By now, you have very likely heard that transgender people are once again under attack by the Trump administration. According to the New York Times, “The Trump administration is considering narrowly defining gender as a biological, immutable condition determined by genitalia at birth, the most drastic move yet in a government-wide effort to roll back recognition and protections of transgender people under federal civil rights law.”
The leaked memo describes plans to redefine millions of trans, nonbinary, and gender expansive Americans out of existence. But we can’t be erased — we won’t be erased. In the beautiful words of my friend Alex from Equality Ohio: “We were written in ink, not pencil. Your color is indulgent. Rich. No eraser can mute it. You weren’t written on to paper, but inscribed onto the universe itself. No eraser exists which could erase that.”
It’s important to remember that this proposal is still just that — a proposal. We have been up against anti-LGBTQ proposals, bills, and actions before, and our movement has been there to defeat them.
One of our greatest opportunities for action is happening in less than two weeks: Election Day. Our state and local elected officials right here in Wisconsin still have the authority to protect transgender Wisconsinites even when the federal government is attempting to rollback our hard fought protections.
Be assured that we continue to work with our local, statewide, and national partners not only to secure legal protections, but to increase access to culturally competent and affordable healthcare, and to promote safe and welcoming workplaces, homes, schools, and public spaces to ensure true lived experiences of equality.
I also want to share the words of Mara Keisling, Executive Director of NCTE:
“To transgender people: I know you are frightened. I know you are horrified to see your existence treated in such an inhumane and flippant manner. What this administration is trying to do is an abomination, a reckless attack on your life and mine. But this administration is also staffed by inexperienced amateurs overplaying their hand by taking extreme positions that ignore law, medicine, and basic human decency. […] This is the most common trait shared by transgender people: A strength and resilience for hard and difficult times. If this administration is hoping to demoralize us, they will be disappointed. If they are hoping we will give up, they should reconsider the power of our persistence and our fury.” (Read the full statement here.)
For our transgender community and families: We see you. We love you. We are you. We are in this together every step of the way. We #WontBeErased.
JOIN THE RALLY IN MILWAUKEE: “We Won’t Be Erased – Rally for Resistance”
Thursday, October 25, 5:00-7:00 PM
We will continue to share other resistance events around the state as we learn of them.