Black people. Poor people. Sick people. Women. LGBTQ people. Immigrants. If this year has taught us anything, it’s that all of us must stand firmly in our truths and support each other. Because right now it seems like we live in a world that would rather ignore our humanity than treat us with fairness and integrity.
No group of humans understands this more than the transgender community.
According to the Human Rights Campaign, the country’s largest LGBTQ advocacy group, at least 33 transgender and gender-nonconforming people have been violently killed in the United States this year, the highest number since the organization began tracking data in 2013. Most of the victims are Black and Latina trans women.
“We are currently in the midst of an extremely vitriolic period, where hate is fueled even from our nation’s highest office,” wrote Tori Cooper, the HRC’s director of community engagement for the transgender justice initiative, in an email. "At times like these, we need allies to speak out on behalf of the entire community more than ever.”
So what can you do to better support trans people in Philadelphia? We asked four trans activists what they want you to know about their experiences and what true support means to them.
The answers have been edited for clarity.