Every once in a while, I like to compile a list of news and articles I have come across in my research which may not have made it to become the basis for an Exploring Gender of the week. These articles can range through many sources, all revolving around some aspect of the trans* community but may also intersect with some other part of the LGBTQ* community as well. So here are the articles which have stood out over the past few weeks about a new trans* awareness campaign in DC, voter ID laws, a report on LGBTQ* characters on TV, and a follow up on health insurance for the trans* community:
Created by DC’s Office of Human Rights, this campaign includes five different ads focusing on the trans* community as a part of DC. Each ad features a trans* person, a quote about what they love about DC, and a plea to treat any trans* person “with courtesy and respect,” along with a reminder that discrimination based on gender identity is illegal in DC. Hopefully this campaign will have some good effects. Take a look at the ads and let us know what you think of the idea and how they might be received.
With the upcoming election, there has been a lot of debate about the voter ID laws being enacted across the country, which could effectively disenfranchise many voters of many backgrounds: youth, elderly, poor, trans*. I have written about how these laws can affect the trans* community, but with the election so close, we can always take another look. ABC News’ coverage is a great refresher which also introduces “Voting While Trans.” Created by the National Center for Transgender Equality and GLAAD, this series works to inform trans* voters of what they should expect.
Created by GLAAD, this analysis of the 2012-2013 season analyzes where the LGBTQ* community stands in representation on TV. Although this report has been generated since 2005, this was my first encounter with it, and I very much recommend taking a look. If nothing else, you can find a selection of shows in which you might feel represented, but I thought it was incredibly interesting, containing sections on sex and gender and race and ethnicity among others.
The Center for American Progress put out this report on health insurance for the trans* community which breaks down how health insurance affects trans* people and what is needed to change for coverage to be adequate, a follow up to this piece from a few weeks ago.
Let us know what you think about the articles, or if you know of any news we should know, you can message me here or on tumblr.