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Transgender Awareness Week Spotlights the Struggles and Victories of Latino Trans People

This article from the Latin Post highlights transwoman Vivian Diego. Diego recently survived a vicious beating on the streets of Los Angeles at the hands of four males. Diego was beaten simply because she lives as female.

Unfortunately, the article also demonstrates confusion about trans* people. The writer refers to Vivian Diego by her male birth name and refers to her as a “transgender man”. A transgender man would not prefer to be called Vivian and work as a waitress. A waitress is called “miss”, “ma’am” and “she” by polite restaurant patrons. So, it is very safe to assume that Vivian Diego prefers female pronouns and the female gender and is a transgender woman.

However, we do not have to assume someone’s gender or pronoun preference because we can always ask the person for their preferred pronoun in order to remove our confusion and embarrasment. Sometimes I get the feeling that for some folks talking gender brings up the same uncomfortable feeling as talking about sex.
Sex and gender are just different sides of the same human.

Be kind to each other.


Video: There Will Come A Day by KOKUMO

KOKUMO is a talented artist, activist and transwoman. Her latest video is a heartbreaking, beautiful and respectful portrayal of transwomen of color as complete human beings. You can learn more about the life and work of KOKUMO in this great interview she conducted with  Black Girl Dangerous.



Documentary of transgender elder, Miss Major, now in production

Please donate to the production of the documentary of Miss Major . Miss Major is a living testament to the indomitable spirit of our trans elders. She was present at the riotous beginnings of the LGBT movement in the US. Today, Miss Major serves the trans* community as the Executive Director of the Transgender Gender Variant Intersex Justice Project.