The Democratic Party of New Mexico Hosts An Event to Get Out the Vote

It’s important for everyone to vote because the people who participate determine the election outcomes; the Democratic Party of New Mexico or DPNM hosted an event over the weekend to remind people to register and get out the vote.

The Democratic Party of New Mexico Hosts An Event to Get Out the Vote from Kevin Charles Moore on Vimeo.

Registering to vote is easy, anyone over the age of 18 can vote. New Mexico residents can simply pick up a voter registration application or print the national form that is available online and mail it in to your local County Clerk’s Office.  Anyone who is already registered, volunteering for offices like the DPNM in Albuquerque can be a great resource to remind people to register to vote.

Elected officials make important decisions and while voting doesn’t guarantee that one’s favorite will win, choosing not to vote denies even that chance. These officials often respond to people who bother to vote, so this makes voting an important role to get your voice heard.

If you would like to register now and get out the vote in your state, Government Made Easy has you covered.

Al Franken  at DPNM Event. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore)

Al Franken at DPNM Event. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore)

Al Franken  at DPNM Event. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore)

Al Franken at DPNM Event. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore)

Young Democrat at DPNM Event. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore)

Mother and daughter at DPNM Event. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore)

Al Franken at DPNM Event. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore)

Al Franken at DPNM Event. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore)

Voters at DPNM Event. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore)

Attendees at DPNM Event. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore)

Engaging An Audience Through Online Communities

Using the Internet to engage online communities through social media is a great way to collect quantitative information about topics, develop new angles, and even find new audiences.

The old Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico before it was demolished. (Photo by K. Charles Moore)

The old TGRCNM before it was demolished. (Photo by K. Charles Moore)

Feedback over the Internet is often times negative but if you give an individual a voice with a guise, the truth can become apparent. Many may say this is quite the contrary and that the Internet is full of dishonesty. People become more honest over the Internet and according to Jeff Hancock dishonesty is in human nature, especially in relationships with others. For instance in this TED Talk, The Future of Lying, Hancock references studies based on online resumes, Facebook personalities, online dating, and compared them with the day-to-day lies of an individual. Hancock states that in much more instances online communication is more honest than face-to-face.

This is why it is important to use the Internet to engage and collect feedback from individuals based upon their knowledge or opinions. Throughout this last week, surveys and stories were conducted on transgender awareness. These stories and surveys were shared on the Internet and gained responses.

The Story Intro of Being Gender from Kevin Charles Moore on Vimeo.

A story with a video to the intro of a documentary was shared along with an article about the Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico or TGRCNM. This story received eight shares from the site posted and 23 likes, with one reader expressing excitement for the actual story after viewing the intro clip.

Transgender Awareness Survey - Conducted by K. Charles Moore

Transgender Awareness Survey – Conducted by K. Charles Moore

The next week a post to Reddit along with a survey, that was also posted to Twitter and Facebook, requested users to answer three questions about transgender awareness. The first assumption was to post directly to transgender subReddits but this generated one response, that posting in a transgender subReddit would generate bias responses. This led the post to be created under a subReddit for politics and it gained much more responses. Reponses came from transgender individuals and some who might have been unsure about what being transgender means. One such responder asking, “What are transgender rights?”

Reddit Response to Transgender Awareness

Reddit Response to Transgender Awareness

With the initial posts the target audience was the community directly affected, but without engagement other audiences became the focus. Understanding an audience through engagement helps develop a new angle and answers the question, whom should the story really be affecting? In the case of transgender awareness much of the transgender community is already aware of its struggles, it is the other social communities that are unaware.

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.

The Story Intro of Being Gender from Kevin Charles Moore on Vimeo.

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.

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)