A Survey Conducted on Transgender Awareness

Transgender rights are becoming the next step in equality for all; some questions about current issues were polled through many different outlets and the results are a reflection of the current climate.

God is Still Speaking. Albuquerque, NM Pride Parade. (Photo by K. Charles Moore)

God is Still Speaking. Albuquerque, NM Pride Parade. (Photo by K. Charles Moore)

A recent poll, and the one published with this article (poll has been removed but can be found here), has many calling for support and equal rights for the transgender community. In three simple questions polltakers were asked to acknowledge if they are or know anyone who identifies as transgender, if they would support a transgender friend or family member, and if they think equality is important for the transgender community. While the questions are simple, often times the answers are not.

According to a report done by the Williams Institute as of 2011 there was a reported nearly 700,000 people in the United States identifying as transgender, this is about 0.3 percent of the population at the time. Less than 20 percent of individuals taking the poll identified as transgender but 50 percent did know someone who identifies as transgender. Over 90 percent of the responders that took the survey feel that transgender equality needs to be advanced. This left a split of a little over 4 percent each, either not sure what transgender means, or thinks that the transgender community already reached equality, and one even skipped the question.

Continuing these numbers are reflected very similar in the final question about supporting a friend or family member. Over 91 percent would support them unconditionally. While it is split with a little over 4 percent each to not supporting that person, and also being upset and/or confused but ultimately supporting a friend or family member who is transgender.

Education helps promote awareness and this survey also reflects that there is a small percentage unaware of what it is to be transgender. The public and supporters will recognize what can be done in the pursuit of equality with the continued guide and education from the transgender community.

The Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico Continues to Serve the Local Transgender Community

For more than two years the Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico or TGRCNM has offered dedicated service for New Mexico’s transgender community, this requires the center to assist, educate, and advocate for the transgender populace to achieve equality.

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At the heart of the TGRCNM is Executive Director Adrien Lawyer, who co-founded the center with Zane Stephens. Lawyer is a transgender man, spouse, and father on the forefront of the equality movement for transgender communities not just in New Mexico, but also all over the United States. Lawyer has been a part of the ACLU’s All Families Matter coalition, known now as Why Marriage Matters New Mexico and sits on the board of directors for Equality New Mexico.

New Mexico has had struggles in the past with understanding transgender rights and listening to the voice expressed by that of the transgender individual. Damian Garcia, a transgender teen that identifies as male, also a senior at St. Pius X High School was denied the right to wear the traditional gowns reserved for males. Garcia was given two options: wear the white gown all graduating females wear, or not participate in the commencement. Lawyer, in providing and acting on equality is also a part of groups that have been suggesting policies to Albuquerque schools in support of transgender rights of students and staff.

Being Gender

Being Gender (Photo by K. Charles Moore)

Before getting a physical location, the center primarily existed online as a support and outreach. This made many things the center has now almost impossible, but since then the center has began to offer much more in the form of a non-profit organization. Some of the services offered are a place to rest, someone to talk with, and a safe place to be your true self. Many transgender individuals do not receive acceptance from family and friends or are afraid to come out due to social stigmas about being transgender. TGRCNM offers acceptance, education, help, and referrals. The center also engages in social events around the communities with many partners and organizations throughout New Mexico to promote equality.

To get involved or to learn more about continuing transgender equality around New Mexico, there are many ways to aid TGRCNM, donations and volunteers are always needed.

Transgender Awareness Gains Momentum With Recent Progress

Transgender awareness is growing with more people who identify as transgender sharing the personal struggles they face, while the Obama Administration announces the lift on the Medicare ban for sex reassignment surgery.

Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico's float at the Albuquerque Pride Parade. (Photo by K. Charles Moore)

TGRCNM’s float at the Albuquerque Pride Parade. (Photo by K. Charles Moore)

Transgender awareness is growing with more people who identify as transgender sharing the personal struggles they face, while the Obama Administration announces the lift on the Medicare ban for sex reassignment surgery.

Transgender awareness is growing with more people who identify as transgender sharing the personal struggles they face, while the Obama Administration announces the lift on the Medicare ban for sex reassignment surgery.

Transgender awareness is growing with more people who identify as transgender sharing the personal struggles they face, while the Obama Administration announces the lift on the Medicare ban for sex reassignment surgery.

Transgender awareness is growing with more people who identify as transgender sharing the personal struggles they face, while the Obama Administration announces the lift on the Medicare ban for sex reassignment surgery.

Transgender awareness is growing with more people who identify as transgender sharing the personal struggles they face, while the Obama Administration announces the lift on the Medicare ban for sex reassignment surgery.

Albuquerque Sol F.C. is Bringing the Premier Development League of U.S. Soccer to Albuquerque

Albuquerque Sol F.C. became a minor league soccer team in December 5, 2013 and is bringing the Premier Development League or PDL for short to Albuquerque, NM giving local soccer fans and players a chance to get involved.

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The United Soccer League has been operating for more than twenty years. This is the largest organization of elite soccer leagues with the PDL being an important step for top professionals playing worldwide. Ron Patel and Larry Espinoza founded Albuquerque Sol F.C. to give local soccer talent a target to strive for to get to the next level. But its not only local talent applying for the team, Espinoza shared that they had applicants from around the world but the majority of the team is local talent.

Albuquerque Sol F.C. Office - Click to Enhance (Photo by K. Charles Moore)

Albuquerque Sol F.C. Office – Click to Enhance (Photo by K. Charles Moore)

Albuquerque Sol F.C is the top tier of soccer in New Mexico and is operating to professional standards in hopes of becoming a Major League Soccer team in the future. The team plans to pull in the “curious fan,” this fan is someone that may not quite understand soccer but has always been interested. Bringing the PDL to Albuquerque is bringing not just a soccer game but also an experience. An experience the Albuquerque Sol F.C. is hoping curious fans will enjoy. At each game a kiosk will be available that will allow fans to take photos and directly share them through social media.

Albuquerque Sol F.C. Schedule and Information - Click to Enhance (Albuquerque Sol F.C. Publication)

Albuquerque Sol F.C. Schedule and Information – Click to Enhance (Albuquerque Sol F.C. Publication)

An issue that became important to Albuquerque Sol F.C. was not just the formation of a team but also wanting to give back, through a non-profit. Albuquerque Sol Foundation is a health and wellness foundation using soccer as a platform. The team puts on events such as Cocktails and Cleats that accepts soccer donations for children who are less fortunate, silent auctions to raise money, with speakers like Diego Sanchez. While there is not currently a website for the foundation the Albuquerque Sol F.C. main site will house a link in the future with access to the non-profit.

The Art and Craft

The Art and Craft is a segment dedicated to capturing the city of Albuquerque through a photographic medium. With murals and locations as unique as the inhabitants, this is an attempt to capture the art and scenery, which often gets overlooked. Modern Albuquerque is defined by the unique diversity of cultures converging to create a one of a kind city. This culture is defined by the arts and craft that the various communities share with the city and its visitors, leaving a craving to relive locations or the wonderful sites witnessed through travel.

A car in the Nob Hill district. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

A car in the Nob Hill district. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

Murals, graffiti and other forms of art decorate much of Central Avenue. Nob Hill on historic Route 66 is one district that encompasses some wonderful and intriguing murals and art that reflects the community. The heart of Albuquerque’s Route 66, Nob Hill has an eclectic mix of local businesses and remarkable artists.

Slice Parlor mural on Central Avenue, Nob Hill district. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

Slice Parlor mural on Central Avenue, Nob Hill district. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

Slice Parlor mural on Central Avenue, Nob Hill district. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

Slice Parlor mural on Central Avenue, Nob Hill district. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

Slice Parlor mural on Central Avenue, Nob Hill district. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

Slice Parlor mural on Central Avenue, Nob Hill district. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

Unknown mural next to Tractor Brewing Company on Central Avenue, Nob Hill district. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

Unknown mural next to Tractor Brewing Company on Central Avenue, Nob Hill district. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

Much of the historic Nob Hill district holds memories of the motels and other places that once stood and original signs still stand as artistic markers of these memories. With the big skies as backdrops these historic markers remain the forethought of Nob Hill. The art of graffiti is mixed in as modern murals reflect the diversity of the culture represented in this historic district.

Historic Aztec Motel sign on Central Avenue, Nob Hill district. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

Historic Aztec Motel sign on Central Avenue, Nob Hill district. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

Barber Drews right off Central Avenue, Nob Hill district. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

Barber Drews right off Central Avenue, Nob Hill district. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

Barber Drews right off Central Avenue, Nob Hill district. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

Barber Drews right off Central Avenue, Nob Hill district. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

Mural on Central Avenue, Nob Hill district. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

Mural on Central Avenue, Nob Hill district. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

Tiny Feet. Art billboard Nob Hill district. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

Tiny Feet. Art billboard Nob Hill district. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

Girl holding sun billboard Nob Hill district. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

Girl Holding Sunset. Art billboard Nob Hill district. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)