Take back the narrative
Oppressive people exert control by describing us on their terms and telling us who we are. Controlling the narrative means controlling the power.
JOIN US AS WE TAKE BACK OUR POWER BY TELLING OUR OWN STORIES AND EXPRESSING WHO WE ARE ON OUR OWN TERMS.
Why does storytelling matter?
All across the country, the narrative of trans* lives has been under the control of transphobic conservatives and religious extremists. Since 2021, we’ve seen over 100 pieces of anti-trans legislation – proposing laws that directly attack our rights and our bodily autonomy. Many of these pieces stem and gain traction from misrepresentation and misinformation.
Our history has been hidden away from the public. Cultures that used to celebrate gender-nonconformity were gaslit into erasing their gender-diverse past. Our trans* ancestors were misgendered and stripped of their identity (and even today how many times have newscasters not respected trans* individuals’ pronouns? How many obituaries have listed one’s gender at birth instead of their gender identity). The Stonewall Riots, the birth of queer pride, is completely absent from public education despite its significance to both the trans* and queer communities and the impact it had on how society interacts with those communities today.
In addition to this, what little representation we do receive is often not kind to us, nor is it accurate to our experiences. Think on this: How many instances have movies or T.V. shows shown trans* people to be overly sexual? How many times have trans* people been the villains in our video games? How many trans* in books have lived long enough to have a happily ever after? And also think on this: In how many of those instances were those narratives written by trans* folk? These stories from cishet perspectives have consistently attacked the trans* community, encouraging transphobic rhetoric.
We at TEP have had enough.
It’s your story, not theirs.
What is TEP’s Take Back the Narrative Project?
We believe that storytelling is one of the most powerful tools in our arsenal; which is why radical conservatives are constantly trying to keep us out of the narrative.
Telling your story is one of the most impactful ways to reclaim your power.
Join TEP as we (re)claim our power together and move to create meaningful change by telling our stories and working together to help amplify each other’s voices.
Being trans* isn’t just Trans Empowerment Project’s story to tell, it’s yours too.
Use the link below and become a storyteller, learn how to Take Back the Narrative, and help to ensure we all thrive!