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Survey Says!

In the summer of 2015 the National Center for Transgender Inequality initiated the largest survey of transgender people ever conducted: The U.S. Transgender Survey (USTS). There were 27,715 participants, including yours truly, representing all 50 states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and American military bases overseas. The survey was anonymous and conducted online. Participants were required to be 18 years of age or older.

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Riders on the Ghost Ship

I'm sure you have heard about the Ghost Ship fire in Oakland by now.

Thirty-six people dead. At least three of the victims were transgender.

Cash Askew, 22, of Oakland, was part of the band Them Are Us Too. Askew recently told journalist Beth Winegarner, "As a young teenager, I was definitely attracted to goth and new wave in part because of the androgyny, and that aesthetic gave me a way to explore my gender expression before I could even come to terms with being transgender." 

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Fear

Transgender people survived Nixon (those of us not killed while serving in Vietnam). We survived Reagan (at least those of us who did not die of AIDS). We survived...even flourished somewhat (which was mostly carryover from the Clinton years) under W.

Of course there were some murders and plenty of suicides. There are unconfirmed rumors of trans youth suicides since Tuesday night.

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Hate as entertainment

WITNESS Media Lab has issued a report called Capturing Hate, analyzing videos displaying anti-transgender violence and the people who view them for "entertainment."

WITNESS studied videos shared at sites like YouTube, WorldsStarHipHop, LiveLeak, and Flyheight by searching the terms "tranny fight" and stud fight" and found 329 videos. Those videos had over 89 million views, over 600K shares, over 554K likes, and over 230K comments.

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