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December 2023

Greetings,


As we approach the finish line of another year, I am reflecting on the journey and preparing for the next lap. 2023 was a year of contrasting narratives – triumphs and tribulations, progress and persistent struggle. This duality resonates particularly for the transgender and nonbinary community as we navigate a landscape of victories and enduring challenges.


We celebrated victories this past year: landmark legal rulings upholding transgender rights, increased representation in media and entertainment, and the unwavering resilience of our community in the face of adversity. Yet, a record number of anti-LGBTQIA+ legislative proposals (over 500 proposed bills), hateful rhetoric, and ongoing violence cast a shadow over these celebrations, reminding us that the fight for equality is paramount.


In this spirit, it is an honor to Spotlight guest author Danne Diamond, an LGBTQIA+ leader and the Director of Policy and Programs at Athlete Ally, who has made significant contributions and has had an incredible impact on our community. Looking forward to 2024, we must remain resolute and advocate for comprehensive anti-discrimination protections at all levels, dismantling the systems that perpetuate oppression. Key areas of focus include:


  • Legislative action: Securing comprehensive anti-discrimination laws at all levels, protecting transgender and nonbinary individuals in housing, employment, healthcare, and public accommodations. Get out and vote! Your voice matters.

  • Access to healthcare: Affirming healthcare must be protected, accessible, and affordable.

  • Safe spaces: Cultivating inclusive and supportive environments in schools, teams, workplaces, and communities where everyone feels safe and respected.

  • Education and awareness: Fostering understanding and empathy through education and dialogue is crucial to dismantling prejudice and creating a world free from discrimination.

This new year, let us step into the unknown with unwavering determination. Together, we can rewrite the narrative, not just for ourselves but for generations to come. In solidarity and hope, we move forward.


The top news, stories, and resources from the December 2023 edition of Beyond The Binary™ are here.


Warmly,


Lauren Lubin April

Founder, April Haus, Inc.




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