Covid-19 provides protection for other forms of violence. While mutual aid projects (and demands for housing and health care for everyone) are emerging across the country, conservatives in state legislatures are still fixated on the regulation of trans-bodies. Last week the Idaho The Senate passed a law prohibiting gender changes on birth certificates and another law that prohibits trans girls from participating in women’s sports. a third bill that would have made it a crime to sexually affirm trans-youths died in the committee.
Each of these measures can be traced back to South Dakota, which has long been a testing ground for anti-trans laws. In 2016, the state introduced one of the first “bathroom bills,” which, although vetoed, paved the way for a chain of laws to prevent transsexuals from using the toilet that matches their gender identity. Soon after, South Dakota Republicans began targeting trans-high school athletes. (This “sports bill” also failed, but was followed by more or less identical measures as 15 other states.) Earlier this year, House Bill 1057 attempted to criminalize medical care for trans-youngsters. (In the almost a dozen additionally conditionsLegislators, including Idaho, have proposed similar laws.)
However, according to the indigenous activist Candi Brings Plenty, these calculations are part of a larger puzzle: gender-specific binary representation has been anchored in white dominance for centuries. Gender regulation was even part of the genocidal conquest of America. In 1513Vasco Núñez de Balboa put his dogs on 40 Cueva Indians for “sodomy” and believed that they were men who took on the role of women. From the 1870sOver 100 state-sponsored boarding schools attempted to violently assimilate Indian communities, including the eradication of “two-ghost” identities – a modern umbrella term that was coined in the early 1990s to refer to LGBTQ + people on Turtle Island (First Nations from Canada), Native Americans in Mexico and Native Americans and Indians from the United States).