Sandy Stone and Kate Bornstein were together talking at Trans Pride L.A. this weekend; I was there whenever they were in the same room answering and asking questions. The last room slowly emptied of people; I gave Sandy a huge hug and thanked her, and then sat to wait for Kate with my beloved trans friend Kevin.
Caitlyn's coming out has started a national dialogue, but my fear is that it will start and stop there. How can you help? Listen to transgender people when they talk about their needs, help pass legislation that protects transgender people, and of course, continue the conversation that Caitlyn's photo shoot has initiated.
This isn't an issue about choice or religion -- these are real people, losing their livelihoods, their sources of income, and they're more likely to become impoverished because we still have not extended protections to many LGBT people. Demanding the right to fair employment and fair workplace treatment is not demanding special treatment or advantages over others