#TDOA16: Messages From the Front Lines for Trans Justice

Today is Trans Day of Action. In New York City, people are gathering in Washington Square Park this afternoon. They’ll march through the city streets, calling out for justice for the trans community.

This day of action is organized annually by the Audre Lorde Project’s TransJustice group. It’s a day to honor transgender women of color who catalyzed the movement for LGBT rights — like Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, who sparked the Stonewall Rebellion but have largely been erased from movement history.

It’s a day to uplift transgender and gender non-conforming people of color who continue that legacy, leading movements from coast to coast to uproot violence and discrimination. They are tackling police profiling, racism, homelessness, and poverty — and the many other issues transgender people of color face every day.

Trans Day of Action is also a space to heal. Health practitioners are offering free services in the park like reiki, giving priority to trans people of color. This is especially important as our communities continue to grieve for the victims of the mass shooting in Orlando — a painful reminder of the violence and discrimination that LatinX and Black LGBT people disproportionately face. And as we process this year’s record-high number of trans women of color murdered — a tragedy that rarely makes media headlines.

It’s a good day to reflect on the hard work people across the country are keeping up to fight anti-trans bills from South Dakota to North Carolina. And to take stock of what we still need to do.

In solidarity with Trans Day of Action, I asked a few of the ACLU’s transgender clients and advocates of color why they are on the frontlines for transgender justice — and why Trans Day of Action is important to them. Here’s what they told me:

Meagan Taylor, ACLU Client 

Trans Day of Action

Being a Black transgender woman, you have to deal with things like sexism, racism, and harassment on a daily basis. Transgender people struggle on a daily basis, and we’re striving to make a change. My message for other Black transgender women is to stay strong. Change is coming really soon. Stay positive and continue to do what you have to do for yourself.

Joaquin Carcaño, ACLU Client

Trans Day of Action

By standing up for transgender justice, we honor the work of those who came before us — trans women of color like Marsha P Johnson and Sylvia Rivera — and we continue their legacy of liberation. The entire LGBTQ community has benefited in endless ways from their energy and work and sacrifice. We have come so far, but liberation is a continuous fight. And the best way I believe I can show my appreciation for the life I am able to live as an out Latino transgender man is to contribute to the work for collective transgender justice. Our lives continue to be challenged, and we need to create not just communities of safety but communities of empowerment.

Trans Day of Action is important to me because we need the platform of dedicated days like this to leverage our voices and highlight those in the fight, especially because our oppressed communities are underrepresented and often spoken for during the conversations that directly involve or attack our livelihood. Our stories matter. Our stories are valuable. As members of the transgender community, we are also part of other marginalized groups — we are also people of color; we are the working class; we are immigrants and women — we face violence on many levels, against our many layered identities and we are connected by this fight. This fight — for our livelihood, for existence, for fulfillment, for ownership of our bodies and identity — is exhausting and can be very isolating. We need each other. We need reminders that we are a large community and family. Our solidarity is a powerful community force, and this day is an opportunity to showcase our resiliency and strength.

Lara Americo, ACLU Action Advocate

Trans Day of Action

Trans* and queer people of color are marginalized every day, and until we have equality everywhere, we have to take action.

I live in North Carolina. I’ve been leading rallies all over the state to call for the repeal of HB 2 and to stand up for LGBT people’s right to live free of discrimination and violence. As a transgender woman, I know personally what’s at stake here. I should be able to use the bathroom, ride the train, go out to lunch, and everything else that any other woman is able to do without harassment and discrimination.

Since I’ve been organizing in North Carolina, I have been moved beyond belief by the outpouring of support I have seen from people across the country. That's why ​ Trans Day of Action is important to me.

*The word trans* is an inclusive, non-binary umbrella term to describe the many trans and gender-non-conforming expressions and identities. Read more about the term’s etymology.

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Krystal Barrow ...

OMG please isn't there even one single agency or person in the Puget Sound area with access to Whidbey Island who can help make my life last even a little bit longer than my estimated 13 years of life left. Because even on this Transgender day of rememberance my organized gang stalkers and slow kill torturing pyschopaths are extremely hard at work to end my life asap. The last 5-6 weeks have been exspecially frighting as I here the constant low pitch tone of directed radio microwaves used to cook me in my home. Please I dearly hope the majority of people not targeted yet have moved past the mentally imparred or dillussional type casting from which the FBI very stratigically set in place way before their first round of dispicable terror campaigns on innocent US Citizens. I have been going through the most insidious brutal torture, personal, mental and complete financial destruction that people like John Carpenter would give there eye teeth for to make the most horrific pyschopath movie in history. I truely wish I could understand how most of society can convince themselves that myself and 6.6 million other Americans are completely insane crazy, I truely am sorry to burst your fairy tale thoughts of our country USA but our intelligence agencies are the most evil satanic murderous people on Earth weather you believe it or not. Our Goverment dosen't have a wanted dead or alive warrent for Edward Snowden because he leaked BS phoney made up lies about CIA, FBI, NSA, DHS stalking and torture campaigns against innocent US citizens.

Please someone anyone dirrect me to someone who honestly and sincerely will try and help me without selling me out to our pyschopath murdering Goverment. Not that this will mean anything to you as a by stander but I was un aware of myself having been put on a gov. Hit list until I was roughly 8 months into this full on hands untide murderous campaign against me which after connecting the dots from numerous staged auto accidents and the forced closure of my 15 year successful company to realize I've been a target of community/goverment destruction operations for some 26-28 years now, but 29-30 months ago some kind of borderline personality disorder murdering legilation opened the doors allowing local and federal agencies to target and kill 100% innocent of crime citizens for no other reasons than maybe just being a very comfortable of who I am since birth Male to Female Transvestite who typicaly recieves nothing but compliments on how pretty and nice I look. Unfortunately for me south Whidbey Island 20 North of Seattle is home to the most extreme right wing good ol boys and some 22 months ago and roughly 8 months into my lets just go ahead and kill it campaign I was told by my assistant Bank Manager after asking to speak to him in private to explain why he mite and already did see me on there night survillance cams RVing in there parking lot for 3 nights because I was being stalked by 400 to 500 people at night and I told him truthfuly about my transvestism and the evil things these people have been doing to me because of my being different than there views on proper presentations of ones self. My assistant Bank Manager told me how much he respected my complete honesty and candidness and that there bank does not codone the actions being done to me. Well my assistant Bank Manager is part of the chamber of commerce and excuse me but why would he be lying further more he was not lying to me but rather with compassion and concern for my safety told me that "The South Whidbey Chamber of Commerce put me on the SLOW KILL list, and just before leaving his office he called me by my first name and told me to please be safe and not to go to the sheriffs department because they are involved too.

OMG what a wonderful sweet Man and truly desent human being for telling me about my KILLERS. I did already figure out on my own that the sheriffs office Island County Sheriffs department was involved as it was exstremely obvious even to a brain dead blind man but I had no idea that The South Whidbey Chamber of Commerce who has been constantly harassing me non- stop for 26-28 years was behind my nightmares from hell that have cost me some 350,000.00 to 600,000.00 dollars and such brutal barbaric torturing that I've been forced to bolt out of the house into my car racing away from home usually around 1:00 to 4:00 am Balling my eyes out at 59 years old so loud from the vicious atrosities against me that you could here me crying a mile away. All these terrible violent crimes against me in WA. State that supposedly has anti discrimination laws state wide for transgender people like me. Well let me tell you they are all BS and I've never recieved one reply ever from my 3 years writting some carefully thought out 50 plus letters to every agency known to mankind from local, county, state and federal levels plus Gov. Inslee, Obama, Biden,Holder plus WA. state AG, Whidbey Island AG, FBI, DHS nothing plus a no brainer of my being completely Black listed throughout the United States of America as a non human without even the most tiny amount of basic human rights all because an Island of bigoted rednecks thinks all transgender people like myself should be killed and low and behold they recieved goverment authority to kill transgender people.

Just so all of you know I am not the only one on Whidbey going through this brutality as I have met and spoken to 11 other Island victims and I have security video and photos of many of these pyschopathic killers around my home plus I know who some of them are, there names, where they work and live.

Please Please I don't want to die or be murderd plus my 2 years older and 2 years younger brothers who I miss dearly both died in the last 21 months and my Dad died 13 years ago. I live with my 93 year old mother and 70 year old sister and no they have not seen these sneaky well trained assasins conducting there covert survillance / contract killing activities. Oh and gee whiz did you all know that at least the Coupville Mosonic temple on Whidbey Island has special weekend Spy Games and trainning for all ages, gee how very special NOT!!!

PLEASE where can i turn i do not want to be murderd and I will not give these pyschopaths there grand prize of me committing suicide.

Forrest Barrow



With the transexuals bashed & killed, I wouldn't be surprised if those transexuals were committing crimes such as harassment before they were bashed or in 1 case killed.

When I read a gay (transexuals are mutilated gays/lesbians and they must abolish sex changes) bashing case in the news, I wonder what the view is of the journalist reporting this on homosexuality/lesbianism. I also wonder if the journalist is a homosexual or lesbian and if so, are they setting aside their bias and reporting the news with no problems. I do not trust news that I get from Daily Kos or the Huffington Post on their coverage of gay bashing cases because they predictably make the homosexual look like an innocent victim no matter what wrong the gay does.

Gay bashing victims will face the same public opinion court as gay bashers. If there are ugly truths about a homosexual which the media omits as most did with Methew Wayne Shepard, then we will use our free speech rights to tell the ugly truths about the homosexual even if others dislike it. & there is nothing any1 can do to legally stop us from telling the ugly truths. Gay bashing victims will face the public opinion court as gay bashers do and ugly truths will be told about a homosexual if it’s found though it offends homosexual groups.


Men would like for pretty women like Katy E. Perry to go into men's bathrooms & men want to be able to go into women's bathrooms if there are pretty women in there. Men don't want other men shitting there & most men would rather see a pretty nude woman in men's bathroom & men want to go into women's bathrooms to see pretty women naked.


There is something wrong with a man thinking he is a woman or a woman thinking she is a man. It is mutilation with dangerous hormones. Most transexuals were sexually abused in childhood which messed up their minds and transexuals sexually abuse children. Transexuals are mutilated gays and lesbians. I don’t care what others say but mutilating a man or woman to make them fake members of opposite sex is gay/lesbian. And gay/lesbian groups are apologists for Transexuals which is why the word T is there. They must abolish this surgical mutilation.

All transexuals are homosexual/lesbian as the act of mutilating to become false opposite sex is itself an act of homosexuality/lesbianism-sad maiming and make this illegal. Finally, sex change maimings which is mutilating some1 to make them fake members of opposite sex is comparable to trying to make a man a fake animal because he thinks he is an animal trapped in a human body. Most feminists are not speaking against this. 1 would hope that feminists would oppose the mutilation that happened to Chastity Sun Bono as feminists have spoken against Female Genital Mutilation which happens in some nations. Transexuals are mutilations which no Dr. should take part in, yet most feminists are not condemning this female genital and breast mutilation as what happened to Chastity S. Bono where her healthy breasts were mutilated, dangerous hormone shots and her genitals mutilated.


Gay & lesbian conduct causes Gay Bowel Syndrome, bacterial vaginosis & gay men more likely to wear diapers as their sex lives make them incontinent. Homosexual/lesbian conduct is bad for health and people who do homosexual/lesbian sexual conduct should pay more for medical insurance just as smokers, obese, etc. pay more for medical insurance due to dangers-homosexual/lesbian sexual conduct is useless, linked to Venereal Diseases (VD) and does not result in procreation. With gay/lesbian conduct by adults, it’s best to find a cure for homosexual/lesbian conduct just as it’s best to find cure for tobacco use. Homosexual/lesbian conduct is bad for health & that doesn't procreate. Gays dirty sex acts make them incontinent with gay bowel syndrome-gays & lesbians often shit in diapers.


If a person thinks they're a dog, then should they shit outside ? I don't care if a pretty woman wants to go into men's bathrooms but I wouldn't want uglies like Ellen Lee DeGeneres and Rosie T. O'Donnell shitting in any bathroom as they're ugly so Ellen & Rosie can shit in diapers. Ellen Lee DeGeneres & Rosie T. O'Donnell both probably like to have farting & shitting contests in bathrooms, so Ellen & Rose both want to do battleshits contest in men's bathrooms since women's toilets got dirtied by them.

Truth about homosexuality's dangers don't change and truth must be told though information war is lost. Homosexual/lesbian conduct is bad for health like tobacco & needs to be treated like tobacco use by adults. If willing & knowing adults want to use tobacco or do gay/lesbian conduct, then that's their life, but it must be treated as harmful like tobacco is. I know what APA, mainstream psychologists & psychiatrists say about gay/lesbian conduct, but they are ideologues. I think that they must make it a crime to do sex changes.


People are offended by me saying that possibly 1 or more of the Orlando victims were pedophiles & or drug dealers. In gay/lesbian pubs-drugs like Meth, Extasy are sold as drug junkyism high among them. With pedophilia, many gays were molested as children which ruined their sexuality & some even turn out to be pedophiles. I wouldn’t be surprised if it turns out 1 or more of the Orlando victims were pedophiles & or drug dealers. Mass murder is wrong but that doesn’t mean worship the victims. Gay/lesbian groups worship gay pedophile Harvey B. Milk. Now I support free speech right for homosexuals to martyr or worship Harvey B. Milk & I support their free speech right to have rainbow flag.

But gay/lesbian groups have pushed Harvey B. Milk day on others such as Harvey.B. Milk day in schools where school kids worship a gay pedophile & that is wrong. Gay/lesbian groups also try to censor others who tell ugly truths on who Harvey B. Milk & other gay pedophiles were. I wouldn’t be surprised if some of the Orlando victims thought it’s OK to push H.B. Milk day in schools & I wouldn’t be surprised if some of the Orlando victims were apologists for gay/lesbian pedophilia. While most gays & lesbians are not pedophiles, gays & lesbians are more likely to support pedophilia when it’s gay/lesbian as gay groups or their friends such as Shepard Foundation’s JC Marsden, Judy L. Shepard, Big Island Chronicle Tiffany Camille Edwards Hunt, etc. support gay pedophile Methew Wayne Shepard. It’s no surprise that Shepard Foundation’s JC Marsden & Judy L. Shepard also supports gay pedophile H.B. Milk incl. pushing Harvey B. Milk day on schoolkids. No, not all gays & lesbians support pedophilia but honestly, gays & lesbians are more likely to tolerate pedophilia when it’s gay/lesbian.


Posters on US & People Magazine have been offended by me saying that it wouldn't surprise me if 1 or more of the Orlando victims were pedophiles & or drug dealers. They're offended because I think they know it's possible but hate that I raise this because people were murdered & wounded in this shooting. I don't omit ugly facts because something bad as getting murdered happened. Though posters know this, here's why it wouldn't be surprising if it turns out if 1 or more of the victims were gay pedophiles & or drug dealers. The life of gays & lesbians (though not always) often have bad childhood such as fact that many gays & lesbians were victims of gay/lesbian pedophiles as kids.

1. People who are victims of same sex pedophilia are more likely to turn out gay/lesbian in adulthood, copying the sexual behavior they learned. In worse cases, victims of gay/lesbian pedophiles turn out to be gay/lesbian pedophiles in adulthood. This is esp. true for gay men & wouldn't surprise me if it turns out 1 or more of the gay men killed in Orlando had been as a boy molested by gay pedophiles such as gay Catholic priests which caused them to repeat sexual conduct they learned from their abuse & possibly even turn out to be gay pedophiles.

2. People who are victims of gay/lesbian pedophiles along with being more likely to turn out gay/lesbian are also more likely to have problems such as depression, drug junkyism & drunkardism. They're more likely to use drugs such as Meth, Cocaine & Extasy. In some cases, junkies can sell drugs along with using them or be a drug courier or lookout for drug dealers for money. In pubs, drugs are often sold & pubs are known to get drunkards, junkies & drug dealers.

Now I know this offends people with posters telling me how I'm trashing people who aren't here to defend themselves. But ugly facts don't change because some1 is murdered & it wouldn't surprise me if 1 or more of the victims were pedophiles & or drug junkies + drug dealers because again, many gays & lesbians were victims of gay/lesbian pedophiles which ruined their sexuality & people who are victimized like this are more likely to turn out gay/lesbian in adulthood incl. turn out to be gay/lesbian pedophiles & more likely to be drug junkies incl. in some cases, sell drugs. Think the offended posters know this but hate that I'm not shy & raise this.


I called Judy L. Shepard on May 6, 2015 @ her home. Dennis picked up (I spoke to him on November 3, 2014 to tell him his son was a child molester & drug dealer) & I asked for Judy after which he gave to Judy. I then told Judy Lynn Shepard that Methew Shepard was a child molester & drug junky after which she told me to get a life and hung up. I told the ugly truth of what her son was-a child molester & a drug junky. Homosexual groups have been trying to keep Stephen Jimenez’s Book of Matt from being sold. Honest discussion is discussing & rebutting-not censoring because 1 finds something offensive.


It’s no surprise that most journalists will give news which agrees with NLGJA & it’s news (as we see how most media is apologist for William Bruce Jenner) which omits facts which offend gays.

William Bruce Jenner could be called a homosexual lesbian (as all transexuals are homosexuals/lesbian) & William Bruce Jenner (Bruce Jenner) is a man & hormones + surgical maiming is not going to change his sex. Megyn M. Kelly & Meredith Vieira are full of shit for thinking that it’s ‘courageous’ to be mutilated & my guess is that both Megyn M. Kelly & Meredith Vieira want to fart & shit in the same toilet with William Bruce Jenner & compare their farts & turds to William Bruce Jenner’s (Bruce Jenner’s). All the women who are apologists for William Bruce Jenner all eat Wheaties and the women want to compare their turds to W. Bruce Jenner’s turds after they’ve eaten Wheaties. Perhaps want to take a dump in the same toilet with Bruce Jenner (William Bruce Jenner) in the women’s bathroom and compare turds to his. Let’s hope that William Bruce Jenner dies before he gets surgically mutilated. Transexuals molest children as those who think they’re fake opposite sex members see nothing wrong with child molestation.

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