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Progress for the LGBT Community

Posted March 4, 2015 in Content

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LGBT history was made by just three words in January. Civil rights and equality advocates cheered while listening to President Barack Obama’s 2015 State of the Union address. The speech marked the first time a president has used the words “lesbian,” “bisexual” and “transgender” in a SOTU address: “That’s why we defend free speech and advocate for political prisoners and condemn the persecution of women or religious minorities or people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender…”

It was a historic first and considered a long-overdue victory, especially for helping to further increase the visibility and equality of transgender individuals. In another recent triumph for the transgender community, the Amazon series Transparent, a story about a father who comes out as transgender and begins to transition, won the award for best TV series, musical or comedy at the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards, and Transparent ‘s star Jeffrey Tambor won the Best Actor award.

EBSCO supports the LGBT community in a number of ways. It is a proud sponsor of the North Shore Pride Parade and Festival in Massachusetts, and it offers customers a comprehensive repository of current literature on LGBT studies through the LGBT Life with Full Text™ database. The database includes difficult-to-find, historically significant publications such as the Advocate, Journal of Homosexuality, Out, Journal of Lesbian Studies, Ladder, as well as International Journal of Transgenderism, and Transgender Tapestry.

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