In the wake of the deaths of Mya Hall, a young black trans woman murdered by police for taking a wrong turn and disabled trans man Kayden Clarke who was murdered by police for asking to be talked out of suicide, it is more important than ever to recognize that police do not make transgender people safer.
This is particularly true for trans people of color and others facing intersectional marginalization. We cannot forget police have historically targeted transgender people in uprisings such as The Stonewall, Compton’s Cafeteria, Cooper’s Doughnut, and Black Cat Tavern Riots. Police now profile trans people (particularly trans women of color) for walking while trans, carrying condoms, or having documents that do not “match” their appearance. We must take steps to end this violence. Undoing the violence starts with ending the monopoly that the police have on the legal use of force. We do not advocate that other institutions, entities, or individuals have access to the legal use of force: we advocate for ending the legality of violence altogether.
The institutionalization of violence sanctions the harassment, assault, and murder of the most marginalized members of our communities in the name of “security.” This argument raises a pressing question – security for who? Our communities are terrorized by police brutality, and our emotional, mental, and physical security is at risk as long as police have the power to use state sanctioned violence against us.
Please visit the resources below to learn more about policing, find resources, and support those affected by our policing and prison systems:
What To Do Instead of Calling the Police – A Guide, A Syllabus, A Conversation, A Process
Black and Pink – Supporting LGBTQ people in prison
INCITE! – Community Accountability
INCITE! – Stop Law Enforcement Violence
Rose City Copwatch – Alternatives to Police
Sylvia Rivera Law Project – Helping transgender people in prison
Streetwise and Safe – Resources for LGBTQQ Youth of Color