In 2023, to find out the status of anti-trans legislation in the US, please consult one of these:

* Hannah & Meg’s “Track Trans Legislation” — a database of bills with their status
* Erin Reed’s Substack, “Erin in the Morning” – she uses a qualitative methodology to answer the question of how bad it’s likely to get in each state, and she’s made a “risk map”
* The ACLU’s “Mapping Attacks on LGBTQ Rights in U.S. State Legislature” — more broadly looks at all anti-LGBTQ bills, not just the anti-trans ones

I, personally, don’t systematically or comprehensively track every transphobic attack. Instead, I tend to write “why is this happening?” analyses.

These are the unfriendlies.

  1. Seen on Twitter: breakdowns of transphobia
  2. US trans people: Now (2022) is a good time to update your federal ID (DD)
  3. When the Nazis criminalized gay men (Medium)
  4. Eternal love, deepest affection: A young gay man spent six years in Nazi camps (DMB)
  5. Rick Perry wants to outlaw gay sex (DD)
  6. Scott Lively’s candidacy for governor of Massachusetts: On LGBT issues (DD)
  7. Roy Moore’s movement to promote the Ten Commandments in American civic life (DMB)
  8. So-called ‘religious freedom’ order would allow discrimination based on sexuality and gender (DD)
  9. ‘This is Pride Month’: So simple, even a burrito can do it (DD)
  10. Not Oysters, But Freedom“: After Lewis Carroll’s “The Walrus and the Carpenter” (Medium)
  11. Hurt me 15 degrees less: On cruelty, fear, justice, order, and challenging the conservative white evangelical worldview (DD)
  12. Testosterone: In the US, it’s a Schedule 3 controlled substance (DD)
  13. Two major federal actions against transgender rights in the US – Nov. 23, 2018 (DD)
  14. Logical errors in ‘Gender Identity and the Invisible Pasta God’ (DD)
  15. One of the knowledge-dominance memes used against trans people (in Spanish) (DD)
  16. Baldness isn’t just physical — It’s also performative (Medium)
  17. Why fascists target gender transition (Medium)
  18. Skeptical of Trans People Above All (Medium)
  19. How to Reduce Your Anxiety Over the ‘Idea’ of Trans Kids (Medium)
  20. Of course you can feel like a girl: Reflections on a recent anti-transgender essay (DD)
  21. ‘Queer theory’ is a dirty word? To whom? (To internet and publishing) (DD)
  22. Jordan Peterson on gender quotas in politics (re: National Post article, Dec. 11, 2018) (DMB)
  23. Gay political values examined in ‘Homocons’ by Richard Goldstein (DMB)
  24. Human Rights Don’t ‘Trickle-Down’ (Medium)
  25. How Trump scored himself 36 points on LGBTQ rights — and why that’s a failing grade (Medium)
  26. ‘At Any Age’: Trump Doesn’t Want Trans People (Medium)
  27. The Muckrake podcast explains the implications of ‘Don’t Say Gay’ (DD)
  28. Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’, originally K-3, now through Grade 12? (Medium)
  29. As Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ takes effect (DD)
  30. ‘Don’t Say Gay’ could go national (Medium)
  31. Transphobia Since 1981 (Medium)
  32. How the Far-Right Comes for Trans People (Medium)
  33. Why is the Far-Right Ever More Intensely Anti-Trans? (Medium)
  34. Anti-Trans Bills Encourage Far-Right Violence (Medium)
  35. The Right Wing Wants to Stop Adults From Being Trans (Medium)
  36. Anti-transgender lie spreads after school shooting (DD)
  37. When there is a mass shooting, transphobes start rumors that the shooter is trans (DD)
  38. Why the US worried more about trans people’s marriages than their driver’s licenses (DD)
  39. Anti-trans initiatives in the United States (2022) (DD)
  40. Their goal is not to protect trans kids (Idaho, 2022) (DD)
  41. US: Republicans have a national bill to prevent kids from asserting their own gender (2022) (DD)
  42. US: They don’t want people of any age to transition (Florida bill) (2022) (DD)
  43. On Trans Kids, Ask People Who Know (2023) (Medium)
  44. U.S. House Oversight Committee hearing on Anti-LGBTQI+ violence (December 14, 2022) (DD)
  45. On the trans person’s body: It was ‘a little phrase just for you!’ (DD)
  46. The trope about transgender people’s bones (2022) (DD)
  47. The anti-trans message is that the state owns your body (DD)
  48. The ‘Rainbow Scare’ is a cruel falsepanic, and it is upon us (DD)
  49. Why a homophobe displays a rainbow flag (Medium)
  50. ‘Groomer’ slur banned from Reddit (DD)
  51. The Republicans were given to understand there would be no diversity (DD)
  52. Everything is subjective and contains its opposite (Medium)
  53. In Myth, the Extra-Binary Thing Explains Everything (Medium)
  54. Why transphobia teaches us to be terrified of regret (Medium)
  55. How transphobia teaches cis people to feel entitled to know who’s trans (Medium)
  56. ‘Gender-critical’ ideology is just dualism (Medium)
  57. Is your clothing the wrong gender? (A proposed Texas law would classify you as a drag performer) (Medium)
  58. How to get an automatic warning of transphobic websites and users (DD)
  59. WSJ publishing anti-trans articles (2022) in context of bomb threats against hospitals and libraries (DD)
  60. People saying that LGBTQ people deserve to be murdered (DD)
  61. Why There’s Still An Argument About NYT Coverage of Trans People (Feb 2023) (Medium)

Antisemitism and transphobia

“Nonsense is nonsense, but the history of nonsense is a very important science.”

Saul Lieberman (no relation to me), 1957
  1. Latest round of antisemitism and transphobia (DD)
  2. The Biggest Conspiracy Theories Are All-Consuming (Medium)
  3. The Worst Transphobic Words I’ve Seen (This Week) were also antisemitic (Medium)
  4. This 1949 Examination of Fascist Rhetoric Shows Us How We Got Here (Medium)

From QAnon

  1. In ChristoQfascist conspiracy theory, Satan makes people transgender (DD)

From the Republican Party

  1. CPAC Transphobia, March 2023 (Medium)
  2. What Does Twitter Think ‘Destroy Transgenderism’ Means? (Medium)

From certain individuals

  1. David French: Anti-transgender screed (National Review, Aug 2016) (DD)
  2. Suzanne Moore: Anti-transgender screed (The Guardian, March 2020) (DD)
  3. David Blankenhorn and Jonathan Rauch: Same-sex marriage ‘compromise’ (New York Times, Feb 2009) (DD)
  4. Jonathan Rauch and David Brooks: Anti-transgender screed (American Purpose, April 2022 / New York Times, May 2022) (Medium)
  5. Michelle Goldberg: Nervous about sharing your uninformed opinion? Then don’t (New York Times, January 2023) (Medium)
  6. Leslie Rutledge, Arkansas AG: It’s Easy For This Guy to Challenge Transphobia (Medium)
  7. Richard Dawkins: Why did he tweet about Rachel Dolezal? (Medium)
  8. Richard Dawkins: How did he undermine transgender people? (Medium)
  9. Robyn Blumner defending Richard Dawkins: People who believe they have identities (Free inquiry, June/July 2022) (Medium)
  10. Andrew Sullivan: 121 Things I Want Cis Men to Stop Doing (Medium)
  11. Andrew Sullivan: Transphobia of the Day alert: You may crossdress as long as you admit you’re a ‘clown’ (DD)
  12. David Kupelian: How Evil Works (2010) (Medium)
  13. Abigail Shrier: Irreversible Damage (Medium)
  14. Helen Joyce: Trans: Or, What We Can Learn About Helen Joyce in Two Sentences (Medium)
  15. Helen Joyce in conversation with Jordan Peterson: That Transphobic Peterson/Joyce Video (Medium)
  16. J. K. Rowling, endorsed by Helen Joyce: The Misrepresentation of Compassion and Solidarity (on Rowling’s 2020 essay and what Helen Joyce said about it in Trans in 2021) (Medium)
  17. J. K. Rowling, creator of monsters (DD)
  18. J. K. Rowling’s transphobia (recent commentary on Twitter, Fall 2022)
  19. Yes, Rowling is transphobic (DD)
  20. Oliver Burkeman: Partway through a book, time feels different (Medium)
  21. Michael Shermer: Transphobia is a Form of Denialism (Medium)
  22. Joan Smith: New Statesman, July 2022 (DD)
  23. Pamela Paul: One Kind of Transphobia: Imagining Cis-Phobia (Medium)
  24. Pamela Paul: ‘Let’s Say Gay’ (Medium)
  25. Pamela Paul: I Listened to ‘Free to Be … You and Me’ (Medium)
  26. Pamela Paul: How to Argue Transphobically That You’re Not Transphobic (Medium)
  27. Pamela Paul: Also mentioned here (DD)
  28. Tucker Carlson: What does he say about LGBT people? (Medium)
  29. Jack Posobiec: Other people owe me femininity (DD)
  30. Matt Walsh: Latest scandal (DD)
  31. Chris Rufo: ‘Radical Gender Theory’ is Itself a Social Construct (Medium)
  32. Chris Rufo: Anti-transgender messaging campaign, July-August 2022 (DD)
  33. Rod Dreher, The American Conservative (August 2022): 15 Transphobias in ‘Trans Totalitarianism’ (Medium)
  34. Rod Dreher and Jonathan Rauch: A bigoted premise sparks an ideology (Medium)
  35. Peter Boghossian: He Says Your Academic Evidence Is ‘Laundered’ (Medium)
  36. Steven Crowder: Right wing lies about trans suicide (Medium)
  37. Anderson Lee Aldrich: Hate-crimers and their pronouns (Medium)
  38. John Daniel Davidson, The Federalist: “And you know what that means.” (Medium)
  39. Carolina Sanín: ‘Hate’ Isn’t an Element in H2O (Medium)
  40. Posie Parker: Posie Parker Won’t Tell Us About the Billionaires (Medium)
  41. Jennifer Bilek (Tablet Magazine) and David Bernstein (Times of Israel): Transphobia, Overt or Underhanded (Medium)
  42. Blake Smith (Tablet Magazine): Saying ‘Cleareyed’ When You Mean ‘Exclusionary’ (Medium)
  43. Blake Smith (Tablet Magazine): You’re Not My Type (Medium)
  44. Jesse Singal Quit Twitter (Medium)
  45. I won’t tell you who: 30 Terrible Ways to Express ‘Skepticism’ of Transgender People (Medium)
  46. I won’t tell you who: Telling LGBTQ People What to Do (Medium)
  47. I won’t tell you who: Oh, It’s About Sports, Is It? Actually it’s anti-transgender (Medium)