Well, it seems every week, a story breaks about somebody discriminating against a transsexual. and likewise, it seems mainstream international media picks up on the story! this is very good for the trans community as media has finally overcome their own internalized transphobia and finally sees us for who we are, human beings facing oppression for no good reason.
It didn't take very long for the entire world to take notice when myself, Josie Harding, Christin Milloy, and Mercedes Allen blogged about a controversial trans air travel ban policy created by our Federal Government. Within 48 hours, it went from twitter feeds, to blogs, to mainstrean newspapers, to all four of us getting interviewed on tv or radio.
well, same thing is happening again now that news has broke about Donald Trump's so-called Miss Universe pageant kicking out Jenna Talackova as a contestant because she was born trans. today, Jillian Page, a transwoman journalist and blogger for the Montreal Gazette was interviewed on CBC radio. Mercedes did TV, and tomorrow, i will be on TV.
while filing human rights complaints and law suits helps force change, gaining sympathy from the public via mainstream media sympathy is a very strong way to push for change. Donald Trump, shame on you and your company! I would have expected better from a so-called world leader. Sorry to learn that your "universe" is not universal!
Catch me on Rogers TV's new journal show Out of the Fog, Wednesday March 18, 2012 at 7.30 pm, available all across Newfoundland, i do believe!