Episode from the podcastThe Lighter Side with Jay

Transgender Visibility Day #2 - Shauntelle Hammond - Black Trans Lives Matter

Released Wednesday, 31st March 2021
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My stirring conversation with Shauntelle, who has gone on to become the first Black Trans Executive Director of a Recovery Home in Virginia.  She has also launched a podcast dealing with the topic of inclusion in recovery, which you can check out here

The idea of Transgender Visibility Day is a good -intentioned one, but it's not even 10 am and I've seen more hateful comments about the Trans community on posts like this picture than anyone should ever have to read, let alone an actual member of the community.

Our Trans brothers and sisters are some of the most marginalized members of society. They are murdered at an alarming rate, and their murders are truly under-reported. Their names are un-spoken.

I don't know the answers. But I do know we have to listen and learn how to help. Long after these "days" stop filling our feeds.

From the Human Rights Campaign: Sadly, 2021 has already seen at least 12 transgender or gender non-conforming people fatally shot or killed by other violent means. We say at least because too often these stories go unreported — or misreported. In previous years, the majority of these people were Black and Latinx transgender women.

In 2020, HRC tracked a record number of violent fatal incidents against transgender and gender non-conforming people. A total of 44 fatalities were tracked by HRC, marking 2020 as the most violent year on record since HRC began tracking these crimes in 2013

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