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May 19 4 tweets 1 min read
PSA for parents of trans kids in Texas:

Given the news that Texas has started investigating the families of trans kids for child abuse again, you need to be aware of Connecticut.

Get there if you can.

They passed a law and will NOT honor out of state warrants from Texas! For any “crime” stemming in whole or in part from the provision of gender affirming care.

If you are facing your child being taken from you, keep that option in mind.
May 19 6 tweets 4 min read
That was a slog of a hearing.
@Liston4Ohio
@RepMoniqueSmith
@latynamhumphrey

you all did an incredible job.

The anti-trans lobby is incredibly organized now. They even have a token trans person (Corinna) and trans surgeon (Bowers).

You did great and asked the right questions @Liston4Ohio @RepMoniqueSmith @latynamhumphrey You can see the livetweets here, and I may cut more video later.

Some highlights:

- Using trans pronouns was compared to dog training and the holocaust
- The primary doctor in support thinks medical evidence is garbage
- ADF calls SPLC a "hate group"

May 19 33 tweets 7 min read
Y’all this hearing on Ohio’s bill to detransition trans youth is fire!

One of the committee members just told ADF dude that he belongs to a hate group.

Another just referenced a recent study showing a 73% reduction in suicide rates! Thank you @RepMoniqueSmith for coming into this hearing KNOWLEDGABLE about recent studies!!!

We have to defeat HB454

May 14 7 tweets 3 min read
AMAZING! A federal court has ruled Alabama must stop medically detransitioning all of its trans teens!

This is HUGE for trans rights and trans youth!

"Parents have a fundamental right to direct the medical care of their children subject to accepted medical standards." This may seem really simple... but the fact that the judge actually gendered the plantiff properly is... amazing and wonderful and I'm so happy.

It doesn't always happen that way.
May 13 5 tweets 2 min read
Child abuse investigations for the parents of transgender youth will continue in Texas after the TX Supreme Court blocked the injunction.

This is TERRIBLE. Teachers will be forced to report trans children to CPS. Parents could lose their trans kid and any other kids they have. The TX supreme court is explicitly allowing investigations into the families of trans kids.
May 11 10 tweets 2 min read
HUGE! Connecticut is the first state to pass a safe-state law for transgender and abortion refugees from criminalizing states like TX/AL/AR.

Bars summons/subpoenas/compliance with out of stte warrants and allows those charged to sue for damages!

It's long and there's lots here! The full amendment is LCO 6345, seen on this page:

cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillsta…
May 10 6 tweets 2 min read
Louisiana introduces HB837, the worst "Don't say gay or trans" bill yet.

It bans anyone, teacher or student, from presenting to the class anything related to sexual orientation or gender identity through grade 8, and their own orientation/gender identity to grade 12 (!!!) This makes it impossible to transition as a teacher or student in school.

It is as close as they can get on an outright ban of trans people in schools.
May 9 4 tweets 1 min read
It feels so frustrating to watch women's rights, lgbt rights, and trans rights get rolled back decades.

Somebody has to do something right? Surely we aren't all just going to sit here as it happens.

But it feels like that's what's happening.

This threat is existential. Are we all so jaded and worn out that we're just going to sit here and not show up?

Have people given up to the point that they're just going to watch as we get steamrolled? As trans kids are taken, as women lose bodily autonomy, as pregnant people are forced to give birth?
May 9 4 tweets 1 min read
In case you are wondering about the movement of anti-trans laws around the country, it would seem most states have slowed down in order to focus on anti-abortion laws.

Take a look at all of the laws proposed in Missouri since the Roe leak. Each has "abortion" or "embryo" in it. Missouri is one state that I've had my attention on but it's not the only state doing this. It's got a few really harsh anti-trans laws just sitting in the waiting.

If it wasn't clear before that we need intersectionality now more than ever, it should be.
May 4 7 tweets 3 min read
Groundbreaking new study in esteemed journal Pediatrics shows that only 2.5% of youth transitioners return to identifying as cisgender 5 years later!

This is the newest and most robust study on "desistance" among youth transitioners.

Far less than the 80% opposition claims. Image I have a thread on why the 80% "desistance rate" is a lie. Essentially, the 80% rate often cited is based on 1990s criteria when trans youth were forcibly detransitioned and conversion therapy the norm, and even minor gender variance was called "trans"

May 3 4 tweets 1 min read
So you know: It's not a coincidence that abortion rights are unfurling on the same year that the most anti-trans laws in history have been proposed and passed.

These are two sides of the same coin in the same fight and the same people are fighting with the same justifications. Everything is connected to this: Trans sports bans policing what a female body is, healthcare to youth and the right for them to obtain it, its all the same fight.

When you bring all of your energy fighting for repro rights, remember to keep that energy for us.
May 1 4 tweets 2 min read
Oklahoma's House passes SB615 after piling on new transphobic things into it.

As it stands now, it is a harsh "Don't say gay or trans" bill, it would force teachers to out their students, and now it bans trans people from bathrooms in schools!

STOP THIS BILL! Tyler Stevenson has been covering this bill in Oklahoma, so give him thanks for this. This would have flown under my radar because they are sneakily using a floor substitute process whereby the bill entirely skips committees.

Apr 30 5 tweets 1 min read
This move would be demonstrably worse than just kicking the student loan repayment can down the road every three months like they’re doing now. Most people in the US don't $1000 in savings. Reducing the "total debt amount" for them won't have a huge impact because they're not paying that down anyway.

But they ARE paying monthly if they come back. And seeing $200-$1000 out of their pocket a month would hurt.
Apr 26 4 tweets 1 min read
At 4:00 AM this morning, I woke up from a nightmare in a sweat where I was being hunted for being transgender and running through the woods.

I don't normally have nightmares.

This doesn't surprise me though, given that yesterday, I had many threats to "eradicate my kind"

🧵 I have been in advocacy for a long time, even from before I was transgender. I have a strong stomach and a lot of times, this stuff doesn't get to me.

But yesterday, it found a crack.

The wave of anti-trans and anti-lgbtq sentiment felt like a relentless tsunami.
Apr 26 7 tweets 2 min read
Gay acceptance increased the 90s. Then DOMA was passed and a reactionary anti-gay movement took root. Marriage laws passed in 31 states (map).

It took 20 years to win that fight.

Many trans people in our 30s remember those days and know what's ahead of us for trans rights. 🧵 This is going to be a long fight with increasing amount of hostility. But we do have a roadmap for how to win it. There will be casualties - there already are.

Marriage equality was won by millions of gay people unafraid to be themselves even in the face of hostility.
Apr 26 4 tweets 2 min read
Missouri just passed HB2649 out of the general laws committee. This bill will medically detransition all trans teens and force them through the wrong puberty, and ban health coverage for trans adults. It will go to the full house.

I break down this bill and others on TikTok. The full text of the bill can be viewed here: legiscan.com/MO/text/HB2649…
Apr 26 6 tweets 2 min read
It appears the vote to detransition all teens is delayed in Missouri because they are too busy deciding and debating if transgender people should be allowed to play sports right now. 🙃 Pretty wild how I log onto my social platform to see a takeover from a transphobic billionaire, while I browse amidst transphobic "groomer" comments, log off to watch legislators delay their vote on a transphobic bill so they can instead debate a different transphobic bill.
Apr 25 4 tweets 1 min read
It is done. Elon Musk buys twitter for $44 Billion.

I know that LGBTQ+ people and trans people specifically fear this particular change. We're going to see increases in an already volatile situation with "groomer" rhetoric turned up to 11.

It's a sad day for our community. With news of Elon Musk buying twitter, I have a lot of emotions and thoughts.

On one hand, the trans community is used to operating in a hostile environment, and at least for me, I'll continue fighting. I'm not giving up.

But I am also going to branch into other platforms.
Apr 25 4 tweets 1 min read
With Elon Musk and twitter, I know that a lot of trans advocates are considering options. This space is valuable but may get increasingly hostile.

But we're used operating in hostile environments.

Now more than ever though, we have to diversify our content platforms. I don't plan to immediately give up this platform, but I also don't plan to stick around long term if Elon runs Twitter into the ground for trans people.

I have already created a plan for my own personal organizing. Stay tuned, I should finalize it by end of week.
Apr 24 4 tweets 1 min read
I’m begging all of the orgs to stop focus on meaningless national races/initiatives and to put effort into actual state legislator lobbying, elections, outreach, and research.

It literally takes just the lightest effort to speak to them, educate them, and get their attention. Likewise, if you care about your rights, reach out to your local legislators. They’re so much easier to talk to and they are NOT powerless. And vote at the local and state level.
Apr 24 4 tweets 1 min read
One of the best things everyone can do to advance trans rights is to go to Openstates and put in your address.

Look at your state legislators.

Put <legislator name> twitter into Google.

Save all their @'s. Tag them often and ask for bills.

openstates.org/find_your_legi… Most people don't realize how many state legislators actually watch and pay attention to their twitter accounts, and it's a much better way to reach them these days than even calling tbh.