The last eight years have meant a lot of progress on transgender rights, thanks to the Obama administration's use of existing legislation that protects against discrimination based on sex. His administration argued that those statutes inherently include gender identity — and that has helped legal protections move along quickly. But now we're in Trump land, and as we've seen with the transgender protections in schools that were just revoked, the administration is not going to be a leader in this area anymore. So, it's up to us. Here are 11 ways you can help trans people in everyday life, because culture isn't going to change on its own.
There were many federal agencies working on the side of trans Americans under Obama, among them the DOJ, the Education Department, and the Department of Health & Human Services. And even though I realize you and I can't fully take on all the work that they've done, there is still hope. If we all work on being good allies, we can try to hold the Trump administration accountable and influence society to change in the absence of leadership from the White House. It doesn't even have to be hard; you can be an effective trans ally in your day-to-day life.