Families For Equality
DeShanna Neal and Brynn Tannehill are the Co-Chairs of Trans United Families for Equality. Trans United Families for Equality was founded to support and empower the families of trans and gender non-binary people. DeShanna anchors Trans United Families of Color for Equality, a special program of Trans United Fund focused on outreach, support and empowerment of families of color. To find out more, please contact us.
The Story of Meet My Child
In mid-April 2016, a young transgender woman named Keyonna Blakeney was brutally beaten to death on the outskirts of Washington, D.C.
On the very day and time her family and community gathered to memorialize her life, former Presidential candidate Ted Cruz unleashed a multi-million dollar ad buy including an ad specifically demonizing the transgender community.
Members of the Trans United Fund Advisory board were in attendance of the vigil. As we watched a community grieve for a young woman and share their own fear for safety, we knew we had to speak out.
Towards the end of the rally, Zoila, the mother of a young trans girl, stepped up to speak.
As her daughter played nearby, she shared her gratitude for the progress made to date, her fears of what might happen to her daughter and her fierce and unconditional love and acceptance of you her beautiful little girl.
As we listened to the power of Zoila’s love for her daughter, we knew we needed to amplify her voice and others like her.
So when Senator Ted Cruz had the audacity to release an anti-trans add attacking trans people on the very day and very hour we stood at a vigil for the ninth trans woman of color murdered this year, we had the courage to fight back.
In just one week, we worked with three young trans people and their mothers to develop a powerful response.
On the week we marked Cruz’s exit in Indiana from the presidential race, we could not think of a more powerful way to send him off.
We shared Meet My Child with the world for Mother’s Day weekend, and through our efforts we reached over 3 million people with the message of unconditional love for trans children from these devoted moms.
I told my daughter, I know who you are. I love you.Zoila
She’s my heart.DeShanna
Meet my son.Melissa
Across the country, some politicians have seized on the fact that many Americans are just getting to know transgender people as an opportunity to advance their careers. From Washington state to Texas to North Carolina, some politicians have been working to stir up fear of transgender people.
Politicians in 20 states have attempted to advance over 50 pieces of legislation attacking transgender people. The policies themselves are dangerous and unnecessary and the campaigns they run to advance them play to peoples worse fears and make life just a little bit harder and a little bit more dangerous for transgender people.
This sort of dishonest and divisive politics is never acceptable, but it is particularly egregious in light of the profound vulnerability of many segments of the trans community.
of trans people have attempted suicide
trans women, mostly women of color, were murdered in 2016 before the launch of this video
Meet My Child was co-directed by Trans United Board Chair Hayden Mora, a trans man, and Sundance award-winning filmmaker Melissa Regan, whose 2002 documentary “no dumb questions” broke new ground in creating a safe space for all of us to embrace our differences, laugh at what makes us uncomfortable, and ask our own “dumb questions” about transgender experiences.