“Since Day 1, the Trump-Pence administration has been attacking the health and welfare of LGBTQ communities…Transgender people are our families and we will not accept this.” – Angela Ferrell-Zabala, Director of Strategic Partnerships, @PPact #WontBeErased pic.twitter.com/0mkoBMRbTo
— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) October 22, 2018
Courtesy of NYT:
Activists in the L.G.B.T. community mobilized a fast and fierce campaign on Sunday to say transgender people cannot be expunged from society, in response to an unreleased Trump administration memo that proposes a strict definition of gender based on a person’s genitalia at birth.
The existence of the draft memo, the administration’s latest effort to roll back the recognition and protection of transgender people under federal civil rights law, was reported by The New York Times on Sunday morning.
Within hours, the hashtag #WontBeErased circulated on social media. By Sunday evening, a rally for transgender rights took place in New York; another was planned for Monday in Washington.
“You saw such a massive response because this attack on the trans community is essentially trying to erase the trans community from the face of this country and we’re not going to stand for that,” said Sarah Kate Ellis, the president and chief executive of Glaad, a media advocacy group for L.G.B.T. people.
When I first posted about this on Sunday there was one response in the comments from the mother of a trans son saying that there was no way he was going back into the closet.
Clearly, he is not the only member of this community who feels that way.
Human rights are human rights, and EVERY human deserves to be loved and accepted for who they are.