It’s been a hard week. Most of our attention these past few days has been focused on the horrific events that occurred in Las Vegas on Sunday. As the shock fades, our country returns once again to gun control laws and the never ending discussion of our rights and the government’s obligation to protect its citizens.
This is not an invitation to discuss gun laws, so please be mindful of that in the comments.
A country’s obligation and role in protecting its people extends in many different ways. Whether it is protecting our personal rights, having access to proper medical and mental care, as well as ensuring our civil rights are maintained.
This week we saw the Trump administration roll back the mandate that employers provide insurance coverage for contraception based on religious freedom. This, of course, will open the door to other discriminating changes that are also based on religious freedom, potentially rights that protect the LGBTQ community.
What does this have to do with the transcommunity? Well, everything.
I think most of us here believe that transwomen are women. Issues that affect cis-women are also issues that transwomen should be concerned about as well. While it is true that reproductive issues may not affect a transwoman personally, we should be outraged when any right of any woman is denied, especially when it comes to one’s healthcare. If we want to be viewed and accepted as women when we visit the mall in a cute dress and heels, then we must also champion for the rights of ALL women.
If the GOP wants to deny healthcare to cis-women, whether directly or indirectly, then they will not hesitate to take away the protection of transwomen. Which brings me to my next point.
If you had any doubt that the Republicans hated us, this week also saw the Trump administration end workplace protection for the transgender community. Unless it’s in an effort to be needlessly cruel, I do not see any point in going out of your way to take away a civil right from us. This week was a busy week for this administration as they somehow also found time to request a federal court to dismiss a lawsuit challenging Trump’s ban on transgender people in the military. One would think that escalating tensions with North Korea, hurricane recovery in Puerto Rico and mass shooting in Las Vegas would take more precedent than stripping away the rights of women and the LGBTQ community.
Things were going, well perhaps not well, but things were less terrible for us not too long ago. What happened?