Since the first brick was thrown at Stonewall, transgender people have been at the forefront of the fight for LGBTQ rights. Luminaries such as Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera, Laverne Cox, and Janet Mock have changed how people talk about queerness, all the while waging a particularly difficult fight for the inclusion and acceptance of transgender people. Their efforts have been stymied again and again, and the LGBTQ community has not always prioritized the needs to trans peopl. Still, transgender people have fought on. Join OUT in celebrating the trans people who have helped us get where we are today and who continue to fight for equality.
"When we trivialize the violence trans women face, both in our language and in dismissing the realities of hate and pick up violence, we contribute to, and perpetuate, that violence," Eliel Cruz told OUT.
"When these white, cisgender, rich boys got marriage equality and the organization’s focus turned to transgender rights, those motherfuckers closed their checkbooks, and the organization of 25 years had to close.”