(The Guardian) Why should lesbians, gays and bisexuals stand together with trans people? “Because we get beaten up by the same people!” Sometimes the best explanations are the simplest: this one came from an audience member at a talk given by trans writer and activist Juliet Jacques. Having common enemies provides the potential foundation for solidarity even among the most disparate of groups. “An injury to one is an injury to all” has long been the mantra of the labour movement, but it’s applicable to all struggles. And yet the LGBT movement has long been without its T in practice, leaving trans people marginalised, ignored and even reviled.
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