Transgender People in the Media

I ran across a very interesting article today, on a website called In These Times, about the portrayal of transgender people, and transgender women in particular, in the media.

From the article:

(B)elieve trans people when they tell you their gender.

And don’t focus on medical transition, especially when it’s not relevant. There is so much more to our lives. We also need to move away from press coverage that’s both objectifying and relentlessly negative. Tell stories about trans women that focus on their accomplishments or more mundane aspects of their lives. I know so many brilliant trans women doing incredible things, despite what they’ve faced. Tell these stories.

I genuinely believe that media that represents us on our own terms and as full human beings will go a long way to combat the dangerous dehumanization of trans women and the oppression that comes with it.

I highly recommend reading the entire article.

Protesters Arrested in Idaho Capital Building

Police in Boise today arrested 43 people for blocking the entrance to the Idaho Senate in the Idaho Capital Building. The protesters were asking that words be added to the Idaho Human Rights Act protecting gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people from discrimination. Among those arrested were former Idaho legislator Nicole LeFavour. Read the full AP article here.

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Today is Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day to remember those murdered around the world because they did not fit into perceived gender norms.

Remember them, they died for who they were.

Remember them, they died because they did not fit in.

Remember them, for they are the persecuted and the lonely, and they died alone.

Remember them, and remember they were murdered, for often they are not remembered as victims.

Remember them.

Trangender Day of Remembrance — GLAAD

Welcoming Congregation Meeting Last Night

The Welcoming Congregation workshop last night was very informative. We had a very interesting and educational discussion about gender and sexual orientation. I hope to have handouts from it available under the social justice bulletin board on Sunday.

Why ENDA Matters

New on the ACLU’s blog: True Stories of Anti-LGBT Employment Discrimination. There are only 2 stories posted, but they are very moving. Check them out.

Blog of Rights: Official Blog of the American Civil Liberties Union » Why ENDA Matters: True Stories of Anti-LGBT Employment Discrimination from the ACLU

Why ENDA Matters

New on the ACLU's blog: True Stories of Anti-LGBT Employment Discrimination. There are only 2 stories posted, but they are very moving. Check them out.

Blog of Rights: Official Blog of the American Civil Liberties Union » Why ENDA Matters: True Stories of Anti-LGBT Employment Discrimination from the ACLU

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Today is Transgender Day of Remembrance. There is a video here memorializing those who have been killed in the last year. It’s seven minutes and a little difficult. There is a list of the names here. This information all comes from Standing on the Side of Love.

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