On February 15th, transgender community members and allies protested supporters of the pro-bathroom bills that threaten the rights of the transgender community. Recently bill SB6443 was stopped in the senate due to the do diligence of the trans community and our allies. More bills have popped up that want to overrule The Human Rights Commissions ruling on equal use for bathrooms and locker rooms. It is imperative we keep up the support and do not let them take the rights away for transgender people. These bills are clearly targeted towards transgender women but reach far beyond trans women and also threaten trans women of color, trans men and non binary people. Hopefully through educating the cisgender community we can come to an understanding on why these bathroom bills to take away transgender rights are harmful to the trans community.
Message from the Transmisogyny Counter-Protest Event Page:
A local hate page dedicated to disallowing trans people from YMCA locker rooms (calling themselves “Keep YMCA Locker Rooms Safe”) is organizing a protest at the Washington State Capitol in response to the recent decision by the Washington State Human Rights Commission to mandate that transgender people be allowed to use bathrooms matching their gender.
Please report the page for hate speech and attend the counter-protest if you are able! Please share this event and invite your friends!
In this protest, we would like to center the experiences of the folks most affected by these bathroom bills– trans and intersex folks, and more specifically trans women/trans feminine folks and trans people of color, who face disproportionate levels of violence even within the trans community.
To cis allies:
Thank you for coming to support us! We also ask that you please respect that this is a trans centered space when engaging in the comment section. Please provide your support to us in our struggle without speaking over us.
To trans men/trans masculine folks and white trans folks:
If our bathroom protections are revoked, we will all be deeply affected, and it will make all of us less safe when simply trying to live our lives. However, it’s important to recognize that some in our community face disproportionate levels of violence– in 2009 and 2010, 50% and 40% of all LGBT+ murders were trans women, despite trans people measuring only 1% of the trans community surveyed. In 2014, 80% of all LGBT+ murders were people of color. (Source: National Coalition of Anti-Violence Projects)
So while we advocate for ourselves, we should also remember to make space for the most vulnerable members of our community, and encourage their leadership.
Thank you everyone for sharing and participating in this counter-protest! Together, we can ensure the protection of trans people and enforce a safe space in our community!
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- Pictures courteously of my dad: Gabriel Lee