Tracking Transphobia: video content

JusticeTrans recently released its latest research:

Understanding & Fighting Back against the Anti-Trans Movement in “Canada”: A Guide for Trans Communities & our Allies.

In this series of videos, Roxane Nadeau and Kama La Mackerel present the main findings of this research.


Download our research to learn more!

The anti-trans movements - by Roxane

Is hatred the only danger lurking over trans people in Canada? Not even.

My name is Roxane Nadeau and today, I want to discuss the results of the JusticeTrans research on the anti-trans movement in Canada. But first, a content warning. [Warning: transphobia]

The anti-trans movement in Canada could almost be called "the anti-trans movements", because it's a coalition of a lot of groups we did not expect to be able to collaborate. TERFs, religious groups, libertarians, right-wing, far-right, alt-right politicians. All of these folks manage to work together while finding a common enemy. Or rather: a scapegoat. The worst part is that it's not even necessarily a question of hate! Hate is a vague concept that is often limited to hate crimes. Whereas anti-trans movements also want to change the perception of what is acceptable or legal. After all, who needs to commit a crime when intolerance is law?

What are the anti-trans movement saying? - by Roxane

Are there really people who wake up and decide to hate trans people?

It is more complex than that. Or at least, when we pay close attention to the anti-trans movement in Canada and to the different people who will justify them and their actions. They think that trans people are unnatural, less than human, liars, cringe or crazy.

But the biggest sh*it ball in the sandwich of anti-trans hate speech is the unjust accusation that existing as a trans person means that you must be a dangerous sexual predator. This is a harmful statement that particularly affects trans women and trans feminine people, although it still affects others such as drag artists.

Furthermore, the anti-trans movement uses the topic of childrenas a  weapon to fight their targets. Under the false pretense of protecting children from being indoctrinated by trans people, the anti-trans movement has gained access to schools and extracurricular activities. It succeeds in causing more marginalization. However, trans people are also children, parents, athletes and teachers, even though lots of people try to portray them as a group that we can easily separate from the rest of the society.

The Consequences - by Roxane

What would be left of this day if the anti-trans movement did not exist?

What would I think of you, of us if I did not experience this fear, this hypervigilance? Would we be better coworkers, neighbours, or closer friends, without the dangers of prejudice?

The anti-trans movement incites a lot of fear in the trans communities such as being fired from a job because of cyberbullying and defamation, or even losing child custody simply because you are affirming your gender or not being able to enjoy privacy because of doxxing.

And when, in addition to being trans, we also are  marginalized for another reason linked to identity such as ethnicity and ability, well, the effects are not only adding up but also gaining in severity. And the links between athletic, religious, or local communities weaken because some individuals are targeted wrongly, as if they were a problem to be solved.

Trans people, though, are extremely resilient while facing anti-trans abuse. Organizations are taking a stand members are engaging in advocacy and allies are responding to the call for help.

Debunking misinformation - by Kama

The anti-trans movement is spreading misinformation about us. What can we do about it?

Self-advocating and pushing back against the complaints that are being made against us. Education. Education in bigger ways, such as holding a teaching in your university, in your college, in your Community centre, or debunking misinformation with your friends and family members in more intimate settings.

If you have the possibility to do so, also do media interviews, write op EDS.

Share your story from your lived experience and debunk the misinformation that the anti-trans movement is disseminating about us.

Safety tactics - by Kama

We all know that one of the tactics of the anti-trans movement is online harassment and doxxing.

So encourage measures to protect yourself and others around you, in particular when it comes to your privacy online. If you are ever in a harmful situation, remove yourself from the harmful situation.

If you are at a protest, make sure you have a buddy system. Or, that there are safety teams that you can actually reach out to. And practice selfcare and community care. This can look like a lot of things: like taking breaks, like having affirmation for yourself and for others. Set boundaries when you need to.

Lean on others that you can count on when you need to seek support from friends, loved ones, even mental health professionals and make space for emotional processing.

 Responding to the anti-trans movement - by Kama

Engage in letter writing campaigns and petitions. Show that we are not alone and that it is a collective effort to ask that the hate stops.

Find the elected officials who are our allies and ask them to challenge any political stance that is anti-transe, even if that means going against their own party. Ask them to represent our interests.

Demand that gender justice organizations either maintain or expand their services to include trans people, update existing policy, or review existing policy in organizations, in schools, in the private sector, at the government level.

Do not be scared to become more explicitly political.