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President Donald Trump is no friend to the LGBTQ community, despite all his empty election rhetoric.
This has been witnessed by his failure to make a pride month proclamation, his proposed cuts to HIV/AIDS funding, and his administration’s Department of Justice deciding to rescind transgender student protections, as well as arguing against civil rights for gay people.
Trump’s recent tweet stating that transgender people would not be allowed to serve in the military is the latest example of the White House’s attack on the most vulnerable among us.
While the ban is so far not actionable policy, as tweets are not official directives, it is yet more proof that Trump’s promise to protect the LGBTQ community was about getting elected, not about signaling policy objectives.
Even those who requested Trump put a stop to the government funding transgender healthcare costs didn’t expect him to go this far, and never asked him to do so in the first place. The decision was so sudden that even the Pentagon was reportedly caught off guard.
Bandcamp has decided to join the chorus of those calling for a pushback to Trump’s anti-trans action, and they are putting their money where their mouth is, by donating 100 percent of their share of every sale this Friday to the Transgender Law Center.
The full statement from Bandcamp follows:
Bandcamp is a platform for artistic expression, and all manner of variance in experience and identity, including gender and sexuality, is welcome here. We support our LGBT+ users and staff, and we stand against any person or group that would see them further marginalized. This includes the current U.S. administration, and its recent capricious declaration that transgender troops will no longer be able to serve in the military. That this announcement was motivated in part to help fund the border wall exposes it as part of the administration’s cynical, discriminatory agenda.
In response, we will be donating 100% of our share of every sale on Friday, August 4th (from midnight to midnight Pacific Time) to the Transgender Law Center, a nonprofit organization that works tirelessly to change law, policy, and culture for the more equitable. TLC does critical policy advocacy and litigation on multiple fronts, fights for healthcare for trans veterans, defends incarcerated trans people from abuse in prisons and detention centers, supports trans immigrants, and helps trans youth tell their stories and build communities.
When an Executive Order was issued earlier this year barring immigrants and refugees from seven Middle Eastern countries from entering the United States, we held a wildly successful fundraiser for the ACLU. We hope you’ll join us in now doing the same in support of trans rights. To participate as a fan, simply purchase music through Bandcamp on Friday and we’ll donate our share of the sale to TLC. To participate as an artist or label, send some or all of your share of Friday’s sales directly to TLC here, and let us know your plan in the comments below so that we can help spread the word.
The company also offered suggestions for bands of interest, made by transgender and gender nonconforming artists:
Pandemix’s Poetic Punk Politics
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Hi Bias: Interview With Forced into Femininity
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