Monday, March 16, 2009

Hey Hey, Ho Ho, Transphobia has gotta go!!

This is extremely dis-heartening to hear, especially with the LGBT movement going in full force, and the recent appointment of the first openly-Trans person to Barney Frank's congressional staff Diego Miguel Sanchez.

Trans phobia is apparently not only found outside the LGBT community but within it as well and this is not acceptable. How can an Gay, Lesbian, or Bisexual person fight and argue to stop hatecrime against them and then turn around and do the exact thing they are fighting against to someone else??

Well that is exactly what happen on Friday, March 13 outside of Fab Lounge in Dupont Circle to two transgender men according to the D.C. Police Department’s Gay & Lesbian Liaison Unit. After being verbally harrassed by three bar patrons, two women and one man, inside the club the two men left. As they were walking away from the bar the harrassers followed them out and physically assulted the transmen.

How do we as a community expect others to treat us with respect and create safe spaces when we can not even do that for each other??

Next week is the National Transgender Lobby Day and if you have a chance I strongly encourage you to attend. Even if you can't attend show your support in other ways by showing respect and being an active ally to the T within our community, because they have ever right to it as anyone else. It sound cliche but it's true: UNITED WE STAND. DIVIDED WE FALL.

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