Unsure how to effectively take action against the slew of anti-transgender bills across the country? Two prominent trans activists have a plan.
ACLU attorney Chase Strangio and writer-activist Raquel Willis have organized the Transgender Week of Visibility and Action, a weeklong campaign with daily action steps meant to combat discriminatory legislation across the United States. Agenda items for each day include calling an elected official in one of three states and donating money to an individual or organization. The campaign kicks off today (Wednesday, March 24) and culminates on Trans Day of Visibility, celebrated annually on March 31.
“Trans lives are at stake here,” Willis tweeted. “Let’s have a @TransWeekofAction ahead of #TransDayOfVisibility.”
March 24-25: Arkansas
March 26-28: South Dakota
March 29-31: Alabama
— Raquel Willis (@RaquelWillis_) March 24, 2021
The campaign was launched in response to the unprecedented tide of bills targeting trans and gender non-conforming youth in state legislatures nationwide. According to an Axios report published earlier this month, Republicans in more than 20 states have introduced at least 60 anti-transgender bills since January 1, 2021.
Many of the bills — including SB 354 in Arkansas, one of the focal points of Strangio and Willis’s campaign — are designed to ban trans kids from participating in student athletics. Baseless concerns about trans women and girls “endangering” cisgender women and girls in sports have been weaponized by lawmakers on the federal level, too, most recently at last week’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the LGBTQ Equality Act.
Other legislative efforts are taking aim at gender-affirming health care for trans kids, which has been proven time and time again to be life-saving. One such bill, Alabama’s HB1/SB10, would make it felony for doctors to provide gender-affirming health care to minors.
If you are gearing up to celebrate Trans Day of Visibility, join us for a week of action leading up. Here is the plan. More information each day. Today we start with Arkansas. #TransWeekofAction pic.twitter.com/LWIQusQhKu
— Chase Strangio (@chasestrangio) March 24, 2021
“We all deserve access to healthcare & the opportunity to follow our dreams, but the transgender community is under attack by politicians trying to pass hateful laws,” said transgender athlete and activist Chris Mosier, who tweeted in support of the campaign. “Let’s work to stop these laws by calling lawmakers & telling them to end these attacks on the community.”
Learn more about the actionable steps laid out in the campaign — and the dangerous, discriminatory bills that activists are petitioning against — here.