03/27/2017 — Issue 09
Be an Ally to Trans Folks
Friday, March 31st is the third annual International Trans Visibility Day. The event, coordinated by Trans Student Education Resource (TSER), “is a day to show your support for the trans community. It aims to bring attention to the accomplishments of trans people around the globe while fighting cissexism and transphobia by spreading knowledge of the trans community.” Help celebrate the trans community by doing these suggested actions:
- Go to a local TSER event
- Get woke about trans history, trans terminology, and intersectionality
- Review this great "Gender Unicorn" Infographic to learn about the variations in gender
- Make feminist and "women's" spaces inclusive
- Speak up and out against transphobia whenever or wherever you find it
- Support a trans Organization:
Keep Up the “No on Gorsuch” Pressure
With the failure of the American Health Care Act last Friday, we’ve seen the power of civic pressure on our representatives. Keep calling, faxing, emailing, and showing up insisting on your senator’s opposition to Gorsuch’s confirmation.
If you didn’t check it out when we posted it last week, the Indivisible Guide’s page on resisting Gorsuch is super useful.
Stand with Standing Rock
The battle to fight back against the Keystone XL Pipeline is not over! Though 45 has signed his approval, we still need approval from the states along the pipeline.
Make Your Bookshelf (or Kindle) Trans Inclusive
Representation matters. Check out these must read lists:
- Top 10 books by transgender authors featuring trans characters
- Top 10 books about gender identity
- 15 Books By Transgender Women You Need To Read Immediately
- YA-friendly books by and about transgender people
Screen Time with Trans Folks
Representation matters, and allyship is about centering marginalized voices. The following link to content created by and about trans folks, plus they are just good watching.
- Growing Up Coy (documentary)
- Stef Sanjati's Fabulous YouTube Channel
- Tangerine (film)
- Beautiful As I Want to Be (reality web series)
- Why I Must Come Out (Ted talk)
- Her Story (web series)
“Being LGBT is innovative, in and of itself. In a heteronormative world, we’ve managed to be here, collectively sharing our resources, struggles, successes and our visions for a more just and compassionate world.” Geena Rocero
Take a second to stop and celebrate! Yes, there's still a lot of fighting to do, but it's important to appreciate the wins when they come. Thanks to all our phone calls, town halls and protests, Republicans were not able to pass their disastrous healthcare bill! Turn on some music and have a little dance party! Might we suggest the soundtrack to Hamilton? Or blast this old chestnut to remind yourself that we can keep fighting.
Get Some Vitamin D
Enjoy the weather. Has the weather gotten a little warmer where you are too? It's okay to go outside! Take a walk that isn't a protest. Check out one of these wheelchair accessible hikes. Ride your bike! Enjoy the nicer weather and get some vitamin D!
“I believe in Liberty for all men: the space to stretch their arms and their souls, the right to breathe and the right to vote, the freedom to choose their friends, enjoy the sunshine, and ride on the railroads, uncursed by color; thinking, dreaming, working as they will in a kingdom of beauty and love.” W. E. B. Du Bois
Join forces with your fellow citizens to publically protest against the actions of the Trump Administration. Check out the Resistance Calendar for events near you.
THINGS AREN'T QUITE RIGHT HERE
Dissidents who have lived through autocracies, like Russian author Masha Gessen, caution us that autocratic regimes are difficult to resist in the long term, and quickly become normal. They advise that we keep a list of things that are “not normal” and document changing norms. Several activists are compiling lists and we are aggregating them here so they’re all in one place.
It’s easy to get mired down in all the bad news that piles up in your social media feeds. We compiled some positive stories you may have missed this week.
Last Updated: Monday, 03/27/2017 at 12:30PM EST