Season’s Greetings from Louisiana Trans Advocates
As 2018 comes to a close, I’ve been reflecting on the past year’s work. This year has been a roller coaster for trans people across the country, and Louisiana was no different. We’ve suffered losses and celebrated triumphs. What’s really marked this year for me, though, was that we’ve experienced a massive investment of time and talents from trans Louisianans and our allies.
I can’t express enough how grateful we are for the work being done by the dozens of trans people and allies across the state to help us realize our vision — a Louisiana where all trans, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming people have the core human rights of self-determination and expression.
This was a year of firsts for our organization.
In May, we held our first annual statewide membership convention in Baton Rouge, where our members participated in our first democratic election of our organization’s leadership.
We launched brand new programs, including our Trans POC Empowerment Committee, Donna Jean Loy Memorial Name Change Assistance Fund, Faith and Family Council, a trans children’s play group, and a nonbinary support group.
And now, to close out the year, we’re releasing our first annual edition of our new publication, Liberate, in lieu of an annual report. We hope you’ll enjoy reading about what we’ve been up to in 2018!
We’ve never been as strong as we are right now. And we have more support from our allies, elected officials, faith communities, and others than we’ve ever had before. So don’t despair.
2018 was harder than I’d imagined. We stand ready, knowing that 2019 may be harder. But we do what we know, and all I know how to do is keep fighting. For us. For the opportunties we deserve. For the safety we need. For our voices to be heard. For liberation.
Dylan Waguespack, Board President