As we remember people of the trans community who were lost to acts of violence, we must include this fact. 82 percent of the lives lost since the beginning of 2018 were women of color.
In recent years, bloggers and news media have been careful to include more coverage regarding violence against trans people. This exposure, while informative, is frequently incomplete. Many deaths go unreported and worse, some are misgendered upon discovery. While representation for this community may be at an all-time high, they are frequently depicted as victims, killers, or villains in media. These exploitative portrayals fuel stereotypes that trans people are degenerates and influence prejudice. These prejudices manifest in the worst way.
Anti-trans acts of violence are on the rise and we have a responsibility to petition for their safety. Trans women of color face high rates of murder, homelessness, and incarceration. While access to housing, employment, and health care exists, there are no protections in place to prevent discrimination based on gender identity or expression in some states. This leaves thousands susceptible to hate crimes for which there is no requirement to report them to the FBI.
So, what can we do to be allies? We can be careful about confidentiality, “outing”, and ensure we use the proper pronouns. Respect their privacy by not asking about their surgical status. Challenge people who use anti-trans language or make jokes at their expense. We owe it to members of this community to be inclusive and they fight for equity. In the hopes that one day the conversation regarding trans lives will shift from acts of violence to their great works and contributions to society, let’s be supportive. It is only through this will the lives of those lost not be in vain.
‘Ru Paul’s Drag Race’ Star Chi Chi DeVayne Passes Away at 34-Years-Old
Zavion Davenport, better known as RuPaul’s Drag Race’s Chi Chi DeVayne has died at the young age of 34, fellow alum Trinity K. Bonet confirmed on Instagram today.
The Drag Race contestant had been diagnosed with scleroderma, also called crest syndrome, back in 2018.
Fans and other contestants of the show had been sharing the DeVayne’s payment information to assist with the overwhelming cost of hospital bills. Shea Coulee and Priyanka had been especially involved in raising funds for their fellow alum.
‘Real Housewives of Potomac’ star Candiace Dillard Makes Fatphobic Comment Towards Blogger and Suggest That He “Drop Dead”
*deep negro spiritual sigh* There are very few things that truly anger me. Somehow, Candiace, a woman whose mouth seems to get her beat up often, has found one of those few buttons with her latest statement.
So, here I am, minding my fat ass business when I see this:
Rumor has it that she was talking about Kyle from The Black Socialites. It really doesn’t matter who she was talking about, but I guess we’ll never know because she didn’t have the courage to say a name. She did have the courage, however, to talk about her involvement with “plots” against other cast members. She was able to talk for two hours, under the glow of her pale husband’s flickering TV screen, about absolutely nothing of substance.
There are uprisings happening, a pandemic happening, but she’s worried about “plotting” in the DMV. We just passed the 6th anniversary of Michael Brown’s death. That’s in her backyard. That’s a pain that she should be deconstructing. Instead she chooses to attack a fat Black man who is working hard to bring her show press.
I’ll end with the victim’s words, and we can all go back to not knowing Candiace exists:
Trump Administration Cuts Protections for Transgender Americans
On Friday, the Trump administration announced it would be rolling back an Obama-era rule protecting transgender Americans from discrimination in health care.
Under the Obama administration, Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act expanded the definition of sex discrimination to include discrimination based on one’s gender identity. Under a revised version of the rule, the Department of Health and Human Services will enforce Section 1557 “by returning to the government’s interpretation of sex discrimination according to the plain meaning of the word ‘sex’ as male or female and as determined by biology” beginning in mid-August. In other words, doctors and insurance companies receiving funding from the Fed can legally refuse any patient needing transition-related medical care.
Of course, as quickly as the rule was finalized, many LGBTQ+ organizations including the ACLU,announced intentions to sue the Trump administration over this new language. “The Trump admin has issued a rule that will embolden health care discrimination against transgender people.. All while a global pandemic is occurring.” said the ACLU in a tweet.
Forget a global pandemic, ACLU. Friday’s announcement came on the fourth anniversary of the Pulse nightclub tragedy, a mass shooting at a popular Florida gay nightclub that left 49 people and the shooter dead.
President Trump has made it clear how he feels about the nearly 1.4 million transgender people in this country, his fellow Americans – he doesn’t feel anything.