Inspired to Fight Back

Hi! Welcome to the newest incarnation of my blog. As it has been since I first started it, this blog is a work in progress. While it has been trending toward the political in support of transgender rights, I have been inspired to take the next step and make it an ongoing effort to actually fight for the rights of all who are being threatened by the new government. This applies to everyone who is not able to enjoy the equal rights to which ALL citizens should be entitled.

Today’s Women’s Marches were the catalyst that got me mobilized to really become an activist, so I joined the A.C.L.U. and the H.R.C. in addition to re-thinking my blog and my priorities. As an out and proud transwoman, I have tried to simply be an example that transgender people really are everyday people — we work (if people will hire us), we shop, we laugh, we cry, we pay bills and we pay taxes. Of course, I’ve been fortunate to live in a state that provides the LGBT community more rights than many places. Plus, my friends, mostly theater people, have been very accepting.

However, the election campaigns brought out a very ugly side of America in the anti-women, anti-black, anti-muslim, anti-immigrant and anti-LGBTQ rhetoric being espoused by candidates and their supporters, especially the Trump camp. Post-election, Trump’s nominees and appointees embody the hard core philosophy of extreme conservatism that marginalizes women, racial/ethnic/religious minorities and members of the LGBTQ community. The key point that emerges is that if we do not band together and fight together for the rights of all, then we will all lose.

While the national demonstrations are hugely important as a statement and as a motivator, the next step is to get involved, as Michael Moore said in addressing the women in D.C., by supporting organizations like the ACLU, HRC, Planned Parenthood and many others. He also cited the phrase most associated with former Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill that “all politics is local” in urging all of us to get involved in local politics.

One essential thing that must be stressed is that we do not seek special treatment but rather equality of rights. We simply want to be treated equally and not marginalized because of our gender, skin color, religion, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or anything else.

I have renamed this blog “Raging Against Inequality Now” AKA R.A.I.N., because I hope to rain all over the new government’s efforts to treat us like second class citizens or worse. Over the coming weeks, months and years, I hope to address specific threats / challenges and some options to help deal with them. I invite your comments and suggestions going forward, but please keep them clean and respectful because Karma and I are both bitches! Also, if you like what you read here, please share it with others. The more the merrier and the bigger the impact!

LET THE R.A.I.N. COME DOWN!!!

The Divine Miss Bri

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