More than 1,500 New Yorkers gathered today in Manhattan to mourn the death of a 32 year-old gay man, who was shot down on Friday just blocks away from the historic Stonewall Inn in an apparent act of anti-gay bias.
Trans People Speak: Jennifer Finney Boylan
Over the past week, GLAAD has been commemorating Transgender Day of Remembrance and Transgender Awareness Week by sharing stories that highlight the resilience and the achievements of transgender Americans, like Noah Alvarez, Rev. Jay Wilson, and Gretta Estrada. GLAAD has also been commemorating Transgender Day of Remembrance by urging the media to highlight the perpetual anti-transgender violence trans Americans continue to face.
As a result of our work to amplify the voices of the trans community, both mainstream and LGBT media are paying closer attention to the continued challenges trans people face when trying to participate fully in their communities. Last week, CBS highlighted GLAAD and Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition’s (MTPC) online video project “I AM: Trans People Speak” which features everyday Americans sharing their personal experiences about being trans and observations on the transgender community.
Jennifer Finney Boylan, a GLAAD board member, professor and bestselling author of “She’s Not There,” she shares her inspiring story of how the love and commitment in her marriage gave her courage to transition at age 40. “If we begin with love,” she says “then everything else will flow from there.”
Watch as Jennifer shares her moving story as part of the “I AM: Trans People Speak” series.