Ina Fried, a journalist working for Axios News, has launched #letters4transkids, an initiative that asks allies and transgender people to speak to trans kids that are struggling through this deluge of anti-trans legislation. 

According to an interview in Into, Fried started the initiative in the wake of all the anti-trans legislation. 

“As a journalist, I can’t really wade into the politics. But as a trans woman, I also couldn’t just sit by and let trans and nonbinary kids hear only the message of those who want to make their lives harder Fried said.”

Fried continued, “A bunch of letters can’t replace having access to affirming health care or being able to fully participate in sports and other activities. But hopefully these letters will help kids see that there are people who wish them well and support them on their journey.”

‘There Are A Lot Of Us Cheering You On’

Fried tweeted the first message, writing, “Please know that however many angry voices are out there, there are also lots of us cheering you on. I want you to be fully you, whoever that turns out to be. And it’s okay if it takes some time to figure it out.”

Soon more submissions came in. Among the submissions included Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO of GLAAD, who wrote, “No matter what negativity you may see out there, know that there are far more voices that are proud of you, and support you unconditionally.”

Joni Madison, President of the Human Rights Campaign, wrote, “This world needs kids like you to grow up and become bold, brave, and proud adults. So many adults are still so scared of who and what they don’t understand. You are incredible human beings and are teaching many adults what it means to be proud.”

Non-binary actor Vico Ortiz, wrote, “I am in awe of how fierce y’all are. How unapologetically you carry yourselves. I see you. I hear you. And with every fibre of my being I will fight with you and for you because you are indispensable.”

Trans actor and professional hockey player, Harrison Browne, wrote, “I can tell you that you’re not alone. You have a whole community of people just like you standing behind you and fighting to keep you safe.”

In the past year, anti-trans legislation has been introduced by governments around the world, including in Australia.

On February 10, Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s homophobic and transphobic Religious Discrimination Bill was derailed when five moderate Liberal MPs in the House Bridget Archer, Katie Allen, Fiona Martin, Dave Sharma, and Trent Zimmerman, voted with Labor and the crossbench to protect LGBTQI students. Morrison was forced to abandon his Bill and seems to have now focussed on trans issues.

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