5 LGBT things you need to know today, Dec. 21

1. Families of three Pulse nightclub victims are suing Facebook, Twitter and Google for allowing ISIS recruiters to operate accounts. The families say the social networks were aware of the issue, but have done ...
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Annual transgender conference offers resources, community

Southern Comfort Conference

For most of life, Blake Alford was enveloped by solitude.

From the ostracism experienced coming of age in the 1950s and ‘60s – getting beaten up and kicked down the stairs at school for being queer – to more than 30 years on the road driving a truck, Alford was used to feeling alone.

And sharing one’s own company can be particularly isolating when you are at war with yourself, when your body and your mind have dueling definitions of who you are.

“Being behind the wheel of a truck, you don’t see very many libraries, you don’t hear very much about being transgender, especially back during that time, so I didn’t have any information about it,” said Alford, who, at age 56, transitioned from female-to-male almost a decade ago.