Staying safe during direct action for trans folk

Direct action is an excellent tool to affect social change. However, activists often risk arrest. Mistreatment of trans folk is more likely to occur in these situations by police or even fellow protesters.

 

The National Centre for Transgender Equity has created a guide for trans folk on how to participate safely in direct action. The guide covers what to bring, how to make a plan with fellow activists when awaiting arrest and what to do if you're arrested.

 

The organization is based in the United States. In Canada, all trans folks are legally protected from discrimination under the Human Rights Code (in either sex or disability) and Criminal Code of Canada. Trans folks are still waiting to have gender identity and gender expression specifically included in these laws.

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