Things We Saw Today: The Reactions to Trump’s Attempts to Legislate Transgender People Out of Existence Were Swift and Brutal
This weekend, it was announced that the Trump administration is eyeing a total overhaul of the way we define sex and gender identity, specifically planning to limit those definitions to a label given at birth and determined by genitalia. It is the practical application of many of our worst fears from when Trump was first elected. If you or anyone in your life was on team “It Doesn’t Matter Who’s President” of “What’s the Worst He Can Do,” this is it. This is the worst. (Or one of the many worst.)
There are a lot of issues to be had with Twitter, but in times like these, I can’t help but be grateful for its existence. Because if this had happened a few years ago, it’s likely that it would have gone largely unnoticed by all but those directly affected. Now, people are exposed to information and other’s opinions in a way that was never the case before. Obviously, the importance of protesting, voting, running for office, and other tangible reactions are of the utmost importance. But it’s also really nice to see thousands upon thousands of people, both cis and trans, just expressing their rage.
This is pure evil. Get your friends together and vote like our lives depend on it. Because they do. https://t.co/mri7fM62Dh
— billy eichner (@billyeichner) October 21, 2018
We must not give up the fight. But in the face of this affront on my existence and the existence of my community I choose love not fear. We exist and always have.
Trump Administration Eyes Defining Transgender Out of Existence https://t.co/G4rKB1mVfe
— Laverne Cox (@Lavernecox) October 21, 2018
laws don’t determine our existence – *we* determine our existence – it’s our weapon, our shelter, our energy, our healer, our truth – we will keep moving forward – we will keep fighting – existence is *our* only law ✊🌈💕 https://t.co/qBet8ccwpJ
— Chelsea E. Manning (@xychelsea) October 21, 2018
Trans rights are human rights: Damn right. In case you missed the news, today the @realdonaldtrump administration announced that they are going to work to roll back protection for transgender people, and advance language that establishes gender solely as the result of what p… pic.twitter.com/qNpriycim6
— moby XⓋX (@thelittleidiot) October 22, 2018
If you were wondering how to be an ally to trans people, here’s a great opportunity: Do not allow for the nationwide legalized erasure of Transgender identities. C’mon cis people. https://t.co/ULN7LOl951
— Shakina (@Shakeenz) October 21, 2018
If you’re looking for ways to directly support trans people right now, here’s a great first resource:
If you’re a trans person who is running a crowdfund for any reason, reply to this thread and I will RT it.
Cis people, here’s a tangible, immediate way to support trans people right now in this moment, with your money.
— Katelyn Boo-rns (@transscribe) October 21, 2018
Here’s a list of even more organizations we can support.
- Guillermo Del Toro’s long-awaited Pinocchio adaptation is still happening, and it’s coming to Netflix as a stop-motion animation. (via Deadline)
- Sir Quentin Blake–whom you likely know from illustrating Roald Dahl’s novels–has a fantastic series of illustrations of famous scientists. (via BBC)
- Oh, this is an emotional tweet:
Entrance to the Yale Law School this morning pic.twitter.com/vRIlGyKRsT
— Laurel Raymond (@RayOfLaurel) October 22, 2018
- So is this, but different emotions!
Girls in cars talking about D&D
I carpool students to school in the morning and the conversation went something like this:
👧🏻GIrl 1: I am SOOO excited about D&D club tonight
👧🏽Girl 2: Wait what’s D&D?
👧🏻Girl 1: (PULLS OUT PLAYER’S HANDBOOK) Let me show you :) pic.twitter.com/1gGiPFvXF3
— Mr.E “Mystery” Schoonover (@ethanschoonover) October 20, 2018
- Here it is: Your complete guide to Easter Eggs and Marvel Universe references in Daredevil season 3. (via Den of Geek)
- Don’t panic, but you should probably check out this Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy giveaway contest. (via The Portalist)
- Still don’t understand why it’s so important to let Black people tell their own stories? Here it is in 90 seconds.
— BBC Two (@BBCTwo) October 20, 2018
It’s still somehow only Monday but I’m happy to be here with you all!
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