Thanks to everyone from all over the Northeast and North America who came to our workshop at the Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference, and we can’t wait to see everyone at the many events we have coming up! There’s the screening of TransLatinas this Thursday, Trans Pride on Saturday, the Capital Pride Street Festival on Sunday and the Trans Day of Action in NYC next week. So much to do!
In the meantime, we wanted to share this article about trans rights in the District written on The Sexist blog. Each DC mayoral candidate was asked whether they would appoint a trans person to the human rights board. You can read a transcript or watch video footage of each candidate’s response, but as Amanda Hess, the author of the blog post, sums up:
So, we had one candidate voice his support for a transgender appointee, and then spend the rest of his time talking about achieving gay rights in the District. Then, we had the current mayor voice his support for a transgender appointee, then spend the rest of his time talking about completely unrelated shit, even though he is Mayor right now and apparently has not appointed a transgender person to the commission yet. Then, we had another candidate voice his support for a transgender appointee, and then spend the rest of his time talking about how he thinks gay rights should be subject to a popular vote.
This shows one of the major problems we face as trans organizers in DC: A lot of politicians appear to support our cause, but then clearly demonstrate that they know very little about our communities’ needs, are extremely disconnected from our day-to-day realities and fail to take any actual action on improving the lives of trans people in the District. It seems like no matter who wins the election, our politicians are going to need to be educated about what a trans person even is, for starters. But we’re very glad that the question was posed. It’s a beginning!
By the way, you can actually apply for a mayoral appointment to the Commission on Human Rights. Here’s how. And let us know if you do apply!