In 2014 we had the "transgender tipping point". Then, shortly after, we had the "transgender backlash", as religious extremists, fascists and trans-exclusionary "radical feminists" tried to turn the gender clock back to the 19th century. Like most right wing extremist Trump skillfully played the transphobia card to rally his MAGA-base. With Biden we may now be facing another and much more positive shift.
As I have reported over at my Trans Express blog, the Biden administration has proven itself to be pro-LGBTQA and it is pro-transgender. It does nothing to hide it. Biden has already signed the first executive order on LGBTQA rights, and it reads like a rainbow manifesto:
Every person should be treated with respect and dignity and should be able to live without fear, no matter who they are or whom they love.
Children should be able to learn without worrying about whether they will be denied access to the restroom, the locker room, or school sports.
Adults should be able to earn a living and pursue a vocation knowing that they will not be fired, demoted, or mistreated because of whom they go home to or because how they dress does not conform to sex-based stereotypes.
People should be able to access healthcare and secure a roof over their heads without being subjected to sex discrimination.
All persons should receive equal treatment under the law, no matter their gender identity or sexual orientation.
As I have noted before, this is not really a fight between political conservatism versus liberalism per se. It may look that way in the US, since extremists are now dominating the Republican Party. In Europe a lot of conservatives are pro-trans, and we find "radical feminists" who are severely transphobic.
I believe the treatment of trans people reflects another real dichotomy, though: The psychological drive towards the imagined safety of tradition on the one hand and the embrace of diversity on the other. Or, as Eddie Izzard has put it, a struggle between "regressives" and "progressives."
|The American embassy in Norway, 2014. The symbolic value of seeing the rainbow colors displayed in this way cannot be overestimated.|
The Capitol Trumpist terror attack may actually help
The psychological effect of the collapse of the Trump coup
- It Looks Like the Biden Presidency Will Be a Force for Good for Transgender People World Wide
- Biden’s Executive Order on Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation is Seriously Pro-Transgender
- Biden will reinstate rule protecting transgender students’ use of bathrooms on day one (…and there is more!)
- Biden Picks a Transgender Woman, Rachel Levine, as Assistant Health Secretary
- Fascism and transphobia are always linked