This week in Washington State, the state Senate voted down a bill that would have repealed a recent measure allowing trans people to use the public bathrooms corresponding with their gender identity.
In other words: Pro-trans legislation passed a while ago and conservatives wanted to take it down, but they failed. Only by a slim margin, though – the final vote was 25-24.
“It’s become so palpable to me the fear and pain this legislation is creating for so many people just trying to lead their private lives,” stated Rep. Brady Walkinshaw on Facebook. “The legislation is motivated by bigotry, politics, and a deep chasm of misunderstanding. My gratitude to the 26 of you who just voted to defeat the bathroom bill. I’m heartened to see it fail.”
“Transgender people aren’t some nameless, faceless group,” added Sen. Marko Liias. “They are our friends and neighbors, our children and our parents. They face tremendous challenges fitting into our society, and we should work to welcome them — not exclude them.”
You don’t have to feel like a failure for letting down your family by not being the straight or cis child they wanted. You don’t owe them. It’s okay and completely normal to be gay. I know other people’s words can eat away at you and tear you down, but just remember that they’re wrong. There are so many supportive people out there and I encourage you to seek them out, if you feel like you need to and you’re safe to do so.
The opening words in the video for Beyoncé’s “Formation” are arresting: “What happened at the New Wildins,” a man’s voice says, over images of the singer crouching atop a sinking cop car, flashing police lights, and the streets of post-Katrina New Orleans.
That’s Messy Mya, who goes on to say, “Bitch I’m back. On popular demand.”
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For many trans people radical feminism has become synonymous with transphobia and sexist bigotry..
Trans activist Cristan Williams argues that it does not have to be this way, and that – in fact – TERFs like Janice Raymond, Sheila Jeffreys, Germaine Greer, and Bev Jo Von Dohre represents a minority of radical feminism.
“The diversity of participants, I believe, is one of the greatest strengths of the project,” says Margo Schulter, a trans activist, feminist, scholar, and composer. “Cristan Williams has taken a great interest in inclusive second-wave radical feminism, and courageous women like Robin Tyler who sometimes faced the threat or even reality of physical violence in order to support the inclusion of transsexual lesbian feminists like Beth Elliott. John Stoltenberg … plays a vital role in this process as a sustainer of [Dworkin’s] legacy of challenging the sex and gender binaries alike. And we have a wonderful, intergenerational mix of people to share different perspectives, insights, and viewpoints.”