Blog Posts for Connecticut
As we await the Supreme Court’s imminent decision on national marriage equality, Gary Buseck, GLAD’s Legal Director and long-time colleague and co-strategist of Civil Rights Project Director Mary Bonauto, offers his thoughts on the issues raised in the April 28 oral argument.
The real test of a movement is whether it has the vision to imagine an even more just society for everyone, and the tenacity to get it done.
In the last year, the trans community has suffered from an epidemic of violence, both physical and psychic. Black trans women targeted and murdered for who they are. Trans youth we’ve lost because society wasn’t strong enough to appreciate them. I know I don’t have the luxury of time to figure out all the answers before taking action. And so, as an ally, I am choosing to begin by writing about the importance of loving trans people.
I have had the honor to observe Mary Bonauto’s work for 25 years – as a GLAD Board member, a GLAD Litigation Committee member, as Executive Director and as a colleague on the GLAD legal staff. What comes first to mind in thinking about Mary is her tenacity, thoroughness and fearlessness.
We were welcomed to the campus with rainbow flags, a giant rock painted to say “The sky can be pink and blue, so why can’t you” and tons and tons of people. It was overwhelming. I have never been to a Pride Festival, but I assume that this is kind of what it feels like.
After growing up in your basic conservative home town from the movies, moving to the city for college was quite a shock. At 18, I quickly started to realize that growing up feeling different from the people I was surrounded by, was not all that uncommon. I learned that queer isn’t a curse word! And finally started expressing myself according to my true identity; an artist, a transgender man, a poet.
Ensuring access to medical care for transgender people is one of the most dynamic areas of GLAD’s Transgender Right’s Project’s work.
The following is excerpted from The Huffington Post.
Together, if we have the tenacity to strive for an even more just and inclusive world, we can make this generation of young people the first to know what it feels like to, in Leelah's words, always be "treated like humans, with valid feelings and human rights."
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