I took the stage at the GLAAD Media Awards in San Francisco on Saturday to educate the LGBT and our allied communities of the injustices that trans women - especially those of color - face. Here, I call for the New York Times to restore Lorena Escalera’s dignity after the publishing of their demeaning article.

In a time, where a case like CeCe McDonald’s warrants barely any mainstream mention, it’s essential that we push back when the media gets us and our stories wrong. We will not take crumbs. We deserve to be seen whole.

Taking the stage at the GLAAD Media Awards in New York.

1500 people in the audience, two trans sisters in solidarity on stage. This was the moment that validated all the good and bad decisions I made in my short life. Laverne Cox is a woman I’m proud to call a friend and sister.