K-12 schools and colleges must take the lead in recognizing and educating about gender diversity. They must implement nondiscrimination policies inclusive of gender identity and expression to protect transgender youth.
This is the child to whom I gave a girl's name, imbued with my own girlish hopes, nurtured the mother-daughter bond that I had with my own mother. What was my relationship with this person if he is my son?
On Nov. 20 we grieve the deaths and memorialize and celebrate the lives of persons who have died at the hands of those whose hatred and prejudice toward transgender people has led to acts of unspeakable violence.
We dishonor the memories of all those trans people before us who have lost their lives if we don't find our own ways to fight back. If each of us doesn't find our own way to fight this war against us, we surely will lose.
A trip to transcending boundaries, something that rarely happens in a heterosexual-based society, is a way to push the envelope. Built on a growing community, there is something for everyone who has ever been viewed as "different."
There are many organizations that espouse to support the transgender community, but in light of Shelley Hilliard's charred torso, the actual amount of money and human resources that most LGBT organizations devote to transgender services is insulting.
Those who saw Ed Shultz's segment and took it as accurate and representative of the reality of transgender lives would likely be led to believe that all transgender people are gay, that being transgender is just another form of homosexuality.
As a reporter, I hope that new media will grow to encompass transgender and gender-variant expressions as varied as my own. Awareness of trans issues is expanding, and we deserve expansive news sources, too.
Bay Area photographer Jana Marcus turned heads with her photography exhibit, a stunning body of work that explored (and exposed) the journey of transgender men through vivid photographs and commentary from its subjects.