Making the hatred relevant for all
The Trump Administration is not going after the Jews first. It’s attacking transgenders.
Now, one could say that it was already strong on racism and weak on anti-Nazism, and therefore evil. But there has been a lot of protest against those measures, and that is what counts.
The danger is that there will be hardly any opposition when it goes after transgenders. It’s an issue harder to grasp than racism.
The importance of silence against this bigotry is that that enables many other oppressions. Let me, therefore, explain parallels that there are between transgender and other repressions.
Lack of pride in girls and women, lack of respect for girls and women in boys and men and other signs of sexism are enforced by trashing transgenders.
Saying that the gender you feel you are is unimportant is like saying that your wish not to be pregnant is irrelevant.
Oppressing people on their gender identity is as unfair as racism against people on their ethnic background – neither thing can one change.
Although there are not so many transgenders, attacking them lowers the threshold for attacks on gays, lesbians and bisexuals, and one-in-every-three people (yes!) has a very close relative who’s not straight!
The brunt of these anti-trans measures is going to be felt by people without much money to defend themselves or to afford the health care they need, which is exactly the way the working class is always swindled.
The US being oppressive against transgenders makes the US look stupid the world over, as if in the same class as Russia where gay propaganda is forbidden and Iran and Uganda where homosexuals are killed.
See here an earlier blog post with background information.