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Are you a trans person of color interested in social justice and blogging? Are you going to Creating Change 2015? If so, then you should apply to be a Blogger for the Trans People of Color Coalition! Attend workshops and write about the importance of topics discussed and how we can apply it to the TPOC community. Apply at http://goo.gl/forms/YCzk0YG663. Deadline of application is Jan. 16 at 12PM Central.

WASHINGTON, DC, December 9, 2014 -The National LGBTQ Task Force, in coalition with other national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender organizations, today issued the following open letter:

An Open Letter: From Ferguson to True Freedom

Words cannot begin to describe the depth of feeling we all share about the unfolding tragedies in Ferguson and New York City. Words cannot relieve the suffering of Michael Brown and Eric Garner's loved ones nor can words alone salve the pain nor quell the anger of millions. It's action we need and we need it now.

As LGBTQ national organizations, we proudly stand in solidarity with the civil rights organizations and local activists - including the actions of an amazing, fierce, brilliant cadre of youth leaders, many of whom are queer identified - in demanding fundamental systemic change that tackles the root causes of racial and economic injustices once and for all. From political accountability for the deaths of Michael and Eric to the immediate passage of federal legislation that completely bans racial profiling across this land to ensuring that local police departments are representative and fair arbiters of safety and protection for everyone and who - through their actions - are continually working to earn the trust, confidence and respect of the entire community.

We too must speak louder than words and take more action - to change more hearts and minds and fight even harder for the policies and practices that make statements such as this one obsolete.

We urge you to:

-Join the March Against Police Violence in Washington, called by the National Action Network, on Saturday December 13th, 10:30am;
-Organize and participate in peaceful protests in cities across the nation;
-Attend public meetings in your city or town to show your support or share your experience with elected officials; and
-Create your own actions for change in person and online - at home, at school, at work, in the corridors of power, and in places of worship.

Everyone, everywhere in our nation can do more to end racism and racial injustice. Everyone, from the Department of Justice that must do more to deliver justice for the Brown and Garner families to the high school principal who could do more to engage and educate students about racism and the need for justice.

Even those of us who have devoted our lives to this cause need to redouble our efforts to reach out to more people - including those people who are on the wrong side of this issue.

If we as a nation are to end racism and racial injustice once and for all, everyone must be part of an ongoing and sustainable process of change - a process that builds on all the progress we've made, a process that aims to recruit everyone, and a process with the specific mission of delivering lived equality, justice, and freedom for all.

American Civil Liberties Union
Believe Out Loud
Brethren Mennonite Council for LGBT
The BiCast
Bisexual Organizing Project
Bisexual Leadership Roundtable
Bisexual Resource Center
Campus Pride
CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers
Center For Black Equity
Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals
Equality Federation
Family Equality Council
The Fellowship Global (Pastor Joseph Tolton)
The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries (Bishop Yvette Flunder)
Freedom to Marry
Gay Men’s Health Crisis
Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders
GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality
Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network
Harvey Milk Foundation
Higher Education T* Circle Advisory Board
Human Rights Campaign
International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission
Lambda Legal
Marriage Equality USA
More Light Presbyterians
National Black Justice Coalition
National Center for Lesbian Rights
National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs
National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
National LGBTQ Task Force
National Minority AIDS Council
The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA)
Out & Equal Workplace Advocates
PFLAG National
Pride at Work, AFL-CIO
The Pride Network
Reconciling Ministries Network
SAGE (Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders)
Trans People of Color Coalition
The Trevor Project

As we take time out to remember our fallen family members, we must keep their spirits close to our hearts as we continue our journey. Some of us may have known the ones we are remembering as a brother, a sister, or a friend. For many of us we know them by name and a memory. Recite their names today as a remembrance in honor and in love. Transgender Day of Remembrance is the time to hold ourselves accountable to make sure their names will never be forgotten. 

Keep quote in mind as you continue your day, "I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright. I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun more. I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive. I wish you enough pain that the smallest joys in life appear much bigger."

-Author Unknown



A new documentary aims to examine the challenges many transgender people face aside from the transitioning process after coming to terms with their identity.


Produced in partnership with the Bronx Documentary Center, "Who we become" focuses on Jace, a transgender man who flees his native Texas for New York where he begins the gender confirmation process. Meanwhile, Kim and Cris run a Bronx-based clinic that deals with transgender care, and try tirelessly to create a makeshift family of transgender people who have been disowned by their family members and friends.


Jan Hendrik Hinzel, a New York-based journalist who is co-producing the film with Time magazine's Adam Perez, told HuffPost Gay Voices that "Who we become" is a unique take on transgender issues in that it does not emphasize the gender confirmation process.


"Without the help from a community, transitioning can be an isolating experience," Hinzel said. "We wanted to show that community for many trans people means family, and family is essential to survival. We hope to illustrate through our characters that sometimes even to live truthfully to yourself is an act of courage."


Hinzel and Perez are hoping to raise money raise money for editing and post-production expenses via Indiegogo

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While the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community struggles to achieve basic human rights throughout Africa, transgender Kenyans have seen a powerful victory.

Transgender activist Audrey Mbugua won a seminal case against the Kenya National Examination Council on Tuesday, granting her legal recognition as a woman on her academic certificates.

"We won. It’s a huge watershed moment," Mbugua told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

The KNEC has 45 days to issue the name change. The High Court also ruled that the certificate be printed without a gender mark.

October 2, 2014 | The Huffington Post By James Nichols


In this powerful and emotional video, transgender high school student Zeam Porter delivers a moving speech about the way policies surrounding transgender students and sports teams have affected them. Porter, who uses the pronouns them/they, gave the speech in conjunction with a hearing about Minnesota State High School League's policy for transgender athletes.

"My love for basketball last year made me believe I could handle being on the wrong team. That was wrong. Constantly being misgendered and called the wrong name took away my soul. I already feel like I don't have my body -- now I am soulless."

Minnesota State High School League is currently undergoing a review process that could result in transgender athletes being allowed to play on the sports team that corresponds with their gender identity, regardless of the sex they were assigned at birth. The move has been met with controversy, with the state's largest newspaper publishing a full-page anti-transgender ad last weekend.

September 23, 2014| Originally in Aljazeera By Priyanka Gupta


Padmini Prakash has become India's first transgender anchor after she read her first bulletin last month on Lotus TV based in southern city of Coimbatore.


Padmini, 31, who had to drop out of college after her family abandoned her at the age of 18, said she wanted people to respect her community.


"Since this is a job of great responsibility I wanted to motivate people of my community by choosing this profession. By seeing my growth as a professional I want people to respect my community as well," she told Al Jazeeera.


She read her first bulletin on August 15 after she was promoted by the channel to be an anchor.


As soon as the show ended, she called up her husband Prakash and asked, "Did I read well?"


"Very well," he replied.


A trained Bharatnatyam dancer, Padmini took to activism to raise awareness about transgender community and finally it led her to taking up the offer of becoming a news anchor of the news channel in Tamil Nadu state.


This comes nearly four months after India's Supreme Court recognised the existence of the "third gender" status for the members of the transgender community, also known as "hijras".


The apex court also directed the state and federal governments to allow reservation in jobs and education by treating them as part of an economically and socially backward class.

Opportunities for transgenders

The transgender community has historically faced discrimination forcing several of them out of their homes, facing systemic abuse and harassment. Many of them are reduced to begging on the streets and sometimes forced into prostitution for lack of mainstream job opportunities.

The Chairman of Lotus TV, VK Selvakumar said that he wanted to motivate the community to come out and see that there could be opportunities for them in the mainstream media.

"I wanted the Tamil people to change their minds and give the opportunity to transgenders and motivate them to come out of their homes," he told Al Jazeera.

Padmini's popularity has spurred the management to go a step ahead and hire reporters and more anchors from the community.

But activists said that it was only the beginning of a revolution, the real awakening was far from being realised.

Laxmi Narayan Tripathi, the founding member of Asia Pacific Transgender Network and one of the petitioners in the case that lead to the Supreme Court ruling said that the real churning now needs to begin with India's education sector where transgender students routinely face harassment from their peers and teachers.

She is part of the steering committee which is looking into the enrollment and absorption of these students in education institutions along with streamlining better counselling services to them.

"Society will not change in one day. We had issues of child marriage, leprosy and Sati not too long ago. India has always set an example about how things can change. It's a start of a big work, where every step by members of our community sets an example for the mainstream society," she told Al Jazeera.

For Padmini though her next big dream is to be a prominent face of the Indian media in coming years, as a proud transgender woman without fear of discrimination or stigma.

September 18, 2014| Originally Posted on TV Variety By Kevin Noonan


Working with MTV and Logo TV, which will simultaneously premiere the special, the actress and transgender advocate will host and produce "Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word" at 7 p.m. on Oct. 17, coinciding with LGBT Spirit Day on Oct. 16.

The hour-long documentary will look at seven transgender youth from across the country and their determination to lead their lives as the people they are meant to be. The film examines the struggles of coming out, bullying, and anti-transgender violence for the youth as well as the intersection of transgender identities and race in their lives.

"For many of us, the 'T' in LGBT means more than transgender, it also means truth," said Cox. "The cast members in this documentary are fearlessly living their truths and in sharing their stories will send the message to other trans youth that it's okay to be who you are."

The special profiles:

  • Ari, an 18-year-old man from Manhattan, who graduated from high school and is starting college.
  • Avery, a 20-year-old woman from Queens, New York, who shares her experiences dating.
  • Daniella, a 20-year-old woman from the Bronx, New York, who speaks out against anti-transgender violence.
  • Kye, a 24-year-old man in Brooklyn, New York, who became the first Division One transgender basketball player.
  • L'lerret, a 20-year-old woman attending college in New Orleans, Louisiana, where she is an active member of BreakOUT!, a group fighting criminalization of transgender youth.
  • Shane, a 22-year-old man from Baltimore, Maryland and a college student living with his girlfriend.
  • Zoey, a 12-year-old girl from California, who is supported by her mother and transferred out of her last school when the school administrators refused to acknowledge her as a girl.

Following the documentary, Logo and MTV.com will host an hour-long "Trans Forum" where Cox and MTV news correspondent SuChin Pak will further discuss transgender issues and answer questions from audience members and from those on social media.

The project comes at an opportune time, as Cox will also guest-star on MTV's LGBT-focused comedy "Faking It" on Oct. 14.

CLEVELAND, Ohio — An Ohio man was sentenced Friday to 18 years to life after he admitted to gunning down a transgender woman last December. 

Prosecutors said Delshawn Carroll, 20, shot and killed Brittany Stergis, 22, on Dec. 6 as she sat in her car outside public housing.


Police found Stergis dead, with a gunshot wound to the head, about 2:30 a.m.


While the motive for the shooting remains unclear, prosecutors said Carroll and Stergis had a past together,reported Cleveland.com. 

Prosecutors said Delshawn Carroll, 20, shot and killed Brittany Stergis, 22, on Dec. 6 as she sat in her car outside public housing.

Police found Stergis dead, with a gunshot wound to the head, about 2:30 a.m.

While the motive for the shooting remains unclear, prosecutors said Carroll and Stergis had a past together,reported Cleveland.com.

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