A Massachusetts group is kicking off a new public education campaign on behalf of the transgender community—just days before the international observance of the Transgender Day of Remembrance.
“I AM: Trans People Speak” is a multimedia campaign that seeks to challenge social stereotypes and misunderstandings of transgender women and men by highlighting their various experiences. It is an unprecedented effort to collect, record, and share the stories of transgender people, their families, and their allies, with the goal of “raising awareness about the diverse communities of trans individuals,” according to its mission statement. The campaign provides videos, audio, photo essays, written stories, frequently asked questions, and other materials on transgender issues.
The entire “I AM” project was created and launched by the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC), an organization staffed with just one paid employee—executive director Gunner Scott—and a committed group of volunteers and interns, as well as support from GLAD, the Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders. “We’re so excited,” said Scott to Bay Windows at the project’s launch party on Sunday. “This is not the end; this is the beginning.”
LGBT columnist Dana Randolph wrote a piece praising the project and explaining its relevance.
This campaign especially timely and relevant as preparations are made to observe TDOR—the Transgender Day of Remembrance—on November 20. This day honors the memories of those who were victims of hate crimes in the past year as a result of their gender expression or identity. A list of the victims, in addition to events and vigils planned all over the world, is updated regularly on the TDOR website.
“I AM” aims to promote equality for transgender people by expressing individual experiences and realities. “These voices span across a diversity of communities and intersecting identities,” the website notes. “There is no one trans narrative.”
GLAAD encourages readers to take a moment to look through the content that “I AM” provides, and to keep transgender stories on their minds throughout the week.