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LGBT advocate & author Arin Andrews on why Laverne Cox’s Emmy nomination matters


"It wasn’t until I watched Orange Is the New Black that I saw another transgender character on the small screen. In certain ways, the prison setting takes a backseat—Sophia’s struggle to get hormones while locked away might not be an everyday occurrence for many transgender people, but her basic fight to obtain treatment is very common, thanks to an absurdly high poverty rate among transgender people. According to a 2013 report, transgender workers are nearly four times more likely to have a household income of less than $10,000, and they report twice as much unemployment.”

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Some Assembly Required

Throwback Thursday: Those who grew up watching Mr. Rogers’ Neighbourhood will remember Daniel Striped Tiger, a shy tiger who lived in a non-functioning grandmother clock with no hands (because in make-believe, it is whatever time you imagine). Now Daniel Striped Tiger is all grown up and has a son, also named Daniel

The 1977 paperback book Going to the Hospital featured descriptions of what a hospital and a hospital visit are like, and closed with a note from Mr. Rogers: "It can be scary to do something hard for the first time — like going to the hospital. But it’s nice to know that there are many people in the world who want to take good care of children. I hope you will feel better each day and be able to go home again soon."

In Daniel Visits the DoctorDaniel is feeling a little nervous before his check-up with Dr. Anna. But with a little reassurance from Mom, Daniel learns that talking about what will happen at the doctor’s office helps to make the trip a lot less scary.