An interview with Renae Green, TransWave Jamaica, Jamaica.
LBT+ issues are on the backburner. Women’s issues gained more prominence around four years ago, but in general they are still trying to find a place and a voice. This has always been a problem and continues to be one.
Trans people’s issues came to the forefront even more recently, about three years ago. When it comes to trans discussions, the focus is usually on trans women and, in particular, on HIV. Trans people aren’t recognised legally, and we really have no protection in any form under the law. Trans people and trans rights aren’t respected.
Data is an issue here – when we attempt to raise problems or suggest potential routes for change, we get pushback because we do not have the data to support our claims.
For example, when talking about poverty, people will say they don’t think a lot of trans people are poor, because we don’t have reports or data to prove it. Our hope is to get enough evidence so that we can prove our claims about trans people’s lives, and show why our communities desperately need more resources.
It was good – I’m really hoping this isn’t a one-off, and that greater things can come of it. That might be through financial support, helping to build capacity for community organisations, or establishing formal partnerships.