What makes you feel the most oppressed in your personal lives? Having to use a certain bathroom, having to dress a certain way, not being able to marry your partner, not being able to adopt Etc. what effects you directly and makes you see how you are mistreated?
How should we fight?
Which is more effective: political action or protest? Self-defense or peaceful resistance? Education and compromise or demanding our rights? What’s the most effective way to fight?
When you walk down the street today, think about all the people who have been hurt and bashed for being themselves. Don’t let it scare you, let it make you stronger, think about how you would protect yourself. Stay safe, and don’t back down. Fight hard for everyone who can’t.
It just occurred to me how ironic it is that people who support DOMA claim that homosexuality/gay marriage is dangerous for children. Anyone who supports DOMA is actively harming children - they are promoting discrimination towards children of same sex couples and are causing children to think there is something wrong with themselves if they are gay. They are responsible for hate crimes and suicides. Protect children by making the world safe, accepting and just.
Write on a desk or in a bathroom stall, on a wall etc. about glbt rights or freedom or equality. It’ll tell someone who thinks they’re alone that they’re not, and make someone who doesn’t support our rights think that maybe they should.
In the phrase “LGBT,” the “transgender” often gets left out. Many of the big political goals that are currently or were recently associated with the LGBT rights movement - gay marriage, don’t-ask-don’t-tell, etc. - are unrelated to the transgender community, and the T in LGBT sometimes seems like it’s just tacked on to the end and forgotten about. We need to make sure people don’t forget about the T in LGBT, and that transgender people are represented in the community.
Aside from important political and legal goals, like fighting for transgender people’s freedom to serve in the military and their rights to not be subject to workplace discrimination, we have to conquer social and cultural issues involving the transgender community, just like we have to do for the gay, lesbian, and bisexual communities. We have to fight as one, united community - LGBT. Transgender people face some of the most ignorant misconception and fear of any group of people, and we have to fight. We need to educate people. We need to show transgender pride, and let people know what being transgender actually means. It’s embracing who you are inside and loving yourself for it. It’s celebrating and being proud of your identity.
Feel free to leave comments about your thoughts, or your ideas about how to help educate people about what it means to be transgender.
Excellent question, we wake up every morning and ask ourselves this exactly. The first part is a recognition and a commitment - this is a problem, it’s extremely difficult to change, and we have to try to change it. The hardest part is knowing what to do, it feels as if we can’t change anything - but we can. Right now, we’re focusing on educating as many people as possible - talking to homophobic people and trying to change their minds, talking to gay people who are apathetic to the need for change, and talking to people who want to help but don’t know how. Education is extremely important, talking to children, strangers, and people you know about transgender/gay rights issues helps change the way they are viewed. We pass out fliers to people on the street (I can send you some if you’re interested), sign petitions (allout.org) talk to our friends and family and go to protests/marches. We are still finding our way and trying to make a change, but I hope that someday soon we will be able to demand our rights, following in the footsteps of movements like Occupy Wall Street. But before we can riot in the streets, we have to educate people and gain support. If you want more ideas please contact us again, and thanks for the question <3. Keep fighting.
What is the most important glbt issue for you guys? (i,e gay marriage, transgender/transexuals in the army, stopping murders in brazil, stopping suicide in the us etc) should we be fighting for legal rights or trying to change society? Why?