Letter to the Editor How are transgender people treated? First off, let me say this is an opinion piece from a non-trans person. I personally hold the utmost respect for the trans group; especially with all medical and emotional shots they take to make themselves feel happy in their own skin. My goal [with this letter] is to not make them feel like they are a target; just like anyone else in this community. Especially after they put forth
the efforts to truly make themselves happy, even at the risk of losing their friends and family by simply making their happiness a priority. I think everyone in the community needs to realize just exactly what they went through and we need to stop judging each other regardless. After hearing a few trans people say they felt more comfortable and less persecuted at times in a straight environment than they do in the gay community. Some feel that the gay community doesn’t defend or include
them in our missions for equality or protection. Now, I am not saying that is entirely the community’s thoughts, but rather maybe a few and quite honestly, maybe a few on a bad day. I will admit since I started trying to get more involved with positive progress in this gay community, I have come to find that we often do discriminate against each other in our own community. We need to stop judging each other like we ask and fight for people outside of our community to do.
HAUNTED, from page 19 light, and when I learned about the death of Tyra Hunter after I’d begun my transition years ago, I had a flashback to that tornado moment when I was a kid. The dreams returned with a vengeance. Tyra Hunter was a pre-operative transsexual woman who’d died in Washington D.C. in 1995 from wounds sustained in a car accident. When responding paramedics discovered she still had male genitalia, they ceased work, uttering derogatory remarks. In addition, the medical staff at D.C. General Hospital offered substandard care, allowing her to die when most people with similar injuries managed to survive. Though this event was an isolated incident, I still occasionally have that nightmare of looking up at uncaring faces while struggling to breathe, while the darkness starts squeezing down my vision. It’s not a rational worry. I logically understand that most of my colleagues and fellow first responders are true professionals. I
November 20th is the Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day set aside every year to honor those who have perished as a result of transphobia, the fear it produces and the violence it inspires.
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STRUGGLE, from page 20 I will be speaking about transgender and faith at the University of Kansas Ecumenical Christian Ministries, and will travelling to Berkeley, CA to participate in the Transgender Law Center-Transgender Leadership Summit. We have two presenters as part of the Lawrence, Kansas LGBT Summit on November 1st.
know they’d do everything within their power to save my life, but the grim reality of Tyra Hunter’s death haunts me the way storms unsettle me to this day. I guess the only thing that would keep my bad dreams at bay would be an assurance that these things could never happen again. Of course, we can’t stop tornadoes, the forces of nature that they are, but we can remember Tyra Hunter and honor her legacy by doing the best we can to raise the public awareness of transgenders and our health concerns, by committing ourselves to educating people about our lives and struggles, becoming real neighbors, real coworkers and real friends.
I know a lot of the people who are major key advocates that are often in the public forefront defending our community as a whole. Again, our community acronym is: LGBTQI, most often written as LGBT.
LYRIC, from page 4 are members of a highly dysfunctional family of four, being rounded out by actors Enid Graham and Brian F. O’Byrne. “Annie has always been extremely talented and we’re so proud to see her rise to such success,” said Paula Stover, Lyric’s executive director. “She is a shining example of the immense talent found right here in our own state.”
“We have reached thousands of Kansans, and I believe that we are effecting change.” Besides being founder and executive director for K-STEP, Mott is also state chair for Kansas Equality Coalition. September 6-8, 2013 will be the 1st Annual Trans-Kansas Conference, a regional transgender conference to be held in Lawrence, KS. For more information, visit www.k-step.org.
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