Let’s Not Forget the T!

“Look, this is a civil rights issue, and if you are not willing to support transgender people for their sake, at least do it for your own, because we’ve been through this before, we know how this thing ends: If you take the anti-civil rights side and deny people access to something they’re entitled to, history is not going to be kind to you.” -John Oliver

I get that everyone is not an activist. Some people do not want to be out there fighting the fight. Maybe you just want to sit in your home, quietly supporting your LGBTQ friend. Or maybe it’s just your LGB friend and you don’t have any interest in the T. OR maybe you do have  T friend and you do support him but you’re just not feeling like being an ally. You don’t dislike anyone. You don’t have a problem with anyone. You just don’t want to do anything.

Okay, that’s certainly your right and I can’t make you do anything you don’t want to do. But maybe you should.

Maybe you should at least watch the video and see why the T cannot be forgotten. You might have noticed your Facebook feed filled with rainbow covered profile pictures and if you have, you might have noticed that maybe a quarter of those have a different colored filter on it.  (Something like this but if they are lucky, their picture is vertical, not horizontal like mine ended up!)trans filterThese are your T people. We are the people who either are transgender or are loved ones, supporters and/or allies of transgender people. I can guarantee you that there are many of us who would like to do nothing more than to support our loved one, live our lives and go quietly about our business. But we can’t. Trans people are being denied their basic civil rights. They are treated unfairly on a regular basis. They are in danger.

It isn’t fair and it isn’t right.

Still not so sure about this? Why not take about 16 minutes and watch the video that the above quote was pulled from? I’ll warn you that there are a few naughty words and maybe not so nice things in it but it will give you an idea of why we cannot forget the T.

This is a topic that is near and dear to my heart.

Thank you for stopping by!

-Kat

 

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