“This is a historic day for human rights in the United States…starting today transgender and gender non-conforming people now have legal recourse if they face discrimination on the job," said Masen Davis, executive director of the Transgender Law Center (TLC). "We no longer have to be silent when we are fired or not hired simply for being who we are.”
Tiffany Pierce, Mason’s mother, said her son had a hard time at school, particularly in seventh grade. His father, David Pierce, said his son’s struggle was heartbreaking.
“I knew that what it took for him to get to that point to talk about it and to talk to us, it was just heartbreaking,” David Pierce said. “It took a while to get my brain wrapped around it, but I think I was pretty supportive right off the bat.”
Following an incredibly exploitative piece in the New York Times about the death of transgender woman Lorena Escalera in a fire this past weekend, and the newspaper’s subsequent refusal to acknowledge the true problems with their story, transgender advocates and allies have generated a powerful response asserting the immense hurt felt by so many over this coverage.
Several years into my transtion about a decade ago, I thought seriously about killing myself. Life was really hard. I wasn't passing as my true female self very well. I often was called a man as I walked down the street. I didn't think I would ever be accepted as the woman I always knew I was, and I wanted to end it. In the note I was going to write to accompany my death, I was going to have explicit instructions about the pronouns that should be used to refer to me in death.
In response to criticism from the LGBT community and allies over its coverage of a fire that killed a transgender woman this weekend, the New York Times released a statement that reveals a lack of understanding of how serious this problem is.
A black transgender woman faces prison for killing her attacker. Her supporters call that a crime.
“I never thought I would make it past my 16th birthday. To grow up and have that thought at a young age is unsettling—the thought or feeling of knowing or expecting that today could be my last day on Earth, only because someone hates me for being the person I felt would make my life happiest.” --CeCe McDonald