TransAdvocate.com was created by Marti Abernathey. The TransAdvocate exists to give a voice for transgender advocates in the ever growing blogosphere. Cristan Williams is the TransAdvocate’s managing editor.
The TransAdvocate is news and commentary from a boots-on-the-ground trans advocate perspective. We tend to support gonzo-style journalism because we report on issues affecting the quality of life for members of our community.
We don’t pretend that compromising on equality is a reasonable option and in that regard, we own that bias. We’re willing to do what it takes to expose hate — especially when hate is being peddled as reason or faith. We here at the TrasnAdvocate generally won’t pull our punches and we are all too happy to drag the truth – kicking and screaming – into the light of day.
Contributors to the Transadvocate:
- Katrina Rose - ENDA Blog 2.0
- Monica Roberts - Transgriot
- Cristan Williams - Ehipassiko
- Dallas Denny - Chrysalis Quarterly
- Jenna Fischetti - TransMaryland
- Dana Lane Taylor – DanaTaylor
- Julia Serano – Whipping Girl
- Kelli Busey – PlaneTransgender
- Suzan Cooke – Women Born Transsexual
- Matt Kailey - Tranifesto
- Zoe Brain – A.E. Brain
- Autumn Sandeen - FireDogLake
- Jennifer Lopez
- Laurelai Bailey – Queereka
Trans Agenda 2.0?
For many years, the trans community has been fighting on numerous fronts.
On one front we were fighting TERFs as they worked with US Administrations to try to institutionalize a national program of reparative therapy for all trans folk, remove our access to health care and to legislate trans people out of existence. On another front, we were fighting powerful gay men who felt that trans folk were dragging the gay rights movement down so that the founder of HRC, Steven Endean, encouraged the movement to “hide the drag queens.” On other fronts, we were facing systemic institutionalized discrimination at every level of society. On yet other fronts, we were fighting to just stay alive. At every level and in every way possible, both our foes and those who were supposed to be our allies made existence harder. The system has been rigged to ensure that it continues to produce a trans community with the highest rate of murder, rape, assault, unemployment, HIV, homelessness, psychological pressure and, of course, suicide. This is what we’ve spent the last 40 years pushing against and now – finally – the trans community is at a tipping point.
Now, TERFs are confronted as bigots at every turn. Now, over the past 5 – 10 years, we’ve seen trans social services begin to pop up across the nation. Now, trans people are protected under Title VII, under HUD non-discrimination rules and we are able to acquire correct federal identification (thank you Obama!). Now it’s no longer acceptable for transphobic cisgender GLB people to be ripped from ENDA. Additionally, we’ve made great strides in reclaiming our own history. At every level, the trans community is making headway.
Welcome to the second wave of trans activism.