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: Kit Yan
GLAAD has been commemorating Transgender Awareness Week this week by sharing stories that highlight the resilience and the achievements of transgender Americans, some of which include Noah Alvarez, Rev. Jay Wilson, and Gretta Estrada.
Just recently, CBS News highlighted GLAAD and Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition’s (MTPC) online video project “I AM: Trans People Speak” which features individuals sharing their personal experiences about being trans and observations on the transgender community.
Kit Yan, a performance poet and artist, discusses his journey as a transgender man and the struggles he faced when trying to explain the transition to his parents. “There was a little bit of a language barrier,” he says “They had a really hard time figuring out what it was exactly that it meant when I said I was transgender.” He also shares his family’s experience seeing a spiritual advisor and how it brought them closer as a result.
Kit has been involved in some of GLAAD’s recent media campaigns, one of which was a PSA series called “Voting While Trans” (also sponsored by NCTE) which was a part of our effort to raise visibility of trans voting issues.
Watch as Kit shares his moving story.
Click here to view the other newly-released videos part of the “I AM: Trans People Speak” series.