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    Transgender Resource Center of Long Island support groups offer safe-spaces for LGBTQ+ community

    By: Daniel Marcillo Transgender people come from all directions in life. They are parents, siblings, neighbors, and are active contributors to society. People who are struggling with their transition or are simply looking to discuss their issues with people who have gone through the same thing turn to support groups, such as ones provided by the Transgender Resource Center of Long Island (TRCLI), for help. Even though the number of transgender people has increased to 1.4 million people in the United States, it still is only 0.6 percent of the population, according to a study done by the Williams Institute. Mila Madison, the executive director of the Transgender Resource Center…

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    Long Island community members reflect on challenges and progress as they remember the at least 22 transgender Americans lost to hate crimes in a year

    By: Andrea Keckley On the evening of Nov. 19, Jesse Power, a senior at Farmingdale State College, stood on the stage of a campus auditorium and introduced himself to the audience as “the boy who had to tell his parents that I was never their little girl.” From behind a podium, he told the rows of students, staff and community seated before him his story of growing up as a transgender man. They listened as he told them his story of growing up as a transgender man. “Everything that is considered so easy for cis guys can be so hard for someone who is trans,” he said. “For example, using…

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    Long Island LGBTQ+ community responds to the re-elections of Lee Zeldin and Peter King

    By: Wilko Martinez-Cachero Every weekend, Ray Banguolo is greeted by an American flag, a prisoner of war flag, and a rainbow flag upon arriving at the Sayville Congregational United Church of Christ. However, in early November, he noticed that one of the flags was missing. It was the sixth time in five months that the LGBTQ+ rainbow flag had been stolen. Banguolo, a pastor at the Sayville church, is one of many LGBTQ community members on Long Island who fear the re-election of politicians such as Lee Zeldin and Peter King in New York’s 1st and 2nd congressional districts will fuel similar incidents. “Sometimes, you do what’s right and not…