June 29, 2021

Protecting the Trans Community

As Pride Month comes to a close, Maria and Julio are joined by Jorge Gutierrez, an an UndocuQueer activist and executive director of Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement, and ITT All-Star Imara Jones, creator of TransLash Media and host of the TransLash podcast. They talk about the corporatization of Pride amidst a barrage of anti-LGBTQ state legislation. And, they dive into the intersection of immigrant and LGBTQ rights. We also hear from Patricio Manuel, the first openly transgender boxer to compete professionally in the United States. ITT Staff Picks: - “My friend was like, “Don’t go off.” And I said, “Why not? I have to go off. I have to be a part of this.” It meant a lot and I was glad I was there,” said trans activist and icon Sylvia Rivera on the Stonewall Uprising in a 1989 interview with journalist Eric Marcus.  - Oliver Haug writes about activists’ calls for the Biden Administration to end the detention of trans people in ICE detention centers in this piece for Them.  - In this piece for Vox, Katelyn Burns makes a connection between the commercialization of Pride and corporate silence around anti-trans legislation. Photo credit: AP Photo/Eric Gay, File  

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