Video Campaign Aims to Educate through Personal Stories

Two groups have launched a nationwide video campaign meant to help the general public better understand what it means to be a transgender person.

According to The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD),”I AM: Trans People Speak is a project created by the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC) and sponsored by GLAAD to raise awareness about the diversity of transgender communities. It will lift the voices of transgender individuals, as well as their families, friends, and allies.”

Bay Windows reports,”The video series and written testimonials illuminate the realities and challenges of being transgender. Those participating in the campaign will discuss their experiences in their communities, workplaces and families, as well as their thoughts on the current state of transgender awareness and equality.”

The project’s main website, transpeoplespeak.org, contains stories by dozens of transgender people from across the country.  It also has an area for individuals to upload their own personal stories, as well as information regarding gender identity issues.

GLAAD spokesperson Herndon Graddick tells Bay Windows,”These stories will not only empower members of the transgender community who rarely see relatable stories, but also educate Americans everywhere about the fact that the community is a valuable part of the fabric of our culture. The campaign will also shine a light on the high level of discrimination that our transgender brothers and sisters continue to face in schools, the workplace and in their own neighborhoods.”

The project was originally launched regionally in 2010 by the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition.

Click HERE to visit the transpeoplespeak.org website.

 

 

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