Our July issue is the first issue of our everychanging newsletter. We are changing how we put the issue together so that it is a bit messier, a bit more like a zine, and a lot cooler looking. We are doing a lot of physical cutting and pasting that makes it a little trickier to get online. However, we will have this issue up here very soon. Until then, check out this photo from the Diverse City Fund Banquet we attended as grant winners!
Katie, bex, Brandi, Ari, Cece, Consuella
We apologize for the lateness of getting these issues up in the internet world. Our goal is to be more in sync with our paper and online distribution. Thanks for being patient with us!
In this issue, the issue that came out during Pride month, we have an interview with our very own Brandi in Elixher, as well as a speech by Sylvia Rivera, a Latina trans woman, after lesbians kicked her off stage in NYC Pride 1973.
Photo from DC Black Pride
This is an interview between Brandi and Elixher, an online queer news source, about an article Brandi was in in Jet Magazine.
ELIXHER: How were you approached about the piece?
BRANDI: I do work in D.C. to help build a community of positive transgender people. I started a group called DMV Trans Circulator that is directly responsible for spreading information within the trans community. I am very pleased with this project because we have reached into the prisons and are able to support some of the most oppressed transgender people in this community. JET contacted me through a group that I was [affiliated] with called D.C.T.C. (DC Trans Coalition), which is a group of people that stand up and fight for transgender rights here in D.C.
To read more from the June Newsletter issue, please click the link!
A graduate of Project Empowerment!
This is our latest issue! We were happy to include an interview with Dayshawn Barnes on her experiences with coming out of prison and entering Project Empowerment, a job training program.
“So Project Empowerment was beautiful, you know. But the thing with Project Empowerment is that with a lot of girls that are in the streets really don’t have that mindset of ok the rules are you have to be there 8:30 in the morning, you can’t come in jeans and tennis shoes, you have to wear office clothes, you’ve got to be there from 8am to 5pm. They give you an hour break or whatever but you’ve got to really want it. Because a lot of people, not just the girls, a lot of people are in the program just to get the benefits and when the benefits are over they don’t want to deal with it. You know you’ve got to really want the job because it places you at whatever type of job you want to be placed at and you have to go into that job and fight for it!“
To read more of Dayshawn’s story, as well as other updates, please click here
Aqui es nuestro boletín mas reciente en español.
“Yo no soy: Sólo mi sexo, yo personifico un ser dimensional. Alguien quien es Compasiva, Amable, Tierna, Fiel, una Amiga de veras, una para dar amor a cambio de amor. Yo soy la multitud de características que se encuentran en la creación de la vida…
Yo no soy: Para ser definida a través de tu parcialidad, tu intolerancia, tu concepto erróneo de mi esencia. Tu punto de vista es, tu punto de vista. No refleja ni determina mi ser.”
Leer más de poema de Imani, por favor clic aquí
Here is our FOURTH issue! We’re really excited about the feedback we’ve received, which has resulted in us changing the format a bit, particularly to include more space for people on the inside to communicate with one another.
“I am Not: Just my gender, I personify a dimensional being. One whom is Compassionate, Kind, Gentle, devoted, a true Friend, one to give love in exchange for love. I am the multitude of characteristic to be founded in life’s creation….
I am Not: To be define thru your bias, narrow-mindedness, misconception of my essence. Your views are just, your views. They don’t reflect nor determine my being.”
To read more of Imani’s poem, click here
Aqui es nuestro boletín mas reciente en español. Si tiene prequntas, pensamientes, o idea, por favor preguntanos.
“Desde el Circular Trans del DMV, queremos mandar felicitaciones a Ophelia De’lonta, una corresponsal y contriubidora en Virginia. El lunes, 28 de enero, Señora De’lonta ganó su apelación en una demanda contra el Departamento de Prisiones de Virginia (VDOC por su nombre en inglés, Virginia Department of Corrections). Sra. De’lonta presentó una demanda contra el VDOC alegando que las autoridades penitenciarias la negaron tratamiento médico adecuado, en violación a la octava enmienda de la constitución, cuando negaron a permitir que ella se evaluará para cirugía de reasignación de sexo.”
Para más información, haga clic aquí.
Here it is! We are going to find a better way to publish it online soon, but for now, this is how we’ll do it! Enjoy, and if you have any questions, thoughts, ideas, don’t hesitate to reach out to us!
“We at the DMV Trans Circulator want to send our congratulations to Ophelia De’lonta a correspondent and contributor of ours in Virginia! On Monday, January 28th, Ms. De’lonta won her appeal in her lawsuit against the Virginia Department of Corrections (VDOC). Ms. De’lonta filed suit against the VDOC claiming that prison officials denied her adequate medical treatment in violation of the Eighth Amendment when they refused to allow her to be evaluated for sex reassignment surgery.”
To read more, click here!