#WeWillNotBeErased

#WeWillNotBeErased

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#WeWIllNotBeErased, or We Will Not Be Erased, is a slogan and hashtag used to support the civil rights of transgender people.

Origin

The earliest known usage of the phrase in relation to the rights of transgender people was posted by Orange Is The New Black-star Laverne Cox on March 31st, 2017. That day she posted a photograph of herself on Instagram. [1] At the end of the post, she wrote, "We acknowledge that when trans folks are misgendered and disavowed this is yet another attempt to stigmatize and erase us. We acknowledge that folks at the intersections of multiple identities being targeted must be lifted up.
On this Trans Day of Visibility we reassert that we will not and cannot be erased." The post received more tahn 100,000 in a year and a half (shown below).


lavernecox # . Follow lavernecox As an out, visible, black, transgender woman everyday is #TransDayofVisibility for me. My blackness, transness and womanhood are political, social and historic realities. But my spirit, my soul, my humanity transcend these identity categories. As an artist I have always yearned for transcendence. Today l continue to do the spiritual work towards that transcendence. But the political, social and historic realities of the multiple identities I inhabit, continue to affect how I and people like me move through the world and access space and resources. In this context it becomes necessary, vital to celebrate ourselves and these socially constructed yet personally, politically and historically relevant identities we inhabit. 102,620 likes MARCH 31, 2017 Add a comment..

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On July 27th, in response to President Donald Trump's proposed banning of transgender people in the military, former U.S. Army Intelligence Officer turned activist Chelsea Manning wrote an op-ed for the New York Times[2] in defiance of the decision. She ended the essay, "We are neither disruptive nor expensive. We are human beings, and we will not be erased or ignored."

Later that year, on December 19th, the Human Rights Campaign held protests against the Trump administration's banning of the word "transgender," as well as several others, from the Center for Disease Control outside the Trump Hotel in Washington, D.C. The protests included a projection of the words as well as the expression "we will not be erased" onto the hotel. The Human Rights Campaign tweeted a video of the projection, which received more than 4,200 retweets and 7,800 likes in less than one year.




Title IX Controversy

On October 21st, 2018, the New York Times[3] reported that the Trump administration was considering rolling back such protections in a memo that would define gender as "based on immutable biological traits identifiable by or before birth."

Following the report, many online showed their support for the trans community, which would be removed from many civil rights protections under this redefinition, by using the hashtags "#WeWillNotBeErased" and "WontBeErased" (examples below).


I have no words right now and everything is terrible so here's a pic of me and my partner at a wedding last night being really hecking trans and beautiful. #WeWillNotBeErased l've been a civil rights activist for 30 yrs I'm a former federal employee with a 4.5/5 rating I've helped save many lives via my work. I'm a dad of 2 kids. I work hard Even if I were none of these things, I'd still deserve recognition from my govt #wewill notbeerased GLAAD Φ @glaad Trans people #WontBeErased Trans people #WontBeErased Trans people #WontBeErased Trans people #WontBeErased Trans people #WontBeErased Trans people #WontBeErased Trans people #WontBeErased Trans people #WontBeErased Trans people #WontBeErased Trans people #WontBeErased

GOG Tweet

On October 22nd, 2018, the @GOGcom Twitter feed posted a tweet saying "Classic PC games #WontBeErased." In response, many criticized the company for making light of the hashtag #WeWillNotBeErased.


gog GOG.СОМФ COM @GOGcom Following Classic PC games #WontBeErased on our watch. Yeah, how's that for some use of hashtags 11:03 pm - 22 Oct 2018 17 Likes С 17 Replying to @GOGcorm this... is not going to go do wn well

The following day, the @GOGcom[4] Twitter feed removed the tweet and posted an apology, saying they "should focus only on games" (shown below).



Various Examples


To cisgender gay, lesbian and bisexual people Please take a moment today to remember the trans women who put their lives on the line to create the LGBTQ Rights Movement so you could live openly today. #wewill notbeerased Someone identifies as president who doesn't fit the president role, and we're supposed to accept that, no questions asked. Someone identifies as male or female, who doesn't fit the idea of a male or female role, and it's wrong...? #wewill notbeerased #TheyWILLNOTbeE rased For all of my LGBTQ+ people who don't know what Title IX is and its importance: it is practically the only piece of legislature that protects us and our community Even if you don't care about politics, VOTE to save your trans brothers,sisters,& nb siblings #wewillnotbeerased
You will not erase my friends. You will not erase my family. You will not erase my colleagues. #wewill notbeerased Caitlyn Jenner @Caitlyn_Jenner @realDonaldTrump TRANS PEOPLE WON'T BE ERASED. TRANS PEOPLE WON'T BE ERASED. TRANS PEOPLE WON'T BE ERASED. TRANS PEOPLE WON'T BE ERASED TRANS PEOPLE WON'T BE ERASED. TRANS PEOPLE WON'T BE ERASED. TRANS PEOPLE WON'T BE ERASED. TRANS PEOPLE WON'T BE ERASED. TRANS PEOPLE WON'T BE ERASED. #wewill not bee rased NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS WE WILL ALWAYS BE HERE. WE WILL ALWAYS BE TRANS. WE WONT LEAVE, WONT LISTEN AND WONT BE CHANGED. WE ARE REAL. WE ARE POWERFUL. AND MOST IMPORTANTLY WE WILL NOT BE ERASED

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