imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Calendar Publish RSS
Features
latest news
best of news
syndication
commentary


KILLRADIO

VozMob

ABCF LA

A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List

LAAMN List




IMC Network:

Original Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech

Surviving Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: canada: quebec east asia: japan europe: athens barcelona belgium bristol brussels cyprus germany grenoble ireland istanbul lille linksunten nantes netherlands norway portugal united kingdom latin america: argentina cmi brasil rosario oceania: aotearoa united states: austin big muddy binghamton boston chicago columbus la michigan nyc portland rochester saint louis san diego san francisco bay area santa cruz, ca tennessee urbana-champaign worcester west asia: palestine process: fbi/legal updates process & imc docs projects: radio satellite tv
printable version - js reader version - view hidden posts - tags and related articles

Pride Month Perspective: TRANS-UNITY 2002 AND OTHER SUCCESSES INSPIRE TR

by Carolina Friday, Jun. 28, 2002 at 8:45 PM
pinedaart@hotmail.com

In 2001-2002 the Los Angeles Transgender community achieved new visibility and successes, and overcame some adversity, which should inspire us for the year ahead.

Because June is “Pride Month” for the “LGBT” [Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender] community, commemorating the 1969 Stonewall rebellion in Greenwich Village, New York, many Transgenders see July as sort of a “new year”, a time to assess what we’ve accomplished this year and to lay plans for the one to come.

In 2001-2002 our community achieved new visibility and successes, and overcame some adversity, which should inspire us for the year ahead.

A year that gave birth to unprecedented publicity and development of new and well received organizations culminated with the June 15 Trans-Unity 2002 Festival at the Village in Hollywood This was the best attended of the three that have been held, concluding with a packed house for the awards ceremony.

By any measure 2001-2002 was a tumultuous year for Los Angeles’ trannys. Estimated as one of the largest of such communities in the world and growing, Southern California transgenders became, for virtually the first time, visible to the outside society during this time frame.

First the local major media gave what for us was unprecedented prime-time coverage of demonstrations by male-to-female transgender s in front of the Los Angeles Police’s Hollywood Wilcox Station, in March 2001, and at a City of West Hollywood public forum last July. Both meetings dealt with the touchy issues of alleged street prostitution, and police misconduct toward us, and at both, the coverage at least conveyed some positive image of trans-women as desiring to not be stereo-typed as street walkers. The West Hollywood forum even led the 11 p. m. news on Channel 7.

This was followed by a 15-minute segment on KCET and then a 30-minute prime time special on KTTV by free-lance journalist Linda Joyce. She was awarded the Media Image trophy at the June 15 Trans-Unity ceremony for this coverage. Her half-hour segment also gave considerable time to female-to-male transgenders, who until now have been even further off the radar screen of mainstream media than trans-women.

Usually living even less publicly visible lives than their male-to-female counterparts, many transgender men have quietly been obtaining college degrees and professional careers [one graduated from UCLA the same day as Trans-Unity]. As many men as women were active in planning the June 15 festival at the Gay and Lesbian Center’s Village.

Mainstream print, including the Hollywood Independent and even the LA Times ran stories on our community in 2001, although the slant was often too negative.

KPFK radio 90.7 FM aired a half-hour morning drive-time show about the community and Trans–Unity on June 14.

Riding a wave of new-found public relations from last summer, the City of West Hollywood Transgender Task Force has met monthly to advise the City Council, plan events such as a job fair and a yearly public forum now planned for the fall, and to hold monthly social mixers.

At the same time, the Spanish–speaking transgenders have enjoyed consistent good attendance at their weekly Wednesday dinner meetings at the Arena in Hollywood, and last year incorporated as “Transgeneracion 2000”. They’ve held gala events at Thanksgiving and Memorial Day weekends, publish a calendar, and are planning to open a social service center.



The community also suffered disappointments in 2001-2. The state legislature was on the verge of passing legislation amending its anti-employment and housing discrimination laws to include transgenders. Gov. Gray Davis, however, apparently fearing a conservative backlash in the coming re-election campaign, threatened to veto it, so the bill was tabled.

In the fall, following the 9-11 attacks, a fear and prejudice-driven City of West Hollywood Business License Commission voted to close Club 7969 [“Peanuts”], the only transgender nightclub in that city, because of neighbors’ complaints of noise and nuisance that did not seem to justify such a drastic step. The worst part of the whole drama was that the city, area residents and club management never consulted the transgender community, which had patronized the club for over a decade. The club did ask for, and received, our support at January’s city council meeting, at which its license was suspended, but not revoked.

Meanwhile this spring, K. C., a Peanuts performer and make-up artist, opened an alternative club at Vinyl in Hollywood, and at the Village the Trans-Unity Planning Committee met weekly to organize the June 15 event. Trans-woman Cassandra Ramirez also opened a private Transgender Resource Center in West Hollywood to service the community and has obtained one grant.

Finally, after the Club sued the city, Club 7969 re-opened Friday, June 14. Although Viva Sex’s drag show was presented that night and again June 21, present plans are to only have transgender nights on Mondays, not on the more popular Friday nights.

Nevertheless, the successes of Trans-Unity, Transgeneracion 2000, the West Hollywood Task Force and the Transgender Resource Center, should inspire the men and women in our community to work together on issues effecting all of us. These developments have proven that our women and men can work together for a common purpose, and we should build on this success in 2002-3.

Report this post as:

Local News

GUIDE TO REBEL CITY LOS ANGELES AVAILABLE A12 5:39PM

lausd whistle blower A10 11:58PM

Website Upgrade A10 3:02AM

Help KCET and UCLA identify 60s-70s Chicano images A04 1:02PM

UCLA Luskin: Casting Youth Justice in a Different Light A02 11:58AM

Change Links April 2018 A01 11:27AM

Nuclear Shutdown News March 2018 M31 6:57PM

Join The Protest Rally in Glendale on April 10, 2018! M29 7:00PM

Join The Protest Rally in Glendale on April 10, 2018! M29 6:38PM

Spring 2018 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert! M19 2:02PM

Anti-Eviction Mapping Project Shows Shocking Eviction Trends in L.A. M16 5:40PM

Steve Mnuchin video at UCLA released M15 12:34AM

Actress and Philanthropist Tanna Frederick Hosts Project Save Our Surf Beach Clean Ups M06 12:10PM

After Being Told He's 'Full of Sh*t' at School Event, Mnuchin Demands UCLA Suppress Video M02 11:44AM

Resolution of the Rent Strike in Boyle Heights M01 6:28PM

What Big Brother Knows About You and What You Can Do About It M01 3:30PM

Step Up As LAPD Chief Charlie Beck Steps Down F14 2:44PM

Our House Grief Support Center Hosts 9th Annual Run For Hope, April 29 F13 12:51PM

Don’t let this LA County Probation Department overhaul proposal sit on the shelf F13 11:04AM

Echo Park Residents Sue LA Over Controversial Development F12 8:51AM

Former Signal Hill police officer pleads guilty in road-rage incident in Irvine F09 10:25PM

Calif. Police Accused of 'Collusion' With Neo-Nazis After Release of Court Documents F09 7:14PM

Center for the Study of Political Graphics exhibit on Police Abuse posters F07 9:50AM

City Agrees to Settle Lawsuit Claiming Pasadena Police Officer Had His Sister Falsely Arre F04 3:17PM

Professor's Study Highlights Health Risks of Urban Oil Drilling F04 12:42PM

Claims paid involving Pasadena Police Department 2014 to present F04 10:52AM

Pasadenans - get your license plate reader records from police F03 11:11PM

LA Times Homicide Report F03 1:57PM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

Book Available about Hispanics and US Civil War by National Park Service A19 5:52PM

The Shortwave Report 04/20/18 Listen Globally! A19 4:01PM

The Republican 'Prolife' Party Is the Party of War, Execution, and Bear Cub Murder A19 11:48AM

Neurogenèse involutive A18 9:21AM

Paraphysique de la dictature étatique A16 10:13AM

Book Review: "The New Bonapartists" A16 3:45AM

The West Must Take the First Steps to Russia A14 12:25PM

Théorie générale de la révolution ou hommage à feu Mikhaïl Bakounine A14 3:30AM

The Shortwave Report 04/13/18 Listen Globally! A12 3:50PM

“Lost in a Dream” Singing Competition Winner to Be Chosen on April 15 for ,000 Prize! A12 3:48PM

The World Dependent on Central Banks A12 4:43AM

Ohio Governor Race: Dennis Kucinich & Richard Cordray Run Against Mike DeWine A11 9:40PM

March 2018 Honduras Coup Again Update A10 10:52PM

Apologie du zadisme insurrectionnel A10 3:33PM

ICE contract with license plate reader company A10 1:14PM

Palimpseste sisyphéen A09 11:23PM

Black Portraiture(S) IV: The Color of Silence...Cuba No...Cambridge Yes A09 5:32AM

Prohibiting Micro-Second Betting on the Exchanges A09 4:18AM

Prosecutors treat Muslims harsher than non-Muslims for the same crimes A08 10:33PM

Amy Goodman interview on cell phone safety A08 10:29PM

Mesa, Arizona police officer kills unarmed white man A08 9:50PM

Israeli leaders should be prosecuted for war crimes A08 9:48PM

Paraphysique de l'autorité A08 12:11AM

Two Podcasts on fbi corruption A06 10:13PM

Fbi assassins assault & try to kill DAVID ATKINS A06 7:29PM

EPA Head Scott Pruitt: Of Cages And Sirens A06 2:15PM

The Shortwave Report 04/06/18 Listen Globally! A05 4:25PM

Nicaraguas Conflic with native Peoples on the Caribbean Coast Near Bluefields in Decade80 A05 12:14PM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2018 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy