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DOMA Overturned Just as Pride festivities culminated at the end of last month, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act, which deemed same-sex marriage prohibited, was unconstitutional under the equal liberty to all
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The Journey I arrived in South Florida by way of Greyhound, in February of 2005. My way here had been interesting and turbulent, with my path twisting and straightening at differing times. I was well into my transition that was started in Manhattan,  
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The Meaning I am a transwoman, although for many of my early years I had no idea what to call myself, much less understood the lives of people worldwide that identify outside of the 'traditional' gender categories of male and female. During the late 90's

Trans Miami

Trans-Miami has devoted its mission to focusing on issues relating to gender non-conforming people in Miami Dade such as: closing the disparity of the highly-affected transgender population in HIV infection, as well as developing a strategy of empowerment to trans* individuals through social events, workshops, support, resources and referrals to trans* sensitive services.

We provide trans* competency to local organizations and businesses, which have included: HIV/AIDS CBO's and case managers, Florida International University and Florida Health of Miami-Dade. Research including the Transgender Listening Tour of Fall 2012 is completed through a partnership with Behavioral Science Research of Miami, along with planning trans-specific interventions for the under-served community.

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Aryah Elle

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Aryah Lester, speaker/author/educator, is a transwoman of color from New York that has been a Miami-Dade resident since 2005. Ms. Lester is the current co-chair for the State of Florida Health Department's Transgender Work Group, and a member of: the Miami-Dade HIV/AIDS Partnership, Prevention Committee and County Trans Work Group. She also sits as a member on the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) Transgender Networking Group. This year, Aryah Lester opened the Trans-Miami Center, as well as continuing the network of her National Alliance of Transgender Advocates and Leaders (NATAL).

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