Name: Jayme Lynn
County of Residence: Allegheny County, previously Dauphin county and Cumberland county
How do you describe your identity? Transgender woman
Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face? Hiding for 55 yrs,I found strength in the Diana Sawyer, Caitlin Jenner interview,wife knew about me for 25 yrs but told everyone she had no idea and.her and my son’s no longer have contact with me
How would you describe yourself NOW in terms of “being out”? Happy,but severe depression and PTSD
Tell me about the first LGBTQ person whom you met. What impact did they have on your life? When I entered the Navy only at 18yrs of age I saw people like me out in San Diego
Past or present, favorite LGBTQ character or creator in television, film or literature? Please tell us why. True Blood’s Lafayette
How do you stay informed about LGBTQ issues? I follow current affairs
Describe your geographical community. Some what , I’m impressed with the Transgender medical community
Describe your local or regional LGBTQ community. Not very familiar with the community, I’m fairly new to this part of Pa
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Have you ever experienced discrimination based on your identity? Specifically, in a job setting, when applying for housing or while in public. Yes several former employer’s won’t give references,two landlord’s wouldn’t return my phone calls
Have you experienced microagressions based on your identity? Think everyday indignities & slights that you experience, but would not characterize as discrimination. Please describe in your own words. Store clerks mis identify, some crude remarks by transit riders
Tell us about your access to health care in Western PA. Has it been LGBTQ competent (or not?) Very competent,not so with PERSAD(in my opinion) the OAKLAND VA hospital is VERY TRANS FRIENDLY and have a great Transgender team headed by Dr Danalle Palidino
Are there issues impacting your LGBTQ neighbors that aren’t visible or part of the local dialogue? Not sure how to answer this question
What would you like to see elected officials do to improve life for LGBTQ Pennsylvanians? Pass the equal protection bill !!!!
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Beyond discrimination, what other barriers create challenges for your LGBTQ neighbors? From 30-on up many agencies don’t support the “mature” Transgender community as well as our youth (which is important for our youth) the adult MTF community is often forgotten about and are left in the dark at a certain age your history is erased and it’s not very easy to start again as it is when in your twenties or 30’s even
What LGBTQ friendly resources are available for your neighbors? Mercy behavior, if you are a Veteran the VA is very helpful with transgender and in general LGBTQ treatment
What is your greatest fear for the LGBTQ community in Western Pennsylvania? Being lost in representation of issues and equality
What is your greatest hope for the LGBTQ community in Western Pennsylvania? To finally be on equality levels
What pieces of local or regional LGBTQ history would you like to preserve and why? Not familiar with the area
What can allies do to support your LGBTQ community? Stand with us on the issues
How can gay men and lesbians support the bisexual, transgender and queer members of our community?
Stop thinking we are BANDWAGON JUMPER’S,AND OR IMPOSTER’S AFFRAID TO SAY WE ARE REALLY JUST GAY,OR LESBEIN (because trans isn’t REAL!… I’ve heard this said to me personally by gay and Lesbian individuals)
What motivated you to take part in this project? Pride
Finally, what question should I have asked? Please also share your answer. Have you been sexually assaulted and how if at all was it handled by authorities
Thank you, Jayme Lyn.
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