on #TransTrumpMemo, some speculation
been sitting with this #TransTrumpMemo & trying to contextualize the implications beyond the cynicism of how bad it already is from “both sides” regarded basic human protections for Trans people. many public discourses around trans rights have centered & located access to privacy & or capacity to be fit members of society.
when that circled around the military, imperialism & other base notions of representation, my interest was absent. even the advocacy for trans youth seemed desperately fixed on white & white-coded androgyny.
we have undoubtedly been blessed with an overdue influx of urgent & beautiful Trans talent from media to tech to advocacy & still little of these accomplishments have acknowledged the increasing public ideological & access divide within the trans community in terms of legitimatizing documents, surgeries, or other civil protections.
there is the inherently problematic issue of interrogation of validity that constantly surrounds gender & specifically the lives of trans people.
concurrently there is a representative misrepresentation of trans experience in the public consciousness (from media to politics etc) which is no fault of the trans folks occupying those visible roles. who is & isn’t trans (?) will not become the question anymore: it will be about what you can or can’t prove.
the #TransTrumpMemo echoes back to the potentiality of a “Dress Code”-esque but on a federal level. (akin to the colloquial 3-Garments rule enacted by NYPD where you could wear more than 3 garments of the “opposite gender”) where folks would have to verify their gender for access to public human rights.
criminalization of public gender performance (which already exists — ask any TransWoman of Color walking home in an urban metropolitan about police harassment) will be the frontline but other services like health care, job protection, pay equity, etc that will all be even more tenuous to access for trans people.
again it’s easier to be cynical or fatalistic (& trust me I’m definitely the latter) but fundamentally we have to acknowledge that this political action is just the synthesis of a still wildly popular rhetoric & understanding of gender, sex, & visibility. it’s both not singularly worse nor in any imagination better than things have been.
if anything its a very cogent sign of the times & the groundwork has been laid by generational divides around transgender rights & protections as well as the proliferation of language over an intentionality of humanity.