The “Human” in “Humanist” Includes Trans

From The Humanist:

by Meghan Hamilton
31 July 2017

Last week the Trump administration launched one of the most aggressive attacks on the LGBTQ community to date. On Wednesday, Donald Trump announced via Twitter that “After consultation with my generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail.”

This sudden and hostile move came as a shock to many, including most of the armed forces themselves. Also shocking was the reaction in some secular circles in favor of the ban.

Most discouraging is the support for such hate within the humanist community. If you don’t support the universal equality of everyone in the LGBTQ community, including transgender individuals (that’s what the “T” stands for), you are not a humanist; and this is not up for debate. As the social media coordinator for AHA, I see continual evidence that many people on social media are confused about what humanism is.

You see, there are reasons humanists call themselves humanists in addition to calling themselves atheists, agnostics, nontheists, and so on. It’s implied and understood that humanists don’t simply lack a belief in a god, but hold a strong belief in the greater good of humanity and therefore strive to contribute to the progress of humanity, the planet, and science through activism. The humanist position undeniably includes a deep dedication to social justice and equality for every individual on this planet, no matter their religion, race, gender, sexual orientation, or sexual identity.

As a secular organization who works with, is comprised of, and fights for the rights of secular, atheist, humanist, nonreligious Americans, we often get lumped in with those who believe that nonbelief is enough; that attacking Christianity and Christians will create or at least fill us with some sort of satisfaction. But if that’s all we did as humanists, we wouldn’t be humanists. We would have to tell ourselves that the religious right doesn’t influence every attack inflicted upon the LGBTQ community, women, people of color, and the poor. We’d have to pretend that the GOP isn’t passing legislation that is clearly encouraged by religious conservatives, who want to construct the shining “City Upon a Hill” where wealthy, white men are securely in control.

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