Time to Act

I wish I had comforting, positive thoughts to share about this week’s devastating election…but all I have is a plea for action.  The next four years are going to be very difficult.  If the president-elect does everything he said he would do, people from all over the country will have their lives affected in everything from marriage equality to healthcare to immigration and many other ways.

It’s safe to say my heart is broken.

Now that the initial shock is starting to subside, it’s time to think about the future, especially for the next few weeks.  The next four years will likely impact everyone that is not a white, heterosexual male in a very scary way.

We will soon have a vice-president that passed one of the most offensive and frightening anti-GLBT laws in the country.  As a member of the transcommunity and as a human being, I am saddened and scared.  God only knows what laws will be passed on our community.  Could using the restroom for the gender we identify as become a federal crime?  Could health insurance be banned from paying for hormones?

Who knows what will change come January 20th?  Likely nothing good for our community.  For example, the current policy permitting the change of gender on passports was created by executive order, and is likely to be repealed after January 20.

Kara Hurvitz, an attorney and advocate out of Boston is compiling a document that is going around online right now about what different demographics can do now to prepare for the transition of power.  The document has a section for transpeople and I really wanted to share it.

Love, Hannah

Transgender issues/suggestions

  1. Make the deeply personal, and absolutely important decision about how you want to proceed in this climate.  There is no shame in transitioning, but there is also no shame in deciding to put off transitioning until it’s safer to do so.
  2. If you decide to continue with transition, begin the process to change gender markers on passports, birth certificates, and other forms of legal identification:
    1. Birth certificate process
    2. Passport process
      1. Note that current policy permitting the change of gender markers on passports was created by executive order, and is likely to be repealed after January 20.
      2. Note also that an active passport is a necessity for relocating (temporarily or otherwise) to anywhere else in the world, including Canada, so it is a very good idea to have one current and matching your other forms of identification!  You can begin the application process here.  It is possible, though expensive, to get a passport in just a few weeks.  In emergency circumstances it is also possible to get a two-year limited validity passport, though this will be valid for less time and in fewer circumstances than a general passport.
    3. State ID process
  3. If you are on a federal employee health plan or a publicly-provided plan such as MassHealth (or an ACA-created plan), expedite what healthcare you can and explore backup insurance options.
    1. The Commonwealth Care Connector is unlikely to see significant changes, especially in the short term, because it predates the ACA
    2. But Medicaid programming may become more streamlined and restrictive!
  4. Get all the non-marriage materials taken care of in case those protections go away:
    1. Health care proxy
    2. Power of attorney
    3. Beneficiaries of policies
    4. Last will and testament (to ensure your spouse has a legal claim to your assets in the event of annulment)
      1. Check the laws in your state to see what makes a valid Last will.
      2. Make sure you make it air-tight and non-contestable.
      3. Get a lawyer if you can!
  5. Consider contributing to (and referring to) Refuge Restrooms, a web app that compiles information about gender neutral restrooms in public places
  6. Familiarize yourself with the names and numbers of local legal protection groups, which will be working to provide advice, materials, and support over the coming months:
    1. Mass Trans Political Coalition
    2. GLAAD
    3. Transgender Legal Services Network
    4. Trans Road Map (legal section)

The Sylvia Rivera Law Project

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7 thoughts on “Time to Act

  1. Hannah, I understand your trepidation surrounding tnis election. Mr.Trump will be the 12th president in my lifetime and i have yet to see any of them accomplish half the rhetoric posed during their campaigns. Yes Trump won the election but it wasnt like Ronald Reagan carrying the electoral college 520 to 17 votes (Mondale) and even the popular vote was close to 50/50. Will there be some changes? .. yes. Will we lose ground in some areas? … yes. Will we revert to the LGBT stone age of the 50s? …. probably not. The sun will continue to rise every morning. Stay proud of who you are. Be vigilant of change. And realize that one of Trump’s tenets was to push soverignty back to the states for many issues.

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  2. Is Hannah about fear? Since when? Hillary was about the status quo. Recent progress has been nice, but we all want better than the status quo. Mr. Trump is well known for his willingness to negotiate. Far from fear, this could be an opportunity beyond our imagination.

    Just look at Wall,Street this week. They were fully in with Hillary. After a few hours of jitters, Wall Street recognized the opportunity. They are now at record highs. We can do likewise, but it will take work. Since when has the prospect of some hard work stopped Hannah?

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    1. If Hillary is about the status quo, then I wish I could vote for her twice. The status quo is better than a vice president who, as governor, signed a bill to jail same-sex couples for applying for a marriage license in 2013.

      Love, Hannah

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  3. Claire and Abby: I think the fear is not just abut loss of federal protections, but that nobody at the state level will be able — or willing — to step up and make up for those losses. As much as you may describe who’s been elected as “bargainers,” they also have a reputation of being knuckle-draggers, so don’t rule out their possible (likely?) desire to make their anti-trans stance all-national and not a let-the-states-do-their-thing matter.

    Don’t discount, either, the real, palpable fear that trans people are feeling right now. You can’t deny that there was a LOT of hate directed at anything not white, male, or Anglo-Saxon in this campaign. There’s evidence that it’s continuing after the election, and may very well continue in 2017 and beyond (an online friend of mine has experienced it first hand; another is moving for fear of her safety). The anti-LGBTrans haters are creeping from their dark corners of the internet and are now clearly emboldened. Yes, the trans community, and the LGBT community as a whole, must stay strong and still speak out, but you must NOT discount the REAL fear and trepidation we are experiencing right now.

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  4. The HRC/DNC campaign was all about stoking the fires of fear and hatred. People who supported Trump were not hateful, irredeemable, deplorables. Twice you mention the bill that was signed in Indiana. Why did you choose to not mention that once Pence was made to understand some of the concerns that people had with the bill he had it eliminated.
    Trump has a strong regard for the Constitution, including the 10th Amendment. He wants a stronger economy and lower taxes.
    The post election reaction of the left is based on the fears raised by the Democrats in applying the Alinsky techniques that worked so well for Obama…Create an enemy, demonize the enemy, demean and belittle the enemy…etc. Check out Rules for Radicals.
    Lets go with freedom and liberty and not run around like chicken little because Hillary ran a campaign based on fear rather than issues.

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  5. Republicans have been running a Fear campaign, as that which started the North Carolina event. It’s called the ” Bathroom Myth ” Look forward to this same event which is now on Republican’s back burner, simmering at this moment here in Minnesota. The Made up fear of Trans people in the woman’s bathroom, this fear tactic is coming close to home as you will see. Now in the small towns of Minnesota. For your edification please see what is happening to Trans people in South Dakota. You seem to not be aware of the closeness of anti Trans events.

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