On July 16, a “March for Trans Justice” will be held in at least eight Ohio cities, as similar actions will take place in cities across the country.
It is believed to be the first trans equality action to take place in multiple Ohio cities at the same time.
“I’ve seen this for women’s marches, but I’ve never seen anything like this for trans justice,” said James Knapp, president of TransOhio.
Simultaneous rallies will be held in Akron, Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Toledo and Youngstown. More cities may be added before the 16th. Signs, flags and clothing with messages of support are recommended.
The local March for Trans Justice will begin at noon in Fountain Square and end at the Hamilton County Courthouse.
Ohio-based publication The flame of the horse chestnut spoke with Knapp to learn more about this statewide day of action.
The flame of the horse chestnut: Why these marches? Because right now?
James Knap: Impressive question. As we know, trans people have been under attack for a while. But the anti-abortion bans circulating were the straw that broke the camel’s back, as trans people realized that people don’t pay attention to us unless we’re dying. The conversation completely omitted mention of trans men or non-binary people and we realized that we have been in the fight for reproductive care for a long time and that our cis allies are not behind us.
It’s 2022 and trans health care, access to education and job markets, and basically being able to be in public are being erased, not just in Ohio but across the country.
So this March for Trans Justice is really a nationwide push for everyone to come together this Saturday and be visible to show the rest of society that we need action.
By the way: You mentioned that these marches will take place nationwide. However, how is the atmosphere in Ohio different than in other places? It feels different here, doesn’t it?
JK: It does so because Ohio is in a very precarious place legally right now when it comes to trans rights. As we know, we do not have the Ohio Fairness Act. Some cities have anti-discrimination protections for trans people, but most of Ohio does not.
So we have nine marches currently planned in Ohio. TransOhio is trying to keep track of them and help plan for them, but these are all community-driven events. The organizers are all trans people. These are not TransOhio events. These are the trans people from the Ohio events.
to be confirmed: What emotions should people bring with them?
JK: I encourage everyone to bring your anger, but remember this is really about hope and change for the future.
I don’t know if you’ve seen any of the polls that have been coming out about how Americans feel about trans people. Before the discussion about banning trans women in sports, the acceptance rate of trans people was very high. For the last two years we’ve been dragging trans women and trans girls into these unsportsmanlike conversations and all of a sudden the approval rating for trans people is under 40% and that’s just from people who approve of trans people that exist in the world. .
How do you think that makes young people feel right now?
to be confirmed: Let’s start by addressing trans people in Ohio. What do you have to tell transgender Ohioans to get them to show up on Saturday?
JK: Trans Ohioans, we can’t wait until November to vote. We have to show up now and go out in groups. I want to encourage people who are feeling fear, especially in light of police actions and anti-trans sentiments, that we have legal observers at all of these marches and that attendees will not be alone. We have resources available to people and people shouldn’t be afraid to attend. We need as many people as possible to show up and support.
to be confirmed: What about non-trans Ohioans? Do we need all of them to show up too?
to be confirmed: How do we activate the non-trans L, G, B and Q to appear?
JK: The problem is that many queer people feel that these anti-trans laws do not affect them. And they are wrong.
Any anti-trans law, regulation, or policy is also really bad for cisgender people, because it controls how people express their genders. And more often than not, it is cisgender women who are harmed by these laws and policies. We have seen it through sport. We have seen it through workplace discrimination. And we have seen it in discrimination in health.
So if there are allies who think they are allies just because they are not openly against trans people, that is not enough. We need them to realize that when one group of people is being systematically oppressed, it also affects the rest of society.
to be confirmed: What does success look like?
JK: If we can get a good group of people there, I think it’s a success. If we get people talking about this, it’s a success. As many people as we can get is a good number and I’m really not expecting one number or the other. I just want to see trans faces and friendly faces. We need more allies. Us need that you present That will be a great success.
This story was originally published by The Buckeye Flame and republished here with permission.
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