Wednesday, April 15, 2009

A Message from Kim Pearson, TNET President

This is the opening note from April's eTransParent Newsletter, penned by TNET President Kim Pearson.

Legal matters and hate crimes are weighing heavily on my mind this month. The Angie Zapata trial is underway in Colorado, and may be more important than most people are thinking. This is the first time in recent history that the murder of a transgender person (a youth, no less) is being tried as a hate crime, in a state with a hate crime law. This will be a real test of the law - and likely set precedence for future litigation. Watch carefully and lend your support where you can.

Later this month I will be in Washington, D.C. joining other PFLAG members to lobby for national hate crimes legislation with the NCTE Lobby Day effort. I hope to see many transgender folks, as well as parents and allies, out there supporting this important event.

On a lighter note, we can all look forward to an amazing documentary on gender, currently in production, that will be aired on National Geographic Television this fall. TransYouth Family Allies has been working on this project with them since January and we just wrapped up our segment. By all indications this is going to be a wonderful program, highlighting the personal journeys of 'gender different' adults and children. I will keep you posted as I know more details about the program.

Wishing everyone a Happy Spring!

Namaste,

Kim Pearson
TNET President

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