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The Trans 100 List

The Trans 100 List

Our very own Drago Renteria is on the inaugural Trans 100 List!

This groundbreaking, first-of-its-kind, list is an “overview of the breadth and diversity of work being done in, by, and for the transgender community across the United States”.  It features pioneers, key leaders and movement-builders in the transgender community.

“The value of the work that is represented by the 100 people on this list is immeasurable,” said Executive Director of This Is H.O.W., Antonia D’orsay, about the Trans 100. “These people demonstrate the diversity, the determination, and the incredible triumph of spirit that informs all trans people, no matter where they are. This is just a glimpse of what trans people can accomplish.”

Download the Trans 100 List (PDF version)

Read more: 100 Amazing Trans Americans You Should Know

 

Trans 100

United We Dream Demands Apology from HRC

Yesterday QUIP leader, Jerssay Arredondo, was asked by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) to speak in front of thousands of people in front of the Supreme Court to repeal DOMA. Just before getting on stage he was told to not say he was Undocumented! —United We Dream

The YouTube auto transcription feature doesn’t do a good job of translating this video. We’ve provided a transcript below.

The "T" in LGBT Workshop

Rochester, NY: “The T in LGBT: A Journey from Female to Male”

If you’re in Rochester, New York, don’t miss this presentation!

Safe Zone: Ally Training
“The T in LGBT: A Personal Journey from Female to Male”

LGBT Families of Color

LGBT Families of Color: Facts at a Glance

The intersection of inequitable laws, social stigma, and race-based discrimination collide in ways that create significant challenges for LGBT families of color. Children of color are more likely to be raised by de facto parents like grandparents, aunts, and other relatives, and are more likely to be raised by LGBT parents. Fact SheetAs a result, antiquated laws that only protect children with legal ties to their parents have a disproportionately negative impact on children being raised in LGBT families of color.

LGBT Families of Color: Facts at a Glance examines these families and the ways children living in LGBT families of color face disproportionate economic struggles, unequal access to health care, and dual burdens of social stigma and discrimination. It also provides a set of key recommendations for addressing these harms and inequities.

The brief, which is based on content from All Children Matter: How Legal and Social Inequalities Hurt LGBT Families, was produced in partnership with the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC), Unid@s, the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA), and Fighting Injustice to Reach Equality (FIRE), an initiative of the Center for American Progress. Both reports were co-authored by the Movement Advancement Project (MAP), the Family Equality Council and the Center for American Progress.

Download the Fact Sheet

Source: Movement Advancement Project | Photo: Gil Foundation

 

Angela Davis: “The Indivisibility of Justice”

Internationally renowned author, educator and social justice activist, Dr. Angela Davis, spoke to a standing room only crowd at Gallaudet University’s Elstad Auditorium on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2013.

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John Meletse – DEAF PROUD HIV+ GAY

John Meletse is Deaf gay black man from South Africa.  He was the first black Deaf South African to publicly come out as gay. A year later he was the first Deaf South African to disclose his HIV status. He shares his story in this video.  Video courtesy Open Society Foundations.

Jada Pinkett-Smith with Willow

Right on, Jada!

[Photo: Actress Jada Pinkett-Smith with daughter, Willow.]

Jada Pinkett-Smith is aware of the critics that stick up their noses at the way she raises her daughter, Willow. Willow cuts, dyes and styles her hair as she pleases, a fact that bothers many who feel girls shouldn’t have that much control over their appearance at such a young age.

Jada decided to address the criticism in a Facebook post:

Transgender Day of Remembrance 2012

We wanted to share this powerful video with you on Transgender Day of Remembrance.  It’s not captioned, unfortunately.  We are, however, providing a transcript of Masen Davis speaking below. The rest of it is music.

Stephanie Johnson aka Butta

An Interview with Stephanie Johnson

Check out the interview with Stephanie Johnson aka Butta over at Tagg Magazine.  Photo by Thunderography.

Nelson Mandela

“Love comes more naturally…”

“No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background or his religion.  People learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”  – Nelson Mandela

First Person: A Page from Drago's Journal

First Person: A Page from Drago’s Journal

October 15, 2012

Magnus placed his paw on my arm, pushed down firmly and gave me “the look”. This is his way of communicating to me that he needs to go out.  It was time for our nightly walk and he had business to take care of, and like, right now.

Being the devoted doggy dad that I am, I obliged.

bettertogether

Better Together: LGBT & Racial Justice

Better Together report and case studies highlight racial justice groups currently engaging lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) constituencies and equity issues, and identify key barriers and opportunities to greater engagement. Together, they provide recommendations and models for organizations and funders to build upon the groundbreaking LGBT and racial justice collaborations and intersectional strategies that already exist, but don’t get the attention they deserve.”

Download the two free reports from the Applied Research Center.

San Francisco Pride 2012

Photos: San Francisco Pride 2012

Check out these photos of DeafQueers and our Allies at San Francisco Pride taken in June 2012.  Be sure to Like our Facebook page while you’re there.

If you’d like to share photos of pride events in your area, contact us at planetdeafqueer@gmail.com.

Masa Nakama

Nakama to Speak at UVM

Deaf Awareness Week is taking place at the University of Vermont this week and our community’s very own Masa Nakama is the event’s keynote speaker. Yay!

Masa’s keynote  is titled, “Deaf Queers”, and he will be speaking this evening at the Davis Center on campus in the Silver Maple Ballroom. The event is free and will be voice interpreted.

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Queer Marriage Legal in Mexico

Today is Mexican Independence Day.  ¡Viva La Raza! Did you know that LGBT marriage is legal in Mexico?  In August 2010, Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled that all 31 Mexican states must recognize same-sex marriages performed in its capital, Mexico City.  And as of May of this year, marriages performed in Quintana Roo are also recognized.  Learn more about LGBT rights and struggles in Mexico.

Support Jade’s Latest Film

African-American Deaf Lesbian filmmaker Jade Bryan is seeking your support for her latest work, The Double Life of Zhane Rain. The film (which has yet to be produced) is about a young high school girl who suffers from a brain injury.

Jade is seeking $100,000 in funds to produce the film. Head over to Indiegogo to make a donation.