“It’s not as if transgender rights weren’t being undermined before Donald Trump shuffled into the White House, but under his watch, things are definitely getting worse for the community. The Obama White House and Justice Department had stood up for transgender rights and put in place some protections for them, but within just the past few months, transgender rights have become the civil rights thermometer we all really can’t ignore.”
“Last weekend’s Values Voter Summit, the annual political gathering sponsored by the intensely anti-LGBTQ Family Research Council, featured a breakout session on ‘transgender ideology in public schools.’ One panelist encouraged a ‘divide and conquer’ strategy to defeat ‘totalitarian’ school policies on transgender inclusion.”
“A new YouGov survey reveals that a quarter of Americans say they wouldn’t be friends with a transgender person. Fewer than a fifth would date one. Why the lack of acceptance?”
(Via. The Daily Beast)
I am beyond disgusted with the news out of Washington today. This administration is destroying decades of the dedicated work of countless activists by undoing the strides this country has made toward equality for all of us.
“A groups of teenagers with zero filmmaking experience made a movie about their lives. Now they’re getting noticed in Hollywood.”
(Via. Gay Star News)
This hits close to home.
“In the first season of Amazon’s incredible, visceral series Transparent, we meet Maura, a transgender woman who decides to come out later in her life. Maura has three kids and an ex-wife, all of whom struggle to see this new side of a person they’ve known for decades. During this time of struggle (and in flashbacks), we also learn what is known as Maura’s ‘dead name’ — aka the name she had prior to her transition.”
Rest In Peace Scout Schultz.
“Georgia Tech students watched in horror as the school’s Pride president was shot to death by police on the Atlanta campus after the student advanced on them with a knife.
Police had surrounded Scout Schultz after they (the pronoun Schultz used) was spotted on campus with a knife ― witnesses initially said Schultz had a gun and a knife. Schultz ― who identified as bisexual, nonbinary, and intersex ― told police, ‘Shoot me!,’ according to the Washington Post.”
“LIKE MANY OTHER surgery patients, Hayley Anthony has a daily physical therapy regimen. But unlike other post-ops, the 30-year-old marketing consultant is recovering from a procedure she helped invent. Five months ago, she became one of the first people in the world to have a piece of tissue incised from the cavity of her abdomen and turned into a vagina. A surgeon in New York City may have pioneered and performed Anthony’s procedure—but the idea to try it in the first place was all hers.”
“A transgender woman who escaped abuse in Chechnya and found asylum in America is speaking truth to power in Washington in hopes of helping others, even if it means putting herself at risk all over again.”