Trans Activists' Advice To Transgender Youth: 'We Have To Stop Fighting With Each Other'

Several activists from the transgender community have come together to encourage marginalised members of society to unite against those who attempt to undermine their human rights

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American trans activists Buck Angel and Janet Mock have come out to encourage the young transgender community not to be afraid in the face of persecution, following weeks of unease since Donald Trump was elected President of the United States of America.

At a recent screening of The Trans List – a multi-media project from artist Timothy Greenfield-Sanders that highlights activists in the trans community – adult film star and activist Angel began a call to action for the trans community, to not let fear get in their way of standing up for what is right.

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Buck Angel told The Cut: 'Fear is how we ended up here.'

'We have to stop fighting with each other. We have to stop worrying about who is more trans than the next person. We need to come together in the community and be much more powerful. That's what I tell the kids.

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Following Trump's election, concern began mounting throughout the LGBTQ community, with the fear that the conservative politician could overturn several of their civil rights such as gay marriage and/or encourage the military to reinstate the 'don't ask, don't tell' ban on openly gay and lesbian service personnel.

'Come together with all of our community. We should be loving and hugging each other right now. There is power in numbers. The more we love each other, the more we respect each other, the harder it will be for them to pull us apart,' added Buck.

Premiering on December 5, on HBO, The Trans List features exclusive interviews with transgender celebrities such as Laverne Cox and Caitlyn Jenner.

Director Greenfield-Sanders said: 'The trans community has been so attacked and discriminated against, and there are still no laws protecting trans people in most states. So as the LGB movement has become mainstream, the T in the LGBT is finally finding its moment.'

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American writer and transgender activist Janet Mock – author of the New York Times bestseller Redefining Realness – also took the opportunity to reassure members of the LGBTQ community that in unity, they form a strong majority.

'I think right now, what we need to do is ensure that anyone who is considered other — trans folk, queer folk, people of color, poor folk, disabled people — that they band together and form coalitions in order to fight back against a lot of the things that go on or could possibly go on in this new administration,' she said.

'If all the people who were considered marginalized banded together, we would be considered the majority. Hopefully, this specific election season has woken us all up to be able to connect in ways that we can enact change,' she added.

Hear, hear.

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