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How to Be a Transgender Ally

In a time when trans people's safety, security, and integrity are subject to attack, here are the top 10 tips to being a good transgender ally.

Updated: June 2024

In today's destabilized political climate, social progress in inclusivity and acceptance can seem glacially slow.

On January 22, 2019, the Supreme Court allowed President Trump to ban transgender persons from serving in the military, despite a 2018 federal court ruling against it. LGBTQ+ activists condemn the ban as cruel and prejudiced, but people outside the queer community can play a crucial role in combating transphobia.

Fortunately, President Biden in January 2021 issued an Executive Order enabling all qualified Americans to openly serve their country in uniform. These changes restored the original 2016 policies allowing transgender personnel to serve openly and receive appropriate medical care and support for gender transition (MyArmyBenefits).

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Visionaries Project: Ebony Ava Harper on Radical Inclusivity and Intersectionality

In the fourth installment of the Visionaries Project, we speak to activist and community organizer Ebony Ava Harper.

The Visionaries Project is a new subsection of The Liberty Project dedicated to highlighting the lives, passions, and work of radical activists currently working towards social justice and liberation from oppression. We aim to uplift the perspectives of diverse voices working in media and activism today—and not just the faces who make headlines, but the real people on the ground every day, working towards their visions of a better world.
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