It is time for every Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual, 2 Spirited and Queer person in the community, and every straight person who cares about a queer person to take positive action to support the Trans community.
We have achieved so much since then! It is easy to think the fight is over. But now is the time, we need to wrap our arms around our brothers, sisters and all other members of the vast Trans community. We must stand up and offer them the protections, and deference we are now enjoying. Because it’s 2021!
Add your pronouns to social media & email signature
Why? It gives trans people space to put their pronouns and not feel conspicuous. Whether you are gay, straight or something in between, this simple act provides awareness among your colleagues, friends, and the people who you interact with daily that observing and using personal pronouns is not only respectful, but socially desirable.
Here are some examples:
Listen to trans stories, and empathize
When you see trans people being excluded or treated differently for being who they are, remember what it was like when you when you realized your were different from others.
Remember how isolated you felt? Maybe you had to pretend to be something other people expected you to be? Behave how they wanted you to behave? What you needed was friends who you could be yourself around. Remember, how you needed a friend who would stick up for you and defend you.
Be that friend to trans people.* Show your support in social media comments, reply to posts, speak-up when you see behaviour that isn’t inclusive of all genders, and non-binary sexual identity.
Check yourself before you …
Learn the difference between sexuality, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. This is the best way to become an ally, get to know the meaning of these words, and how to use them correctly when talking about your trans family. Use these words when appropriate with your friends, your family and your co-workers.
I hear some of you saying that sexuality has no place at work, but consider this. If your boss consistently called you by the wrong name, wouldn’t you feel bad because of it?
Gender identity & expression like sexuality is a part of us, and to intentionally miss-gender a trans person is a form of verbal abuse.
Stand up & be heard … throw that brick!
We are all inundated with information every minute of our waking lives. Stories both good and bad. When you see good things about the trans community, share it with your friends and colleagues. If trans people are being excluded, hurt, or killed - share your outrage with others to mobilize their support.
Remember. Pride started as a riot , people were being persecuted, and queer people stood up for each other and took action to support their friends and co-workers.
The fight is not over!
Be an ally to the trans community. Share the acceptance Lesbians Gays and Bisexual community now enjoys with our Trans friends and chosen family. Show everyone you interact with in 2021 you are a Trans ally!