It’s always a difficult thing to think of the right response when a friend is hurting or scared. It’s another thing when the actions of our government cause it. Our federal government feels like an ocean that we can’t fight lest we risk drowning.
But here in Olympia, we CAN do something.
Do our municipal codes explicitly protect trans folks from discrimination?
Do they explicitly require Public Accommodations?
According to Human Rights Watch, Olympia doesn’t have those protections explicitly including trans people in our ordinances.
Can our response to Trump be to protect OUR people?
Write your city council members an email asking them to act on this. Reach them at firstname.lastname@example.org – a draft of a message is below.
Dear Council Members,
Once again, the Trump administration has targeted Olympians. Proud members of our community who serve in the military are facing a ban from that service, which they perform out of love of country and community, willing to give their lives in defense of our right to the pursuit of happiness.
In the past, we’ve stood up as a community, and you as council members have stood with us, to offer sanctuary and be a safe place for immigrants, Muslims, and other groups targeted by this administration. It’s another one of those moments in time where we will be judged by our response.You can do this by drafting an update to our anti-discrimination ordinance so that it explicitly covers trans people, and by creating public accommodations requirements explicitly written into our city codes.
We can do the right thing in Olympia by drafting an update to our anti-discrimination ordinance so that it explicitly covers trans people, and by creating public accommodations requirements for trans people, explicitly written into our city codes.