The Declaration ** Trans Empowerment in America ** August 25, 2010 ** “We hold these truths to be self evident”

by Teresa Ellen Reeves

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Published with Permission


Trans Empowerment in America
We hold these truths to be self evident

Human Rights, Civil Rights, Equal Rights Are For Everyone!
Homeless People Included!*

Not just for Straight White Men,

Not just for Lesbians, Gays & Bisexuals

For Transsexual, Transgender, Intersex

& All Gender Diverse People!

Homelessness does not discriminate on the basis of Gender Identity or Gender Expression

And neither should we!

We are not the Last Words in Your Revolution!

We are not an afterthought for your generosity in victory

We refuse to depend upon the kindness of less than perfect strangers!

We are not subservient to Your Dreams

And you will not defer and delay Our Dreams

So that Lesbians, Gays & Bisexuals can be the first among Less-than-Equals!

We will not have our history denied, erased, borrowed or stolen to serve an L G & B agenda

Nor will we be labeled, gendered, degendered or regendered and we will not be sexualized, desexualized or resexualized to that end!

We will not be made into victims of transmisogynistic gay establishment media where we are depicted as as caricatures of women and not even human beings and where media exploits the blood and the suffering of us as victims of violence as comedic entertainment.

We will not serve in any Coalition organization where we are not made to feel welcome, where we can never lead, where we must remain invisible and silent and where we are regarded as less than full and equal partners!

L G & B Separatism “Separate But Equal” is Not Equality!

It is Transphobic Exclusion, Prejudice, Bigotry & Apartheid!!

In Separatism There Is No T in L G B T Unity!!

We are the First Words in Our Revolution!

We will form Our New Coalition of Friends that are outside, above and beyond the Box you tossed us into!

We will take the Lead in Our Revolution and We will never be less than Full & Equal Partners

Our Rights– For Our Dignity & Respect

To Be Welcome & Accepted

Our Marriage & Family Rights

Our Right to Work, Housing & Safe Shelter,

Health & Health Care, Safety & Well Being

Are just as Important to Us and We Will Not Be Denied Our Rights to Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Happiness!

That Includes a Trans-Inclusive Employment Non Discrimination

Act (ENDA) & the End of L G & B Separatist Apartheid!!

No More Exclusion of TransWomen & TransMen by Lesbian, Gay, & Bisexual People & Organizations!

Any Organization that Endorses & Supports such Exclusion shall be Boycotted, Sanctioned & Banned!!

We are women and we are men just like you.  We are everywhere.  We are white collar professionals and blue collar laborers.  We are parents and school teachers, doctors and lawyers, scientists and engineers, artists, entertainers, politicians and public servants.  We protect and serve as police and in the military.  We are the rich and the poor, the young and the old, the middle class and the middle of the road.  We are liberal and conservative, progressive and reactionary, religious and secular humanist, evolutionist and creationist.  We are the homeless and the housed,  the healthy and the sick,  the single and the coupled.   We are racial minorities and of the silent majority.  We are all of the above and none of the above and something in between.

We aspire to all the good things that life can bring, We have a right to live out our hopes and dreams in peace.

Today is the Day & Now is the Hour for Our Rights!

We Will Enable & Achieve Our Own Empowerment!

We have Earned Our Victories & Your Respect!

Our Revolution is Here! It Might Even Be Televised!

What We Require is Our Own Stonewall!

We Must Storm Our Own Bastille!

We Must Take On & Overcome Our Oppressors Because Our Cause is Just!

We Must Nail Our Message to the Doors Where We Are Locked Out!

If at First We Don’t Succeed…. Try Try Again!!

If at Last We Don’t Succeed…. Secede! Secede! Secede!

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