Over the past thirteen days we have witnessed the chilling reality of the new White House administration – from statements, tweets, and executive orders, all targeting members of our many communities. The Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition remains firm in our commitment to equality and justice for all. We will continue to work together with our allies in the immigration rights, reproductive rights, faith, and LGBTQ communities to fight for social justice and equality. Because, as Audre Lorde said, “There is no such thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives.”
The new administration has already demonstrated its unconstitutional discrimination against Muslims, targeting people for their religious beliefs, through an executive order. This order is constructed around the false association between Muslims and violence — a gross stereotyping, similar to the misguided perception that trans and gender nonconforming individuals are sexual predators. These stereotypes, misconceptions, and lies hurt us all and will not be ignored. If, as rumors indicate, there will be a rolling back of federal LGBTQ rights through executive orders, MTPC will continue to work to defend the rights we have gained, and fight for the many rights we have yet to attain. We will also continue to educate, advocate, and empower our community through action and advocacy.
In these difficult times our allies and our allyship with other communities, are essential to our mission: our liberation is tied to the liberation of all (to paraphrase activist Lilla Watson). MTPC stands in solidarity with dozens of organizations and groups in Massachusetts and across the country organizing for liberation and equality — we hope that you will do the same.
As we move forward, please know that you do not stand alone, you do not march alone, and you do not fight alone. MTPC, our leadership, volunteers, and staff all stand with you to advocate for trans rights, human rights, and equal rights. We take great hope knowing that many of you stand with us as well. Be strong, be vocal, and be united for all.
Mason Dunn, Executive Director