Members call themselves “Aces” and have recently made waves in the world of the sexual, minority, rights movement and LGBTQ communities. Some argue against Aces in the LGBT community. While others feel the inclusion of asexual identified persons is a natural progression in the promotion of human rights for all sexual minorities. As part of their Six Part Series on Asexuality for this year’s Asexuality Awareness Week, Huffington Post sheds some light on the topic.
Check out the link below to get more information on the “Remembering Our Dead” web project, FAQ’s about TDoR and links to events throughout the country.
1 in 3 transgender youth will be turned away due to their gender identity/ expression, according to StandUpForKids.org Stand up for kids also reports, “of those homeless 20%-40% are LGBT” A new shelter in San Antonio hopes to help elevate the problem.
“The new shelter in San Antonino is [open] it offers overnight shelter for youth aged 17 to 25 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. The facility will provide a place to shower and sleep. In the morning, each overnight client will get a breakfast pack. Bus passes for travel to and from the location will also be provided. The shelter can accommodate eight people.” to read the full article check out the OutinSA.
Transgender Day of Remembrance is November 20th. My good friend comedian and DJ Andy Iwancio / Kid Amiga was nice enough to talk to me about what TDoR means to her. Recently, Andy has been a one-women-army on the streets of Seattle keeping the conversation about Transgender Remembrance in the forefront.
Andy was hit hard by the murder of a Baltimore resident, Kandy Hall. “I’m a transgendered woman from Baltimore. [She] lived in my old neighborhood”, says Iwancio. Currently a Seattle resident, Andy wants to eventually return to Baltimore and, “…try to do something for the trans-community there.” Inspired to take action after a fellow comic did a string of performances using trans-women as the punchline, she took to the sidewalks. “I did a quiet protest by etching Kandy Hall’s name, in sidewalk chalk, all around the city, for the duration [of a] week.”
As a comic and popular DJ, Andy sees the need for a, “… larger conversation to be had about trans-women as punchlines in comedy and hip-hop … [T]he out- and-out violence against TWOC (trans women of color) is by far the thing that needs addressing most.”
Andy’s inspiring work wasn’t just about getting the word out. For her, the act of writing Kandy Hall’s name around the city was a form of healing. “I just did what I could with what I had in reach…” says Andy. “Whether folks saw it or not, the practice of kneeling down to write her name many times became it’s own symbolic gesture to me.”
For more information on Kandy Hall and to hear more voices on the topic, check out this great article from The Guardian.
Check out this excellent article on coming out as an Intersex person on Facebook, “I was born with XY sex chromosomes and while my DNA says that I am male my body says otherwise, I react to hormones differently than the average person…”