Monday, April 25, 2011

Baltimore County Vigil Planned Tonight to Condemn Violence

At 7 pm tonight, PFLAG will join hundreds of Maryland trans-activists and allies to condemn the brutal beating of Chrissy Lee Polis at the McDonald’s restaurant where the event occurred (6315 Kenwood Avenue, Rosedale, MD). Last week this tragic was caught on video sparking outrage among those who plan to gather this evening and condemn this unjust assault on the basic rights of transgender people.

According to a recent study conducted by the National Center for Transgender Equality and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force’s Transgender Civil Rights Project, transgender Marylanders experience poverty (making under $10,000 per year) at nearly three times the national average; 12 percent reported experiencing homelessness; 17 percent said they were denied a home/apartment due to being transgender; and 22 percent reported having to find temporary spaces to stay in an attempt to avoid homelessness. The survey also reports that 8 percent have suffered physical assault, and 25 percent of those assaults took place in hotels or restaurants. This study points to the necessity of passing legislation that will protect transgender citizens in the areas of employment, housing, and public accommodations.

In addition to working to pass inclusive legal protections for the most vulnerable transgender Marylanders, we at PFLAG must continue to dismantle the fears and prejudices of our society by continuing to support those coping with hostile communities, along with enlightening an ill-informed public about the very real and pervasive violence far too many trans people endure on a daily basis.

If you live in or around Baltimore County, please join us this evening to rally on behalf of Chrissy Lee Polis and other trans folks who have experienced this type of unjust violence. If you want to learn more about how to better support trans people and their allies within your chapter, please click here to check out our resources page.

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