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public service announcement: we are now living through the biggest anti-#trans backlash since the 1970s. it's been going on since at least 2016. it's not just Republicans or evangelicals – it's coming from numerous fronts. & most cis people seem entirely oblivious to it...
...I should really be working on a different piece I'm on deadline for. but this has been on my mind a lot today. I can't tell you how many cis friends I've talked to over the last two years, who know I'm a trans writer & activist, and will ask how that's all going...
...and I'll be like "actually quite awful!" and I will tell them about TERF harassment & mass reporting online, or how not a day goes by with out the UK press publishing between 1 to 5 transphobic op-eds, or how transphobes are now rebranding themselves as "skeptics"...
...or the massive disinformation campaign targeting trans children & healthcare – which I write about here: juliaserano.blogspot.com/2019/02/origin… & elsewhere – that involves coordination between all of these factions...
...and there jaws will drop. because to them, everything is frozen in time to about 2014, when we supposedly Transgender Tipping Point™-ed. back when TV shows featuring trans characters & actors were all the rage, & Caitlyn Jenner pre-MAGA hats...
...& Obama and other politicians said nice things about #trans people. that's all that they remember. that celebration & seeming embrace of #transgender folks. yay, trans people are accepted now!!! admittedly, they are aware of Trump's trans military ban...
...(but not all the other Trump admin assaults on trans rights & healthcare, or the judges, don't get me started on the judges!). but they see it as a "blip" – one bad policy that will be replaced once he's no longer in office...
...anyway, my point is, these cis people – often people very close to me – seem surprised that lots of people are still very much anti-trans. because they (the haters) have all since learned to couch their bigotry via buzz words about "biological sex" & "women's safety"...
...and "the science is still out on that" & so on. I guess what I'm saying is: Dear cis people, please start educating yourself to recognize anti-trans dog-whistles. and don't presume that transphobia has been vanquished from the earth just b/c other cis ppl you know...
...have learned not to say anything *explicitly* anti-trans. some of them are likely saying it implicitly. and finally, please check in on your trans friends. ask them about their experiences (if they are open to talking about it), and what you might be able to do to help...
The End. I didn't mean for that to be a rant. but I had to get that off my chest. btw I've been writing about this anti-#trans backlash the last few years. if you want to read some of that work, most of those pieces are compiled here: patreon.com/posts/three-ye… #transgender #LGBTQ
...completely non-coincidentally, while I was writing that thread, some TERF on Twitter accused me of not believing in "biological sex," then tried to "cotton ceiling" me. *blocked* medium.com/@juliaserano/t…
also, here is a side thread, wherein I was asked about my response to the "science is still out" dog-whistle:
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