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Posted on Jul 31, 2014

Transgender teenage girl stabbed on Washington, D.C. Metro

Yesterday, a 15-year-old transgender girl was stabbed on the Green Line Metro in Washington, D.C., around 4:30 p.m. Several news outlets report that she was stabbed in the back once and was rushed to the hospital following the incident. She is recovering from what police believe are non-life-threatening injuries.

A suspect has since been arrested and charged with bias-motivated assault with a deadly weapon by the Metro Police. Witnesses, including the transgender teen's friends who were riding the train with her, say that the suspect insulted and taunted the girl before attacking her.

Often, in cases of anti-transgender violence, the media coverage can continue the victimization. GLAAD has issed a memo to the media, entitled, "Doubly Victimized: Reporting on Transgender Victims of Crime" to help journalists who may be covering the story. We are continuing to monitor media coverage of the story and will report any updates. If you see defamatory coverage of this story, please report it to GLAAD.

July 31, 2014
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Posted on Jul 30, 2014

Rolling Stone profiles trans woman ‘folk hero’ CeCe McDonald in August issue

Today, RollingStone magazine ran a feature story about CeCe McDonald, a trans woman of color whose story gained national attention after she was arrested and charged for the death of her own attacker. GLAAD provided background information and resources about transgender people over the past several months to writer Sabrina Rubin Erdely.

In 2011, CeCe and her friends were walking past a local Minneapolis bar when they were accosted with racist, homophobic, and transphobic slurs by group of white patrons. One of the patrons smashed a glass across CeCe's face, leaving her with a gash through her salivary gland. A fight ensued, and one of her attackers was fatally stabbed.

While the details of the attack have bene reported on more widely, including in this article, RollingStone writer Sabrina Rubin Erdely spoke with CeCe about her early life in Chicago, the stigma she faced at school – and at times, from her family – because of how she expressed her identity, and the abuse she endured as a homeless 14-year-old.

CeCe also related how she found support at a drop-in youth center after moving to Minneapolis, gained access to trans-inclusive healthcare, secured a legal name change, enrolled in school studying fashion design, and eventually found her own apartment, where she lived for only a month before being attacked and imprisoned.

Throughout the article, Sabrina contextualizes CeCe's story with information on the widespread issues facing transgender people, and particularly trans women of color, and input from CeCe's peers and friends, including transgender actress Laverne Cox. Cox is a co-producer of the upcoming documentary film, FREE CECE, about CeCe McDonald's life.  

Across many areas of life, trans people face varying levels of harassment, discrimination, assault, and more. In a supplemental article for RollingStone, Sabrina interviewed several trans women about their experiences with violence and danger. A third article looks at scientific explorations of gender identity.

Read the full article on CeCe McDonald from RollingStone.

July 30, 2014
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Posted on Jul 29, 2014

WATCH: Equality Utah shares story of a Mormon mother accepting her transgender son

In a video by Equality Utah for their series, "We Are Utah," Grayson, a transgender Mormon teen, shares his story of realizing who he is and finding acceptance from family and among faith leaders at his church. Grayson's mother, Neca, is also featured in the video discussing her own process around her son's transition and her hopes for LGBT families in Utah.

When Grayson was in high school, Neca explains, he dealt with anxiety and emotional "crashes" that kept him from focusing on his schoolwork and everyday activities. After talking and ruling out other issues, it became clear that Grayson was coming to terms with his gender identity. With the support of his family, Grayson decided to transition, and when he did, the crashes he experienced went away all together.

"It was so wonderful to get my kid back," said Neca of that time. "I felt like I had my bright, happy, outgoing kid back."

Grayson also discussed the response from his school after he asked to be called by the name and pronouns with which he identifies.

"The administration was able to show a good example to the student body of being willing to accept those of us who are different. That was a huge a gift, but there are a lot of young trans people who don’t have that good of an experience – who experience a lot of prejudice, both from their peers and from the adults that they should be able to trust."

Speaking about her own hopes for Utah, Neca added:

"As a parent, if I could wave a magic wand and make Utah a better place, I would make it a place where, when parents see they have a child that needs to live authentically as the gender they feel they are…that those parents will love their child. Love the child that God gave them, instead of just the child they think God should've given them."

Watch the full video form Equality Utah below:

July 29, 2014
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