You Will Not Erase Our Kids: The High Stakes Fight for Trans Liberation
Watch Now: A PRA Roundtable Discussion
The Transgender Pride Flag flies on the Foreign Office building in London on Transgender Day of Remembrance, 20 November 2017 (Credit: Foreign and Commonwealth Office/Wikimedia commons).
May 19, 2021
The Christian Right and anti-trans activists have united behind a single-minded agenda to prevent children from accessing life-saving trans-affirming healthcare and living full, authentic lives. On May 13th, PRA hosted a roundtable discussion with experts and practitioners on this coordinated effort to strip trans children of their basic right to exist and the ongoing struggle for trans liberation, justice, and thriving particularly as it relates to child welfare, gender-affirming healthcare, and the protection of civil rights for all trans people.
The webinar was part three of PRA’s ongoing series It’s Not Over Yet.
For this roundtable discussion, we were joined by:
- Jamison Green is the past president of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health: WPATH and a current co-chair of WPATH’s Ethics Committee. He is the author of Becoming A Visible Man, and has been a respected leader in transgender rights and health for nearly 30 years.
- Heron Greenesmith is a Senior Research Analyst at PRA and has worked in LGBTQ advocacy for almost a decade with organizations including the National Coalition of Antiviolence Programs, the Movement Advancement Project, Family Equality Council and the National LGBTQ Task Force.
- Imara Jones has won an Emmy and Peabody Awards, and is the creator of Translash Media, a cross platform, journalism, personal storytelling, and narrative project which produces content to shift the current culture of hostility towards transgender people in the U.S. In 2020, Imara was featured on the cover of Time Magazine, and in 2019 she chaired the first ever UN High-Level Meeting on Gender Diversity with over 600 participants.
- Chase Strangio is the Deputy Director for Transgender Justice at the ACLU, who has served as lead counsel or on the legal team for whistleblower Chelsea Manning, who came out as trans while in military custody; for the challenge to North Carolina’s notorious bathroom bill; for the challenge to the Trump administration’s trans military ban; and for the case of Aimee Stevens, which led to the US Supreme Court’s historic 2020 decision that the 1964 Civil Rights Act protects gay, lesbian and transgender employees from discrimination based on sex. Time Magazine named Chase one of the 100 most influential people of 2020.
Read the full transcript here.
Watch the recording here.