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TransKyAdvocate By Tuesday G Meadows

Closing out of 2014 We Exist - Arcade Fire


s so many are doing right

wondering about a modern day sea

and about transgender people. These

now, I have been reflecting

change. Little did I know that in June,

forums help create a larger community

on 2014. It has truly been a “wow”

Ms. Cox would appear on the cover

and monitor the ongoing struggles

year for the transgender community.

of Time Magazine with the headline

and needs of transgender people.

There have been a number of high

“Transgender Tipping Point.” Indeed,

profile events, from Janet Mock on

Ms. Cox has been there for a number

Piers Morgan, CNN’s documentary

of firsts. She has been the first openly

about Kristin Beck (“Lady Valor”),

transgender person on the cover of

acknowledging the early experiences

Fallon Fox’s victories in the MMA,

Time, first nominated for an Emmy,


Geena Rocero’s Ted Talk, and so

one of Time’s most influential people


many others that have brought the

of the year, and Glamour Magazine’s

amazing experience I had this year was

trans community into the forefront

“Woman of the Year.” It seems like

interviewing Ella, a 7 year old rural

this year. Along with the explosion of

the transgender community’s moment

Kentucky girl whose mother has been

trans issues in the media, there have

is here and Laverne Cox is the shining

a brave advocate for her transition. In

been a few more personal memories


fact, Ella thought her transition was

from 2014 that I believe will influence me in 2015 and beyond.

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no big deal. Nationally, there was a The Net

book called I am Jazz for trans kids

There have been a number of new

and its author, Jazz Jennings, was

The Transgender Tipping Point

online discussion groups, blogs, and

named one of the 25 Most Influential

My personal highlight has been

Facebook pages about the transgender

Teens by Time Magazine. There was

hearing Laverne Cox when she

experience in 2014. The Transgender

even an article about trans kids in

came to Lexington to speak at the

Violence Tracking Portal launched in

Woman’s Day.

University of Kentucky this spring.

May 2014 as a way to gather data about

After her beautiful speech about her


experience, I asked her, “When will

murder—against transgender people.


the transgender ‘Rosa Parks’ moment

The TransGen Times was launched

television, music, and music videos.

happen?” She discussed the Stonewall

late this year by Rachel Rose Luckey

I counted 40 films this year that

riots from 1969, even though I was

to establish a central hub for news for

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LinQ January 2015, Vol. 37, No. 1  

LinQ is the only monthly magazine that focuses on Kentucky LGBT issues.

LinQ January 2015, Vol. 37, No. 1  

LinQ is the only monthly magazine that focuses on Kentucky LGBT issues.