#wontbeerased

Dear Mr. President: These trans people are sending a powerful message to Donald Trump

After this week’s news that the Trump administration is planning to redefine the word ‘gender’ to write trans people out of civil rights laws, we’ve taken to instagram to feature stories and voices of trans and gender-non-conforming people.

They #WontBeErased.

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“I am not a fad. I am not a fetish. I am not a political pawn. I am not a chess piece to be used and moved around so that Mr. Trump can hide his presidential ineptitude I am a Transgender American. I have survived the AIDS plague, homelessness, sex work, heroin addiction, opiates, alcohol and years of white heteronormative male emotionally and spiritually abusive patriarchy I cannot be stopped and I will not be erased I stand on the shoulders of the many and honor those who are paving the way. You will not get away with this, Mr. Trump. The righteous always outnumber the ignorant.” – @therealalexandrabillings #WeWontBeErased #TransPeopleWontBeErased #TransRightsAreHumanRights #TransIsBeautiful #Queerty

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“I don’t remember telling my grandparents that I identified as a transgender man. Maybe I didn’t; maybe my mom did. I don’t recall- perhaps I have blocked it from my memory but I don’t remember any specific talk of it at all, ever. . I don’t see them often but do call on birthdays and holidays. I carried some anxiety with me in seeing them the first time after coming out. I worried about their reaction even though we didn’t frequently interact. . At some point in my transition, Nana said something to me along the lines of “as long as you’re nice to others and a good person, that’s all we care about.” (Something like that) . I live my life prioritizing these two requirements and I try my best. I don’t always succeed but I learn from my missteps. . These are my grandparents and today I am feeling like I’m especially winning because I treated everyone with kindness, love, and respect today, even if they did not do the same towards me. . As @parkermolloy says, I tried my best today. I’ll do it again tomorrow. ??” – @thechrismosier . #trans #transgender #transathlete #teamusa #thisiswhattranslookslike #transisbeautiful #family #nobaddays

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“The current onslaught against the trans community in the UK is both very toxic and very worrying. However, as we fight for the right to be ourselves, we are lucky enough to have some visible and courageous allies who are putting their heads above the parapet and standing up for what is right. . As a result those allies (along with trans people) are receiving trolling, harassment and even death threats. Together with my husband @jake_graf5we thank those allies for stepping up, especially because life for them would be much easier if they did nothing. . Transphobes would have you believe that we are predatory and a danger to others. The irony being that their behaviour genuinely is dangerous whereas we are just trying to get through life in peace. . When you simply accept that TRANS MEN ARE MEN and TRANS WOMEN ARE WOMEN you realise there is nothing to fear. . Big thanks to @ditchthelabel for making these brilliant shirts, which can be found on their website.” – @hannahw253 . STRONGER TOGETHER ???????? . #trans #transgender #lgbt #lwiththet#couple #model #love #unity #ally#proud #pride #queer #ftm #mtf#inspiration #believe #hope #motivation

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“The majority of my acquaintances and friends – most of the people I meet are cis gay men. My life partner is a cis man. For more than a decade I have primarily dated cis gay men. In 2008 I can fairly confidently say that I was the only trans man in the gay dating pool in the one gay bar in my hometown. I was their first experience of dating a trans man. I’ve experienced a huge amount of transphobia in my community. The surprise of finding out that I was trans deemed me difficult and complicated. I would go from eligible to not eligible when revealing my trans gender. Although nothing else had changed I was devalued. A decade later a lot has changed. The existence of trans is largely understood – common knowledge through visibility and celebrity. Most cis gay men are supportive. In theory. Calling themselves allies, queer and recognizing the LGBTQIA. It’s not good enough boys. You are the patriarch in our community. I had a tough day yesterday. A whole lot of people in America had a hard and emotional day yesterday. Trans and non-binary people have been carefully tip-toeing towards equality for decades. An event like this, like this memo – is huge. It is a huge step back. It is exhausting. It is easy to feel devalued. Hatred is trending in the western world. Allowed to proceed without fight – it will effect you, personally, too. Speak up if you support me and my family. Our family.” – @fossoey #wewontbeerased #transrightsarehumanrights #transequality #transrights #transisbeautiful #lgbtqia #gay #queer #trans #transman #ftm

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