Me, Trans Ally

Posted by – June 30, 2011

Our Lives magazine came to the awards ceremony when I received my Activist award from Fair Wisconsin, and asked me to write a little something based on my remarks that night. So I did, and it’s in this month’s issue.

This is the fourth year and the fourth time I’ve taught a Transgender Lives course at Lawrence University in Appleton. We always spend a week of the course specifically on violence against trans people—the kind of transphobia and gender panic that cause people to be so brutal. And every year, the week before we start that section, I tell my students that we only have to wait a little while before a new case of trans violence is reported. I can say that on Thursday, and by the time we’re beginning the section the following Tuesday, I’ve been proven right. There is always one. Last year Chanel Larkin was murdered right here in Milwaukee. I want to see a year where it’s not true, and another and another, and hopefully, eventually, I will only teach that section of Trans Lives as history.

Go read the whole thing. It’s a cool magazine.

4 Comments on Me, Trans Ally

  1. grvsmth says:

    “When” they transition?

    Sorry, Helen, but you know I look out for these things. I can’t depend on anyone else to do it.

  2. helenboyd says:

    You’re entirely right. I’ll send them a correction so as to make a point of fixing that.

  3. jadecath says:

    GREAT piece; thank you as always. (Love your photo on it, too!)

    The location has moved slightly; now it’s at http://www.ourlivesmadison.com.....-sort.html

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