I started performing drag over five years ago. I guess you could say it was my little in into the St. Louis LGBT Community. I was young and naïve and at the time a self-identified lesbian. I named myself “Sum Yung Wang” because my unaware, twenty-something self thought it would be funny to poke fun at my own race.





The Human Rights Campaign announced on July 30th that it would publicly support efforts to end the anti-trans “intention” of the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival (the intention is the policy to exclude trans women from the festival on the grounds that they are not womyn-born womyn). Festival organizers and supporters, including founder Lisa Vogel, continue to contend that the festival has no official policy around the exclusion of transgender women, instead clarifying that organizers have "said that this space, for this week, is intended to be for womyn who were born female, raised as girls and who continue to identify as womyn,"Vogel wrote in a Mayblog post. "This is an intention for the spirit of our gathering, rather than the focus of the festival. It is not a policy, or a ban on anyone."





In early 2013, my partner Allan and I began hearing talk that nine of our friends and acquaintances were thinking of filing a lawsuit against the State of Arkansas challenging the ban and non-recognition of same-sex marriage. We were eager and willing to step forward. However, after much discussion, we decided it was in Allan's best interest, because of his employment, to support from the side lines. 





The “T” has been silent for way too long. This year we will change that.


As I attend events put on for the “LGBT community,” I notice the intense relevance of the "LGB" community and the stunning lack of “T” representation. This is not due to a lack of Trans presence at these events - this is due to our community choosing to be passive and assimilating into our other identities. We’ve chosen to be parents, friends, employees, volunteers and comfortable before being visible.





A few years ago I asked Judy Shepard how she felt about Fred Phelps, the founder of the infamous Westboro Baptist Church which had picketed the funeral of her son Matthew in what was to become the seminal event that put Westboro into the national spotlight. 


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