Recently an Oscar was awarded to an actor who portrayed a cross dressing character in the movie, ‘Dallas Byers Club.’ These are just a few examples of the impact we are making as a community, which inspires me to represent our community, have our voices heard while demonstrating how proud we are to be who we are.
Did you know that there is no federal law to protect us? There are 33 states where you can be FIRED for being transgender! On July 15th I am excited to travel to Washington DC for ‘Transgender Lobby Day’ at the White house. We need more laws protect us.
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GENDER IDENTITY has to be included in immigration reform. Since 2005 my immigration status is “NAME WITH HOLDING and REMOVED”, that is similar to almost all transgender immigrants. What this means is that while I (we) are allow to work in the United States, we cannot claim residency which puts transgender immigrants at a disadvantage.
Translatina Coalition just participated in a study with the University of Minnesota on Transgender Immigration: this important study will provided real life examples of what transgender immigrants face when coming to the United States and how we can create awareness and change. The study is available on line at translatinacoalition.org.
As I have grown older, my role model is my best friend Monica Roberts. Monica writes a Transgriot blog and has helped open my eyes to the reality facing the transgender community in United States. Personally I think we need to have more TRANGENDER ROLES MODELS, so that others in the community can feel comfortable and have someone to talk to on a regular basis. We are not what the people think about us, we are great individuals, we are great daughters, we are great workers and that’s very important.
Monika: What was the hardest thing about your coming out?
Monika: The transgender cause is usually manifested together with the other LGBT communities? Being the last letter in this abbreviation, is the transgender community able to promote its own cause within the LGBT group?
Monika: Many transgender ladies write their memoirs. Have you ever thought about writing such a book yourself?