We Are Not Okay. But We Are Not Alone.

UNITED STATES – FEBRUARY 25: A transphobic sign was put up by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., on … [+]

This week has been quite a year, but somehow, we made it all the way to the end. This is primarily addressed to transgender, gender non-conforming and non-binary Americans, but of course those of you who are allies have had a tough time of it, too.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) pulls down her mask, which reads “Trump won” to speak with a … [+]

There’s no point in rehashing all the garbage we endured to get this far, because everyone knows all too well what that Georgia Congresswoman said, and what she did, and how we are just cannon fodder for her to rile up her base and generate buzz for her brand. Which is now, “Trust the Science,” apparently.

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That’s a switch from last month when she refused to wear a mask to combat the spread of Covid-19 during her swearing-in and reportedly sparked a screaming match on the House floor.

Sen. Rand Paul’s horrifically historic display of transphobia does not merit further media attention, either, but assistant health secretary nominee Dr. Rachel Levine should win some kind of Grace Under Bigoted Pressure award for her deft deflection and cool demeanor in the face of hate and ignorance.

WASHINGTON, DC – FEBRUARY 25: U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) is seen on a television monitor at the … [+]

Google is available for all those who cannot fathom what he might have said to have earned such disdain in this post, and so many, many others.

As if that were not enough for transgender Americans, our trans kids and all those who identify as non-binary or have yet to come out, there are still dozens of state legislatures trying to outlaw trans healthcare for children, ban trans athletes and even criminalize being transgender. And then there was the very difficult to watch House debate on passage of the Equality Act.

Here’s a bone for anyone who’s been misled to believe this bill is anti-women, anti-religion, would destroy women’s sports, would provide “special rights” that would take away anyone else’s rights: The Equality Act would expand the 1964 Civil Rights Act and prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, housing and other services as well as in access to public accommodations. Right now, across the U.S., those rights are not available to every American, and all this bill does is correct that omission on a federal level.

It passed the House 224-206, with three Republicans joining Democrats —Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.), John Katko (R-N.Y.) and Tom Reed (R-N.Y.). To win approval in the Senate, 10 Republicans and every Democrat will have to vote in favor, a tall order.

Virginia Delegate Danica Roem, the first out trans American to win election to a state legislature, is up for re-election this fall. She urged passage as a service to her constituents, and for all Americans.

About that last part, regarding the bill’s impact on religious freedom. According to Freedom for All Americans, a progressive non-profit that has a helpful site busting myths about the bill, there’s a lot of misinformation out there.

Opponents have launched 1,001 blogposts and online articles denouncing the act and heralding that churches and faith leaders are universally dead-set against it. But not all: More than 70 religious institutions and faith groups have explicitly endorsed the Equality Act.

Here’s another myth from Freedom for All Americans, and the facts:

If your religion is guiding you to discriminate against someone else or to hate them for being who they are, maybe the problem is not with “identity politics” but where you place your faith.

State Sen. Sarah McBride of Delaware, who is America’s first transgender state senator, tweeted a message for the community to which she and I belong, and it is one of hope.

The tendency in our civil rights movement is to look to the ongoing effort by Black and brown Americans for guidance in combating LGBTQ discrimination. But let it be clear: There can be no comparison between the baked-in, centuries-old systemic injustice and oppression experienced by victims of racism and what we have endured in being targeted by homophobes and transphobes. Every instance of prejudice is horrible, without a doubt, but there is a distinction to be drawn between the lynchings of generations of Blacks and the epidemic of transgender violence. What is important to recognize is that all of it starts with hate.

So borrowing these important words to motivate and support trans people is not meant to disrespect or cheapen what other marginalized folks have suffered, but to inspire with an uplifting message, one taken from history: that we are not finished.

We survived. We are not alone. And together, we shall overcome. Someday.

I am an award-winning journalist and host of the “RiseUP With Dawn Ennis” talk show and co-host of the “The Trans Sporter Room” podcast. I was America’s first transgender

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