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LGBTQ Pride/History Month 2014: Reflections and Work Yet to Be Done

30 Jun

pride_monthAs we celebrate the last day of LGBT History Month, I am reflecting on the amazing civil rights work being done by Binyavanga Wainaina.  Let us all hope that every country in Africa will celebrate and embrace the LGBTQ community.

I am also hopeful that the transgender community will be celebrated and embraced with the visibility and leadership of people like Laverne Cox and Janet Mock.

I think it is also important to look back and be able to honor those that came before us — to pay tribute to those who assumed level of risk, so that future generations might have an easier life just for being who we are.  Thank you, José Julio Sarria.  Thank you, Harry Hay.

While many states can now enjoy and celebrate marriage equality, this does not mean that LGBTQ people are no longer targeted or marginalized. Of course, we must not forget that the disproportionality of targeting/marginalization is greater for people of color who are also LGBTQ.

Of course, this is also the time when I get to highlight some of my favorite LGBTQ stories over the years.

Yes, our Dumbledore is on the list of favorites, as is Professor Sprout (Miriam Margolyes).  Of course, I have to include Bayard Rustin as one of my favorite heroes.

As with Black History Month and Women’s History Month, I wish we did not need LGBTQ History Month, but the fact is we do! We must not fall into the delusion that people in the United States and all over the world are treated equally by virtue of being human.  In most states in the south it is not safe to be part of the LGBTQ community.  In Uganda it is legal to kill gay people – a proposal seen just recently here in the United States.

I bring up Black History Month and Women’s History month because of all the people who have multiple identities and experience oppression on multiple levels. Marriage Equality is just a small portion of what needs to be addressed regarding civil rights.  Violence against the LGBTQ community has increased by 13% over the past year, with people of color, transgender and gender non-conforming folk being especially targeted.

A Call To Action: I ask that all of our allies/supporters to raise your voices — stand in solidarity with those of us in the LGBTQ community. Together we have the power to eradicate homophobia, transphobia, racism, misogyny, and poverty.

Fun Family Event For Good Cause

26 Nov

Mark Your Calendars: December 4

On December 4, 2011 from 2-5 pm, TransActive will be hosting a silent auction with food, fun, and an opportunity to raise money to support transgender youth.  The title of the event is Super Heroes for Super Kids, featuring guest speaker Janet Mock, the Associate Editor of People.com  Mock is transgender and she believes in giving back to the community. I encourage you to look at her bio, it is quite impressive.

All proceeds go to supporting and finding resources for transgender and gender non-conforming youth. Tickets are $15. in advance and $20. at the door.  If you are interested in buying tickets, please contact me!  This event is an opportunity for us all to make a huge difference in the lives of many young people. If you are not able to attend, but want to make a tax deductible donation, please make out a check to TransActive, or visit the website and use your credit card.

I hope to see many of you at this fun family event.  There will be lots of fun events for your kids.

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