October 24, 2018
We are angry and outraged. For almost 30 years, Quest Center has been at the forefront of speaking up for the communities we serve. We will always be here to push for unequivocal acceptance of the LGBTQIA2S+ Community.
Since Donald Trump was sworn into office, he has targeted the LGBTQIA2S+ Community in seemingly endless ways. This has been evident in his attempts to ban transgender soldiers from openly serving in the military. His administration revoked non-discrimination protections for transgender children in schools. Trump’s administration has publicly backed the position that business owners should be allowed to put up signs saying that they won’t serve LGBTQIA2S+ Community individuals. These discriminatory efforts have been widely documented.
More recently, the New York Times revealed that “the Trump administration is considering narrowly defining gender as a biological, immutable condition determined by genitalia at birth”. According to a memo obtained by the Times, the Department of Health and Human Services is “spearheading an effort to establish a legal definition of sex under Title IX, the federal civil rights law that bans gender discrimination in education programs that receive government assistance”.
Read the full NYT article here:
According to the Times, the Department plans to encourage other government agencies, such as the Depart of Education, Health and Human Services, the Department of Justice, and the Department of Labor to adopt this narrow definition (only male or female, defined by genitalia only). Such a move would further place transgender individuals, at risk of legal protections at work, school and in healthcare.
Read about the Trump Administration’s anti- LGBTQIA2S+ Community actions: https://www.glaad.org/tap/donald-trump
– Quest Center for Integrative Health
What can I do to support my community?
Honor your Trans loved ones’ lived experiences, identities, and stories. Validate, empathize, and offer emotional support and advocacy when possible. Tell people that you care and love them, that their physical and emotional safety matters, and that their lives are valuable.
If you feel you can speak safely, say it: talk to your friends, loved ones, and political representatives about the importance of protecting our Trans community. Interrupt macroaggressions* and overt discrimination when you can. Strive to acknowledge the hurt, engage in dialogue with the person who made the macroaggression, redirect the conversation, educate the person who made the macroaggression, try to stop the exclusionary behavior, and offer support to the person who was harmed. Resistance is grounded in community resilience, let’s support each other.
*Examples of macroaggressions include asking a trans person’s “real” name or “preferred” pronoun, using “regular” or “normal” to mean cisgender, assuming that a trans person is “moving” from one side of the binary to the other, and asking intrusive questions about people’s bodies.
More about macroaggressions and how to be a Trans ally:
NW Gender Alliance http://www.nwgenderalliance.org/
Q Center https://www.pdxqcenter.org/
Trans Lifeline https://www.translifeline.org/
National Center for Gender Equality https://transequality.org/
Trans Assistance Project https://www.transassistance.org/