Wednesday, May 08, 2013

TransGriot's Back On Can We Talk For Real Tonight

Can We Talk For RealIt was shaping up to be a busy media week and still is.   My interview on Holly's show Sunday has been rescheduled for May 13, and I'm honored to do my second appearance with Ina, Michelle, and Terri Boi, the hosts of CAN WE TALK FOR REAL

Cemia “CeCe” Acoff was another Black trans woman killed then victimized again in the media.  The Cleveland Plain Dealer leading the way with its offensive, insensitive, transphobic coverage of her death that was mimicked by the rest of the local and national media 

.CeCe sadly wasn’t the first and probably won’t be the last victim this year of anti-trans violence. Our transgender community continues to grapple with unacceptable levels of anti-trans violence, intimidation and discrimination. Trans women are disrespectfully misidentified in the media following violent attacks and trans men are often invisible in conversations about hate violence as the murder of rapper Evon 'Yung LT' Young in Milwaukee points out. 

The attacks on our transgender community aren't always by unidentified strangers in dark alleys and back streets..  It's also blatantly in their faces on a depressingly daily basis as the recent news of Arizona’s controversial SB 1045 'Transgender Bathroom Bill' is an example of.

It underscores the fact  anti-trans discrimination
takes place in every area of trans people's lives in the areas of employment; housing; and public accommodations, even in our own LGB ranks. 


We acknowledge the “T” in our LGBT fight but unfortunately for political expediency, image, bigotry in our ranks or other unexplainable reasons when the going gets tough, the “T” has been left behind or thrown under the human rights bus. 

In 2007
LGBT advocacy organizations, most notably HRC and the LGBT community were divided over support of a modified ENDA that shadily excluded the transgender community.  As we showed our solidarity for marriage equality during the recent Supreme Court deliberations this spring, reports of exclusion of the trans pride flag ironically surfaced during the same week we celebrated transgender visibility with the unveiling of the first ever Trans 100 List

This week on C
AN WE TALK FOR REAL I'm one of the two Trans 100 honorees along with , Monica Roberts, the TransGriot, and Carter Brown, director of Black Transmen, Inc. joining co-hosts Ina, Michelle and Terry Boi to talk about the “T” in the LGBT community.

We'll discuss the continued violence against our trans brothers and sisters, legislative battles facing the Trans community, and discuss why there is no room for division in our fight for equality.


Call 347-215-8985 at 10:30 PM Eastern time, 9:30 PM Central time, 8:30 PM Mountain time and at 7:30 PM Pacific time on Wednesday, May 8 for one dynamic conversation that I'm looking forward to.

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