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Trans Activists are Exhausted Right Now. Here’s How You Can Help.

It’s one thing for the world to be crumbling before your eyes. It’s entirely another to have everyone act like you’re overreacting. 

Trans activists have known this struggle for a long time, and it’s not getting any better. 

2022 has seen a record number of anti-trans legislation taking shape across the country, along with general attacks on queer kids and their families and the thing conservatives tend to call “transgender ideology.” Which is just…you know…the idea that we deserve the right to exist.

And when we try to fight against it, we’re told that we’re making too much of it, or that it’s actually fine and just about politicians trying to get re-elected.

Part of it is simple fatigue: we’re all so bombarded with horrible news about the world each and every day that it can feel impossible to focus on any of it. We’re depleted before we’ve begun. It’s far from the first time the queer community has had to deal with this, either. It’s not even the first time we’ve had to fight for our rights in the midst of a plague.

When mainstream news under-reports the issues, it can feel like those outlets are implicitly implying that what’s happening to us doesn’t matter. And when you try to challenge that view, they hit back with statistics. “You represent less than 1% of the US population,” they say. Well, that’s still about 1.4 million adults and counting. And it’s not even adults who are under attack right now: it’s kids.

And for people who think that our struggle isn’t a life-or-death one, may we call your attention to the startling number of states in which a trans “panic defense” for murder is still 100% fine and legal.

So what can allies do about it? Well, you can be like queen Ariana Grande and use your own platform to alert others to the swiftly unfolding nation-wide attacks on trans people, or you can donate yourself to a few worthy causes, including:

-Trans Education Network of Texas (TENT) 

ACLU

Black Trans Women Inc 

Organizacion Latina De Trans en Texas 

Equality Texas 

PLEDGE will also distribute your donation across several different advocacy groups

Here is what is going to happen. Today we are going to raise $3million for trans-led work. Ariana Grande is matching up to $1.5million. We are going to make #TDOV about action, investment and power. Go here, donate, share. https://t.co/kTn01fk61o

— Chase Strangio (@chasestrangio) March 31, 2022

If you can’t give right now, you can still encourage greater responsibility on the part of mainstream outlets and Twitter discussions.

I know it’s not much, but could we all put #askatransperson 🏳️‍⚧️ under media that talks about trans issues w/o a trans person in the room? We need to make that practice unacceptable and screamingly obvious 🏳️‍⚧️

— DVX (@NellDollBell) April 5, 2022

Because when trans people are missing from the conversation, the conservatives are already getting what they want.

 

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