You’ve Got Lael Episode 55: The Effort to Eradicate Trans People and What You Can Do About It with Jenn Burleton


Jenn Burleton (she/they) is a musician, activist, educator and advocate for transgender children, adolescents and their families. She has been the director of the TransActive Gender Project at Lewis and Clark Graduate School of Education in Portland, OR for the past 17 years. Jenn join us today to share why there's been a recent uptick in anti-trans legislation, organized efforts to eradicate trans people, and what we can do about it.

Why are we talking about this? Because none of us is well until we are all well.

How can we be relaxed and joyful and manifesting our dreams when our neighbors, our fellow humans, are fighting for their lives? The cognitive dissonance required to ignore reality doesn't lead to a life of peace. Instead, it requires ongoing mental gymnastics and numbing out.

When we care for each other, we feel more connected to ourselves, each other and our purpose. Its empowering. It's how we create the kind of world we want to live in. One that looks out for each other and stands up for each other. One that creates the conditions for all to thrive, not just the privileged few.

How might you add community care to your self-care practice?

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Michael Knowles at CPAC: Eradicate "Transgenderism" (article/video)

Republican Party MAGA manifesto for the future of transgender, nonbinary, and eventually, all gender expansive people in the United States of America. (6 min video)

Trans Legislation Tracker

ACLU: Mapping Attacks on LGBTQ Rights in U.S. State Legislatures

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TransActive Gender Project at Lewis and Clark University

National Center for Transgender Equality

Follow on Instagram: ACLU lawyer Chase Strangio

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Song Credit: In Another Place by Isaac Elliott