It has been an honor to write this column for ROAR for the past year. I will continue fighting the hate with my words and by attending marches and rallies. I will continue to support the organizations that fight hate on a daily basis, like the Southern Law Poverty Center, HRC, ACLU, GLAAD, and others. I will stand with Planned Parenthood. I support #BlackLivesMatter, #TransLivesMatter, and I will point out injustice wherever I see it. I hope you will do the same.
Transgendered People Murdered in Record Numbers in 2017
As of December 14, 2017 the number of transgendered people murdered in the US in 2017 reached twenty-eight with the killing of Brandi Seals, a woman shot to death in Houston, Texas. At a vigil held for her on December 15, the Chief of Police Acevedo apologized for a detective’s lack of sensitivity in the handling of release of information regarding her case, and vowed to address the problem through training.
Support GLAAD. Before you donate, check with your corporate employer (if you have one) to see whether they will match your donations.
Support the Human Rights Commission. Support ACLU. Join your local queer community center (as a member or an ally) and volunteer your services. Befriend transgender people at work, on social media, in your family or friend circle.
Time is Up #timesup #metoo #HimToo
Nearly 300 women launched a new coalition to demand equity and an end to sexual assault. On the evening of the Hollywood Press Association Golden Globe awards, guests dressed in black to support the #TimesUp movement. When Oprah Winfrey received the Cecil B. DeMille award (take a moment to let that sink in; he made sexist, racist, and homophobic films in his lifetime), she gave a thoughtful, memorable, kickass acceptance speech designed to inspire young people. You can watch it here. Or read the transcript here.
Weekend of Women
On the anniversary of the 2017 Women’s March, people are gathering across the United States in peaceful events to acknowledge the work that still must be done in light of the 2016 election to get people to the polls. In San Diego, for example, people will gather for an event called Hear Our Vote. To see what is happening in your own area, check out the Women’s March website, where the event is called Power to the Polls.
Sandra de Helen, author of the lesbian thriller Till Darkness Comes also pens the Shirley Combs/Dr. Mary Watson series. She is a poet, journalist, and a playwright. Her plays have been produced in the Philippines, Ireland and Canada, Chicago, New York City, and in thirteen states. She is a member of Sisters in Crime and the Dramatists Guild. Her books are available online, at Another Read Through Bookstore in Portland, Oregon, and Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore in San Diego. Samples of her work are available on her website.