Fight hate with love.
That’s what I hear my liberal friends tell me, ostensibly trying to be good allies when they hear me ramble about yet another trans women being killed or rampant transphobia, biphobia and homophobia. And it infuriates me to no end.
I understand what they’re trying to say. And it’s an absolutely wonderful idea. Show love, compassion and understanding with others and they’ll reciprocate and do the same right? Be nice to others and others will be nice to you. Isn’t that true?
We don’t have the luxury of trying to coax and woo hateful bigots to do the revolutionary act of treating people who are not cishet as human beings. No movement for civil rights or liberation at any time in human history has won by trying to be really nice to their oppressors. Dismantling oppressive structures will take more than nice words and sweet talk. We need swift decisive action. We mass education on gender and sexuality. We need to push our needs as living, breathing human beings into the spotlight. We need to stand up and be heard.
We need action.