Today I awoke to a world filled with challenges both public (the government is still shutdown) and personal (can I make room in my life to finish my python class?) but I happened upon a ray of sunshine in the story of Tona Brown.
Tona Brown is an African American Transgender violinist and vocalist who has performed for North American and European audiences. She began playing the violin at the age of 10. Soon, Tona was winning music scholarships and competitions.
As an adult, Tona Brown has performed the National Anthem before President Obama. This honor makes Tona the first transgender person to perform for a US president while he is still in office.
Read more about Tona Brown, watch her youtube series and enjoy her music on itunes.
Kylar Broadus testifies before US Senate on the necessity of ENDA legislation to secure civil rights for trans* citizens.
Kylar Broadus, the founder of the first national civil rights organization for trans* people of color, Trans People of Color Coalition, was named chief of the Transgender Civil Rights Project of the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force. The Transgender Civil Rights Project will provide strategic assistance to US groups involved in creating pro-trans policy and laws.
I could have just called my site “Trans Life”, right? Over the last few years, it’s become increasingly popular and useful to put an asterisk at the end of the word trans. Sam Killerman does a good job explaining the trans* phenomenon.
When you don’t know a person’s preferred gender, asking for their preferred gender pronoun (pgp) can feel a bit awkward at first (it was for me and I am transgender). But that’s often the way it is with new and different experiences. My awkward feelings were over quickly. There is no dignity for either party when someone is referred to as “it”.