- The DMV Trans Circulator is a group of transgender people seeking to create a world in which all of us are free from imprisonment, police violence, racism, and poverty. We do this by building and strengthening community between those of us on the inside and those of us on the outside in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia areas. Through this newsletter, we aim to support the members of our community who are locked up by sharing resources and information and showcasing our creativity and resilience.
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Here it goes. I’m now able to invest in this and its going to be amazing. Get ready people. I welcome you all DMV Trans Circulator! Let’s begin this journey
Often we think that the moment we begin our steps towards transitioning our depression goes away. How great it would be if that were true, but the reality is that it, in most ways, increases. I’m not too sure if its the addition of the hormones mixed with our emotions, but in most cases it gets pretty bad. In many cases, the extreme change in emotions that trigger a bad feeling about the way we see ourselves along with the way we can start making ourselves believe what others think about us can lead to suicide.
I, myself have many days where I feel like life is the worst thing ever. I constantly blame myself for not having true love and companionship. I tell myself that if I weren’t transgendered I’d already be married having kids and building a life thats “normal”. I know that I am not alone with these feelings. there are so many transgendered people who cry themselves to sleep at night wondering when is life going to change? when is it going to all stop and finally become what they thought it would be?
The reality is that there will always be issues in life. The fact that we are so hard on ourselves for being trans increases our depression and holds us back. Almost arresting us to depression. Although I’m fighting through depression, I want to ecourage people to be strong enough to fight this fight with me. Sure! we don’t always fit into society the way that we’d like to and dating/finding a partner isn’t always as ideal as we’d like it to be, but we can support one another by building a strong community of support that will provide strength to lift us up.
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!
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.
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!
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.”
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