I’m trying to work through some thoughts that have been coming up around the outright insane laws being proposed and passed regarding transgender people in the US. This isn’t new, but what is new is how aggressive and coordinated the attack is. Over 100 bills have been proposed around the US attacking trans folk in the start of 2022 alone, let alone the hundreds from 2021 and the hundreds more regarding lgbtq+ folks more broadly.
It’s obvious that this attack on trans people is being seen now as a more palatable way to attack people viewed as outsiders, since going after gay people more generally is no longer in vogue. Heck, some people have already moved on from trans attacks directly to going after furries in a move that is not at all novel, yet comes off as extra shockingly ridiculous when parroted by lawmakers.
As a closeted gay teen fluffy animal in the early 2000’s, to an out, expansively queer fluffy dog in 2022, there are a lot of things that I wish were different about my maturation specifically, and the state of the world for those coming of age now. I have a lot of hope because they are able to be more out and proud with much more support than I had back then. But I’m also worried about the larger target coming from mainstream acceptance.
I think that the people behind most anti-trans legislation are a vocal minority. Though there is a strong split along partisan lines, a growing majority of Americans outwardly support trans people, at least in the abstract.
What we need now are more than just allies. We need accomplices that will explicitly call out these prejudiced attacks on our communities, and work to change structures so that bigoted bills like the hundreds being considered across the country this year never even make it to chamber floors.
It has become our job to defend ourselves, but we need your support as well. An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us.
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