Transgender Awareness Week #TransWk: Monday’s info

The Trans Scribe

As the infographic below says, “With more visibility comes more understanding.” This is what Transgender Awareness Week is all about.

In order to add to that visibility, I’m going to blog about a different trans hero of mine every day this week. As I have said before, the news headlines about transgender people tend to make for pretty bleak reading. This week, therefore, I want to focus on those members of the trans community who have positive stories to tell for themselves and for others like them.

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Transgender Awareness Week #TransWk: Tuesday’s info

The Trans Scribe

To me, the infographic below is common sense but you’d be amazed at how many people think some of the language in red is acceptable. I recently had an incident involving language with a journalist writing about my recent novel. The idea of the “LGBT community” was completely foreign to her and I had to do some educating – not that I think she really got it even after I tried to explain. If someone working in the media doesn’t get it, there isn’t much hope for your average guy or girl. It is easy to forget that for lots and lots of people “gay” is still quite a novelty that flusters them – just imagine how exotic “trans” is for them!

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Transgender Awareness Week #TransWk: Wednesday’s info

The Trans Scribe

This infographic is USA-centric but the proportions probably hold true for most countries. The last stat on the infographic is probably the most shameful and, as anyone who follows the news on trans issues knows, not only are trans people not taken seriously when they complain about discrimination, they are also often not taken seriously when they complain to the authorities about physical or verbal assault/abuse. Worse, one could also add that often times the discrimination that trans people are subjected to comes from the authorities and government departments.

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UN reaffirms its commitment to advocate for LGBT rights

“They say that same-sex relationships and transgender identities go against their culture, religious beliefs or traditional values. My answer is that human rights are universal,” the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms Navi Pillay said.

“Our campaign on behalf of marginalized communities will meet resistance, even opposition. We must not be discouraged. We must stay engaged. Let us keep voicing our concerns, let us keep finding new allies, sharing good practice and standing fast alongside local human rights defenders on the front lines of this struggle.”

http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=46036&Cr=lesbian&Cr1#.Ukb1nPW3Qur

The Downside of Marriage Equality

Building upon my “Be Your Own Ally” post, this article gives another viewpoint on why being a “strong ally vs passive supporter” is important.

The Downside of Marriage Equality – http://www.huffingtonpost.com/joanne-sprague/the-downside-of-marriage-equality_b_3710014.html