‘Why I’m A Trans Ally’ trend proves once again that decent people outweigh transphobes, filling the internet with much-needed positivity
Fighting for trans rights can, at times, feel like an isolating experience. Institutions lend megaphones to privileged people and groups to boom anti-trans views, while lawmakers work to erode what little rights, if any, the community exercises.
Yet, tens of thousands of Twitter users made one thing perfectly clear Sunday night (19 July): Why they are an ally to the trans community.
In short, the more than 36,000 tweets that became the number one trending hashtag in the UK can be summarised as follows: People are trans allies because they are decent human beings.
The “#WhyImATransAlly” was set in motion by Helen, the mother of a trans son based in the UK, who sought to start the trend to remind the world of the overwhelming amount of support there is for the trans community.
Why I’m a trans ally…
I have a trans son.
I also hate bullies!#WhyImATransAlly
— Helen??♀️ (@mimmymum) July 19, 2020
Tens of thousands passionately tweet why they’re a trans ally; ‘Because why would I not be?’
Moments after Helen’s original tweet, a kaleidoscopic array of celebrities, singers, officials, LGBT+ community leaders, healthcare providers, charities, political groups, journalists and activists shared heartening reasons why they, you know, do the bare minimum of being a human by supporting one of the most marginalised, persecuted and vulnerable populations of people.
Because why the in hell would I not be?! ❤️ #WhyImATransAlly
— Beverley Knight (@Beverleyknight) July 19, 2020
Because it's my responsibility to continually examine my own privilege & do the work to end oppression wherever I see it #WhyImATransAlly
— Clarisse Loughrey (@clarisselou) July 19, 2020
#WhyImATransAlly Because trans & non-binary folks deserve 2 live in peace, with every right & privilege that cis people r afforded, without exception. Because they deserve 2 b safe & happy, without constantly having 2 face down transphobes who seek 2 harm them.#LWithTheT
— Izzy Rizinti ?️? (@BellaRizinti) July 19, 2020
#WhyImATransAlly is trending Number One in the UK!
I hope trans and NB people see this and see how much support and love there is for them ???
— Nicola Coughlan (@nicolacoughlan) July 19, 2020
It’s so wonderful and heartwarming to see #WhyImATransAlly trending tonight.
If you want to be inspired, scroll through the hashtag and feel free to join in with your message of support for trans people!
— stonewalluk (@stonewalluk) July 19, 2020
• go to work
• pay rent
• have families
• fall in love
• walk the dog
• stub their toes
• need somewhere to take a piss
They’re just people, like the rest of us, and what they have in their pants is none of your fucking business.
— ?️? Max ?️? (@SpillerOfTea) July 19, 2020
?Because we all should be.
?Because trans rights are human rights.
?Because no one should live in fear.
?Because we need to stand in solidarity with our trans siblings who are hurting.
— LGBTIQA+ Greens (@LGBTIQAGreens) July 19, 2020
Working in the #NHS (the biggest single employer in the UK) I have seen trans and non-binary people affected by discrimination and inequality.
I stand against this & call it out to ensure trans people are treated with dignity and respect ❤️?❤️
— rachael moses (@AHPLeader) July 19, 2020
Because I’m not a nob! ❤️#WhyImATransAlly
— Layton Williams (@LaytonWilliams) July 19, 2020
I’m a trans ally just because. #WhyImATransAlly
— Matthew Todd (@MrMatthewTodd) July 19, 2020
As a gay man, I know what it’s like to be treated as sick, confused, aggressive, dangerous, etc. I refuse to let this recycled homophobia be used to attack trans people. We must all be free to thrive with love, safety, visibility, freedom, and community. This is #WhyImATransAlly.
— Senthorun Raj ✨ (@senthorun) July 19, 2020
— Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu (@SholaMos1) July 19, 2020
Because nobody should have to argue for the right to be who they are.#WhyImATransAlly
— Cllr Rosemary Sexton #ROSI4LEADER (@DrSextonGreen) July 19, 2020
The media long hounded gay people as would-be sexual predators, defying the laws of biology, and trying to brainwash children.
Today, most of the media are doing the same to trans people. Be on the right side of history and speak up. #WhyImATransAlly
— Owen Jones ? (@OwenJones84) July 19, 2020
I’m a trans ally coz trans people deserve to live happy & fulfilled lives like everyone else. Life is hard enough without having to face discrimination or worse… death… just because of who you are. 9 black trans women died during pride month and thats #WhyImATransAlly ???
— Nathalie Emmanuel (@missnemmanuel) July 20, 2020
I’m a firm believer in minorities standing in solidarity with other minorities. Trans people should be allowed to be themselves without fear of persecution. #WhyImATransAlly
— Furquan Akhtar (@furquan) July 19, 2020
#WhyImATransAlly The trans community is a small one, and it requires allies to help amplify voices and stories. Trans people deserve to live and love without fear and prejudice. They are some of the bravest people on earth. I love my friends who happen to be trans ❤️
— Holly x (@hollyshortall) July 19, 2020
Great to see #WhyImATransAlly trending again today. Thank you to everyone who's used this hashtag to spread some love over the last 24hrs. If you're a trans ally but you've never tweeted your support, now is a seriously good time to do so.
— Mermaids (@Mermaids_Gender) July 20, 2020
While anti-trans people decry ‘cancel culture’, half of trans youth have considered suicide.
It comes during a truly dispiriting time for trans folks not only in the UK, but across the world.
Headlines of the murders of trans people continue to clog newsreels, some of the most powerful people in society write scathing takedowns of a community just trying to get by or bemoan of being “cancelled”, while country officials brutally rollback trans rights in the throes of a viral pandemic.
All the while, more than half of trans and non-binary youth seriously considered suicide within the last year, according to a study by a top LGBT+ youth prevention charity.
But for now, a moment of relief. Helen expressed her shock at seeing a hashtag radiate across Twitter within hours, noting that it “gladdens my heart that are so many trans [allies] out there who embrace and support the trans community.”
Now 36,500+ tweets and still growing ??❤️
— Helen??♀️ (@mimmymum) July 20, 2020
Helen later explained why the hashtag is so important: “So that trans people can visibly see the support they have when others obsessively seek to hurt them!” she wrote.
“Trans allies, it is up to us to speak up against this sort of thing.
“Don’t just tweet a hashtag: Take action!”