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How to uplift the Transgender community during this uncertain time
by Ryan Windle, they/he
In 2023, so far there have been 483 anti-trans bills introduced across the nation as of March 21.
16 bills have passed, 425 are still active, and 42 have failed to be passed. These bills target gender-affirming care, education, athletics, and more.
There is no denying that this is a scary time to be an out, and proud member of the LGBTQ+ community, especially for our trans brothers and sisters.
It is important to note that while these politicians continue to try to bring us down, now more than ever, we must come together to show that we will not back down in the face of uncertainty.
One of the key things anyone can do is uplift and support trans individuals. Give them your support, uplift their voices, and make sure that you provide comfort. This could be as simple as sending words of affirmation, telling them they belong and are loved.
Sharing resources also can make a huge difference. While things are starting to be taken away unjustly, still helping and actively trying to seek out resources for others, is an amazing way to help.
For all allies out there, now more than ever you need to be showing support and standing alongside those struggling. You cannot fade into the background during the time that the LGBTQ+ community needs you most.
Your voices matter. Your voices are needed. Your voices are essential.
If there is an outpour of support for the transgender community, then this will create a safer and more welcoming environment for more trans individuals to come out and not fade into the closet.
All that these politicians are doing is trying to suppress and make us afraid. Do not let them win, do not make them feel like they can continue to introduce this hurtful legislature and pass it and continue to harm the community.
It may at times seem pointless, but write to your local politicians. Share your story, anonymous or not. Try to convince them why what they are doing is insensitive, and make them reconsider their stances on some topics.
Voting also is essential. Even if we may have to endure some of these politicians for a moment, anytime there is a local or nationwide election, make sure that you go and vote to get these individuals out of office.
Encourage others to vote as well. Even if you feel like your vote may not matter, rest assured it is, and that continuously showing up to vote, will make an impact at the end of that day.
This is a scary time. There is no solid safety net right now for the LGBTQ+ community to fall back on. But remember that this only is temporary, and while it may be hard to endure, there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
We will get through this time. Continuing to spread love is what is needed most at the time. And if it gets to be too overwhelming, seek out resources and people, or try to find inner peace.
It will get better, stay strong and preserve, you got this.