Thursday, June 15, 2017
World War T Is a Protracted Battle, Not A Conservative Political Blitzkrieg
On the surface, we looked like an easy target. We don't have large well funded national or statewide political organizations. We're an estimated 5% of the US population at best. We have people in the lesbian and gay ranks of the community who have been documented engaging in hating on and repeatedly throwing us under the political bus since the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion we kicked off.
It isn't turning out as easy as they thought.
If the GOP thought we trans folks would just roll over and cry in the corner as they trampled on our human rights, they were sadly mistaken. What they are finding out is that we are a far more formidable opponent than they assumed we'd be.
You're going to fight them with every fiber of your being.
There are cis women who get it that trans women are women, and realize that some of our issues are their issues, and welcome our help in tackling the issues of importance to them. There are cis men who get it that trans men are men, and are forging those needed and necessary ties of brotherhood.
There are politicians who recognize that trans rights are international human rights, and are increasingly moving in various nations, as Canada will emphatically demonstrate today, to help pass human rights legislation and policies that protect our human rights and allow us to be the persons we are.
You also got peeps who were sitting on the fence on our side because you made the tactical mistake of attacking kids, and it made you transphobic conservafools look like the mean bullies you are
We have also seen the timely and much needed increase of trans masculine leadership, and especially the rise of trans masculine and trans feminine leaders of color. We've also seen an increase in progressive church folk willing to step into this fight and say no to their loud and wrong conservative brethren cherry picking scripture to Bible beat people.
But the overall trend line from Hollywood is positive.
Ask the now former Republican SC state senator who tried to pass anti-trans legislation that was beaten in large part to our trans kids leading the charge
We have more trans folks running for public office at their city, state and federal level because frankly, we needed to.
And the number of people who state that they are friends with, know or have a trans person in their families is growing.
This is a war the conservative movement started against trans people that is not only going to be a protracted struggle, but in the end one we transpeople win because we have the moral high ground and are determined to do so.
Posted by Monica Roberts at 12:00 PM
Labels: Moni's commentary, trans human rights
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