For Transgender Community, Legal Hurdles Require Extra Help

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TLDEF’s Executive Director Michael Silverman, LGBT Activist Edith “Edie” Windsor and Actress Laverne Cox at TLDEF’s 2014 gala. Photo Courtesy of TLDEF

While working at an organization that focuses on homeless LGBT youth, Racquelle Trammell, a 28-year-old transgender woman from Detroit, never thought that taking everyone out for food one day would end up taking a turn for the worse.

“On our way back, a man in a truck tried to talk to me, insisting that I give him my number,” Trammell says. “After saying no a few times, he got very upset and asked why. In fear for my youth, I explained that I was transgender.”

“He stopped his truck and was like, ‘Hell naw, I’m not gay! Don’t be trying to trick me!’ He then reached into the backseat for what seemed to be a gun,” she continues. “My youth and I were able to get back inside before he could get to his gun, but that truly had to be one of the scariest moments of my life.”

Though Trammell walked away unharmed, she revealed that being called her birth name (something she prefers not to disclose) in public outed her and made her an even bigger target for transphobic violence.

Read the rest of my story at [EBONY].

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