Drew Cordes

Albany Newspaper's Extensive Pieces on Trans Community (Featuring Me!)

Filed By Drew Cordes | December 05, 2011 5:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living, Media, Transgender & Intersex
Tags: Albany, newspaper, times union, trans community, trans rights, transgender

The Albany Times Union, the newspaper of record for New York's capital, is running an extensive four-day report on the transgender community in the region. Most of the subjects live in and around Albany, but the scope occasionally expands to touch on the greater Northeast, Canada, and the Mid-Atlantic.

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More after the break.

Albany actually is a progressive place when it comes to transgender rights. The city has had a law on the books since 2004 prohibiting discrimination on the basis of gender identity expression, and, as the Times Union story shows, drew-cordes-family.jpeghas a very supportive chief of police.

Speaking at the recent ceremony on the Transgender Day of Remembrance, Chief Steven Krokoff said, "Transgender people are our brothers, sisters, parents and neighbors. People react out of ignorance and fear and dehumanize those who are different from themselves. The Albany Police Department is now and always will be in your corner."

I thought the series was worth mentioning here on Bilerico because it does a great job of simply letting trans people speak for themselves - something that's not done enough. There are profiles on roughly a dozen trans people, there are 73 wonderful photos, and there are 15 (!) videos featuring trans events, trans treatment facilities and professionals, and of course, trans people sharing their stories.

Also, the series follows my (as well as my family's) experience with my recent sex reassignment surgery. The first installment of my story runs today, with the two more to follow on Tuesday and Wednesday.

You can find all the content on this special section of the main site. Enjoy.

(Photos courtesy of the Albany Times Union)


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