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.

Transgender Day of Remembrance

We are in the middle of Transgender Awareness Week, which culminates November 20th with Transgender Day of Remembrance – a day set aside to honor those people who have died as a result of anti-trans violence. While it is important to take time to grieve and remember the lives of those who have died, we also need to be intentional about talking about and supporting transgender and gender non-conforming people while they are living and thriving, especially trans women of color who disparately experience anti-trans violence. A few years ago, community activists and artists from the Audre Lorde Project and Forward Together joined forces to initiate the Transgender Day of Resilience. As stated in their mission statement:

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This is Our Outcry

By Ian L. Haddock, Executive Director of The Normal Anomaly Initiative

For a long time, I found it as hard to say I was Christian in LGBTQIA+ spaces as I did to say I was Gay in Christian spaces. Two different kinds of fear, but all sparking from the same trauma. When you are considered “othered” there is a fear of further “other-ing” yourself while trying to control your narrative and be uniquely you. So, for me, being a Gay Christian was a double-edged anomaly amongst my peers.

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Pride Month

June is Pride Month and pride celebrations this year are particularly festive because this year marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Inn riots.  Beginning in the 1950s, with the founding of the Mattachine Society, and into the 1960s, LGBT rights and liberation organizations were working to increase awareness and decriminalize the lives of LGBT people in the United States.  Most people though, trace the critical event that launched the LGBT rights movement in this country, to the riots that began at the Stonewall Inn in New York City’s Greenwich Village.  At the time, police raids on bars catering to LGBT patrons were common, but the surprise raid by the police that night pushed patrons and the gathering crowd to fight back.

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