History is repeated when we don’t learn from it. In the 1920s and 30s the NAZIs attacked and threatened Jews. In America today, it’s people of color and other groups, including transgender individuals. Are we going to allow history to repeat itself. We obviously can’t wait on the Democrats to protect us. They won’t:
On Wednesday, The Washington Post reported that officials working for Texas Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton tried to get employees at the Texas Department of Public Safety to compile them a list of transgender people in Texas, by cross-referencing the people who had changed their sex on their driver’s license.
“‘Need total number of changes from male to female and female to male for the last 24 months, broken down by month,’ the chief of the DPS’s driver license division emailed colleagues in the department on June 30, according to a copy of a message obtained by The Washington Post through a public records request,” reported Molly Hennessy-Fiske. “‘We won’t need DL/ID numbers at first but may need to have them later if we are required to manually look up documents.’ After more than 16,000 such instances were identified, DPS officials determined that a manual search would be needed to determine the reason for the changes, DPS spokesman Travis Considine told The Post in response to questions.”
So are we surprised when the transgender community are under physical attack. They are being targeted by individuals and groups whom are incited to commit violence against them throughout the country:
When five people were killed and dozens more injured in a mass shooting at Club Q, an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs, on the eve of Transgender Remembrance Day, the nation was rightfully horrified. But no one should be surprised.
Daniel Aston, Kelly Loving, Ashley Paugh, Derrick Rump, and Raymond Green Vance were enjoying community with their friends, families of origin, and chosen families when they were heinously murdered by a gunman with a history of violence. Their deaths follow an unprecedented surge of anti-LGBTQ legislation, vile rhetoric from politicians and staff, and threats against LGBTQ people by white supremacists who are encouraged by extremists on social media and pundits within right wing media.