The sad truth is, this personal moment is not exclusive to November 20th. I, like many others, live perpetually is a state of fear of the reaction from those who do not support my identity.
Negative attitudes and beliefs about gender nonconforming identities and people alone cannot explain the unrelenting violence against black and brown transgender women.
Cherno Biko breaks down in tears as she describes the loss of her friend.
Today we memorialize and celebrate the lives of those transgender and gender-nonconforming persons who were murdered this past year simply because of their gender identities. We also honor the lives of trans people who ended their own lives because they just could not bear to go on in the face of the emotional and/or physical violence brought about by transphobia.
Should I wait until I am in a serious relationship and absolutely sure the guy is right for me and will be supportive of my son? If I do wait and find that I have developed feelings for this man only to discover that he won't be supportive of my son, then I must end the relationship. So since I won't know how supportive he'll be until I take off my mask and test the waters, that's what I do.
Over the past two weeks, community members in L.A. have held a vigils to mourn the death and celebrate the life of Aniya Parker. The murder of Ms. Parker marked the eighth homicide of a transgender woman of color reported in the U.S. since June. She was shot in the head and killed as she was fleeing from three men who had confronted her on a sidewalk in Hollywood.
For the first time ever, there is a database where people can see exactly what is happening to transgender people globally in terms of violent acts against them. The TVTP was launched earlier this year in the hope of accumulating as much data as possible in order to serve as a true resource and, ultimately, to put a stop to such acts.
UPDATE: An arrest has since been made in this case. Head here for more information. In a story that is depressingly familiar
Acting Director Kris Hayashi of the Transgender Law Center Discusses Trans Equality in 2014 and the Future
My discussion with Kris is centered around trans equality now and the future. We discuss the inequality still facing trans people, especially trans women of color, and how we as a community move forward to progress to full equality and being treated fairly without bias and discrimination.
Transgender women of color face disproportionate levels in violence in comparison to other member of the lesbian, gay, bisexual
Most people think of gender as some kind of inalienable property of individuals -- as something we either are or have. Decades of scholarship on gender have uncovered a perspective at odds with the conventional wisdom.
Soap Opera Star Daniel Sobieray Discusses Gender From the Viewpoint of a Heterosexual Midwestern Guy
Daniel shares his viewpoint as a heterosexual male athlete from the Midwest who had no knowledge of transgender people in his community or his church. His background is typical of most Americans who have no direct knowledge or interaction with transgender persons.
It occurs in a month full of and surrounded by relevant observances and seasons: All Saints and All Souls, when we remember the dead; Thanksgiving, when we express gratitude; Advent, when some of us anticipate Word-made-flesh.