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Transphobic Surge Follows Trump Election

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Like it or not Donald Trump is our president. And now that the shock of seeing him elected is wearing off it’s time to begin refocusing on staying alive.

It’s not time for false bravado but a time to take a realistic accounting of our personal lives, which state we live in, employment, housing and day to day safety.

We must remain aware of our surroundings and resist the urges that would place ourselves in compromising situations. As we have seen there has been numerous facebook posts documenting criminal transphobic activities such as tire slashing and keying of cars. I’m suggesting drinking in bars and walking alone at night, even using public transport at night should be avoided if possible for safety sake at least for the time being.

Sex work and drugs will get you killed. 

I understand many of our community have little choice in these matters but please be careful. Some would even contend that there hasn’t been an increase of transphobic hate crimes. But as one of the smallest minorities in America, murdered at a rate higher in comparison to any other, and at the highest rate historically, each hate crime is important.

Then there’s the flip side of this. Why are we killing ourselves?

There was a copy and paste message shared by our community claiming the eight transgender children had committed suicide in the hours following November 8th. The people who started that lie did it for inexcusable personal reasons, most likely a plea for attention, and the ones who help spread it believed them.

Snoopes published a report indicating there was no evidence that suicides spiked, but it’s best to remain aware of our personal mental health in these days. Spreading rumors like that only increase others despair and ultimately could lead to suicide.

Donald Trump
Donald Trump in an obviously choreographed stunt displays an upside down LGBT flag at a Colorado rally.

The Texas Lawyer takes stock on our situation.

During the presidential campaign this summer, then-GOP nominee Trump told a reporter he believes transgender people should be able to use whatever bathroom they want. Trump said a North Carolina law that bans transgender individuals from using a bathroom not designated for their birth sex, created problems, referring to the decision of many businesses and performers to boycott the state. “North Carolina did something that was very strong. And they’re paying a big price. There’s a lot of problems,” Trump said.

He recommended the government take no stance on the issue of transgender bathrooms.
“There have been very few complaints the way it is. People go. They use the bathroom that they feel is appropriate,” Trump said. “There has been so little trouble. And the problem with what happened in North Carolina is the strife and the economic—I mean, the economic punishment that they’re taking.”

Trump also said that the transgender celebrity Caitlyn Jenner could use whatever bathroom she wanted at Trump Tower.

As we know Gavin Grimm’s case will be going to the supreme court and with Trump picking the last justice any guess at this time about the outcome would be conjecture at best.

Trump looks to censor the media, not unexpected but extremely troubling,

Donald Trump has flip-flopped so many times on so many issues, it’s hard to take him seriously. According to The Guardian Trump has already ‘softened’ his campaign promises on a number issues. We will learn more about that Sunday when the Interviews are aired.

The real danger lays in the people that Trump has surrounded himself with primarily his vice president former Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, whom Trump designated his Congressional liaison. Pence publicly supports bills supporting religious discrimination and the use of federal funding to treat people “seeking to change their sexual behavior”.

Then there’s Stephen Moore, an official Trump campaign adviser and senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation. Trump is also considering Steve Bannon, the executive chairman of vehemently anti-LGBT website Breitbart News, calling Bannon “a leading candidate” for the position. Bannon previously served as Trump’s campaign CEO.

Ken Blackwell, who is leading the transition on domestic policy who is currently a senior fellow of the Family Research Council, which the Southern Poverty Law Center designated as an anti-LGBT hate group. He is joined by Ben Carson, a vice-chair for Trump’s transition who believes ‘Abnormal’ Trans People Don’t Deserve ‘Extra Rights’.

Carson’s video rant against the federal government ‘imposing’ is will on the America people was ridiculous before the election. Wait until he supports the feds discriminatory policy. Wonder if he’s considered that there are undocumented people from every continent in America?

Trump most likely will target transgender people to quell dissension from within after reneging on many of his campaign promises. We are the target of opportunity. But when he’s done with us hate will still be the glue that holds his followers together so they will need another minority to victimize.

So what is likely? Donald Trump will likely begin by rescinding of the executive orders and directives in which the Obama administration tried to protect transgender people. That would play to the Republicans over-reach meme. But don’t look for it to end there. Dominic Holden at buzzfeed points out Trump at the prodding of his staff might well issue directives explicitly banning lgbt rights at the federal level. Yes, it is that bad.

Trans woman of color, at the intersection of race and gender are in the gunsights of extremists.

Trump’s campaign has also emboldened white supremacist groups. A Ku Klux Klan newspaper endorsed Trump, and the former KKK grand wizard David Duke was one of the first people to congratulate Trump on Twitter following his victory. Potok said that Klan members have been distributing literature in Alabama since Trump’s victory, and one local Klan group is organizing a celebratory rally.

Kelli Busey
Kelli, Busey is managing editor at Planet Transgender


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