While we have made strides in achieving equality, there is a segment of the LGBTQ community that remains severely disadvantaged. We must stay active and not become complacent in our victories.
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”As members of the LGBTQ community, it’s important for us to stand up for the vulnerable. In this case, we need to speak up for the rights of trans youth.
In the Texas legislature, the Republican majority has set its sights on passing a bathroom bill similar to the one in North Carolina.
A raging queer dance party was thrown at the governor’s mansion to protest this discriminatory legislation. The idea of dancing for a cause may seem ridiculous, but visibility is extremely important. Essentially, the purpose behind these bills is to discourage trans people from being a part of public life. If you can’t be guaranteed access to basic facilities, you’re less likely to enter public spaces. No one’s going back in the closet, y’all.
Not only that, but in times like these we need moments of levity to fuel the resistance.
The Queer Dance Freakout has been one of my favorite protest moments so far. For a night, we came together as a community with our allies to have a good time and show our detractors that we exist and we won’t be ignored.
If you’re a Texan, be sure to contact your state representative and tell them to Flush the Bill. Even if you’re not a Texan, contact your representatives and tell them you support trans rights.