Informing readers of trans people’s needs
During internationally recognized Transgender Awareness Week each November, the transgender community makes a special effort to educate the larger community about their presence, the challenges they face, and their successes. Far too often the transgender community has experienced prejudice, discrimination and violence. Despite these challenges, transgender organizations courageously speak up, and in doing so are slowly eroding prejudice and are gaining acceptance of their unique needs.
Thank you to The Fresno Bee and Mackenzie Mays for the Nov. 18 article “This or suicide’: Lacking local options, trans people travel hours for surgery” about transgender health care in the Valley. Putting a face on the need for such care, the article gives Jess Fitzpatrick an opportunity to tell the story of his ordeal with the hormone injections and decision to include surgery as a part of his journey of toward emotional health. I appreciate Jess and his husband Jordan’s willingness to share their stories with the public; it’s a courageous act.
My hope is that all who read the story learn from it and consider how they can be supportive of people Jess refers to as part of “the tiniest of minorities, and the ones with least representation and power.”
– Camille Russell, Fresno