“I find that when you’re in the movement you have to educate, advocate— but now because we’ve had so much phenomenal growth in the movement…we also have to protect,” Ellis told Fusion’s Alicia Menendez in an interview. “A protection strategy is just as important as advocating and educating because if you don’t protect, those wins will start to be eroded…”
Among those wins that need to be protected is the progress made for the those in the transgender community. Menendez asked Ellis about the “T” in LGBT, and how GLAAD is working to integrate the trans community within the broader movement.
“I think the visibility has grown exponentially for the trans community,” Ellis told Menendez. “I think with that visibility comes a lot of responsibility, and we’ve taken that very seriously.”
With advocates like Janet Mock and “Orange is the New Black’s” Laverne Cox serving as the faces of the trans community, a diversity of voices and perspectives are being represented in the formulation of effective advocacy policies.
Credit: Claudia Pou, Alicia Menendez, Ignacio Torres, Victoria Moreno