Stand up and be heard
At IAG, we fight for a world in which we coexist. It’s even part of our fashion statement.
Yet, we see a mostly forgotten nation. Who is leading the rights fight for transgender people? Why are the standards different in areas such as employment, housing and healthcare?
According to a study published in The Lancet, significant evidence exists that transgender people suffer “distress and impairment” because of “discrimination, stigma, lack of acceptance and abuse.”
Consider that during 2016, advocates tracked at least 23 transgender deaths in the United States because of violence; victims were killed by acquaintances, partners and strangers. The deaths are disproportionately transgender women of color.
During a two week period that year, black transgender woman Dee Whigham was murdered in Mississippi, and Rae’Lynn Thomas, an Ohio black transgender woman, was killed at home by her ex-boyfriend. That prompted André St. Clair, a black transgender woman from Jamaica to write in HuffPost:
“… waiting patiently for that larger community to pay attention to our needs has never proved to be a good strategy for transgender people … Just as blacks have been political pawns, trans folk have been used to launch and further movements, and discarded once our value has been extracted … The wait is over. Trans people need the black community’s full support now.”
I Am Gay is a unification of all sexualities, races, cultures, sizes, heights, skin colors … It was created to spread positive vibrations because you don’t have to be gay to be gay. Our movement is an effort to assert and re-claim our love for humanity and diversity and it's paramount more than ever to spread hope and love. We ask you to stand with us for all people. We ask you to sacrifice for love.
** I Am Gay USA is a supporter of CHLA, the Center for Transyouth Health and Development. The organization promotes healthy futures for transyouth by providing services, research, training and capacity building that is developmentally informed, affirmative, compassionate and holistic for gender non-conforming children and transyouth.