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“Do You See How Much I’m Suffering Here?” Abuse Against Transgender Women in US Immigration Detention

Trans Queer Libertion Movement TQLM Familia
"Do you see how much I’m suffering here? Do you think anyone deserves to be punished like this? … Sometimes I get anxious. … I thought about killing myself once, but then I regretted it and told myself I wasn’t going to do it. I said, ‘Lord, you gave me my life, why am I going to take it away?’ It’s not His fault they have me suffering here like this."[5] At any given time, the United States holds scores of transgender women in immigration detention.

Pursuing Happiness as a Trans Woman of Color

Kai Cheng Thom BuzzFeed
Even with the so-called “transgender tipping point” spurring a surge of media attention on trans women, the stories that are emerging remain painfully, terrifyingly limited. More than ever, trans women of color need be able to dream about ourselves as vibrant and powerful. First Published in BuzzFeed here

"Captive Genders": CeCe McDonald, Chelsea Manning and Others Map Road to Trans Liberation

Gabriel Arkles Truthout
Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex (available to order with a donation to Truthout) brings together trans, queer and gender nonconforming views on police and prisons. Its pages brim with anger, grief, hope, humor and daring, taking on everything from bathhouse raids to capitalism, from prison rape to sex offender registries.

The Media and Chelsea Manning's New Gender: Two Takes

What is the best way to use pronouns in reporting on a transgender person, according to GLAAD and AP? Which media outlets did a good job with pronouns reporting on Bradley/Chelsea Manning? Wikipedia handled the revision of their entry swiftly and with little controversy. But in other media, the picture was decidedly more mixed.
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