Every year in Philadelphia there's a free three-day conference solely devoted to trans health and well-being. GLAAD's Faith Issues Intern, Jay Pulitano, went last week. The following is a reflection of his experience.
People of Color
The body of a transgender woman named Yasmin was found burned behind a garbage container in an ally in Fort Meyers, Florida.
Earlier this week, a report from the ABC affiliate in Columbus, Ohio, reported a story in which a woman with HIV was arrested after a complaint from a former partner. Ohio is a state that criminalizes HIV, but the way in which the story was told added additional stigma to those who live with HIV.
Today, the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, the Legal Aid Society, and Willkie, Farr & Gallagher LLP filed a federal class action lawsuit against the New York State Department of Health on behalf of two transgender women who have been denied access to medically necessary healthcare under a discriminatory Medicaid regulation.
Yesterday, a landmark comedy series called The Switch launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the first season. The show will focus on transgender people and their experiences.
For the second time in as many weeks, the Wall Street Journal has erred on covering LGBT issues, particularly transgender issues. Most recently in an article about asylum seekers from Honduras, writer Joel Millman paints a picture of an easy pipeline to asylum that unfairly favors LGBT applicants. The article trivializes the risk to LGBT people, writing “In some ways there's no better time to be gay in Honduras.”
His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa, a spiritual leader for millions of Buddhists around the world, stopped by the GLAAD office recently to talk about LGBT advocacy and his charitable works.
Tona Brown has reached her fundraising goal, and she will officially be making history as the first openly transgender woman of color ever to perform at the iconic venue on Wednesday, June 25, 2014, at 7:30PM.
Williams explains why gay black youth are marginalized more than others and offers a possible solution.