Transgender Lobby Day

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The National Center for Transgender Equality is promoting next month’s Transgender Lobby Day and needs our support.  It’s taking place on June 8th and 9th in Washington DC, the same weekend they hold their Pride weekend.

If you can go, please go.  If you can’t attend, there are ways to have your voice heard in other ways.  For example, OutFront Minnesota is urging supporters to call their Senators and Representatives.

If you go, drop me a line.  I’d love to hear about your experience.

Love, Hannah

 

Proposed Minnesota Legislation Against the Transgender Community

44 MN House Republicans back ban on transgender employees using the bathroom

From thecolu.mn

A striking forty-four Republicans have cosponsored a bill in the Minnesota House that would block businesses and other employers from providing gender-neutral restrooms or from enacting policies that allow transgender employees to use appropriate restrooms. The bill, like one introduced in the Minnesota Senate on Friday, amends the Minnesota Human Rights Act, the nation’s first nondiscrimination law barring discrimination based on gender identity.

House committee hearing set for anti-transgender bill

From thecolu.mn

HF3396 will get a hearing in the Minnesota House Civil Law and Data Practices Committee on Thursday, March 31. The committee meeting starts at 8:15am in room 10 of the State Office Building.

HF3396 is a bill that targets Minnesota’s longstanding ban on discrimination based on gender identity, enacted in 1993. It would block gender-inclusive policies at school districts and local municipalities and force transgender people to use a restroom that does not correspond to their gender — putting many transgender people at risk for discrimination and violence, according to research at UCLA’s Williams Institute.

Every once in a while, someone sends me an email where the writer says that Republican’s don’t hate or discriminate against transpeople and I think about those emails when I read articles like this.  I wonder why 44 people, Republicans or otherwise, would care if a private business offered a gender-neutral restroom.  I also wonder why anyone could vote for a law that would reverse a ban on discrimination.

I hate reading news like this.

Love, Hannah

North Carolina’s Legislature Poised To Repeal ‘Bathroom Bill’

From NPR

North Carolina’s Legislature is poised to repeal the controversial “bathroom bill,” after the Charlotte City Council unanimously voted to repeal its local anti-discrimination measure.

The state law, called House Bill 2 or HB2, was passed in March as a direct response to that Charlotte measure — over the course of 12 hours, in the state’s first special legislative session in 35 years.

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This is wonderful news.  I was afraid that this law would set a precedent and other states would follow suit, especially with the incoming vice-president.  Bathroom laws change from state to state and change from time to time, so it is important you are aware of the laws and of your rights.  Bathroom laws are also, in my opinion, a way to gauge the public’s perception of us and a way for us to see what they think of us.  A law like this changing helps our community become a little more accepted.

Love, Hannah

UPDATED…

Repeal Of North Carolina’s HB2 Law Fails As Legislature Adjourns Special Session

From NPR

The North Carolina Legislature began a special session on Wednesday morning to vote on the repeal of a controversial state law that limits civil rights protections for LGBT people, but the effort failed by day’s end as the Legislature adjourned without passing any bill.

Read more here

Transgender Activist Runs for Minneapolis City Council

If elected, she would be the first transgender member of the council.

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Jenkins, a former policy aide for Glidden and veteran presence at City Hall, would be the first transgender member of the Minneapolis City Council if elected. Another transgender candidate, Phillipe Cunningham, is running for council in Ward 4.

“I am prepared and ready to bring positive change toward a more equitable Minneapolis,” Jenkins said in a statement. “I look forward to working with the residents of the 8th Ward, and beyond, in creating the policies and programs necessary to bring sustainable improvement for everyone in our economy, housing, and services.”

Read the full article here!

Love, Hannah

11 Transgender Americans Share Their Stories In HBO’s ‘The Trans List’

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NPR had a fascinating preview of the upcoming HBO documentary The Trans List

Directed by acclaimed portrait photographer and filmmaker Timothy Greenfield-Sanders (HBO’s The Black List, The Out List and The Latino List, among others) and featuring interviews and an introduction by Janet Mock, The Trans List shines a light on prominent members of the transgender community.

Featuring such outspoken subjects as Kylar Broadus, Caroline Cossey, Amos Mac, Bamby Salcedo, Buck Angel, Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, Nicole Maines, Shane Ortega, Caitlyn Jenner, Alok Vaid-Menon and Laverne Cox, the film profiles this diverse group of 11 transgender individuals, telling their stories in their own words, addressing identity, family, career, love, struggle and accomplishment.

Simultaneously, The Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles is presenting IDENTITY: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders The List Portraits, a special exhibition in which the renowned photographer’s List Series portfolios (The Black List, The Latino List, The Women’s List and The Out List) will be shown together for the first time, along with The Trans List portraits, through February 2017.

The Trans List was directed by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders; interviews by Janet Mock; executive producers, Ingrid Duran, Catherine Pino, Chad Thompson and Tommy Walker; producers, Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, Sam McConnell and Janet Mock; editor, Johanna Giebelhaus. For HBO: supervising producer, Lisa Heller; executive producer Sheila Nevins.

 

 

Explaining Being Trans to Kids

When I started going out, I was worried about what people would think of me, say to me or even do to me.  But years of going out have really helped ease this tension.  The last few years have been illuminating in many ways as I am constantly surprised at how little anyone cares and how wonderful people can be.

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I think interacting with kids have been the most surprising.  When I do see kids, they do stare at me.  But when I smile at them, they smile back.  I do wonder what this generation will be like as they get older since transgender men and women are in the news, entertainment and even children’s books.  Society is normalizing being transgender to this generation.  I think shows like SheZow are a step in the right direction.

Explaining what being transgender is can be hard and easy at the same time, and explaining things to kids is a different type of easy and hard.  I wanted to share a post on Huffinging Post that featured some great resources for talking to kids about what being transgender means.

Love, Hannah