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A Love Letter to our People

To our trans and gender non-conforming fam:

To all of us. It’s been a rough year. It’s been a rough few years. Hell, it’s been rough for as long as we can remember.

Last week, our trans and GNC communities became the latest political pawn in Trump’s hellish games. We’re writing to say that we feel this pain, as you do too, and we are here for you, in whatever ways you need. We reject militarism and imperialism and neocolonialism, always. And we refuse to stay silent as Trump comes for you, for us, for our people again and again and again.

This isn’t a statement. We aren’t drawing from a well of political analysis to find the perfect theories to explain this moment. This isn’t perfect. This is a proclamation of our love for our trans and GNC communities. This is for us. This is simply to say: We see you. We see ourselves, in all of our nuances and hxstories and complexities. We see all of us as brilliant beings, each of us far more than political pawns to be used to distract attention. Our dreams, desires, and livelihoods are so often overshadowed by the public’s obsession with our pain and our deaths. And so, we commit to continue building spaces and communities and movements with our lives in the center.

Shit’s tough – as it always has been for our people – but we are still here, still fighting, still laughing, still mobilizing, still loving. We are still here in all of our multiplicity and our fucked-up-ness and our magic and our brilliance. We are still here, carrying with us our loved ones and our communities and our ancestors and our transcestors, past, future, and present, as we move together towards liberation.

We are still here, and we love you.

We love you.

We love you.

And if you need anything, please feel free to reach out. Hit us up. Check in on one another. Hold space to grieve, to celebrate, to heal, and to live fully — experiencing all of the chaos and beauty and magic that is part of our legacy. And know that we have your back, now and always.

With love,

Bryan Chen, Audrey Kuo, Sasha W.
Trans Justice Working Group
National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA)