed to be "Roc Pride", but it was hurtful to many, causing people to feel excluded and unwanted in the fallout. I think things are moving in the right direction (of inclusivity), and would really enjoy your take on things!

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I have a lot of positive experiences out and about, but recently got called out by someone who proclaimed, "That's a man!", upon seeing me. This generated some great discussion on Facebook (it was originally a fb live video). What are your thoughts on being called out like this? Has it ever happened to you? Would love to hear what you have to say and any relevant personal experiences you have to share. :)

#transgender #trans #transphobia #lgbt #lgbtq #girlslikeus #sociology

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I facilitated a couple of workshops at Binghamton University this past weekend, during the annual North East #LGBT Conference. I'm filled with #gratitude for the opportunity to connect, share and talk with such amazing, smart, loving, kind and super-creative people! It was especially heartwarming to find so many #transgender people in attendance! These beautiful, young lives are growing up with opportunities that were well out of reach for me at their age. We're (society) not where we need to be yet, but things are moving in the right direction, despite the those who seek to cause hardship and try to slow it down. It's an honor to be among the growing number of people reaching out, having important conversations, sharing and winning over hearts and minds. Thank you thank you for all the hugs and #love received before heading home feeling supercharged with positive vibes and #optimism about a brighter future for everyone! ❤️

#lgbtq #trans #outreach #pride #humanity #publickspeaking
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5/2/17
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Yesterday I spoke with a bunch of high school seniors heading into #medical careers, enrolled in the New Visions #Rochester General Hospital program. I shared my personal story, reviewed #lgbt basics and we discussed ways to ensure the best possible, respectful experience for patients. Talk about a super smart and fully engaged bunch! I was filled with #gratitude to quickly discover how forward thinking and advanced these young adults were. They were jumping ahead and getting into advanced possible scenarios with the desire to better understand and best serve their clients.

For all the gloom and doom #political stories out there, and talk of "#millennials ruining #society", this is the kind of thing I wish got more attention. If these students represent the future of medical care, I can say we're all in good hands - especially those of us who fall well outside #social "norms".

#transgender #lgbtq #outreach #publicspeaking #humanity
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Talking with #RIT students about #transgender realities and social challenges last week during cultural communications classes. I spoke with three separate groups, each of which resulted in some great questions & discussion. So #grateful for the opportunity and intelligent discussion with such bright, young minds!

#Rochester #trans #lgbt #lgbtq #outreach #humanity #publicspeaking
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4/19/17
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Facilitating a #transgender awareness workshop during the University of #Rochester's #Diversity Conference. It was a challenging group - low engagement, low participation, and most attendees sat as far toward the back as possible. I poured out all my energy, enthusiasm and passion... and it seemed to fall flat, leaving me exhausted and feeling like I failed to deliver.

On the plus side, there were some really good questions and dialogue from a couple of very engaged attendees. Following the presentation, two "thirsty" people remained to talk with me for about an hour. One seemed to have been awakening to realities deep within, questioning their place in a culture of very limited "options" in regard to human diversity. The other was a young therapist in training, seeking guidance on how to get involved with and serve the needs of #LGBTQ identified people. I was filled with #gratitude for the entire experience but my personal highlight was the magic that took place following the formal presentation.
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It was an honor and pleasure to help out with the Spring 2017 #SpeakOUT Training workshop this past Saturday. This is where I got my start public speaking in 2013 and I'm filled with gratitude for the opportunity to inspire others to get out, "speak out" and make a positive difference in the world by sharing and having important conversations about #lgbtq social challenges. The attendees were fully engaged, enthusiastic and absolutely outstanding!

Want to get involved? It's not too early to start thinking about attending the fall SpeakOUT training. These things fill up quick and only happen twice a year. Oh yeah - and they're mighty fun!

#trans #transgender #outreach #humanity #civilrights #Rochester #lgbt #lgbtq #publicspeaking
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#Discrimination masquerading as "#religious freedom" and superiority. I get into what's going on, why, and the psychology of whatever excuse to "justify" discrimination.

#lgbt #lgbtq #transgender #trans #religion #society #sociology #psychology #outreach #humanity
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