In what has been described as the most-deadly on record, over 40 transgender and gender non-conforming individuals lost their lives to acts of violence thus far in 2020.
This Q and A with former Vice President and now Democratic Candidate for President Joe Biden starts out with a meeting in 2012 when a group of us met in the Vice President’s office in the White House to find a way to fund an LGBTQ senior affordable living facility. That building is the John C. Anderson LGBT-Friendly Apartments, a hallmark of Philadelphia’s LGBTQ community. We start there.
This year’s annual Transgender Day of Visibility falls on March 31, the day after the notorious HB2 was repealed at long last. But on this day that celebrates the lives and journeys of transgender people, it is important to remember that the fight for acceptance remains very real for those identifying with the T of LGBTQ.
The LGBTQ community has gained a powerful ally in Rep. Joe Kennedy III, now serving as chair of Congress’ recently re-launched Transgender Equality Task Force. Kennedy began his reign with a bold statement, standing up in front of a crowd and reading the names of all seven transgender women murdered so far in 2017.
Protesters took the streets Wednesday, April 13, calling for the repeal of anti-LGBT House Bill 2 (HB2) and for respect for black and brown lives as well as the lives of transgender people. Over 60 people blocked the intersection of Trade and Tryon Streets for over an hour and a half, holding signs and flags …