Allyson Robinson asks a poignant question for trans people like me, as well as — by extention — for lesbian, gay, and bisexual people too.
Allyson Robinson asks Who are the natural partners with the trans community in the work of getting our civil rights?
For those who don’t want to answer more broadly than Allyson’s question, I’d ask you to answer one of two other questions:
Choice 2: Who are the natural partners with the broad lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) community in the work of getting our LGB civil rights?
Choice 3: Who are the natural partners with the broad lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) in the work of getting our LGBT civil rights?
I’ll answer all three questions.
For the trans community question, I’d definitely say LGB people. I’d say gender expression (“too” butch for some lesbian people; “too” feminine for some gay people; and not conforming to gender norms for trans people) is a reason for LGBT people to see commonalities in our broader civil rights issues.
For the LGB community question, I’d say trans people for the reason I stated above — the commonality of discrimination all want ended based on gender norms/gender expression.
For the LGBT community question, I’d say immigration reform community members — The LGB & T community have immigration issues that could be tied to the broader immigration reform movement. Basically, if LGBT people took immigration reform as their issue, and immigration reform people took on LGBT issues as their issues — all based on the overlap of immigration reform both groups want — I believe we’d have a bigger base of support for working on LGBT and immigration reform issues.