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International Transgender Day of Visibility

March 31, 2023

Happy Transgender Day of Visibility. I wish we were celebrating in better circumstances. All across the U.S., Republicans are trying to ensure trans and gender-nonconforming people have fewer rights and protections under the law. At least 8 states have restricted gender-affirming medical care for trans youth. Missouri just completely defunded public libraries, lest people have access to information about gender and sex.

Why should everyone care? Not just trans and genderqueer people, not just those who love them, but everyone?

We should care because this is an authoritarian tactic. Pick on the least well-regarded in society. Demonize them by telling terrible stories about them. Punish them for existing. Rile up the masses into witch hunts. And then take a step up the ladder to the next group and the next. You think I’m joking? It’s a page in the Authoritarian Playbook.

It’s not about being trans. It’s about conformity and control.

Authoritarians exert control by creating in- and out-groups. They exert control by taking away your right to express yourself freely, to be different, to pursue your own interests.

They don’t give a crap that trans people aren’t hurting anyone. They will simply make up stories about them. And they won’t care that you aren’t hurting anyone with your lifestyle, your religion, your culture, your clothing, your books, your poems, your music, your hobbies.

They’ll tell you that you’re a deviant because you want to act like yourself. They’ll call you perverted for expressing yourself in the fullest, most beautiful way you know how.

Then they’ll lock you up, torture you and kill you. They did in

Cuba

Argentina

Iran

Oh hell, everywhere. I don’t have time to list them all.

That got a little dark, but this is serious shit, folks. We all need to pay attention and throw our support behind our trans and gender non-conforming communities.

A little palate-cleansing

Alok V. Menon has become one of my guiding lights. Go check them out on Instagram. Their words are so powerful and their thinking so clear. Alok is a joy. It took me a while to see a very hairy person in fabulous gowns, makeup and jewelry as beautiful, but now I think Alok is one of the clearest moral voices speaking today.

Clara Olshansky is my favorite nonbinary comic. Hilarious.

It’s a Good Day for a Donation

The Trevor Project is often listed as a top charity to support for trans and other queer youth, but I also like Transanta because it feels so personal.

Remember that the ACLU is a strong advocate for LGBTQI+ rights and is well-established and effective. The National Center for Transgender Equality is specifically dedicated to advocacy for the rights of transgender people.

It’s a Good Day to Support a Trans Person

Tell the trans people in your life that you have their back. It’s a scary time, and they need to know they’re not alone and that they are loved.

One Comment
  1. Carolyn Stephens permalink
    April 1, 2023 09:22

    I don’t have any trans people in my life (at least I don’t think I do) but I have several friends who are loving, supportive parents of trans children. Some of the stuff they’ve been through shouldn’t happen to any parent but they handle it with strength and grace.
    On the one hand, we’ve got lawmakers saying that parents should decide what children are taught in school (thus ensuring their ignorance lives on forever) and on the other hand, those parents should have no say in the very essence of their being. Yeah, that makes sense.

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