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DC Campaigning For Trans Respect


Following a recent spike in anti-trans hate crimes, the District of Columbia recently launched a new campaign aimed at combating anti-transgender discrimination.

In their first ad, unveiled today at BuzzFeed, the city introduces us to Kisha, who tells us, "I love wandering through Smithsonian museums, eating on H Street with friends, and going to shows at Howard Theatre."

She goes on: "I’m a transgender woman and I’m part of DC. Please treat me the way any woman would want to be treated: with courtesy and respect."

Kisha says her first experience with true discrimination came when she left the house, "Growing up in a household with a single mother and nine siblings, my mother always taught us about equality. When I started living as a transgender woman outside of the home, [that] was the first time I saw the discrimination [against LGBT people]." She also told the site that she believes the campaign will finally put relatable faces on transgender people. 

"People will see transgender people," she said." They’re going through everyday life, everyday struggles — the same as straight people, rich people, everyone. Getting the message out there … is going to be great." Let's hope so.

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  1. wOw where dO you people live? It is very very unfortunate that you do not have or already posses incorrect information about transgender individuals. I am Transgender ... i do not hold hate towards lesbians and definitely do not have the brow for violence. My life is already complicated... why push the envelope? Transvestite is not Transgender. Educate your mind and your arse will follow!

    Posted by: MK G | Sep 15, 2012 5:47:14 AM

  2. I find it interesting that 2 "trans" commenters here take violence so lightly. Donna laughs at it and even takes joy in reading about a trans activist firebombing of a bank in June. (Yes, Donna, that really did happen. Google Wells Fargo and trans activist.) MKG says that he doesn't commit violence only because it would further complicate his life. No morality or empathy with a victim of violence there.

    Best lesson in life is to always keep 100 ft. distance from a trans activist.

    Posted by: Gerard | Sep 15, 2012 4:34:14 PM

  3. This is clearly the right direction. Glad to see User Experience known priority over programming convenience.

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