In ‘the world continues to show how unsafe it is for trans folks’ news, a new bill has been introduced to Congress that essentially seeks to remove trans and non-binary folks from civil rights’ protections. The bill, entitled the “Civil Rights Uniformity Act” argues that discrimination based on sex and gender in original civil rights contexts did not include “subjective self-identification.”
Marykate Jasper at the Mary Sue describes it best, “The act is very explicit about what it intends to do. It wants to forbid the federal government from interpreting any protections against gender discrimination as also applying to trans folks. It wants to retroactively redefine inclusive civil rights protections as being non-inclusive.”
The trans community is under direct attack by close-minded, ignorant cis folks who seek to erase them from existence. The attacks on the trans and non-binary community have continued for decades—arguably it’s never ended. We have to stand together, immediately. As the queer community, we are stronger together than apart.
But, we all know it’s not as simple as that. The queer community mainstream—be that it’s financial, media, and activist resources—has never invested in the trans community the way that they have in others… cis, gay white men, in particular. Where gay marriage was the trending story every single day and people all over the country stood up and organized, this is a story that is falling under the radar. I’d ask why that is, but we all know the answer.
We keep thinking ‘this thing that 45’s people are doing is so ridiculous, it’ll never happen.’ But then it does. This bill is serious. It isn’t a joke. So I need people to listen up. This next section is going to be in all caps because people don’t seem to wanna listen or understand.
WHY IS IT THAT YOU SEE THE WHITE GAYS WHEN GAY MARRIAGE OR RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE COME UP BUT YOU DON’T SEE THEM ANYTIME THERE’S A TRANS ISSUE?
I DON’T UNDERSTAND HOW PEOPLE ARE GOING TO ARGUE THAT HOMONORMATIVITY DOESN’T EXIST AND HOW PEOPLE WANT TO SAY LGBT BUT STEADY DON’T SHOW UP FOR THE T!
HOW IS THAT CERTAIN FOLKS IN THIS COMMUNITY TALK ABOUT LOVE CONQUERS ALL BUT YOU NEVER SEE THEM GIVING OUT LOVE?
WHAT IS IT GOING TO TAKE FOR THE QUEER COMMUNITY AT LARGE TO ORGANIZE FOR TRANS FOLKS? MORE LEGISLATION? MORE MURDERS?
I constantly don’t know what to say anymore because the queer community continues to show signs of self-absorption and ‘it only matters if it’s about me and mine.’ People are doing the work, sure, but so often it’s only trans people fighting for trans people, which is odd considering that queer people across the country, and arguably all over the world, owe the freedoms and acceptance they have today to the trans and gender non-conforming people who stood up and fought. It’s heartbreaking. It’s painful.
If you’re here for the trans community, stand up. If you’re here for the trans community, speak up. If you’re here for the trans community, use your gifts to contribute to the movement—my gift is writing (though I’m sure my haters would dispute that claim). If you’re here for the trans community, oppose this bill every step of the way. If you’re not here for trans people, sit down, shut your mouth, and stay out of our way. If you feel attacked by this piece, it probably means this applies to you, and I want you to know that I don’t want to hurt you… I want you to do better. We all have to do better for the trans community.