To start with, it is a honor to be sent across the globe to give a voice to the transgender women’s community that i am a part of, to let the world know that not only do we exist but we’re human and have the right to be respected just because we are here, no more / no less. Having always heard of the different attitudes over in Europe, it is stunning that I shall see it for myself — to take the ambiance of that culture and bring what I’ve absorbed home to my community. Iis going to be a wonderful experience, along with being nerve-wracking. I am anxious, nervous, excited, happy, fearful, blessed, delighted, and overjoyed — to be given a chance to let the international human rights community see one of us transgender women and realize they are no different than I am. We want jobs, education, and to be trained. We have families, pets, & bills like the rest of society. I hope to make my girls proud of themselves their rich history / the future / and believe in a new day///(Miss Major, TGIJP Organizing Director, Fri, 15 Feb 2008 23:11:37 -0800 PST)
U.S. Women of Color Demand Our Human RightsRepresentatives from U.S. non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the Transgender, Gender Variant & Intersex Justice Project, WILD for Human Rights and Justice Now, will travel to Geneva, Switzerland on February 21 and 22 to monitor the proceedings of the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) as the U.S. State Department and the Department of Justice defend the Bush Administration’s human rights record. The CERD committee will examine U.S. compliance with the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (ICERD). As an international treaty ratified by the U.S., the ICERD has the force of law in the United States.