A new initiative by the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC) backed by media watchdog group GLAAD aims to amplify the voices of trans people as they stand up and declare that who they are isn’t defined solely by their gender identity, that they are our work colleagues, our neighbors, our friends and our family.
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This marks a relaunch of the original I Am Trans project. The new campaign encourages other members of the trans community to make their own videos and tell their stories in a similar way to the affirming It Gets Better series.
“The stories of transgender Americans remain relatively invisible in both national and LGBT media,” said GLAAD spokesperson Herndon Graddick. “These stories will not only empower members of the transgender community who rarely see relatable stories, but also educate Americans everywhere about the fact that the community is a valuable part of the fabric of our culture. The campaign will also shine a light on the high level of discrimination that our transgender brothers and sisters continue to face in schools, the workplace and in their own neighborhoods.”
“By providing a place for transgender people, family members and our allies to share their stories, we hope to empower our community and the general public to advocate for transgender equality and move the culture towards acceptance of transgender youth and adults, said Gunner Scott, executive director of MTPC. “With GLAAD’s leadership on this project, we will be educating the public and be a resource to the mainstream media about the reality of transgender peoples’ lives and the unique challenges they face due to pervasive bias, stereotypes and misunderstanding.”
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