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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Gay men told 'burn in hell' by preacher

A Christian preacher is accused of verbally abusing two gay men in Taunton, UK
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Youtuber makes case for gay blood donors in tongue-in-cheek video

Brad Graham was denied being able to give blood because he’s gay, so he suggests a few funny changes LGBT people can make so they can start donating
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United Reformed Church faithful back gay marriage but ban will stay

Even though the UK religious organization already blesses civil partnerships, United Reformed Church members might have to wait years until they can get married in a church
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Kuwait arrests young trans woman and her mother

Kuwait continues with 'morality' campaigns that also target LGBT people, and in particular the trans community, with at least 16 transgender women now imprisoned
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New Zealand military to march in uniform for first time at Auckland Pride

LGBT members of New Zealand’s Defense Force will march in uniform in the Auckland Pride Parade this year in a historic first for the South Pacific nation
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Russian man stabs doctor to death for proposing gay sex

Man found guilty of manslaughter after stabbing a substance abuse counselor in the back
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General Motors will recognize marriages of its gay employees

The Detroit automaker will honor all gay marriages, no matter if the employee lives in a state where marriage equality is illegal
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French gay magazine Têtu bought by President Hollande's friend

The monthly magazine has been sold for the symbolic price of one euro. According to the French press, it may lose half its full time staff
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Germany’s openly gay foreign minister loses seat and job

Guido Westerwelle, Germany’s first openly gay Foreign Minister, has failed to retain his seat in parliament, forcing him out of that role
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Nine-year-old girl sends letter to Congress demanding they legalize same-sex marriage

'Would you rather me send letters all year? Or you listen the first time? Your choice'