In another gut punch to the transgender community, the Trump administration aims to erase the existence of trans people by defining gender “as a biological, immutable condition determined by genitalia at birth,” according to a New York Times report published Sunday.
This may be the most significant move made to eliminate federal recognition and civil rights protections for an estimated 1.4 million transgender Americans. Officials are preparing to formally present this new definition of gender to the Justice Department for approval before the end of the year.
Whether you identify as transgender, gender-nonconforming, fall under the LGBTQ umbrella, or are a cisgender straight ally, what immediate actions can you take to protect our trans family?
Vote in the midterm elections on November 6.Getty
Heading to the midterm polls is an essential way to elect candidates who care about LGBTQ and trans rights and protections. Real change begins at the state and local levels. Ensure that you are registered to vote and look out for trans candidates who are running: Amelia Marquez (MO), Brianna Titone (CO), Danielle Skidmore (TX), Christine Halquist (VT), Lasia Casil (Guam), among others. Find Logo’s interactive LGBTQ electoral map here.
Donate to trans-led organizations.Erik McGregor/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty
Support organizations that are led by trans folks and center trans issues. Donate any amount of money you can or, of course, volunteer your time. Some key organizations within the space include: Sylvia Rivera Law Project, Audre Lorde Project, Trans Lifeline, Transgender Law Center, among many others (please find a more comprehensive list here).
Contribute to larger political organizations.Igor Golovniov/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty
Show up to marches and protests.Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images
Many marches and protests will be occurring in response to this memo (some already took place on Sunday evening). Show solidarity in person by attending. Keep track of local LGBTQ groups to see how they are mobilizing. Utilize Twitter hashtags and Facebook groups. Follow trans activists. Call your local center to see what they have planned.
And if you’re cisgender…TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty
Be present for this fight! Call your political leaders. Urge your friends to vote. Share articles that spotlight trans issues and push to have conversations about trans and queer protections with people who may not be involved in those communities. Educate yourself about trans liberation.
Portions of this article were adapted from “Hell No to the Memo” by Chase Strangio of the ACLU published in full on Out.com. Please read it for further information on the importance of voting YES ON 3 if you live in Massachusetts, bailout funds, specific ballot initiatives, and Notice and Comment Periods on proposed federal regulations.