We bring you this post from the executive directors of the Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs, The Northwest Network of Bi, Trans, Lesbian, and Gay Survivors of Abuse, and the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
As leading anti-violence organizations in Washington, we support public policies that promote and protect the civil rights and human dignity of all. For over ten years, the Washington State Law Against Discrimination has protected people from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The current wave of legislative bills that attempt to take away transgender people’s access to sex-specific facilities, such as emergency shelters, restrooms and locker rooms, would roll back the progress we have made, not only here in Washington, but all around the country.
Anti-violence organizations are leading the nation in creating inclusive programs and ending discrimination against transgender people because we decided as a field not to leave any survivor behind. Every person has the right to access critical domestic violence and sexual assault services in our state. Every person has the right to live as their gender. Every person has the right to freedom from fear and violence. We must reject any legislation that threatens the safety of survivors of violence and we must continue to recognize transgender people as part of the fabric of our communities.
Andrea Piper-Wentland, Executive Director of the Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs
Connie Burk, Executive Director of The Northwest Network of Bi, Trans, Lesbian, and Gay Survivors of Abuse
Nan Stoops, Executive Director of the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Today is Trans Day of Remembrance, and you don’t have to look too closely in these stories to find examples of how gender roles and domestic violence are connected:
10 Trans Women Pioneers They Definitely Didn’t Tell You About In History Class Like Frances Thompson, who testified before Congress after being raped by white supremacist rioters. Later she was arrested for “transvestism” which was used by newspapers to discredit her testimony.
The faces of transgender teen America Mashable did a fashion photoshoot with a bunch of trans teens and asked them to record a message for their future selves.
3 Powerful Ways to Observe Transgender Day of Remembrance a few ways you can honor people who have lost their lives to anti-trans violence and celebrate the resilience of those who are living.
Some news stories that caught our eye this week:
Grandma Gatewood: The Domestic Violence Survivor Who Became an Appalachian Trail Heroine Alone “After seeing a National Geographic feature on the trail that noted how no woman had completed it on her own, Gatewood who was living in Ohio at the time got an itch to make history.”
Shutting Off the Gaslight A moving meditation from a survivor of emotional abuse of what it takes to recover from the lies their abuser convinced them to believe about themself.
The Women Who Face More Traumatic Brain Injury Than NFL Players The Sojourner Center, one of the largest U.S. domestic violence shelters, is launching an ambitious program dedicated to the study of TBI in women and children living with domestic violence.
TRUTH: Meet Danny TRUTH is a national trans and gender nonconforming youth storytelling campaign that aims to build empathy, understanding, and a movement for youth to share their stories in their own words and in their own way.