Trans United Fund releases first ad; Plus Story addenda

The new transgender advocacy organization Trans United Fund has released its first pro-transgender advertisement:

The video is entitled Meet My Child, and it features three transgender children and their mothers.

Trans United Fund was founded on the conviction that nothing is more transformative than trans people and our families sharing their lives authentically. For too long, the voices of bullies who play to the public's worst fears and demonize our community have been the loudest. For too long, trans people and our families have been kept out of the spotlight for fear that the truth of our lives would be 'off message.' This ad shares the story of three incredibly loving mothers and their children. The story of a mother's love, dreams and hopes for her children and fierce commitment to protect them is something that all Americans understand.

This video was directed by Melissa Ragan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Day in the Life

 photo Pearl2_zpsre4sfqdt.jpgPearl Love is a Taiwanese transgender woman who lives in New York. So she rides the subway a lot.

Here's what recently happened last week, in her own words:

I am an outreach social worker for Trans Latina network and an Asian transgender individual. Today is 4.28.16 Thursday. I work in big event for the center - the 8th annual immigration fare & culture event. Between 4:30-4:45 pm. I was on 6 train from Bronx to the LGBT center to work , when I change 6 train to 4 express train in 125 st station an unknown woman sitting across me started to verbally abuse me. Make lot of shit comments about how much she hate Trans people and want me to suck her dick. She also made racist comments. I ignored her and kept reading my book. When the train got to 86 st she started getting so loud and crazy yelling at me so I started to record her on my phone cam- she start getting even louder and start assault me and hit me. As you can see it's definitely a hate crime. She attacked me inside the train . When I retreated she threw all my stuff on the floor and chased me around the train and say she is going to find a stick to hit me. It was a crowded train and everyone heard it but no one helped me. Guys acting like nothing happened. For 5 min. Then when the train stop on 42 st. She got out of train but keep yelling at me, I recorded 4 videos around 3.5 min. Thanks to an older guy who helped me pick my stuff up and put it back my bag, and said sorry to me. So now you can understand what's happening in my everyday life. That happens all the time. But it's my first time recording it.
....Well she has a lot to learn . She need education to how to respect, learn not to be discriminatory against the Trans Community . I am so sad for her children. Have that kind of mother to teach them to grow up to be bigoted assholes.

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Another Trans woman of color...murdered

 photo Reecey_zpsntarqt1x.jpgReecey Walker, a 32 year-old transgender woman of color, was stabbed to death by a 16 year-old boy in Wichita on Sunday. The suspect is facing a charge of second-degree murder.

Police both dead-named and misgendered Walker, even though friends and family identified her as a transgender woman.

The suspect's family is alleging that Walker was attempting to sexually assault the teen. That's what happens when government officials paint us as sexual predators.

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Education Secretary Calls for Repeal

Education Secretary John B. King Jr. spoke yesterday at the Education Writers Association national conference in Boston. He was asked about the laws in North Carolina and Mississippi restricting the rights of transgender Americans.

Asked about the laws King called them hateful and said gender identity should be protected.

He said the laws send a problematic message to students and he is calling on state legislatures to repeal them.

My hope is legislators will realize they've made a terrible mistake.

--Sec King

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Loretta Lynch on inclusion and equality

Loretta Lynch spoke with Buzzfeed's Chris Gender on Friday on a range of issues, including transgender protections.

Lynch’s Justice Department is one of the key agencies advancing that Obama administration position — first adopted by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission — that sex discrimination bans for the workplace and schools should be read to include a ban on anti-transgender discrimination, including allowing people to use restrooms that correspond with their gender identity.

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Carving space for herself

When Summer Luk was a student at Biola University , she was forced to sign a contract promising not to drink, party, or have sex...and of course, definitely not to be transgender. The Hong Kong native has now transferred to NYU, has been able to come out to her professors as who she is, has interned for GLAAD, and the music major has written and recorded an original song, now made into a video directed by Laura Camarena and featuring a diverse group of transgender people.

The lyric video explores the performative nature of gender, the difficulties of navigating the legal system and finding a place where transgender people are protected as citizens against prejudice, discrimination and hate-motivated violence. By including transgender people who are of different races, ages, faiths, and stages in their transition this video showcases the huge spectrum that exists within the community.

--Summer Luk

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Organizing opposition to I-1515

A crowd of about 150 people opposed to Initiative 1515 gathered in Renton, WA on Thursday. I-1515, which will need 246,000 valid signatures by July 8 to be on the November ballot,

would amend the Law Against Discrimination to state that, with exceptions, covered public and private entities may restrict access to "private facilities" to "biologically" male or female individuals regardless of their gender identity and limit state and local regulations governing gender-identity discrimination. It requires that public-school bathrooms and locker rooms open to multiple people. be sex segregated, and authorizes lawsuits against schools that grant students access to those facilities based on gender identity.

--Ballot Measure Summary

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When did the meaning of 'transgender' become 'pedophile'?

That's what Autumn Murphy Hargrave asks in her essay at Redheaded Blackbelt.

This whole bathroom transgender issue in the news has me confused. I am not sure when transgender turned into pedophile. Today I listened to some guy from Georgia telling me to speak my mind on this issue. This is my piece of mind on the subject of transgender bathroom use and this is all I have to contribute on the subject.

I know transgender folks. I know gay and lesbian folks. I know pedophile folks too. The transgender, gay and lesbian folks I know are all a little freaky, a lot awesome, mostly normal, no less so than me or you. Some have families of their own. They all live lives built around home, hearth, community and tribe. A few of them are just starting out in this life. Young women taking those first steps they are into a never kind world. I love them or like them. Depending on which one. I have never once thought of any moment in their lives to be so different from mine, I could not trust them with my safety. Or my sons’ safety.

Trigger Warning concerning the inside.

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Meanwhile in Hawaii

It may seem like the country has become overrun with hate.

But there is still good news from time to time.

The Hawaii House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a bill which prohibits insurance companies from denying, canceling or limiting insurance coverage based on gender identity.

That's something that's really critical, especially now when you have states around the country moving the other direction, explicitly placing into law the ability to discriminate based on who people perceive themselves to be.

Here in Hawaii where we treat everyone with respect and aloha, we think everyone is created equal and ought to be treated the same.

--Rep. Chris Lee (D)

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