2011 Has Been a Huge Year for Transgender Equality: Mara Keisling on OutQ’s Derek and Romaine Show

On July 25th, NCTE Executive Director Mara Keisling joined the Derek and Romaine Show to talk about victories and upcoming challenges in the transgender equality movement.

Derek began the discussion with questions on the passage of marriage equality in New York and the repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,” events which garnered national media attention but, as some suggest, do little for transgender people. Mara agreed that transgender exclusion in DADT repeal was unfortunate, saying that it will take several years to regain the momentum necessary to allow transgender people to serve openly. However, she emphasized that the win in New York is good news for everyone, saying, “All trans people who are in relationships are either in a same-sex relationship or in a relationship which someone will claim is a same-sex relationship, so marriage equality is helpful very much for transgender people as well.” But she also added, “I think sometimes the focus on marriage masks the importance of other issues.”

The past few years have seen a lot of victories for the transgender movement and Mara discussed many of them including identification documentation policy changes, the effort to include transgender people in data collection by the Department of Health and Human Services, and other work at the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Labor.

But Mara also cited several challenges that need to be addressed including better access to healthcare and improved employment opportunities for transgender people. Mara also discussed the work being done on identification documentation, saying “I think if we all keep doing the work we’re doing, and if more people get involved on the state level, we are largely going to be able to resolve the identification and documentation problem transgender people have with getting accurate and consistent ID.”

Listen to the full interview below:


One Response to 2011 Has Been a Huge Year for Transgender Equality: Mara Keisling on OutQ’s Derek and Romaine Show

  1. catkisser says:

    Well kiss it all goodbye. The war declared on lesbian activists will result in zero support from anyone in the LGBs except the odd gay man for never never ops.

    The ongoing war of transgenders against women of history reached a tipping point. The new war being waged against the woman’s movement in general by the likes of Sandeen will seal the deal.

    Trans people love to cite the unforgivable sins of early feminist writings while constantly using the most violent and vile and vicious language possible in return. Transgender people tell post corrected women at a ratio of 100 to 1 from any other group including radfems and the religious right, “you will never be a real woman because once trans always trans” Transgender people again at a ratio of 100 to 1 throw around terms like mutilated crotch, fauxgina, inside out penis and worse to post corrected, female bodied women of history..

    Where is your denouncement of any of this? Why haven’t you posted about the recent public discussion of Monica Roberts and Anthony Casebeer about beating lesbian activist Cathy Brennan to death with a baseball bat then running her over with a Buick then driving a silver stake through her heart and finally using a large ax on her? Every lesbian activist I know, including some with a lot of political clout, is now anti-trans anything. GENDA is deader than a doornail because it just lost it’s best supporters and that is not going to be undone.

    Face it, the only future trans related legislation that has a snowball’s chance in hell will be post surgical only now.

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