Tuesday, June 23, 2009

"Protecting the Most Vulnerable of Our Community"

A Message from Kim Pearson, TNET President

(Click here to read this month's edition of the eTransParent newsletter)

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.” -Margaret Mead.

A few weeks ago an amazing thing happened. The Rob, Arnie and Dawn Morning Show, of radio station KRXQ in Sacramento, CA publically took responsibility and apologized for their hateful anti-trans youth commentary from two previous broadcasts.

While hate speech (disguised as free speech) in popular media seems to be common place, it can only survive if “we the people” don’t step up and say enough! This is exactly what happened in this instance. The LGBT community and our straight allies exercised their freedom of speech in a manner that made it economically and socially unacceptable to malign and marginalize our transgender children, youth and adults. Click here to read about the apology and education that took place during the 2.5 hour show, featuring new media blogger Autumn Sandeen, KRXQ hosts Rob, Arnie, Dawn and myself. I think you will agree that, when presented with the sourest of lemons, we truly made some amazing lemonade.

To all of you who wrote the station, the hosts and the advertisers, I wish to express a heartfelt thank you from PFLAG-TNET, TransYouth Family Allies, and all our trans youth, family and friends!.

Namaste,
Kim Pearson
TNET President

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