A Trans Plea to the L,G,B, and Q: Help Us

From The Advocate: https://www.advocate.com/commentary/2018/10/22/trans-plea-lgb-and-q-help-us

What will you do to save your brothers and sisters?

By Amanda Kerri
October 22 2018

There will be a thousand articles written about Trump’s plan to make it government policy that transgender people don’t exist. Some will explain what’s happening, why it’s happening, and how. Some will attack conservatives and Trump, some will attack those who enabled and empowered them through inaction or lack of concern for anyone but themselves. I can’t write those articles.

I already wrote them. I’ve already called the GOP a hate group, I’ve already called out hypocritical allies, I’ve gone after people condoning casual transphobia, warned of radical evangelicals changing the government, and I’ve laid into “progressives” who will throw us under the bus. Almost to the day, I warned about the “unpersoning” of trans people by the Trump administration a full year ago. To borrow a phrase from black folks, “We done told y’all.”

But here we are. The End. It’s not about bathrooms or celebrities, it’s not about pronouns or dating or anything of the sort, it’s just the end of us. Trump’s government is going to make it state policy that we simply do not exist. Literally every right and protection we had won before is gone. No, this is not hyperbole, we are not overreacting, this is their stated goal and not even in vague terms. We are not trying to distract you from something else, we are not trying to divide the left, we are just trying to survive. You have to understand, this isn’t just going to force us into the wrong bathrooms; people will be able to deny us medical care, access to homeless shelters, the right to work and put food in our mouths.

I’m at the point now where I can’t yell in anger about this. I can’t freak out. I’m just tired. All of us transgender people are tired. We have fought and fought and fought, and with a few memos and policy changes the rights we were given by the Obama administration are gone. Poof. Pencil-whipped out of existence. Yeah, we’re gonna keep fighting because we have been fighting, we’ve been fighting this whole time literally and nothing has changed in this regard because there wasn’t even a cease-fire called; so please don’t tell us to fight back. What the hell do you think we’ve been doing for our whole lives?

At this point we’re trying to hold our lines because we’re about to get overrun. I could write up one of those “Go Vote, Call Your Congressman” type articles, but I can barely even muster the will to write this sentence, much less punch out a thousand words on the importance of voting and civic engagement. You should already know how important it is already and if you don’t I can’t even wrap my head around that anymore. There is no point in slippery slope warnings or comparisons to monsterous times or places in our past, we see it in so many other things.

I’m at the point now where all I can muster is: “Help us.”

Continue reading at:  https://www.advocate.com/commentary/2018/10/22/trans-plea-lgb-and-q-help-us

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