Category: equality

It’s been three years since the official…

It’s been three years since the official founding of Freedom for All Americans, our bipartisan campaign to secure nondiscrimination protections for all LGBTQ people nationwide! We’ll be thrilled when the first week of June arrives and we don’t celebrate our anniversary – because that will mean that we’ve met our goal and happily closed our doors, mission fulfilled. Today, let’s take a minute, recharge, celebrate 3 years of great work with our brand new video, and then get back to work! http://bit.ly/2sN9i7Z

Great news from last night! A federal judge af…

Great news from last night! A federal judge affirmed what many courts have now ruled – that discrimination against transgender students violates Title IX of the Education Amendments. Congratulations to the ACLU – and thank you to Gavin Grimm, who has devoted too many years of his adolescence fighting against discrimination: http://bit.ly/2x1ldDs

We know that when people better understand who…

We know that when people better understand who LGBTQ people are, understanding grows. It’s so vital that we share our stories and speak out in support of the LGBTQ community – today on International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia, and every day. http://bit.ly/2Iq7awD

This is SO HUGE! The Republican-led legislatur…

This is SO HUGE! The Republican-led legislature of New Hampshire voted YES to protecting transgender people from discrimination! Amazing work by advocates on the ground! Please share to spread the word about this historic win, the first proactive victory on LGBTQ-inclusive nondiscrimination in two years! bit.ly/2HMbUIp

HUGE news! Anchorage has made history tonight …

HUGE news! Anchorage has made history tonight as one of the first cities ever to uphold nondiscrimination protections for transgender people by popular vote! Congratulations to everyone who worked on, donated to, or volunteered for the Fair Anchorage campaign – this vote is a game-changer for our movement nationwide. Share this to help celebrate! bit.ly/2GIZMrr  

As she prepares to film the sequel to last yea…

As she prepares to film the sequel to last year’s smash hit Wonder Woman, acclaimed director Patty Jenkins spoke to Freedom for All Americans about the lack of federal LGBTQ-inclusive nondiscrimination protections, President Trump’s anti-transgender military ban, and Wonder Woman’s role as an LGBTQ icon. Don’t miss the article! http://bit.ly/2q4Sk2y

Why can’t my boyfriend change his gender…

Why can’t my boyfriend change his gender on his drivers license in Kansas? He’s undergone top surgery and hormone replacement therapy. I just think it’s a little crazy

Yes, it is crazy. In a perfect world, things of this sort would be easy, but, nothing is perfect.

In some states, to change the gender status on documents, you need a physician’s notification to say that that person has undergone surgeries. Check to see the laws in Kansas for gender marker change – here is a site from the National Center for Transgender Equality.

Why do transgender people need rights? Don&rsq…

Why do transgender people need rights? Don’t they already have the same rights as everyone else?

The difference in trans rights and everyone else’s rights is that their rights aren’t attempting to be stripped from them because of who they are. Other people don’t have to worry about being kicked out on the streets or not having healthcare just because they differ from the “societal norm” when it’s currently happening on a daily basis with the trans communities throughout the U.S.

This feels like a really weird question. I&#03…

This feels like a really weird question. I'm very much a trans ally, but at the same time I know I don't fully understand what's going on. It's there a description of what it feels like to be trans that you think is accurate? I really want to know so I can understand and empathize better. Thanks.

The best way to better empathize with someone is to simply have a conversation. It will give you the reality of the hardships that the trans community suffer on a daily basis. Also, don’t be afraid to search for information throughout the internet. You will find true stories of suffering that will assist in your advocacy for Trans Rights.

Ready to Answer Your Questions!

Hey all – I’m Malaysia Walker, and I’m ready to answer your questions as part of this #AnswerTime with @action on Tumblr and Freedom for All American’s @transgenderfreedomproject! Until 5:30pm ET I’ll be answering questions on the movement for transgender equality and sharing my experiences with you all. 

A bit about me – I work with the ACLU of Mississippi as the coordinator of the Transgender Education and Awareness Program (TEAP). Every day I work toward greater understanding for transgender Mississippians. I have a husband and a family. I attend church, and I love God. I am a tax-paying citizen. I consider myself talented. I enjoy enhancing the beauty of things. I am a beautiful black woman, and I am transgender. 

Let’s do this!!