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b r i ng i n g up oth e r u ns o lve d T ra n s m u rde rs w i th i n th e ci ty o f P h i l a d e l p h i a .

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D aw n Mah e r, Ky ra ' s m oth e r, wa s p re s e n t t o ex pre s s th e i r co n c e r n s a s we l l a s

t o s ha re th e i r ow n p e rso n a l ex p e r i e n ce s o f l ove fo r Ky ra . I t wa s a ve r y

e m ot i o n al m om e nt fo r u s al l . S i n ce th e n , s o me c o mm u n i ty me m b e rs h ave

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Kyra ha d a lo n g h ist o r y wi th i n the co m m u n i t y. M o st re c e n t i nvo lve m e n t i n cl u d e d e mp loy m e nt a t GAL A E I ( G ay & L e s bi a n L a ti n o A I DS E d u c a ti o n I n i t i at i ve ) , a n o n ­ p ro f it o rga n i z a t i o n fo c us i n g o n A I D S e d u c a t i o n a nd H a r m R e d u c t i o n. E l i c ia G o n z a l e z , E xe cu t i ve D i re c t o r o f GAL A E I st a t e s, “K r u z t u r n e d u p o n e d ay i n 2 010 , wa n t i n g t o k n ow w h a t sh e c ou l d d o t o h e l p . S h e wa s

i n i t i a l ly st a t i on e d a t th e f ro nt de sk , b u t l a t e r got a j o b c o u n s e l i ng c l i e n t s . S h e j ust i m m e d ia t e ly ma d e th e o f f i ce l i g ht u p , " G o n z a l e s sa i d . " S h e d i d n ' t th i n k o f i t as h e r j o b . It wa s h e r l i fe ' s ca l l i ng t o g i ve b a ck t o th e c o mmu n i t y." A s o f p re s s ti me , th is m urde r re m a i ns u n s o lve d . T h e re i s a rewa rd fo r i n fo r m a t i o n le a d i ng t o a r re st

We re m e mb e r he r a s gli t t e r. “ Ky ra wa s l i ke gl i tt e r, o n c e s h e g ot o n

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a b o u t yo u r fee l i n gs Ta l k t o me c a us e I’ m yo u r f r i e n d Ta l k t o me b e c au s e I l ove yo u Ta l k t o me S o yo u’l l fe e l bet t e r Ta l k t o me c a us e I’ m th e re fo r yo u Ta l k t o me . S o th is w i l l wo rk o u t fo r u s Ta l k t o me .

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mi d d le o f th e n ig h t , a n d th i s b l a ck du d e h o l l e re d a t me f ro m h is c a r. I fe l t s o h a p py tha t th i s ma n

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h e a l th a n d s a fet y wi th my t a st e fo r a f l e s hy c o ck an d

my d e s ire t o c o n n e ct w i th p e o p l e ? I k now th a t I ca n

o n ly d o s o m u ch t o st ay s a fe , a n d th a t I c a n’ t f ig u re eve r yth in g o u t o n my ow n .

I d o n’ t k n ow w h a t tr u e j u st i c e l o o k s l i ke , bu t I d o kn ow th is : B l a m in g m e fo r “get ti n g i n t o th a t

s i tu a ti o n ” i s n ot j u sti c e . B l a m i n g a d ud e fo r wa n t i n g t o get h is d * * k wet is n ot j u sti c e . T h i s i s not o n e ma n’s p ro b l e m b u t eve r yo n e ’s p ro bl e m. W h a t eve r

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th e d ay w h e n eve r yo n e c a n l ove , re s p e ct , tr u st ,

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T h i s is n ot j ust fo r tra n s ge n d e r p e rs o n s , i t i s t o a l l s u r v i vo rs o f ra p e an d s ex u a l a ss a ul t , i nc a rc era t e d a n d o u t s i de p e rs o n o f a l l ge n de r ro l e s .

S u r vi vo rs o f ra pe ex pe r ie n c e th e a s s a u l t a n d h e al in g p ro ce s s i n a ve r y p e rso n a l way. Howeve r, th e c r i m e o c cu rs w i th in a b ro a d e r cul t u ra l c o n t ex t th a t ac ce pts vi o l e nc e a ga i n st c e r t a i n g rou p s o f p eo p l e . Al l p ar ts o f yo ur i d e n t i ty s u ch a s ra c e , ethn i c i t y, s ex u a l o r i e n t at i o n, a ge a n d p a r ti c u l a rly ge nd e r, wi l l e f fe ct yo ur ex p e r i e nc e a s a s ur v i vo r o f sex u a l a s sa u lt . R a p e i s a hi gh ly p e rs o n a l c r i m e in w h i ch yo u a re tre a t e d l i ke yo u d o n ot m a t t e r. I t i s a d e e p ly hu r t ful a n d d e hu ma n i zi ng ex p e r i e n ce fo r a nyo n e . T h e fe e li ng s o f d is g ra c e a n d s h am e are de e p . A f t e r a n a s sa u l t , s u r vi vo rs o f a l l ge n d e r i de n t i t i e s, ra c e s, a n d c u l t u re s t e n d t o qu e st i o n wh o th ey a re , w h a t th ey wan t , an d how t o re o rga n iz e the i r ve r y s e lve s . S ur v ivo rs do th is s u c c e s s fu l ly a l l th e t i m e . H e a l i n g i s p o s s i b le ! T h e fo l l owi ng i s i n t e n d e d t o h e l p yo u th i n k a b o u t h ow yo u r exp e r i e n c e a s a s u r v i vo r i s i mpa ct e d by yo ur u n d e rst a n di n g o f ge n d e r ro l e s a n d yo ur ge n d e r i d e n t i t y.

T ra n s ge n de r p e o p le : T ra n s ge n d e r pr i s o n e rs a re a t p a r t i c ul a rly hi gh r i s k fo r s ex u a l a ss a u l t. T ra n sge n d e r p e o p l e a re ve r y l i ke ly t o th i nk , a nd may h ave b e e n t o l d, th a t th e ra p e h a pp e n e d b e c a u s e o f wh o th ey a re . T h i s m e ss a ge o f t e n l e a d s a su r vi vo r t o fe e l l i ke a b ad p e rs o n wh o d e se r ve s s uch t re a t m e n t. T ra n sge n d e r p e o p l e a re l i ke ly t o have b e e n t a rget e d fo r s ex ua l a s s au l t i n th e co m mu n i t y a s we l l . M u lt i p l e t rau m at i c ex p e r i e n ce s c o mp o u n d e ach oth e r a n d c o mp l i c a t e h e a l in g. I t

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i th in k o f yo u !

w h e n i g o t o s l e e p a t n i g h t

i d re a m o f yo u !

w h e n i fe e l th e s o f t n e s s o f c ot t o n i t re m in d s m e , o f l i ps tha t c o ul d o n ly

b e lo n g t o yo u !

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a n d i t ’s f rom yo u !

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th at s o un d th a t c o m e s o n ly f ro m yo ur h e a r t !

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th e p a s si n g o f J o h n B e l l . A n ac t i v ist , m e nt o r, t e a ch e r, a n d f r i e n d , J o hn t ran s fo r m e d h i s

l i ve d ex pe r i e n c e s o f ra c i s m , st i gm a ,

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t o h e l p m ake th e way e a s ie r fo r the pe o p l e w h o c a me b e hi n d h im . We re me mb e r w h o h e s aw i n u s a n d w i l l

c o n ti n u e t o f i g h t fo r th e l i be ra t io n he

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th a t i t get s e a s i e r w h e n yo u s ee th a t yo u’ re n ot a lo n e , w h i ch I n ow kn ow I ’m n ot . I g ot

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g ove r n m e n t . Th e s e ch a n ge s h ave c o me i n th e fo r m [ o f ] re g u l a t o r y a n d p o l i cy

cha n ge s w i th i n th e c ur re n t a d m i n i st ra t i o n . W hi l e we h ave n ot s e e n ma ny o f th e s e ch an ge s t e st e d i n th e co u r t s , th ey a re ce r t a i n ly a n i n d i ca ti o n o f so m e cha n g i ng a tt it u d e s a n d th e a tt e mpts o f th e O ba m a a d m i n i st ra ti o n t o fo r wa rd th e r i g h t s o f T/ GV p e o p l e i n ce r t a i n s et t i n g s .

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fo r i nve st iga t i ng c l a i m s o f e mpl oy m e nt d i s c r i m i na ti o n a ga i n st m a ny d i f fe re n t

k i n d s o f p e o p le . Th i s a ge n cy h a s de c i d e d th a t i n d et e r mi n i n g w h eth e r o r n ot

e mp l oy m e n t d i s c r i mi n a t i o n h a s o cc ur re d i n a g i ve n si tu a ti o n , th ey w i l l

c o n si d e r d i s c r im i n a t i o n b a se d o n ge n de r i d e nt i t y a s v i o l a ti n g th e l aw. T h e th e or y i s tha t i f yo u d i sc r i m i n at e aga i n st s o m e o n e b a s e d o n th e i r ge n d e r

i d e nt i t y, th i s i s d is c r im in a t i o n b a se d o n s ex, a prot e c t e d c l a ss u nd e r T i tl e V II

o f the C i vi l R ig ht s Ac t o f 19 6 4 . W hi l e thi s i s o nly a n a d mi n i st rat i ve p o l i c y a n d n ot yet a law, i t is c e r t a in ly a st e p fo r ward fo r a fe d e ra l age n c y t o a ck n owl e d ge

d i scr im i n a ti o n o f thi s k in d a s u n a c c e pt a bl e a n d re qu i r i n g re d re s s .

H o u s in g a n d Urb a n D eve lo p men t: H U D, th e a ge n c y th a t p rov i d e s fe d e ra l

m o ney fo r s u b s i d i z e d ho u si ng , re l e a se d a st a t e m e n t i n w h i ch th ey ch a n ge d

th e ir n o n ­d i s cr i m i na t io n re g u l a t i o n t o i n cl u de l e s bi a n , gay, b is ex u a l , a n d

t ra ns ge n d e r p e o pl e . T h i s m e a ns th a t l a n dl o rds w h o a re a c c e pt i n g fe d e ra l

f u n d s t o p rovid e h o us i n g t o l ow­i n co m e pe o p l e ( i . e . S e c t i o n 8 vo u ch e rs o r

p ro j e ct h o u s i n g) m ay n ot di s c r i m i na t e a ga i n st pe o p l e b a s e d o n th e i r s ex u a l

o r ie n t a t i o n o r ge n de r i d e nt i t y o r they wi l l n o l o n ge r re c e i ve fe d e ra l f u n d s t o

s u p p o r t th e m . A ga i n , th i s i s n ot a cha nge i n th e l aw, b u t i s a p owe r f u l re a s o n fo r th e se l a n d l o rd s t o tre a t p e o pl e e qu a l ly a s m a ny of th e m re ly h e av i ly o n fe d e ra l su b s i dy t o r u n th e i r h o u si n g co mpl exe s .

D e p ar t me n t o f Ju st i c e : T h e Fe de ra l B u re a u o f P r i so n s h a s ch a n ge d th e i r

re g u l at i o n s t o i nc l u d e m e d i ca l t ra n si ti o n s e r v i c e s i n th e m e d i c a l c a re th a t th ey

w il l ro u t i n e ly o f fe r t o p e o p l e i n ca rc e ra t e d i n fe d e ra l p r i s o n s. Now, i f s o me o n e i s

d i ag n o s e d w ith Ge n d e r I de n t i ty D i s o rd e r, b e fo re o r d u r i n g th e i r in c a rc e rat io n ,

th ey c a n re c e i ve m e d ic a l t ra n si t i o n s e r v i ce s prov i de d by th e p r i s o n . T h is i s a m aj o r ch an ge f ro m th e p rev i o us re gu l a t i o ns w hi ch d i d n ot eve n a ck n owl e d ge th e ex ist e n c e o f T / GV p e o pl e . Un fo r t u n at e ly, st a t e p r i s o n s h ave n ot ch a n ge d th e ir re g u l a t io n s a n d st i l l do n ot p rov i d e m e d i c a l t ra n si ti o n s e r v ic e s t o

i n ca rc e rat e d p e o p le .

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We wan t to h e a r f ro m yo u!

T hi s n ews l et t e r d e p e n d s o n yo ur s u b m is s i on s fo r c o nt e n t .

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C o n t r i b u c io n e s e n es p a ñ o l s o n mu y m u y b i e nve n i d o s!

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p an i s h . I f yo u a re b il i n g u a l a n d wo u l d l ike t o h e l p w i th th i s

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ro j e c t , p l e a s e w r i t e t o u s !

I f yo u c o n t r ib u t e s o meth in g, ma ke su re yo u t e ll u s:

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n c arc e ra t ed a n d det a in e d p e o p le i n a ny PA fac il i t y. I f yo u a re get t i ng o u t s o o n a n d wa nt t o st ay o n o u r ma i l i ng l i st , p le as e ke e p yo u r a d dre s s u p t o da t e w i th u s.

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