Swish Voices August 7, 2012

WE CAN DO IT! Trans-Equality Today

Rose the Riveter/Lexi

My name is Lexi Wade, and I am a twenty two year old transgender woman currently residing in The Woodlands, TX (a northern suburb of Houston – the fourth largest city in the United States and a city with a gay mayor, Annise Parker). I am extremely thankful to have accepting family and friends that support my lifestyle and understand it is not a choice - which many people in today’s society seem to believeI am in the spotlight as an adult entertainer, with millions of fans, and there are issues that constantly bother not only me, but thousands of other people like meI am here to be a voice for my community and to stand for what is right.


We, as transgender people, are unfortunately in the minority in today's society. The transgender and GLBT communities in the United States face modern day discrimination. Even though we’re Americans, we are not allowed to serve in the United States military. It remains legal in 29 states to fire someone because they are lesbian, gay or bisexualIn 34 states, it is legal to fire someone solely for being transgender. During the early 1940's, Rose Will Monroe (aka "Rosie the Riveter”), a determined housewife, disagreed with the government's assertion that women should stay home and assume the roles of a housewife. With energy, persistence, and commitment to making a difference in her generation, "Rosie the Riveter" inspired a social movement that is credited with huge increases in the number of working Americans.


Although I recognize that things in society cannot change overnight, I feel that if WE as a whole across America – as one GLBT community - stand for our freedom (the rights to live in the "land of the free") I can be a modern version of "Rosie the Riveter" and create change and an awareness of transgender discrimination. Many transgender people have spent thousands of dollars on college degrees and further education, and yet are still unemployed just because of the way they lookLGBT men and women are just as capable and deserving of employment as their straight counterparts.


As an adult entertainer and a transgender person, I, too, have experienced discrimination. Earlier this year, I conversed with someone about a potential job opportunity at a Texas sports bar and grillDuring our conversation, I was offered the job. But later in the conversation, when she asked, "where do you work now?" I informed her that I was an adult film star. I also informed her that I am transsexual (being the honest person that I am). Her immediate response was, "I see...might not work out with us, then," even though I was well qualified for the position. Having been offered an opportunity only to have it suddenly taken back because of my lifestyle feels like discrimination. What is the purpose of an "Equal Employment Opportunity" agreement if a state and business have the legal right to deny someone an opportunity for employment?


I will be visiting New York City for my very first time August 16th-20th and definitely looking forward to what "The Big Apple" has in store for a Texas girl. In the meantime, always remember: you CAN before you CAN'T...and CAN'T is the easy way out. Dream big & never let your memories be greater than your dreams. Succeed.


For bookings, interviews & appearances please contact: misslexiwade@yahoo.com.