The Asphalt TRANS LIVES MATTER Arts Project
The Asphalt Trans Lives Matter public arts project is dedicated to bringing the trans rights movement into full visibility with art, poetry and protest in heart of a the gay, lesbian and transgender community – The Stonewall Inn, which continues to serve as a haven for the city's gay, lesbian and transgender community.
The location for this mural painted directly on the street is important as a way to highlight the 1969 violent police raid at The Stonewall Inn, which marked a turning point in the fight for LGBT liberation.
The text TRANS LIVES MATTER at this sight will highlight our history of protest and with the visual fields of blue, pink and white painted letters we will be highlighting trans leadership in LGBT liberation movement.
Our objective is to attract public attention to trans history and social issues and to bring our message into the public sphere making it accessible to everyone.
The painting will be a community event and we hope to engage students from the Hetrick Martine Institute and other New York City public high schools to help paint the block letters.
Violence does not happen in a vacuum. Black and Brown transgender women in this country face dehumanizing stigma -- a stigma that is only worsened by systemic racism and sexism. That in combination with the all-too-common denial of opportunity to succeed in school and on the job puts these women at increased risk of intimate partner violence and sexual assault, engagement in survival sex work, and risk of poverty and homelessness. These factors all put Black and Brown transgender women at greater risk of deadly violence.
Upon meeting with community members who work as street-based sex workers, we recognize that our community members represent many identities and ethnic backgrounds. We are Black, Indigenous, and migrants, among many other identiteis. Our organization has collaboratively created ways in which we can and intend to address the challenges the Black transgender sex workers community faces to protect our saftey, including but not limited to housing and financial situations.
The main issue and theme is lack of access to education and appropriate services for the TGNCNB community. Our office is calling for an expansion of LGBT+ programming, more trainings for trans youth, an Office of Adult Workforce Education Development, and a taskforce to examine and implement access to special education programs for adults, and increasing access to adult education for TGNCNB people. Community members asked to investigate pervasive discrimination at schools.
Disproportionate unemployment is the main issue and theme. Our office recommended launching a #HireTransNYC campaign with advocates, creating a Shadow Program and a LGBTQIA Fellows Pathway Program to expose TGNCNB people to- government by working with three departments in the Office. At the end of the program, they would receive access to interviews to other departments .
Criminal Justice/Public Safety:
Several topics in this field came up. We recommend investigating vice with the goal of defunding the unit, requiring NYPD to report on sting operartions, and increase advocacy of mental health counselors in lieu of NYPD, decriminalizing sex work, banning solitary confinement, investigating bail and access to HIV/AIDS/hormone medication in city jails for TGNCNB people.
Foster Care System:
Advocates have asked that we investigate ACS and their transporting TGNCNB youth upstate, where their protections may decrease by virtue of them being outside of the jurisdiction of New York City. Community members asked to investigate TGNC
Community advocates have asked this office to address pockets of populations where discimination may be more rampant and potent. Our office recommended the Office initaite ways to address toxic masculinity and faith-infused discrimination through local laws, initiatives, campaigns and visits to communities.
TGNCNB people, by virtue of their identities, are subjected to instances of violence. Our office recommended re-igniting past anti-discrimination campaigns, developing ways to enforce GENDA in the city and working on new approaches to addressing hate violence in the city.
Accountability for botched medical services, misgendering and deadnaming are all issues mentioned. Our recommendations include requiring medical residents to be trained in trans-affirming surgeries, revising the city’s Patient Bill of Rights and posting signage on the legal rights of people to be referred to by their chosen gender pronouns and names.
The main problem is confidentiality. We recommended a local law requring HRA staff to document their interaction with landlords to better hold them accountable when they engage in discrimination based on source of income, gender identity, and other protected classes.
Based on the recommendations of the Department of Transportation, we will use enamel paint and spray paint that the DOT uses for the markings on streets and sidewalks, cash donations to make the mural more durable.
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