GLAAD's Tiq Milan to The New York Times: trans people are an integral part of the LGBT movement

GLAAD's Tiq Milan responded to the following questions posed by the New York Times, "Does it still make sense to think of trans rights as part of the gay-rights movement? Or at this point, is it a different campaign with different goals?"

Milan's response, in part:

The idea that transgender inclusion takes focus away from gays and lesbians is dated, divisive and counterproductive. Today's conversation is about movement toward respect, recognition and equality for all L.G.B.T. people. As with any paradigm shift, there are those that are resistant or afraid of change. But over the last two decades, the culture has been slowly moving toward more openness and awareness of gender and sexuality as a spectrum and not merely a binary “either or.”

At GLAAD, our goal is the same as it has always been: full equality for all L.G.B.T. people. In fact, we recognized that our original name (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) was misleading in that it did not reflect the true scope of our work, so this year we changed it to just “GLAAD.” Polling has indicated that only 8 percent of Americans say they personally know someone who is transgender. Using the power of the media, GLAAD tells the stories of transgender people so that the stereotypes and fear that come with the unknown will be replaced with understanding, acceptance and equality.

You can also read responses from Susan Stryker, director of the University of Arizona's Institute for LGBT Studies; John Corvino, author of "What’s Wrong With Homosexuality?"; Thomas Page McBee, Editor at PolicyMic; Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, author of "The End of San Francisco;" and Laverne Cox, advocate and actress on Orange Is the New Black.