Obama spent the last few days of his presidency readying America for a Donald Trump administration.
He designated new national parks to prevent drilling, commutated sentences for Chelsea Manning and Oscar López Rivera and, as it turns out, helped ensure transgender immigrants are able to get their legal documents in order.
The memo, available on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service’s policy memoranda page, requires that USCIS change the gender marker on an official document if the person applying for the document presents:
a court order granting change of sex or gender
a government-issued document (amended birth certificate, driver’s license, etc.) reflecting the requested gender designation
a letter from a licensed health professional affirming the applicant’s gender identity
The most substantive change to the policy is an expansion of the documents accepted to change the gender marker. Read more
“The country is divided because of your hatred” the country is divided because 59,000,000+ people hate gay people and lgbt people and poc and trans people and immigrants and we all fear for our lives on the daily because these people literally want us dead but a’ight keep pretending that this country’s sole reason for division is because seventeen year old Tumblr user pperceptual made a post saying “unfollow me if you support a dusty cheeto”
Austin, TX showed up today. I saw people of all identities coming together in solidarity, in ways we haven’t seen much of since this divisive election began.
I saw women of all ages. From my 16 year old sister, to babies in “future president” onesies, to elderly women telling me about the marches they walked in the sixties. I saw men supporting wives and daughters and men supporting women as a whole. I saw proud queer people chanting in the streets, I saw banners about birth control and immigration and trans rights and corruption, but most of all I saw Love.
These are some of my favorite shots from today. I only had my phone and it was hectic and there were thousands of people and signs to see, but here’s a glimpse of the support pouring through the streets of the Texas Capital. I plan to compile a vlog of the entire day because it was life-changing and inspiring and I want to share it with you all.
If Trump does indeed get three appointments and manages to fill all of them with anti-abortion rights justices, he could be able to get a court that will overturn the landmark 1973 decision Roe v. Wade, which upheld the legal right to obtain an abortion.
Though Trump has frequently been wishy-washy on the issue of abortion, he’d likely want to please his base by choosing very anti-abortion rights justices.
In 2008, the Supreme Court ruled in Heller v. DC that Americans had a right to keep a handgun at home for self-defense.
Soon, though, the Court could hear a case about if Americans have a right to carry a handgun outside of their own homes. This may have a huge impact on open carry laws throughout the land.
Last October, the Court agreed to hear a case over whether or not transgender students have the right to use the restroom of their gender expression in public schools.
While this decision might be made before Trump is able to appoint a justice, if he does manage to fill Scalia’s seat, the conservatives on the court will have a much easier time defending their position.
Immigration issues are sure to reach the court during Trump’s tenure, especially if he follows through on some of his more radical plans.
The court already made a decision that Trump is going to like for procedural reasons by declining to hear a case on voter ID rules.
This will allow the White House to come out in favor of voter ID laws, changing the previous official position and possibly even push them in other states. Read more
“Welcome to 2017! As the LGBT community girds ourselves for life in Trumplandia, let’s address four of the most common questions I’m seeing:
Marriage Equality, Immigration, Transgender issues, and Parents.”
Alright, hi guys. I know, I don’t want to get serious on this blog, but I kinda feel like I have to for today. And I just want to say I know things are looking super bad right now, honestly, I’ve been feeling anxiety for everyone over there for the entire day!
But I just want to remind you that this isn’t the end. You’ll all get through this, you might think that there’s no point but please don’t give up! Don’t stop fighting!
But also please remember to take care of yourselves and take care of each other.
I know it’s easy for me to say this as someone who’s not from America, but I just want you all to know that I’m here rooting for you and I hope that my words and work would provide some form of comfort.
Say no to racism, sexism, homophobia, Islamophobia, xenophobia, transphobia, fatphobia, and all other forms of hatefulness.
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I am still shocked and devastated by the election results. To all those who are oppressed in this country and will be directly affected by a Trump presidency, including women, the LGBTQA+ community, trans people, blacks, immigrants, and muslims: I am in solidarity with you. While self-care and reflection is important, we must channel our negative feelings into positive change. The most effective way to defeat hatred is with love and activism. Be the change you want to see. Keep an open heart, listen to the stories of others, and hold everyone accountable for their actions.
Protect trans lives.
Protect trans women.
Protect trans children.
Protect trans people of color.
Protect LGBP trans people.
Protect intersex trans people.
Protect Muslim trans people.
Protect Jewish trans people.
Protect disabled trans people.
Protect poor trans people.
Protect trans immigrants.
Protect trans undocumented immigrants.
We’re putting together an infographic of all the resources people who are most affected by the election can use. Think: mental health, trans rights, passports, immigration, calling out racism, peaceful protest rights, etc. We’re doing our own research, too, but if you know of something – even just a screencap of a tweet with an offer – reblog this post with the info or a link and we’ll aggregate a best-of to publish in the near future.
also: “an openly dangerous neo-nazi whose public events are used to out trans people and undocumented immigrants and incite physical violence against people of color, muslims, and/or jews is not allowed to speak at this privately-funded institution because the majority of the people paying for its operation do not want him to speak here” is not goddamn censorship
also: “aforementioned neo-nazi was paid an exorbitant amount of money by a publicly-traded company [that is unconnected to the government in ANY way wrt funding or policy] so that he can write a book espousing his ideals, which have caused at least one person to be literally shot with a gun already, so many of its stockholders and employees are advocating for his deal to be revoked or else are leaving the company” is not goddamn censorship
also: “aforementioned neo-nazi and his gun-toting, actively violent followers use a publicly traded internet platform to organize and enact violence, hatespeech, and harrassment on women, particularly trans women and women of color, so the ceo of said website banned aforementioned neo-nazi’s account in an attempt to protect human beings” is not goddamn censorship
milo’s first amendment rights are not in ANY jeopardy
were the american nazi party’s first amendment rights to assemble in jeopardy when the town of skokie banned them from marching in 1977 and the aclu defended their right to march on a small illinois town with a high jewish population – largely, at the time, direct holocaust survivors and european refugees? yes, technically. but is that actually worth defending? or is it hatespeech?
it’s hatespeech. which is not protected by the first amendment. there is no such thing as an assembly of nazis – whether public or private – that is not an act of violence, and not defensible by the first amendment.
unless you devalue those who are being done violence, and thus do not equate actual, provable, quantifiable harm to them as violence.
defending milo says to trans people, undocumented immigrants, women, muslims, people of color, and undoubtedly other marginalized groups i’m forgetting, that harm done to them by his ability to amass followers and manipulate them into action is not actually harm. it says that the violence of his speech-acts is not actually violence. and it is not okay.
If your feminism isn’t intersectional then what the fck are you fighting for. Bc like sorry to break it to you but white women are in fact almost the most privileged group in America. And I’m not one of those ladies saying “we don’t need feminism we get more money in the divorce!!” Like wtf. This is about the articles being spread about Jthe wage gap, when not mentinoning how much BIGGER the wage gap is for minorities. This is about the women that show up to marches surrounded by women of their own skin color but feel afraid about going to BLM events. This is for the women who aren’t considered the face of feminism because they aren’t white or well spoken. Black women matter. Native women matter. Asian women matter. Trans women matter. Immigrant women matter. ALL of these women matter and ignoring that and just being satisfied w the condition of the white woman is NOT feminism. Our condition does not rise until ALL. WOMEN. RISE.
Addendum: this should really be about all marginalized groups bc if you look at the wage gaps and situational traps for say a black gay man vs a white woman like who’s more privileged here. Anyway the point is although the white women osnt “equal” we are a HELL of a lot closer than SO many other groups in this country so DON’T FORGET TO HELP THEM UP TOO.
I’m so fuckin sick of all these cishet able-bodied Christian white fuckbuckets saying “just because I voted trump doesn’t mean I’m anti-[black/gay/trans/disability/Judaism/Islam/immigrant/etc]”
Like I mean people are getting all over third party voters but at least they had enough of a brain to say “I can’t condone the things trump said, I will NOT vote for him”
The point is, if you voted trump, you are complicit in racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, etc. You were complicit in violence against everyone who is not cishet, white, neurotypical, and able-bodied. You may not have been the person who pulled the knife on a Muslim girl, or put antisemitic graffiti on shop windows on the anniversary of kristallnacht. But you sure as hell condoned it. So when people call you a racist/sexist/ableist/homophobic/xenophobic/etc. piece of shit, you damn well deserve it.