Centering the safety and dignity of transgender and nonbinary people

  • Posted on: 1 June 2016
  • By: choya
Jennicet Gutiérrez of Familia: TQLM, a queer and trans immigrant liberation group.
 
We will not tolerate the language of our movement being used to support discrimination and violence.

Transgender people are experiencing increasingly high rates of scrutiny, harassment, and violence, particularly around access to public restrooms and other gender-specific spaces.

As recent protests at Target stores (including stores in Oregon) have made clear, even a simple statement of support for trans people can incite backlash in this climate of fear and ignorance. But we will not be silent in the face of injustice, and we take this calculated risk because we know that anti-violence organizations have a critical role to play in both advocating for transgender communities and responding to real concerns about sexual violence.