Wednesday, March 02, 2016

The Michelangelo Signorile Show on SiriusXM PROGRESS ch.127

On Tuesday, in a major win in the fight to protect transgender children, South Dakota’s Republican Gov. Dennis Daugaard vetoed legislation that would have outlawed them from using the restrooms and locker rooms corresponding with their gender identities.  However, despite this victory there is still an ongoing backlash against LGBT people across the country, and transgender people in particular, as is evident from the fact that this bill made it all the way to the Governors deck, which is why it is more important now than ever before that transgender people come forward and share their stories in order to shine a light on the discrimination and issues they face on a daily basis.   In his new memoir Born on the Edge of Race and Gender: A Voice for Cultural Competency award-winning writer, activist, and advocate Willy Wilkinson does just that, providing an intimate window into life and struggles of a mixed-race transgender person, and providing a very human face to the people affected by the types of laws we have seen proposed in places like South Dakota and Indiana.  Willy joins me on the show today to talk all about the memoir and the daily struggles facing transgender people all across the country.  You can also follow Willy on twitter.

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