Nearly 500 leaders, activists and celebrities sign open letter supporting trans women and girls

TONY MORRISON
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The fight for trans rights is coming to a head.

GLAAD, the world's largest LGBTQ+ media advocacy organization, released an open letter Wednesday signed by over 465 feminist leaders in advocacy, business, entertainment, media, politics and social justice standing in solidarity with transgender women and girls in honor of Women's History Month and Transgender Day of Visibility.

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Organized by GLAAD and Black transgender activist, Raquel Willis, the letter comes in response to the ongoing hateful and discriminatory rhetoric and attacks facing trans people, especially trans women and represents a clear and loud statement of solidarity between cisgender women, trans women and feminist allies.

The letter reads in part: "We all must fight against the unnecessary and unethical barriers placed on trans women and girls by lawmakers and those who co-opt the feminist label in the name of division and hatred. Our feminism must be unapologetically expansive so that we can leave the door open for future generations."

It goes on to say, "It is time for the long history of assaults (legislative, physical, social, and verbal) against trans women and girls to end. For far too long, lawmakers have worked to strip trans women of their civil liberties—in 2021, once again, we've seen a wave of bigoted governmental policies and legislation. Many of these laws target the rights of girls to play school sports or criminalize doctors for treating trans youth and their families. The women's movement has seen doctors targeted before for providing us with necessary medical care and services, and we refuse to let youth endure that now."

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So far in 2021, state and federal lawmakers have introduced a number of bills to restrict the rights of trans women, people, and youth, most notably in terms of education, health care and youth sports.

As of today, there are 93 anti-trans bills across 28 states and some states are considering multiple bills, according to the Human Rights Campaign. In a report provided by the Human Rights Campaign to "Good Morning America" and ABC News, 48 anti-trans sports bills are currently in play, 29 anti-trans medical bills are up for consideration, along with 23 religious refusal bills, 12 bathroom-locker room bills, 5 conversion therapy protection bills, and 15 other bills across the U.S. related to anti-LGBTQ+ marriage, adoption, education and bills related to requiring birth certificates to reflect ones biological sex.

At the federal level, President Joe Biden shared his support for the transgender community, saying in part: "Transgender rights are human rights," while calling on Americans to uplift "the worth and dignity of transgender Americans."

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GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis told "GMA,": "As the epidemic of violence facing trans women continues to grow, and while lawmakers relentlessly attack the rights and dignity of trans youth across this country, this letter is a loud and powerful statement of solidarity with trans women and girls that needs to be heard right now."

"On Trans Day of Visibility, this letter, signed by some of the biggest names across industries, sends an unwavering message to trans women and girls around the world that they are seen and loved for exactly who they are: women and girls," she added.

Here's the full list of who signed the open letter as of March 31:

The 3% Movement

Adrienne Hayes

Adsit Media, LLC

Aesha Rasheed

Afua Addo

Ai-jen Poo

Aisha C. Mills

Akilah Hughes

Alana Mayo

Alexandra Cotutiu

Alexis McGill Johnson

Alicia Garza

Alice Wong

Alison Brie

Alison Mariella Désir

Alison Turkos

Allana Giesbrecht

The Alliance of AIDS Services-Carolina

Allie X

Alana Mayo

Alex Johnson

Alexis Flanagan

Alexis McGill-Johnson

Aleyamma Mathew

Ali Krieger

Alma Har'el

Alyson Stoner

Alyssa Milano

Amanda Lindell

Amber Tamblyn

Amelie Zilbur

America Ferrera

American Association of University Women

Aminatou Sow

Amiyah Scott

Amoretta Morris

Amy Poehler's Smart Girls

Amy Schumer

Ana Romero

Anandrea Molina

Andrea Jenkins

Angela Kayleigh

Angela Yannelli

Anna Julia Cooper Center

Anna Maiche

Anna Wintour

Annika Gifford

Annise Parker

API Chaya

Ariadne Getty

Aria Sa'id

Ariel Wengroff

Asanni Armon

Ashlee Marie Preston

Ashley Belanger

Ashley Holland

Ashley Judd

Ashley Romans

Ashlyn Harris

Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice

Athlete Ally

Auburn Seminary

Barbara Simon

Barbara Smith

Beanie Feldstein

Beautiful Ventures

Becca McCharen-Tran

Beckie Masaki

Bella Hadid

Bevy Ross

Black and Pink, Inc.

Black AIDS Institute

Black Feminist Future

Black Futures Lab

Black Trans Femmes in the Arts

Black Trans Woman, Inc.

Black Visions Collective

Black Women Radicals

Blair Imani

Borealis Philanthropy

Bozoma Saint John

Brave Space Alliance

BreakOUT!

Brie Larson

Brianna Turner

Bridget de Gersigny

Brittany Packnett Cunningham

Brown Boi Project

A Call to Men

Cara Delevingne

Carlie Hanson

Catherine Beane

Catherine Lutes

Cathy Renna

Cecile Richards

Celinda Lake

Center for Advancing Innovative Policy

The Center for Hope and Healing, Inc

Ceyenne Doroshow

Chani Nicolas

Charlotte Clymer

Charlene Carruthers

Charlie Jane Anders

Chelsea Clinton

Cheryl Dunye

Christel Miller

Christian Nunes

Christina Ricci

CHROMAT

Cindi Leive

Cleo Wade

COLLECTIVE FUTURE FUND

Colleen Psomas

Collette Carter

Community EsTr(El-La)

CONNECT, Inc.

Cristin Milioti

Curtis Stauffer

Curve Magazine

Cynthia Erivo

Daisy von Scherler Mayer

Daniella Carter

Daniella's GuestBook

Danielle Moodie

Daroneisha Duncan-Boyd

Darra Gordon

Dawn Dalton

Dawn Ennis

Dawn Prestwich

Deborah Edel

Denise Beek

Destiny Ekaragha

Diamond Stylz

Diana Bang

Diana Rodriguez

Diane Anderson-Minshall

DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Dominique Morgan

Donnetta Lavinia Grays

Eileen Cadena

Elena Vera

Eliza Clark

Ella Hunt

Elliot Fletcher

Emergent Strategy Ideation Institute

Emily Fuller

Emily Tisch Sussman

Erin Hershey

Erin Jontow

Erin Wruk

Eva Longoria

Evonne Kaho

Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement

Felicia Davis

Felicia Day

FEMINIST GIANT

For The Gworls

Francine Stark

Free The Work

Freedom Inc.

Futures Without Violence

Gabrielle Union

GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics

Gathering Strength Collective

Geena Rocero

Gender Benders

Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Gianna Porcaro

Gillian Branstetter

Girls for Gender Equity

Giselle Byrd

GLAAD

GLITS, Inc.

GLSEN

Gloria Steinem

GO Magazine!

Grace Bonney

Gwendolyn Pointer

Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees

Halle Berry

Haley Videckis

Hand in Hand: The Domestic Employers Network

Hani Ali

HEART Women & Girls

Hey, King!

House of GG

House of Tulip

Ianne Fields Stewart

ID PR

Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence

Ilana Glazer

Imani Rupert-Gordon

Imara Jones

Indigenous Idaho Alliance

Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Isa Noyola

Ivy Hill

Jaimee Swift

Jamilah Lemieux

Jane Doe Inc.

Janelle Monáe

Jasmine Burnett

Jazmine Walker

Jeannette Pai-Espinoza

Jenna Wortham

Jennifer Barnes-Balenciaga

Jennifer Finney Boylan

Jennifer Kaytin Robinson

Jennifer Morris

Jennifer Schuur

Jenny Slate

Jessica Hartley

Jessica Tillyer

JingleTown Films, Inc.

JJ Mejasic

Joan Nestle

Joanna Hoffman

Joanne N. Smith

Joey Soloway

John Wells Productions

Jordyn Jay

Judith Light

Julianne Moore

Justin Tranter

Kabzuag Vaj

Kalayo Pestano

Karen Tronsgard-Scott

Karimah Dillard-Mickey

Kat Cunning

Kat Gordon

Kat Graham

Kate Kelly

Katie Edgerton

Katie French

Kathryn Hahn

Kathy Godwin

The Katz Company

Kayla Gore

Kayli Carter

Kelly Bush Novak

Kelly Miller

Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Kiersten Stewart

Kifu Faruq

Kimberlé Crenshaw

Kimberly Drew

Kira Kelly

Klarissa Oh

Koa Beck

Lake Research Partners

Laraine Newman

Rev. Latishia James-Portis

Lauren Conk

Lauren Groff

Lauren Hamilton

Lauren Wolkstein

Laverne Cox

Layshia Clarendon

Leanne Pittsford

Legal Momentum, the Women's Legal Defense and Education Fund

Lea DeLaria

Lena Dunham

Lena Waithe

Lesbian Herstory Archives

Lesbians Who Tech and Allies

Leslie Mac

NY Attorney General Letitia James

Lexi Underwood

Lisa Anderson

LGBTQ Victory Fund

LGBTQ Victory Institute

Li Ann (EStrella) Sanchez

Liat Olenick

Liliahn Majeed

Lilly Singh

Lindsay Peoples Wagner

Lisa Anderson

Lisa Silverberg

Lisa Turner

Liz Jenkins

A Long Walk Home

Lori Lindsey

Love Me Unlimited4life

Lovelace Consulting Services, Inc.

The Loveland Foundation

LPAC

M Adams

Madison Bailey

Madison Hinton

Madison Werner

Maggie Chieffo

Maggie Lindemann

Maine Coalition to End

Domestic Violence

Masada Jones

Miss Major Griffin-Gracy

March On

Mari Jo Winkler

Mariah Moore

Marilyn Willis

Marin Ireland

Marsha's Plate Podcast

Mary Filar

Mary Emily O'Hara

Matahari Women Workers' Center

Maura Bairley

Maurissa Tancharoen

Maxine Wolfe

Maya Wiley

Mayim Bialik

Medicine Bowl

Megan Rapinoe

Mekong NYC

Melanie Willngham-Jaggers

Melinda Weekes-Laidlow

Melissa Etheridge

Melissa Haithcox-Dennis

Melissa Harris-Perry

Men As Peacemakers

Meredith Walker

The Meteor

Me Too Movement

Michelle Gislason

Mijente

Minnesota Indian Women's Sexual Assault Coalition

Miriam Shor

Mj Rodriguez

Molly Bernard

Mona Eltahawy

Monica Dennis

Monica Simpson

Morgan Gwenwald

Morgana Kelly

Munroe Bergdorf

Ms. Foundation

My Sistah's House

Nadiah Mohajir

Nagma Shrestha

Natalie Gold

Natalie London

Natalie Pratt

Natasha Cloud

Natasha Lyonne

National Center for Lesbian Rights

National Crittenton

National Domestic Workers Alliance

National LGBTQ Task Force

National Network to End Domestic Violence

National Resource Center on Domestic Violence

National Women's Law Center

Nervous Circus

New Jersey Coalition to End Domestic Violence

New York City Anti-Violence Project

NYS Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Nicole Eisenberg

Nicole Matthews

Nicole Morella

Noor Tagouri

Oaasis

Ohio Domestic Violence Network

The Okra Project

Olga Trujillo

Olivia Spradlin

Organizacion Latina Trans In Texas

Outsports

Pamela Jacobs

Pamela Stewart

Paola Mendoza

Parenting for Liberation

Paris Hatcher

Rep. Park Cannon

Patrisse Cullors

Miss Peppermint

The Perception Institute

PFLAG National

Planned Parenthood Federation of America

Pride Media

Pride Live

ProcessMatters, LLC

RALIANCE

Ramp Your Voice!

Range Media Partners

Raniyah Copeland

Rachel Cargle

Rachel Carmona

Raquel Willis

Rebecca Bass

Rebecca Cokley

Rebecca Ferguson

Rebecca Livengood

Rebecca Macias

Red Canary Song

Reductress

Regina King

Re-inc

Renee Bracey Sherman

Resonance Network

Rinku Sen

Root. Rise. Pollinate!

Rosie Abriam

Rosie Perez

S.O.U.L. Sisters Leadership Collective

Sage Dolan-Sandrino

Saleka

Sandra Bernhard

Sarah Kate Ellis

Sarah McBride

Sarah Pappalardo

Sarah Paulson

Sarah Sophie Flicker

Scheherazade Tillet

Selena Gomez

Serena Sonoma

Sesali Bowen

The Sex Workers Project of the Urban Justice Center

Shar Jossell

Soko

Solutions NOT Punishment Collaborative

Sonya Taylor

South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

Southern Fried Queer Pride

Southerners On New Ground (S.O.N.G.)

SpecialGuest Co.

Suma Mathai

Supermajority Education Fund

Suzy Nakamura

Tahirih Justice Center

TAKE Resource Center

TAYLOR ALXNDR

Taylor Plecity

Tatiana Maslany

TEAM Mag

Tegan and Sara

Teresa C. Younger

Tess Holliday

Tewa Women United

TGIJP

Theresa McClellan

The Trevor Project

Three Point Strategies

Tiffany Boone

Tiffany R. Warren

TIME'S UP Foundation

Toni-Michelle Williams

Topple

TRANScending Barriers Atlanta

Trace Lysette

Tracy Gilchrist

Tracy Weitz

Transgender Law Center

Trans Lifeline

The Trevor Project

Trina Brown

Trish Bendix

Universal Music Group

Uzo Aduba

ValorUS

Veena Sud

Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence

VietLead

Viveka Chen

Wanda Sykes

Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence

We Testify

Whembley Sewell

Women for Economic Justice

Women's March

YWCA USA

Zoe Kazan

Zoe Lister-Jones

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