My Facebook and G+ newsfeeds have been filled with pink and red lately, so it seemed important to point out to the queer and allied in my life that Human Rights Campaign actually has a track record of promoting some rights at the expense of others. Being a fairly rough-and-tumble sort of cisgender queer man, I waded in.
It’s frankly unconscionable; transgender rights are integral to queer liberation, and moreover transfolks are our sisters and brothers, have shed the same blood, sweat, and tears in horrifying numbers for the same goals. The fact that names like Virginia Prince and Sylvia Rae Rivera aren’t as prominent in our histories as Harvey Milk says, I think, all it needs to about the need for some pink and purple soul-searching. Go forth and introspect.
Visually, too, I think the HRC equality logo leaves a bit to be desired, but I made minimal changes. The colors are based on the transgender pride flag designed by Monica Helms in 1999, the most widely used of several designs and to my eye, the most pleasing.
Before you go bashing on homeless kids, consider some actual facts. They are far more likely to be LGBT, far more likely to have been sexually abused, far more likely to suffer from mental health problems. That means they are far more likely to use drugs and alcohol. Trans* kids are even more likely to face challenges than LGB teens.
Most teens who are homeless aren’t lazy bums, they didn’t run away from home because they were spoiled brats, and they aren’t doing drugs just to inconvenience you or to be bad for society. This are some of the most vulnerable people in our country and we consistently ignore their needs and experiences while criminalizing them for having been victimized by family, strangers, or our culture.