#DropTheT: The Movement Intended To Alienate Transgender Women From Pride is Gaining Momentum
By now you may have seen the hashtag #DropTheT trending on twitter in the days leading up to Pride Month. It was started by lesbian radical feminists (Or Radfems) as an effort to violently excise Transgender participation and presence at global pride events.
The most worrisome development is how some LGB folks have adopted the hashtag, joining forces with the feminists, openly expressing that the inclusion and support of Trans individuals at pride events is “Setting back the movement,” accusing us of violence against women.
While supporters of the alienation of trans women are still advocating for the inclusion of lesbian, gay and bisexual individuals, the resistance to embracing trans identifying folks is a growing trend.
Because of the swell of support that #DropTheT has experienced over the last few days, many Trans men and women have expressed fear regarding their attendance at Pride events as even their closest allies have urged them to use caution should they opt to go to the celebrations.
Jumping on the bandwagon are legions of “De-Transitioners”- people who at one point in their life decided to begin the process of transitioning and then stopped. Perhaps they felt it wasn’t the right path for them and changed their mind- a decision completely within their right- no one can tell you who you are. Some went too far before coming to that conclusion; They transitioned and then experienced bigotry and isolation as a consequence, resulting in regret and self hatred. These people are also encouraging the community to eliminate transgender people from the movement for equality claiming they are “self mutilating” yet still claiming a right to access Pride.
Even while the horrifying #DropTheT hashtag has climbed the ranks of visibility, it is indeed satisfying to see so many lesbian, gay, bisexual and queer allies who have stormed their way to the frontlines of social media on behalf of their Trans brothers and sisters across the spectrum, not only to defend us, but to hijack the hashtag and turn it into something else #DropTheT -Transphobia.
Many of these incredible folks have posted critical reminders that Pride itself began with the acts of Transgender women of color. It was their actions, their revolution half a century ago that made it possible for every individual today whose very existence differentiates them from societal traditions and gender norms that oppressed them that allows them to go out and celebrate with the pride earned off the tireless efforts, unjust abuse and even the deaths of those pioneers. Pride is because of them. Our privilege is a result of their peril.
The demonizing of trans women is more prevalent during pride than any other community event, and therein lies a disturbing irony. We now have self-appointed gatekeepers who believe they can rewrite history and create a false narrative that excludes transgender men and women, not just from history, but from present day activism.
Currently, transgender men and women- most specifically trans women of color, are the most vulnerable of minorities, and still suffer the excision from things like Pride. It is a slap in the face to our founders.
Some believe that Pride itself has jumped the shark, having forgotten it’s roots thanks to time and the whitewashing of history. Other accuse Pride of becoming nothing more than a corporate holiday the has centralized itself on commercial interests. Instead of memorializing our pride in ourselves and those figures afforded us that; Those responsible for how far we’ve come and our duty to use it as a marker of progress and a reminder that we’re still here, in spite of our detractors in political arenas, concern has been expressed that those missions have fallen along the wayside similarly to Veteran’s Day, where weekend partying has usurped the core purpose.
Even if that were the case, what do you call it when you have a guardian at the gates of a party who says to a specific demographic…
“You can’t sit with us.”