GLAAD has teamed up with the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition to take MTPC's "I AM: Trans People Speak" video campaign to a national level. The two orgs will spotlight the stories of transgender people and allies to build awareness about trans issues. The first video out today is a preview of the campaign and features Laverne Cox, Isis King, Noah Lewis and Kit Yan.
"By providing a place for transgender people, family members and our allies to share their stories, we hope to empower our community and the general public to advocate for transgender equality and move the culture towards acceptance of transgender youth and adults, said Gunner Scott, executive director of MTPC. "With GLAAD's leadership on this project, we will be educating the public and be a resource to the mainstream media about the reality of transgender peoples' lives and the unique challenges they face due to pervasive bias, stereotypes and misunderstanding."
In 2008, a study released by GLAAD found that while around three-quarters of Americans personally knew someone who was LGBT, only 8% knew someone who was transgender. This means most Americans are getting their information about the people who make up the transgender community through the media. And it's all too common to see the media's portrayals of transgender people as unfavorable - often they are seen as the victims of violent crime in news media, or as people on the fringes of society in entertainment media. This project is a way of amplifying the voices of the individuals who make up the transgender community, who can show that other 92% of America that they are far more multi-dimensional than the media would indicate.
The first video is after the break. I'm looking forward to seeing the rest. This sounds like a great way to raise some much needed awareness.