This year the Zero Transphobia Campaign is building solidarity against transphobia through our theme of “It Ends with Us” for the Week Against Transphobia, November 13-20th.
Here are some key issues and points to consider when supporting trans and GNC communities:
High Rates of Discrimination: LGBTQ+ individuals, especially trans individuals, face high rates of everyday discrimination, which can lead to various mental and physical health challenges. This includes depression, HIV, and chronic health conditions.
Lack of Nondiscrimination Laws: In many U.S. states, there are no comprehensive nondiscrimination laws protecting LGBTQ+ individuals from discrimination in areas such as healthcare, employment, housing, and public life. This legal gap leaves millions of LGBTQ+ individuals vulnerable to discrimination.
Anti-Trans Legislation: The introduction and passage of anti-trans bills in various states have created an environment of discrimination and violence against trans individuals. These bills contribute to harmful narratives and perpetuate inequality.
High Rates of Violence: Trans individuals are disproportionately affected by violence, facing four times higher rates of physical violence and other forms of victimization, such as property destruction. Tragically, there have been 25 murders of trans individuals in the U.S. this year.
Community Solidarity: The campaign calls on individuals to stand against transphobia, spread awareness, and take action to protect the dignity and lives of trans individuals. It emphasizes the importance of sharing your commitment to confronting transphobia with friends, colleagues, and the community.
Intersectionality: Recognizing the intersectional experiences of being both LGBTQ+ and Latine is crucial for understanding and addressing the unique challenges faced by LGBTQ+ Latinos. Engaging with black, brown, and trans leaders of color is an essential part of this effort.
Overall, the campaign highlights the urgent need to combat transphobia and discrimination against LGBTQ+ individuals, with a focus on empowering communities to take a stand and make a difference. It's a call for solidarity and action to ensure a more inclusive and just society for all.
That's why this year the Zero Transphobia campaign is asking you to take a stand against transphobia and tell your friends, colleagues, and community that “It Ends With Us.” Share why or how you are committing to confront transphobia and its manifestations for the dignity and life of trans folks in your community.
The Zero campaign endeavors to stay engaged with trans-Latine leaders this week and beyond so that we can further understand how the intersectional experiences of being queer and Latine impact life for our community.
Take the “It Ends With Me” Zero pledge and share our posters, or whatever image and words communicate why ending homophobia/transphobia is important to you and/or your organization.
Use the hashtags #itendswithus #itendswithme #zerotransphobia.
2023 Events Overview
Where do I begin?
You can start by fostering an environment within your organization that doesn’t allow homophobic/transphobic sentiments. Or you can organize an event or initiative for the community you serve. Big or small, let’s create visibility to eradicate homophobia/transphobia.
Below are some resources you can review and/or share with your friends, clients, family members, teams, and community about homophobia and transphobia.
Zero is an initiative to create awareness about the negative effects of homophobia and transphobia in society, particularly in the Latine/Hispanic community. We aims to create discussion and action at different levels, such as schools, houses of worship, workplaces, health care settings, and most importantly within family and friend groups.
We are actively looking for partners among different sectors of society to take the “It Ends With Me” pledge. This includes:
Hispanic/Latino service organizations
Local and national LGBTQ community centers
Hospitals, clinics, community health centers
Colleges or universities, student groups
Medical associations, business associations
If you’re the leader or member of an organization and would like to get involved in the campaign, email email@example.com and let’s get started.