To commemorate the start of PRiDE JA 2017, TransWave took over OutRight’s Instagram for the day on Monday. In their own words, TransWave is “a non-profit organization focused on promoting the rights of, as a well as the health and well-being of the transgender community in Jamaica, and the wider Caribbean.” They work to advocate for transgender rights as well as spread awareness for transgender-specific issues. Their Instagram takeover featured a livestream of Sports Day, the first event of Pride Week, and informational posts about transgender rights. They posted definitions of key terms, photos of transgender models, and suggestions for how to be a good ally as part of their I Am an Ally campaign. Their advice included a list of things not to say or not to ask a transgender person:
- So when is the surgery?
- So… am I still straight if I have sex with you?
- So what’s your real name?
- You look like a real woman/man, I’d never have known!
- Do you have a penis?
- When did you decide to become trans?
- So you’re a girl/boy now?
It’s been wonderful spending the day with you all! Before we go, we’d just like to share some tips from our #IAmAnAlly campaign, which sought to help persons be better allies to the transgender community. We focused on statements and questions that can be intrusive or offensive to persons of transgender experience; i.e. the things we shouldn't say or ask. We hope you find them useful, and enjoy the rest of your day! #PRiDEJA2017 #TransPrideJA
PRiDE JA 2017 runs from August 1-7 with events celebrating the transgender and larger LGBTIQ community in Jamaica. Jamaica is one of the first countries in the Caribbean to organize a Pride celebration, yet continues to outlaw homosexual behavior. Through events like PRiDE JA and the efforts of organizations like TransWave and J-FLAG, LGBTIQ human rights advocates hope to further improve the situation for LGBTIQ people in Jamaica through changes in the government and the perceptions of society at large.
To follow along with TransWave and PRiDE JA this week, you can follow the hashtags #transprideJA and #PRiDEJA2017.
That’s all folks! Remember to follow our pages for updates on our activities and the remainder of the Pride events! We are grateful to our friends at Outright for allowing us to share the space for the day! We hope you all enjoyed it as much as we have! Until next time! #PRiDEJA2017 #TransPrideJA Many thanks to @jkavja and @badgyalnoelle for always providing us with such wonderful photos for our campaigns. You're amazing. ❤️
Published on August 3, 2017 | OutRight Action International an LGBT human rights organization