We're counting down the days left until Trump's inauguration. And a lot of people fear what will happen because of who he has nominated to his cabinet. There is much to be worried about, and no amount of "calm down" messages can ease the worries of many transgender people.
Going "Stealth" is not an option for many of us, as certain physical characteristics give us away. For example, I am a very heavy person, and my size triggers thoughts of me being a "man in a dress". Other TG's have other obvious male characteristics such as big noses, thick ankles/wrists, brow ridges, Adam's apples, etc. that give them away as M2F transgenders. In many urban areas, we are relatively safe. But this doesn't apply to the rest of the country.
I am very concerned that after Trump's win, that many of the bathroom bills are coming back with a vengeance. Trump's deal with the devil is creating an unacceptable new normal, a normal where it is OK to assault minority groups of all kinds. We're seeing that his election was (in part) aided by election fraud and by foreign meddling with our process. And yet, this man wants (needs?) to appear that he can do no wrong.
Like Keith Olbermann, I believe the GOP will need to remove Trump from power eventually. This will leave us with an equally offensive person in power, Mike Pence. So, what can we do? I'm lucky, as I live near New York City, and can count on it being hard for the right wing wingnuts to hurt us here. But what about the rest of us? Right now, we much start building friendship networks, showing people that we are not sick - we are just different. We much teach people not to live in fear. It's easy where I live. But what about areas where people have suffered because we have a rotten social safety net? We can't take a direct tack - people who live in fear are often unable to challenge that fear head on.
So I suggest that we present a message that takes advantage of Trump's flip flopping and lying. If someone says that the president supports "this", then quote him as supporting "that". Create cognitive dissonance, so that people will want to question the status quo. It won't be easy, but what else can we do while mobilizing for the 2018 congressional elections?