Transgender People Stand In Solidarity Against Arizona's Immigration Law
by Lincoln Rose
As protests against Arizona's hateful new immigration law continue to grow, there's one group I haven't heard much from: the transgender community. Yes, individual people have made their disapproval known through posts and actions, but I'm talking about us as a community rising up in solidarity.
The fact is, it doesn't matter where we come down on the immigration issue. If we're not having an angry response to a law that requires people to produce documentation on demand, then something is really wrong.
Because we, more than almost any other group, should get it. The potential for violence and harassment when people in power have information that intimate about someone's history. How hard it can make life when the legal hurdles for getting documents are so high that you're stuck between the danger that comes from doing without and the danger that comes from being exposed.
This Saturday is May 1st, and there will be events across the country supporting the rights of immigrant communities. Most of them will have a special emphasis on opposing this mess in Arizona. So I am encouraging the transgender community everywhere to turn out in solidarity and oppose this law. We know the hate, brutality, and horror that can come with demanding people's documents.
And because we know, we cannot turn our backs and stay silent.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Posted by De Sube at 4/27/2010 02:09:00 PM