Out an proud transgender woman, been out 25 years. Activist and agitator, with political aspirations. Am currently the first openly-transgender elected Precinct Chair in the history of Wake County, North Carolina - and the first openly-trans person in the history of the State of North Carolina to publicly declare candidacy for the State Legislature.
We will likely not get a ruling on Aimee Stephens’s case until at least March 2020. Meanwhile, we transgender sit and wait. And we wonder. And we worry. Will the highest court in the land of the free...finally rule that we are full humans? Or will they relegate us to permanent second-class status?
Nearly two and a half centuries ago, this nation was formed...when colonists became angry at taxation without representation. Yet, as a transgender woman, I am not represented...yet still taxed.
In a nation that lectures other nations around the world about human rights violations, it is almost laughable that MY basic rights and dignity should even be a subject for debate!
A new proposed agreement filed in federal court on Friday would make clear that transgender people can use restrooms and other public facilities that align with their gender identity, but Republican state legislative leaders continue to oppose it.
I will use this space, and my column, to bring light on issues concerning Social Justice where it relates to the transgender community, as well as share from my own personal journey.