Target: Mayor Vincent C. Gray of the District of Columbia
Goal: To give thanks for launching the first ever government-funded campaign dedicated to promoting respect of transgender and gender non-comforming individuals in the United States.
While the fight for marriage equality and gay rights has in recent years gained significant traction and mainstream support, transgender and gender non-comforming individuals still struggle to make their voices heard across the United States. Violence and discrimination run rampant against those who do not identify with the gender they were assigned at birth, and often they struggle just to find stable housing and employment. Thankfully, Washington, DC’s Office of Human Rights (OHR) recently launched a new city-wide campaign dedicated exclusively to promoting the images of transgender individuals as ordinary, everyday people deserving of the same respect and compassion as all citizens.
The Transgender and Gender Identity Respect Campaign, which will launch this fall, features images of transgender men and women, as well as genderqueer individuals, accompanied by a brief biography and the statement: “I’m a proud part of DC.” Not only do these ads serve to contradict the othering and fetishization that usually accompany images of transgender individuals, they also open the public eye to broader narratives of trans identities. While many trans narratives focus only on individuals who identify with the gender binary, this campaign is unique in that it celebrates the identities of those who perceive themselves to be neither male nor female as well.
In a time when many trans individuals still struggle to be treated with the most basic human dignity, it’s wonderful to see the city of Washington, DC step up as an ally to the trans community. Thank the mayor of the city for running a campaign dedicated to fostering respect for all people regardless of gender identity.
Dear Mayor Vincent C. Gray,
I would like to commend you for endorsing Washington, DC’s first public ad campaign dedicated to promoting respect for transgender and genderqueer individuals. As many members of the trans community still struggle even just to be perceived as human by others, it’s incredibly important to fight for increased visibility and respect of trans and non-binary individuals. Portraying trans individuals in a positive light across the city sends a clear message that all people, no matter their gender identity, deserve to be treated with the same human dignity.
Thank you for standing up as an ally to the trans community. I hope the message of the Transgender and Gender Identity Respect Campaign spreads beyond DC to the rest of the United States.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: District of Columbia Office of Human Rights