Weekly Resistance: How to Take Action June 4-10

Happy Pride Month! I hope you have an opportunity to attend celebrations in your area, whether you’re a member of the LGBTQIA+ community or a supportive ally.

After years of progress under the Obama administration, the LGBTQ community in the United States faces significant social and legal challenges — especially in the case of multiply marginalized people like transgender prisoners and queer asylum seekers. I’ve rounded up some ways you can take action to support the community this week.

You can find information on how to contact your officials at all levels of government here. As always, if you haven’t had a chance yet, sign up for our newsletter and stay up-to-date on the latest!

1. Protect Transgender Inmates

The Trump administration has rolled back guidance protecting trans inmates.

Know:

  • Transgender people, especially black and Latina women, experience disproportionately high rates of incarceration.
  • The guidelines in question ensured that these individuals were housed and accommodated in accordance with their gender.
  • Trans women housed with cis men can experience high rates of harassment along with physical and sexual assault.

Act: Feeling like the federal government won’t listen to you? Contact your state legislators and consider asking them to follow Connecticut’s move: pass strong protective legislation defining and safeguarding inmate rights. Technically, your federal representatives can also introduce such legislation.

In addition, consider getting involved with a program working on prison abolition or the defense of trans prisoners.

Consider signing this Care2 petition:

2. Keep Cops Out of Pride

With Pride parades comes an annual controversy in many cities: Should police be allowed?

Know:

  • Two separate questions may come up for debate: Whether police should staff Pride parades for public safety, and whether uniformed officers or groups representing police departments should be allowed to march in the parade itself — especially since some cops are members of the LGBTQ community.
  • LGBTQ people of color can feel extremely uncomfortable around armed police officers, given their increased vulnerability to violence — and many have repeatedly asked that police be excluded from Pride events.
  • Pride has its origins in a riot led by trans women of color fighting police abuse, and some feel that including police officers dilutes that history.

Act: If you’re a cis and straight ally, follow the lead of LGBTQ community members, and work in solidarity with them. If you’re LGBTQ and white, defer to people of color in these conversations, and make sure their voices are centered.

Consider signing the following Care2 petition:

3. Speak Up for LGBTQ Asylum-Seekers

The Trump administration is waging war on both immigrants and people seeking asylum, even though international law protects those fleeing dangers at home and requesting help.

Know:

  • Since 1994, people have been explicitly allowed to apply for asylum in the U.S. on the grounds of being LGBQ, and transgender asylum seekers have also won protections.
  • LGBTQ people may live in countries where their sexual orientations are illegal — or where they are at risk of physical and sexual assault because of their gender or orientation. HIV+ people can also be profiled for harassment. Outspoken activists can be especially vulnerable.
  • People requesting asylum are subjected to a lengthy vetting process that can take years, and they may spend months in detention. These individuals pose an extremely low security risk.

Act: Contact your federal lawmakers to push for bills clarifying and strengthening the system used to extend asylum to people in need of help. You can also work locally with immigrant justice organizations who are providing specific services to immigrants and refugees, in addition to working on larger legislative issues and court cases.

4. Oppose Dangerous Judicial Nominations

What do judges have to do with LGBTQ pride? A lot, because these lifetime appointments in courts across the country will determine the fate of civil rights lawsuits that advocates and organizations file to protest mistreatment.

Know:

Act: Contact your senators and ask them to stand strong against dangerous Trump nominees. Note that you want to see nominees given careful consideration. Indicate that you hope your senators have no intention of voting to confirm people who are unqualified or unfit for the job, and emphasize the importance of thoughtfully weighing nominees with a history of biased comments.

Consider signing this Care2 petition:

5. Defend LGBTQ Students

A new generation of LGBTQ is witnessing tremendous civil rights gains crumble under the Trump administration. It’s important to build a better world for these young people.

Know:

Act: Hostility from the Trump administration may have you feeling defeated, but remember that your state legislature has considerable power. Think about an issue that’s especially important to you — whether it’s bathroom access for trans students in K-12 or preventing sexual assault on college campuses — and contact your state lawmakers. Ask them about the steps they’re taking to address this problem in your state, and what you can do to help.

Consider signing this Care2 petition:

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28 comments

Marija M
Marija M4 months ago

tks for the info

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Lisa M
Lisa M4 months ago

Thanks.

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Lisa M
Lisa M4 months ago

Thanks.

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Gino C
Gino C4 months ago

Thank you

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Mary B
Mary B4 months ago

Eric Lees if you still think tyranny is the same thing as a nanny state, just your choice of right wing terminology tells me you don't even know what Liberty is. You mention the cake baker. Is that the religious cake baker who refused to do business with a gay couple who just wanted a cake baked ? The gay couple were just trying to give them some business and they refused because the guys were gay, so who's liberty to participate in our culture was violated ?Who was bullied because of religious beliefs ? How long do gay people have to live on the fringes while old religions get to call the shots ? That's not Liberty, that's plain old Bible thumping discrimination. Sounds more like a failure of separation of church and state.Where is the upholding of the constitution in that?

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Greta L
Greta L4 months ago

thanks for posting

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Carol C
Carol C4 months ago

Thank you for this summary - food for thought. All petitions signed.

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Winn A
Winn Adams4 months ago

Thanks

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Eric L
Eric Lees4 months ago

@Wesley Struebing
"Redouble your efforts, too, in the face of the most recent (albeit very narrow) ruling by SCOTUS."

Really Wesley? They did the right thing, they upheld Liberty. Do you really want to live in a country where the government can bring violence to what should be a voluntary transaction between 2 people?
Stop and think about the big picture, all the ramifications that would have.
I'll take Liberty over Tyranny or a nanny state any day.

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Anne M
Anne Moran4 months ago

Cops SHOULD be allowed to march in the gay parade, why in the hell shouldn't they be ?? - They've been in ours for the last 35+ years... - They're NOT all bad cops..

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