We Only Lose If We Stop Fighting.

By Kindraya B.

We only lose if we stop fighting- You will not take away trans rights.

Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin, and West Virginia.

In recent weeks more than 20 states have introduced new anti-trans laws. Within these laws they allow parents and medical professionals to be prosecuted for providing gender-affirming medical care. In Alabama these actions would lead to a felony, the bill even allowing teachers to out students to family. And as I go down the list the bills and acts seem to get worse. States are banning/limiting health care for trans youth, banning them from school sports, making it harder for them to use restrooms, and in Arkansas, a bill allows school employees to misgender trans students. It should be clear that none of this is okay. Trans rights are human rights, this isn’t news and shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. 

      These politicians care more about regulating someone’s body than they care about regulating guns. This anti-trans bill is not about protecting kids from predators when in Florida they passed a bill allowing a child’s genitals to be “inspected” before allowing them to play a sport. They are so uncomfortable with someone being slightly different from them that they don’t want them to enjoy life. Is that really our concern right now? Is it so bad to let someone be happy in their own skin? Of all the shit that’s to come in 2021 so far our biggest issue is what’s between someone’s legs? In 2021, so far there have been 156 mass shootings according to the Gun Violence Archive. Read that again: 156. We aren’t even halfway through this year and instead of stepping back and addressing the real problems here, we decided,  hmm innocent lost lives can wait, let’s talk about what defines a “real woman” or a “real man.” 

    No one should ever have their rights voted against and I mean no one. These are children that want a normal life in this fucked-up world; it’s not fair. This is oppression. Transgender people are people and deserve to be treated as such. There are bigger things in the world right now than the gender someone identifies as or doesn’t; and the fact that through all the shit that’s happening they decide it is okay to act against trans-youth? So many teens and children wander through adolescents lost because they don’t feel accepted as themselves and when these children finally begin to accept themselves they have to face people that want nothing to do with them and would rather see them in pain than prosper in society. 

No one could ever understand the LGBTQ+ experience but members of the LGBTQ+ community. The best we allies can do is listen, offer support, and fight alongside members. We will not speak over members instead we will protect and amplify their voices because right now their voices are the ones that truly matter.