For many, “trans” is a confusing term. Today on BOLD, we seek compassionate and empowering answers from Cristina Hererra, the Community Prevention Coordinator for the Gender Identity Project at www.gaycenter.org. LeGrande and Cristina talk about LaVerne Cox (featured in a historic TIME magazine cover) and address the rude and insensitive questions trans people face everyday.
“We just want to be loved and respected for who we are,” she says. “Not for what our genitals may or may not look like.”
Transgender and non-conforming people face shocking levels of suicide as well as massive discrimination in employment, education, health care and other areas. “It’s time for people to open their eyes and their hearts to these issues. That’s all we ask for.”