LGBTQ Immigration Detention in Washington State
As of January 28th, Washington’s Northwest Detention Center is intentionally housing LGBTQ detainees. Monserrat Padilla Co-Director of the Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network (WAISN) describes the efforts to protect this population of immigrants.
Producer: Yuko Kodama
Navigating the Department of Veterans Affairs as a Transgender Veteran
A federal judge has placed a temporary stay on President Trump’s ban on transgender soldiers. Meanwhile, transgender veterans struggle to navigate for appropriate healthcare through the Department of Veterans Affairs. KBCS’s Yuko Kodama spoke with transgender U.S. army veteran Brooke Wylie about her experiences in advocating for services.
Potential New Legislation To Stop Transgender Bathrooms
Potential Washington state legislation is being criticized as discriminatory toward the transgender community. Initiative 1552 would force transgender people to use bathrooms and locker rooms based on the gender on their birth certificates. Hundreds of friends, family members, and supporters rallied last weekend at the Tacoma Campus of the University of Washington. Their message is to tell signature gatherers “NO to discrimination.” And they are asking people to “Decline to Sign.” KBCS’s David Griffith takes us to a recent rally where several members of the transgender community shared their thoughts.
Caitlyn Jenner hit the cover of Vanity Fair with flair, inspiring public discussion on her journey in gender transition. KBCS highlights some of our local transgender community’s day to day challenges in healthcare, public safety, and navigating our streets in this five-part series.
Episode 1 -Marlo Mack is a mother of a transgender daughter and blogger. Lisa Love is a Seattle Public School District Health Educator.
Episode 2 – Ro Yoon is a Fred Hutchinson community educator for the HIV vaccine trials unit.
Episode 3 – Dannielle Askini is the Executive Director of the Gender Justice League. Elayne Wylie is the Producer of TransPride Seattle.
Episode 4 – Lizzi Duff is a local transgender woman. Also in the segment was Gender Justice League Executive Director, Danielle Askini.
Episode 5 – Jessica Udischas is a local cartoonist of the Manic Pixie Nightmare Girls series.
Image: Manic Pixie Nightmare Girls Image by Jessica Udischas
Music: Rushus – ‘Magic Of Fog’
Producers: Ruth Bly and Yuko Kodama
Under My Skin: Artists Explore Race in the 21st Century
Seattle is home to a special exhibit right now which invites visitors into a thoughtful conversation about race. It’s at the Wing Luke Asian Museum, and it’s called Under My Skin: Artists Explore Race in the 21st Century.
In it, 26 artists share their creative visions of race. They depict the brutal realities of racism in the past and present, the ways race shapes the immigrant experience, and the hope that can be found amidst the complex realities of race in daily life. Under My Skin: Artists Explore Race in the 21st Century is on exhibit at the Wing Luke Asian Museum through mid-November.
- Sharon Maeda, former art teacher in the public schools and member of the Wing Luke Community Advisory Committee for this exhibit.
- Jasmine Brown, featured artist in the exhibit
- Carina DelRosario, featured artist in the exhibit
Listen to the interview here: KBCS_M+I_20130703_Wing Luke Exhibit
Many people who identify as transgender face hardships in routine areas of daily life. They are twice as likely as the general population to be unemployed or homeless and four times as likely to live in poverty.
We talked with the Gender Justice League Executive Director, Danielle Askini, Deputy Director, Jenn Popkin and Elayne Wylie, Board Secretary about the transgender community – the challenges their community faces, their work, and what they will celebrate this coming Friday June 28, at Trans Pride.
National Transgender Discrimination Survey Executive Summary
National Transgender Discrimination Survey: Washington State Results
Download the interview: KBCS_M+I_20130625_Trans Pride
Queer People Of Color
Theryn Kigvamasudvashti interviews two members of the Queer People of Color Liberation Project, Jen Bowman and Darius Morrison, about their life experience as queer and transgender, navigating the intersectionalities of race and LGBTQ identity.