Sunday, February 26, 2017

I Was At The Women’s Rally In Hartford

There has been a lot of discussion about holding a rally for trans people in Connecticut but I do think that we probably have less than a tenth of the people who came out for the women’s rally.
If You Marched In The Women's March, You Need To Show Up For Trans Rights
By Mia Mercado
February 23, 2017

On Wednesday, news broke that Trump’s administration rescinded federal guidelines specifically protecting bathroom access for transgender students. These guidelines, put in place by the Obama administration, allowed students who are transgender to use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity. The news was met with outcry by people already taking to the streets and even the White House to protest for transgender rights.

A note to my fellow cisgender women and men: If you were one of the more than two million people who participated in the Women’s March, you need to show up for trans rights.

If you are someone who considers themself a feminist, if you support human rights, if you actually believe all people were created equal, if you truly love thy neighbor: you need to show up for trans rights.

You need to do the work for and with your transgender family because they have shown up for you.
Well I didn’t go to the rally because I expected reciprocity; I went because it was the right thing to do for me.
But the resistance will not be successful unless it is intersectional. Trans rights affect women. They affect men. They affect people in between and outside the binary. They affect white people and people of color. They affect people who are Christian and Muslim and Jewish and atheist. They affect people who are poor, people who are disabled, and people who are LGB or Q. Because people who are transgender exist under all those categories, and more.
I would hope that cisgender people would attend because they saw the intersectionality.

Right now there is a discussion going on about having a trans rally here in Connecticut on March 31st. I am pushing for a smaller rallies around the state instead of one large rally and True Colors is having a rally on the UConn Storrs campus on March 17th.

1 comment:

Richard Nelson said...

Some of us in the LGBTQ community are going as a contingent to the March 25 Equality Demonstration being held in Hartford. We are asking folks to bring signs (LGBT) and gather under the rainbow flag. If you have a Trans flag please bring it.

Is the March 31 rally a secret? Ct Resistance to LGBTQ Discrimination has heard nothing and I am sure many of the folks who signed on to our group would like to join in support.