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Federal officials "shocked" at transgender violence and discrimination in Puerto Rico

Editor's Note: In Puerto Rico, the word transexual is used to refer to a person whose gender identity differs from their assigned sex at birth.  Transexual people may or may not decide to alter their bodies hormonally and/or surgically. Puerto Ricans use the word transgender to refer to people who adopt the dress or manner of the opposite sex but are not interested in transitioning their gender.  The terms used in this article reflect those usages.

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A letter to the community: The lesbian cancer epidemic

Earlier this year I lost a dear friend, V Kingsley, from cancer.

Just a few days ago, we lost another amazing LGBT leader, Paula Ettelbrick, also from cancer.

It wasn’t so long ago that Lisa Tonna and I were working to finalize a book on how to run an LGBT tobacco cessation group, little did we know she, a nonsmoker, would die of lung cancer herself just a year later, at the age of 38. Now I struggle as two other lesbian friends are diagnosed with cancer, both near my age.