The Girl Scouts of Western Washington returned a sizable grant this week when it was asked by the donor to ensure that no funds would be used to support transgender girls.
In truth, because trans people are often forced to remain silent out of fear, any attempt to stand up for ourselves and counter conventional wisdom is seen by some members of the public as the so-called mob descending.
Kerri and Robin are loving parents, talented musicians, and informed voters. They’re also trans women, and they let me tag along for an afternoon of deeply personal conversations with capitol staffers about legislation that could directly affect them.
At The New Republic, writer Monica Potts recently positioned trans activism at women’s colleges as a distraction from feminism. In reality, the misogyny trans women face is similar to, if not worse than, the kind Potts is fighting.
If, in the broader sense, “conversion therapy” is any set of actions designed to convince trans people to abandon our genders and sexes, governments large and small are the biggest offenders out there.
The lawsuits are the first to enforce transgender workers’ rights under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.
According to a letter sent on behalf of the two women by the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund, one of the women was called “it” by a DMV staffer, and they were forced to get licenses that do not reflect their legal names and/or their everyday appearance.
Although the reproductive rights movement and the broader feminist movement have become increasingly intersectional, there is still much work to be done in centering the issues faced by women who are not white, economically advantaged, heterosexual, and cisgender.
Amid the anguish over the Hobby Lobby ruling Monday was a note of optimism among some liberals, suggesting that the ruling was constructed with a narrowness that specifically prohibits use of its legal reasoning to protect religiously inspired discrimination against LGBT people. If only that was in fact the case.
The realities of trans women’s experience with social media remind us that a discussion about “toxicity” online cannot be contained by the artificial boundaries of “Twitter feminism.” The problem is much larger than Twitter or any number of internal activist flare-ups. It encompasses the entire online world.