by Dan Solomon
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Here’s why I take transgender issues personally…
Because I or someone I love might get cancer at some point, and a trans person who is capable of discovering the cure is otherwise occupied defending their right to exist.
I live in a world that needs leadership, and a smart, tireless trans person who should maybe be President is busy arguing that they deserve basic human respect.
I want to drive a fucking flying car someday, and the trans person who might invent it is stuck responding to Guardian editorials that treat them like they’re subhuman.
All of which is to say that this is about more than compassion. Compassion is important, and straight, white cisgender dudes like me ought to have a very strong sense of it, since everyone else tends to treat us pretty well (at least when compared to people from similar backgrounds who aren’t those things). If you’re a compassionate person, the fact that transgender people live under a constant threat of violence should stir you. The stories of the challenges even the more privileged trans people face when they come out should move you. The fear that accompanies the moment when they tell their story to the people they love should bring out your compassion. But it goes beyond compassion. Compassion is good, but compassion also means that it’s always someone else’s struggle.
Wipe out Transphobia has been active in our image campaigns to show that trans people are proud of who they are and that we are capable of finding love and having fulfilling relationships. This gallery however is to show that our community does not exist in isolation and that trans people do in fact have many people willing to stand up for human rights and equality as our allies. We would like to thank them from the bottom of our hearts for their support.
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Our ‘I am what I am’, campaign was started on our Facebook page and we asked our members to submit a photo or image of themselves with the phrase ‘I am what I am’, or ‘I am who I am’, as they preferred. We were overwhelmed by the response and support from our members and we love every single image.
The point of the Campaign was to show that even among a group labelled as trans and therefore seen as one specific kind of person, we are all quite obviously very different and unique. With that in mind, it’s therefore impossible for the word trans to define who we are as people.
We don’t need to fit into society. We ARE society!
This video is a response by IPG Counseling to the NY Times article: "What's So Bad About a Boy Who Wants to Wear a Dress?"
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But one day my mother's instinct took me by surprise. She sat me down on the couch. "Hyun-gi," she said calmly through my friend, who volunteered to translate for my family. "I have a question: What is worrying you? You seem worried about something. You can tell Mommy."... Silence filled the room. "I can't tell you," I finally replied. "I'm afraid of what will happen. I don't want to lose you when we have just met."... "Mother," I slowly repeated in Korean. "I am not a boy. I am a girl. I am transgender." My face reddened, and tears blurred my vision. I braced myself for her rejection and the end to a relationship that had only begun... "Mommy knew," she said calmly through my friend, who looked just as dumbfounded as I was by her response. "I was waiting for you to tell me."
An article about 5-year-old Tyler and the journey he and his family have traveled.
She went back online and watched videos of parents talking about their realization that their child was transgender. They all described a variation of the conversation she’d had with Kathryn: “Why did you change me?” “God made a mistake with me.” “Something went wrong when I was in your belly.”
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"After dealing heavily with gay themes since its debut, ‘Glee‘ is finally taking on the issues that transgendered teens face. In tonight’s episode, ‘Saturday Night Glee-ver,’ we were introduced to Unique: a transgendered character who is coming to terms with her identity." You can read the article here.
To read the handout for the April chapter meeting, click on the image below:
This excerpt is from The Nearest Exist May Be Behind You, by author and activist S. Bear Bergman. You can learn more about Bergman's project creating books for gender diverse children here.
A recent episode of Becoming Me followed the loving parents of several trans and gender non-conforming children. PFLAG is mentioned as having a supportive influence in their lives.