Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Waiting on the World to Change

This was shared with us today by Dave Parker, former president of PFLAG's Transgender Network (TNET)...
"Just two weeks ago, Cynthia Nicole was gunned down in the streets of Honduras—three shots to the chest, one to the head—because she was a transgender human rights activist, according to the Human Rights Watch website. A familiar story, it said, in Nepal, Africa, Guatemala, the United States—well, everywhere it seems, except…Columbus?"

According to this article in The Other Paper, Columbus, Ohio is becoming a hot spot for transgender people seeking a community that is open, tolerant and provides legal protections.

For example, the city ordinances protect “gender identity or expression,” which means, “having or being perceived as having gender-related identity, appearance, expression, or behavior, whether or not that identity, appearance, expression, or behavior is different from that traditionally associated with the person’s actual or perceived sex.”

One resident told The Other Paper, "Over the years, I have worked with many people from other states, as far as Texas and Virginia, and from big cities, such as Chicago and Detroit from where trans people have traveled or moved to Columbus because they could not find help where they lived."

Check out the rest of this intriguing article
. And if you live in or have visited Columbus, give us your opinions and thoughts about the city!

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