Hi Kaylee and thank you for sharing. I remember my first time out-scary. Then the time came that I threw caution to the wind and I haven't looked back. I'm so proud that you broke down the barrier and live as you choose. Congratulations.
The article was good and I congratulate Ms. Mendelsohn on her new assignment. I'm concerned about the whole TGLBQ community. There's a major LGBT organization here in New York that curtailing its operations because they believe that their mission is done. I totally disagree. There's still much to be done. For over a decade the Gender Employment Non-Discrimination Act has languished in the state senate despite being passed eight times in the assembly. GENDA was on the same docket as marriage equality in 2011. The latter was passed while the former was forgotten altogether. In my mind, an organization cannot say that they are working for trans people and yet do not have qualified representation (especially people of color) on their board of directors. Veronica, I agree that the TGLBQ community falls under Human Rights. I can understand the way you feel that certain issues because I feel the same way. However that anger needs to be channeled into constructive grassroots activism. I believe this year that there will be many demonstrations and people who actually have solutions will come to the front and present them to the public. Enough people are hurting as it is and many realize that things as they are cannot go on.
TDOR at Sage was very good. There was words, poems, the reading of each person who died this year (I read one of the names) , and song. A couple of folks shared remembrances of people they lost in past years. Many in attendance were surprised at how young many of the people were. Candles were lit in memory of them. It lasted an hour but it was moving.
I read the petition several days ago and did not sign it. There are some who feel that we should separate from LGB because our issues are different and we are ignored (vilified in some cases) by the LGB communities. I'm against the T being dropped because it would erase our history in the participation of movement such as Stonewall and the Dewey Lunch Counter Sit-in. People of color would be greatly affected by the T being dropped because they were at the forefront of some of the battles and are often the most victimized by violence. I was appalled when someone suggests that transgender hurt the movement for LGBT rights. I would remind this person that transgender people stood side by side with gays and lesbians at Stonewall back in 1969. The Dewey Lunch Counter Sit-In in 1965 in Philadelphia was a predominantly African American transgender and queer event. The Compton Cafeteria Riots a year later in San Francisco was transgender and drag queens standing up against police harassment. I'm bold enough to say that if transgender people had been involved in the problem solving of many LGBT organizations from the get go, we would be much further along. That a bold statement coming from me but I believe it. I defy anyone to tell me that trans people are hurting the movement for further LGBT rights. Heck, we were there from the beginning.