Remember in 2015 when the Supreme Court made same-sex marriage legal across the entire country and the U.S. truly started to feel progressive and on the right path?
This week President Trump is working towards undoing that feeling, as he has his entire presidency. Plus, with the news of two trans women—Dominique “Rem’mie” Fells and Riah Milton—found dead within 24 hours of each other just days ago, things are feeling extremely bleak.
On Friday, June 12, the Trump administration finalized a regulation overturning Obama-era protections for transgender people against sex discrimination in health care. The previous regulation helped define gender as a person’s internal sense of being “male, female, neither, or a combination,” whereas Trump has changed it to being defined as a person’s biological sex.
Not only was this done in June, which is celebrated across the world as LGBTQ+ Pride Month, but it was also the four year anniversary of the brutal shootings which took place at the gay nightclub Pulse in Orlando, Fla. where 49 people died and 53 were injured. Pushing LGBTQ+ rights back during this specific time of year is a precise and meaningful act that shows this administration knows exactly what they’re doing to LGBTQ+ people.
Thankfully, though, not all news for the LGBQT+ community has been bad lately. People are standing up for what’s right and marginalized voices are being heard. Below is a list of some of the wins, big and small, that can be celebrated across the LGBTQ+ community this week.
On Sunday, June 14, thousands of people gathered in front of the Brooklyn Museum to support Black Trans Lives Matter
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After last weekend, I didn’t think I could be any more proud. But I never should have underestimated you, New York. 🖤🤍 • Powerful doesn’t even begin to explain it — y’all SHUT IT DOWN this weekend. Watching 15,000 of you taking over Brooklyn in a sea of white for #BlackTransLiveMatter march was truly a moment this city will never forget. Our bikers and skaters led the way for protestors on foot, while our artists painted the town with #BlackLivesMatter. And of course, we cheered you all on as y’all circumvented a police blockade and hopped over the barricade into oncoming traffic to cross the Williamsburg Bridge. NYC, you are UNSTOPPABLE. ✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿 -AM
The Supreme Court ruled Monday, June 15 that it’s illegal for any employer to fire someone based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. The court’s 6-3 ruling is a huge win for LGBTQ+ civil rights. It simply adds LGBTQ people to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, which bars discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, and religion.
Trans Suicide Hotline
The first transgender suicide hotline is now up and running in the U.S., which you can reach at 877-565-8860. With three out of every ten young trans person attempting suicide, the hotline is great progress to prevent this kind of tragedy.
Gays & Lesbians Living In A Transgender Society (G.L.I.T.S.), an LGBTQIA+ grassroots organization, raised over $1 million for its campaign to buy a building and secure housing for Black trans people in NYC. And with one in ten trans people getting evicted from their homes due to their gender identity, this contribution is a huge and helpful win.
In smaller, but still progressive news, Nickelodeon posted a tweet insinuating that three characters from popular shows, including Spongebob Squarepants, are part of the LGBTQ+ community.
— Nickelodeon (@Nickelodeon) June 13, 2020
Though we’re still miles away from the LGBTQ+ civil rights finish line and the Trump administration is making the race much more difficult, you still have a voice and are able to use it. Here is a handy list of 17 Black-led LGBTQ+ services and groups you can donate to and support.