Keep Protections for Transgender and Lesbian Women in the Violence against Women Act of 1994

The Violence against Women Act of 1994 ensures that violence against women including domestic abuse, sexual assault, stalking, and other violence goes prosecuted. From the beginning these protections were extended to all women including lesbian and transgender women. Recently Republicans in the House stripped the bill of these protections, and lesbian and transgender women are no longer protected by VAWA. This is a violation of human rights. We must protect all women from violence. This petition is to keep inclusion of lesbians and transgender women in VAWA.

 

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Fraternity Brothers Raising Money to Help Pay for Transgender Member’s Top Surgery

By Greg Hernandez

Donnie Collins, an Emerson College sophomore pledging the Phi Alpha Tau fraternity, is finding out a lot about the meaning of brotherhood.

Collins is a transgender male whose health insurance does not cover his female-to-male top surgery which involves the removal of the breasts. He has paid for his hormone treatment himself.

Now his his new fraternity brothers have stepped in to help raise money for the operation through a page on IndieGogo.com.

‘We care deeply about each and everyone, and rely on the entire active brotherhood to stand behind any one individual when they are in need,’ members state on the page.  ‘We as an organization are told from day one to use our resources. You may not know this gentleman like we do, and we might not even know you, but if it speaks to you then we want to present you with an opportunity to give.’

Collins wants to have the surgery in May. He came out as transgender while a student at an all-girls boarding school in Windsor, Connecticut.

He tells Out.com that he cried in gratitude when he found out what his fraternity brothers were doing for him.

‘I was just like, ‘Oh that’s such a Tau thing to do,’ and I didn’t even think it was that weird,’ Collins says. ‘But then I started sending [the indiegogo link] out to people, and they were like, ‘Oh my god, that’s amazing! See, Greek Life isn’t bad; it’s amazing.’’

As of Monday (25 February) evening PST, just over $2,300 had been raised.

Below is a video made by some of the fraternity brothers:

 

[Source: Gay Star News]