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Op-Ed: Alabama should ban gay and trans ‘panic’ defenses

Alabama’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community has come a good way in only three years. In 2015, a federal judge in Mobile struck down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional, giving way for Alabama’s same-sex couples to marry and adopt children. In 2017, Birmingham approved a city ordinance prohibiting discrimination on the…
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Selected as a 2018 Truman Scholar from Alabama!

I am thrilled to announce that I’ve been selected as a 2018 Truman Scholar from Alabama, a highly competitive federal scholarship for college juniors who plan to pursue a career in public service. The Truman Scholarship provides $30,000 in funding for graduate school as well as leadership development and internship placements. This year, 59 students…
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Equalize Employment Process

I almost missed out on my dream job because of $400 in medical debt. After receiving a job offer, I agreed to undergo a credit check as part of a routine background investigation. My credit report showed two debts from visits to urgent care centers. When my mom lost her job, I was unable to…
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My Unexpected Path to Georgetown

If you were raised in an upper — or middle — class family and your parents went to college, think about what your family and school counselors told you about college growing up. You were likely told to start preparing for your college application in your junior year of high school, take advanced classes and…
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Proud to be Union: What My Grandfather Taught Me About Economic Justice

I was born and raised in a working-class family in Chickasaw, Alabama, a small shipbuilding company town just outside of the port hub of Mobile. My father dropped out of school before the ninth grade and immediately went to work as a sandblaster at a naval shipyard. My mother worked several odd jobs throughout her…
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The blood of LGBTQ youth is on our hands, Alabama

Last week a 13-year-old boy in Trussville took his own life after battling with depression and anxiety. Jay Griffin, a seventh grader at Trussville Middle School, was transgender. Jay’s mother, Erin Georgia, said she began realizing her son was born in the wrong body half way through the sixth grade. “There was a transition from…
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