A Short History of Trans People’s Long Fight for Equality

Samy Nour Younes is a trans actor and activist who seeks to highlight the diversity of the transgender experience. In doing so, he calls attention not only to the struggles of the transgender community, but also to the triumphs. Watch his six-minute TED talk, A Short History of Trans People’s Long Fight for Equality:

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From the TED talk:

…whenever people ask me why trans people are suddenly everywhere, I just want to tell them that we’ve been here. These stories have to be told, along with the countless others that have been buried by time. Not only were our lives not celebrated, but our struggles have been forgotten and, yeah, to some people, that makes trans issues seem new. Today, I meet a lot of people who think that our movement is just a phase that will pass, but I also hear well-intentioned allies telling us all to be patient, because our movement is ‘still new.’ Imagine how the conversation would shift if we acknowledge just how long trans people have been demanding equality. 

Samy Nour Younes

One of Achieving Together’s guiding principles is social justice. Read more about how Achieving Together partners envision taking action. By working toward social justice, we aim to remove barriers, eliminate oppressive systems, and provide opportunities and freedoms so that people from all communities – including transgender communities – can thrive and achieve optimal health and wellness.

Why Equity ≠ Equality

Equity is one of six guiding principles for the Achieving Together plan and movement, reminding us to: 

  • Focus on strategies that will create access to resources and services for all people, eliminate inequities, and increase people’s capacity to make decisions that affect themselves, their families, and their communities.
  • Focus especially on those communities that face the biggest barriers affecting their access and ability to focus on HIV prevention, treatment, and care services.
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The Cliff of Good Health

Achieving Together partners believe that all people should have the opportunity for good health. That’s why equity is one of our guiding principles.

Achieving Together aims to reduce health disparities and connect people to high quality prevention, care, and treatment. In order to make an impact, we need to address the underlying systems that prevent some people from having the same opportunities to achieve optimal health.  

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