To all of our trans siblings—We see you. We honor you. We love you. We celebrate your resilience, we celebrate your accomplishments, we celebrate your existence! We are in total and complete solidarity with you.
The collective WE should be reaffirming our stance every single day, and not limiting ourselves to one day per year. Trans folks experience increased rates of violence and harm every day. They experience discrimination and hatred every single day. Our commitment to community and to actively fighting back against trans violence should also be everyday occurrence. Nothing less.
We are at a moment in time where we are seeing an increase in hatred and vitriol targeting the Trans community—we see this in harmful legislation that is sweeping the country, like the bill that just passed in Arkansas preventing trans youth from receiving gender affirming care, or the countless other bills aimed at transgender athletes. This moment requires all of us to be co-conspirators in the movement for civil rights and equity for our trans siblings. This moment requires all of us to be co-conspirators in the movement towards liberation and equity so all of us can thrive.
This is why we support the passage of the Equality Act in Congress, to ensure federal civil rights protections are provided on the bases of sexual orientation and gender identity. Though long overdue, this is a step in the right direction.
It’s why we continue to work in places like Idaho to try and lessen the harm on community, where folks can still be fired or discriminated against due to their gender identity and sexual orientation.
And it’s why we push for progressive legislation in places like Washington, so we can model what centering community looks and feels like, and that centering community will always win.
So, we ask you—what can you do to begin to show up not just as an ally, but as a co-conspirator? Someone who is willing to work alongside community to actively dismantle the harmful policies and the harmful systems that are hurting the trans community? What can you do to begin to deepen your knowledge? What can you do to support organizations that are trans-led or that center community in meaningful and authentic ways?
If you’re unsure where to start, here is a list of resources to help you get started.
Increase your knowledge on current affairs
· Human Rights Campaign: Tell State Legislators: Stop Attacking the transgender community NOW!
· Support young trans folks in Arkansas so they can get the healthcare they need. Call Gov. Asa Hutchinson 501-682-2345 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell him to VETO HB1570.
· Follow the ACLU and the Human Rights Campaign for up-to-date information on the attacks happening across the country
If you need support
· Trans Lifeline: 877-565-8860
Support Trans Orgs and Programs
· GLAAD has a great comprehensive list of resources, trans orgs, and trans programs that can be found here.