Fascism Grows As Trans People Lose Human Rights
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Opinion | Philanthropy Women
by Xiomara Corpeño
Capacity Building Director
Several weeks ago, I woke up to the sound of my mother’s TV broadcasting the local morning news. “Breaking News! President Trump has reinstated a ban on Transgender troops this morning.” The White House later issued policy guidelines titled, A Guidance Policy for Open Transgender Service Phase Out, which would impact 15,000 trans service members.
Trump’s transgender ban is bigger than the right to serve in the U.S. military. It is part of a longer trajectory by right-wing forces aiming to further oppress and denigrate trans people.
The reported number of trans people murdered rises every year. Police departments target, stigmatize and criminalize trans people, especially trans women of color. While protections against discrimination for some communities has increased over the years, housing, transportation and employment laws do not do the same for trans people.
These policies do not just keep trans people out of certain places or institutions, they are acts that sustain a consistently hostile culture toward transgender people.
As funders and allies, we cannot afford to stand in the shadows of these fights. We must elevate our level of boldness to end the growing wave of violence against transgender people. And, to protect our nation’s humanity and dignity, we must center leadership and grassroots organizing in communities directly impacted by transphobia and gender-based violence.