The LGBTrans Stories for HIV AWARENESS
The LGBTrans Stories for HIV Awareness is a new resource for those wanting to find living with HIV stories who identify as transgender. This resource is both original (as reported by nationally-recognized, health journalist, David Heitz, and Josh Robbins, founder of imstilljosh.com and a recognized member of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalist Association (NLGJA)), as well as curated and organized content that we believe will contribute to the overall discussion of how HIV is affecting members of the transgender community. (Please note that I am updating this guided name, as it never truly reflected the accurate content of stories included. It’s less of a real guide and more a collection of trans individuals sharing their stories with the hired journalist. It is important that I don’t ever want to be seen as speaking for a marginalized community whom I support dearly.)
“Let’s never forget the “T” in LGBT. These are important individuals in our community. And HIV is disproportionately affecting them.” – Josh Robbins, publisher of http://Imstilljosh.com.
“A person’s gender is based on how they identify one’s self. If a transgender person goes by Bamby, the pronoun used should be “she.” If the person goes by Chaz, it’s “he.” – David Heitz
TRANSGENDER AWARENESS WEEK CAN’T FORGET THE VIOLENCE
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“I’m so tired of seeing TV shows and films where transgender people are either victimized or killers. And too often those characters that are supposed to be transgender don’t look or act anything like actual transgender people. People in the entertainment industry who are writing, casting, directing, and acting transgender roles have a responsibility to do their research and make it more realistic.”
Chaz Bono, in an interview with GLAAD
“The reality of trans people’s lives is that so often we are targets of violence. We experience discrimination disproportionately to the rest of the community. Our unemployment rate is twice the national average; if you are a trans person of color, that rate is four times the national average. The homicide rate is highest among trans women. If we focus on transition, we don’t actually get to talk about those things.”
“Orange is the New Black” star Laverne Cox, as quoted in this Salon article, during her interview with Katie Couric. Couric persisted with asking Cox questions about transition surgery.
“We have to go to different points to access different services and we obviously encounter discrimination. What is needed in L.A. County is a one-stop comprehensive health center where people could go and get holistic health care.”
Transgender Latina Activist Bamby Salcedo in an interview with Los Angeles Times Brand Content
Five Links for Finding Answers to Five Not-so-Simple Questions
Q: How do I change my name? What can I do about getting fired from my job?
Transgender people face several legal issues unique to their situation, such as sometimes needing to switch their name and gender on their driver’s license. Transgender Law Center can help with those issues and more, including discrimination in employment and other areas. You can begin to find help by clicking right here.
I am transgender. You think I can just walk in to a doctor’s office and say, ‘Hello, I need hormones and an HIV test please!” Really?
In fact, in some cities it is just as easy as that. The Los Angeles LGBT Center offers comprehensive health services, including those specific to transgender people, even down to being able to prescribe hormones.
The extent of health services available specific to the needs of transgender people vary from place to place. The National Center for Transgender Equality hosts this web page which walks a transgender person through various health concerns they may have, from accessing basic care to monitoring hormone treatment.
Are there places for transgender teenagers to turn? Or how about the parents of a child who is transgender?
There are several Web sites dedicated to transgender children, their parents and the children of transgender parents. The Human Rights Campaign maintains this page offering resources to transgender couples, their parents and their children. There’s even advice available on how transgender people go about getting married.
Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) maintains this page which also serves as a good clearinghouse to additional resources.
Where can I go online to find out more about transgender people and connect with others?
I’d like to help start a club at my high school for transgender youth. How would I go about doing that?
You can find resources for supporting trans high school students, including how to put the ‘T’ in your high school GSA group, at this link to resources from the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN).