The CeCe Support Committee is hosting an art fundraiser this weekend, October 7, in Minneapolis, MN for CeCe McDonald, a transgender womean who is currently servicing a 41-month sentence after suffering a vicious, transphobic attack last summer.
The proceeds from the fundraiser will be used to send to help CeCe obtain commissary while in prison, make phone calls and will also go towards and fund in rebuilding her life once CeCe is released from prison.
If you’re in the Minneapolis area, please stop by and show your support for CeCe!
The National Coalition for Anti-Violence Programs, which tracks anti-trans violence. From 2010 to 2011, trans murders increased to 30 (an 11% increase), and 87% of those murders were trans women of color. These shocking statistics speak to how it is vital for the LGBT community to support our trans community members, be vocal, and stand against the injustices trans men and women face.
Just recently, the National Center for Transgender Equality, in partnership with GLAAD, launched its "Voting While Trans" public awareness campaign, to raise awareness about the issues trans women and men will face at the ballots this year. The Williams Institue is estimating that 25,000 trans men and women could lose their right to vote due to voter ID laws in place.
The trans community has not been defeated and continues to fight against these injustices, and CeCe represents the significance of that fight. You can stay in touch with CeCe on her support page, Support CeCe, or you can write a letter, share inspiration and let her know she’s not alone. If you are unable to attend the art sale fundraiser, you may still donate, here.
3405 Chicago Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55407
Sunday, October 7, 2012
GLAAD would like to thank The CeCe Support Committee and Trans Youth Support Network for keeping CeCe in our thoughts and reminding us of the work that needs to be done in addressing the injustices against our trans community.