Ashley Love wrote the following on July 6, 2010, about Stonewall and Sylvia Rivera and how the Stonewall story has been altered, essentially hijacked and edited to disregard the transgender community – especially trans people of color. I was dismayed when I first read it. Unfortunately, I found it to be true.
Today’s Louisiana LGBT advocacy and support groups have pledged to put an end of the all too common disregard for the transgender community. Well, most have. There is still a faction in New Orleans, LA, that will not yield to the lessons of history, and although they publicly state their actions are inclusive of transgender people, there is not a single trans person on any of their three boards – the 501(c)3, 501(c)4, or the Political Action Committee. Also, on the national level we still have to put pressure on the Human Rights Campaign to ensure the inclusion of our community.
I just want to keep the idea alive that prejudice is prejudice no matter what the source. With the National ENDA coming up for a vote any day in the Senate, I can’t say how important it is to remember that trans people are a part of the LGBT community and have always been at the forefront of the fight for equality.
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