In the wake of the highly successful It Gets Better project, GLAAD has announced their new national campaign, I AM: Trans People Speak. In conjunction with the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition, The “I AM” project, which launched today, invites trans people and allies to upload their stories to increase visibility.
In the video above, a handful of high-profile trans advocates discuss the paths they’ve taken. These advocates include reality stars Laverne Cox (I Wanna Work for Diddy) and Isis King (America’s Next Top Model), as well as Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund attorney Noah Lewis and spoken-word artist Kit Yan.
The “I AM” project’s mission statement is as follows:
I AM: Trans People Speak COMMUNITY is a project to raise awareness about the diversity that exists within transgender communities. It gives a voice to transgender individuals, as well as their families, friends, and allies.
Together we can make our own media and continue to make a positive change in the representation of transgender people. We do this by focusing on the full individual. Transgender people come from a range of experiences and backgrounds, including age, race, ethnicity, gender expression, and sexual orientation.
Feeling invisible? Increase your own visibility, and the visibility of others who aren’t as brave, by submitting your story today!