Americans tell their stories for Transgender Awareness Week

Video campaign hopes to raise awareness of transgender issues in the US

Americans tell their stories for Transgender Awareness Week
15 November 2012

A video campaign featuring prominent trans Americans has been launched to mark Transgender Awareness Week.

The ‘I AM: Trans People Speak’ videos feature New York Times bestseller Professor Jennifer Finney Boylan and actress Laverne Cox telling their own personal stories.

Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund (TLDEF) attorney Noah Lewis and performance poet Kit Yan also share their experiences to camera in the campaign which aims to put transgender issues in the spotlight to educate the public and speak to trans youth and adults.

The videos’ release by LGBT rights group GLAAD and the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition coincides with Transgender Awareness Week.

The US campaign, which started 12 November and runs until 19 November, hopes to raise visibility and awareness of transgender people and issues. 

‘The stories of everyday transgender Americans remain relatively unheard in both national and LGBT media,’ said GLAAD President Herndon Graddick.

‘These stories will not only empower members of the transgender community who rarely see relatable stories, but also educate Americans everywhere about the fact that the community is a valuable part of the fabric of our culture.

‘The campaign will also shine a light on the high level of discrimination that our transgender friends, family and neighbors continue to face in schools, the workplace and in their own communities.’

Transgender Awareness Week culminates with the Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) on 20 November, honoring the memory of those whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence.

Keep up with Transgender Awareness Week on Twitter by following hashtag #TAW12. Follow the Transgender Day of Remembrance on Twitter with hashtag #TDoR

Watch a selection of the videos below:



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Rod Stewart: 'I'm as heterosexual as they come'

Rocker shoots down longstanding rumor about him and a group of sailors
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TV pro basketball drama Hit the Floor surprises with gay affair between star player and his agent

Adam Senn character of Zero had been in relationship with team cheerleader
Texas couple claims homophobic hotel chef refused to cater their wedding

Texas couple claims homophobic hotel chef refused to cater their wedding

Daren Merchant: ‘I tweeted a short sentence about the issue and all of the sudden Hilton took notice’
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Ethiopia leaders call for 'severe' penalties against gays at hate meet

Ethiopian goverment official uses anti-gay conference to say country 'will be the graveyard of homosexuality,’ while religious leaders call for severe punishment to fight this 'western disease'
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Will gay marriage come to Australia before 2014?

Gay Star News asks five of the key players in the Australian marriage equality debate if gay marriage will come to Australia before 2014. The one-word summary answer is ‘unlikely’. 
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Gay veterans group becomes first to be allowed to march in Boston’s St Patrick’s Day Parade

LGBTI military veterans group OUTVETS will be the first ever gay or lesbian group to be allowed to march openly in South Boston’s St Patrick’s Day Parade celebrating the Irish American experience
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Michael Sam's booty gets raves in DWTS debut - but his footwork does not

Football player and partner Peta Murgatroyd score 26 out of possible 40 dance the Cha-Cha to Uptown Funk
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Opening the Olympics: My starring role in front of a billion people

Meet the gay man who played one of the Beatles in the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics
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Gay man and interracial straight couple attacked in New York

Three people were attacked in a suspected hate crime in Queens as the numbers of homophobic attacks are rising