Transgender 9 year-old Boy Penelope (Penel) Ghartey and Transgender Writer-Activist Tiq Milan in Brooklyn Community Services ONE Brooklyn Community Subway Poster Campaign

Transgender boy Penelope (Penel) Ghartey, age 9 and sister Georgia Becker, age 18, activist/student withTiq Milan, writer/ transgender activist for BCS ONE Brooklyn Community Subway Poster Campaign

We have to talk about what is happening to transgender people when they intersect with race and class. Transgender people in New York City are eight times more likely to live on the poverty line.

Brooklyn Community Services (BCS) launched its ONE Brooklyn Community MTA Campaign for the third year on September 12 with “Many Voices, Many Stories,” a public service poster campaign seen on 36 Brooklyn subway stations that features 22 Brooklyn notables including Tiq Milan, a transgender activist, writer, public speaker, media consultant and a LGBT spokesperson for GLAAD and Penelope Ghartey (Penel), who is a 9 year old transgender boy that advocates to live authentically and loves school and karate.

The Ambassadors of the ONE Brooklyn Community campaign are using their voices to build public awareness and community engagement for Brooklynites living below the poverty line. Sponsored by Investors Bank, ONE Brooklyn Community “Many Voices, Many Stories” will be on view through October 12th.

Although many Brooklyn neighborhoods have experienced a rise in wealthy apartment renters and home-buyers, the current US Census estimates that 23 percent of Brooklynites are living in poverty. Milan and Ghartey join the campaign to raise awareness of the impact of poverty in the lives of LGBT people in Brooklyn.

Milan’s career began in Hip Hop and music journalism as a writer, where he built a foundation interviewing big names like Jay Z and Cicely Tyson. Milan talks about the music period as his pre-transition before refocusing his work on the human rights issues affecting the LGBT community. “Transgender people in New York City are eight times more likely to live on the poverty line,” stated Milan who has written articles for the New York Times, The Guardian, Huffington Post, Ebony and has appeared on MSNBC, CNN and many other media outlets. “We have to talk about what is happening to transgender people when they intersect with race and class.”

Ghartey is featured on the poster along with his sister…

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