Solidarity with Zooey Zephyr! – Trans People Won’t Be Erased!

By Melinda Butterfield

On April 27, 2023 the far-right dominated Montana legislature, after first silencing her, plans to censure and expel its first elected trans woman member, Zooey Zephyr, just as the Tennessee legislature did to two young Black men.

All because she dared to condemn legislation that will kill and torture trans children — something that Democratic Party leaders and Joe Biden have refused to condemn, much less take action against.

These attacks go far beyond the scope of electoral politics. They are attacks on the right of oppressed people to be represented or even speak on matters that directly affect them. Fortunately, there is a growing fight-back movement to #LetHerSpeak. I have no doubt that there will be a fierce struggle to restore her seat if she is expelled, as there was for Justin Jones and Justin Pearson in Tennessee.

“Blue check” fans of Elon Musk are now openly calling for the public executions of trans people, their families and their health care providers. This is a fight for the whole working class and progressive movement.

If you haven’t spoken up, if you haven’t joined a protest, if you haven’t paid attention — the time is now.

Artwork by Lee Leslie

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