by Tsukuru Fors
On Saturday, October 1st, 2022, the transgender/gender non-conforming communities and their allies are taking to the streets in multiple cities across the US, including here in L.A., to demand federal protection for the rights of transgender/gender-non-conforming people, as well as healthcare justice, housing justice, workplace justice, and reproductive justice for all.
The action was originally inspired as a protest to H.R. 8731, Protect Children’s Innocence Act, which was introduced by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (GA-14) to the US House of Representatives on August 19, 2022. The bill seeks to ban gender affirming care for transgender youth under 18 and federally-funded gender affirming care for all ages, to bar colleges and universities from offering instruction on gender-affirming care, and to deny visas to the US to foreign doctors who have provided gender-affirming care.
The anti-trans bills like H.R. 8731 further propagate and legitimize violence and hate against transgender people. In 2022 alone, at least 31 violent deaths of trans and nonbinary people have already been reported.
According to the Trevor Project’s 2022 National Survey on LGBTQ Mental Health, more than half of transgender and nonbinary youth seriously considered attempting suicide in 2021. Another Trevor Project study found that receiving the gender-affirming hormone therapy was associated with nearly 40% lower odds of depression and suicide attempt by young people under age 18.
The National Day of Action is gaining attention and support among reproductive rights and labor rights activists and others who are aware of the intersectionality of these issues.
The National Day of Action to End Violence and Genocide on Transgender People Organizing Committee stands firmly in solidarity with Amazon and Starbucks workers who are fighting for a safe, non-discriminatory, and humane work environment. Oct. 1 is the six-month anniversary of the Amazon Labor Union victory in Staten island NY.
“We, transgender and gender non-conforming people of the United States, demand our basic human right to life, liberty, and personal security. We demand the right for all of us, trans and cis people alike, to have education, health care, employment, and housing in a safe and dignified environment. Trans liberation is liberation for all!” declared a spokesperson.
Please direct any questions to a lead organizer, Tsukuru Fors, at 323-899-0463, firstname.lastname@example.org.