Q: How Can Progressives Respond to Anti-LGBTQ+ Legislation?

AuthorOrr, Ash

In 2023 alone, forty-nine states have introduced discriminatory bills that would harm the LGBTQ+ community, including bans on transition-related care; criminalization of drag, gender performance, and openly existing while trans; restrictions on allowing transgender and intersex students to participate in sports; and more. These bills have enormous negative impacts on our community, and they deny the reality that trans people of all ages are leading joyous, full, normal lives.

To combat these harmful pieces of legislation, it is important to encourage activists, organizers, and policymakers to:

Educate yourself: Start by educating yourself about trans issues and the challenges that trans people face. Learn about the history of the trans community, the discrimination and violence they experience, and the legal and social barriers that they confront. This will help you better understand how to be an effective ally.

Support trans organizations: There are many organizations that work to support and advocate for the trans community. Consider supporting these organizations by donating money or volunteering your time.

Center and amplify LGBTQ+ voices when discussing issues, policies, and plans: Listen to and amplify the voices of trans people. Their experiences and perspectives need to be heard in the fight for trans rights. For example, if you are organizing around an issue that will directly impact the transgender community, seek out transgender and intersex input.

Advocate for trans-inclusive policies:

Work to create trans-inclusive policies in your workplace, school, or community. This may involve advocating for gender-neutral bathrooms, using gender-inclusive language, or pushing for anti-discrimination policies that protect trans individuals.

Vote for trans-friendly politicians: Use your vote to support politicians who are committed to trans rights and who will work to create policies that protect and support the trans community.

Call out transphobia and homophobia in your circles: Speak out against transphobia when you hear it. If someone makes a transphobic comment, correct them and explain why it is hurtful and harmful. Use your voice to challenge prejudice and intolerance.

If it is safe to do so, testify publicly or provide testimony by providing firsthand accounts of lived experiences. This challenges lawmakers and proponents of legislation to provide evidence and facts to support their assertions.

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