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Anti-bullying campaign

What is bullying?
If we look at the simple Oxford English Dictionary definition, the word bully is defined as "seek to harm, intimidate, or coerce someone perceived as vulnerable. 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services managed website,, defines bullying as "unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time." Further, this website states:
"In order to be considered bullying, the behavior must be aggressive and include:
An Imbalance of Power: Kids who bully use their power—such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity—to control or harm others. Power imbalances can change over time and in different situations, even if they involve the same people.
Repetition: Bullying behaviors happen more than once or have the potential to happen more than once."

The Anti Bullying Alliance defines bullying as: 
"The repetitive, intentional hurting of one person or group by another person or group, where the relationship involves an imbalance of power. Bullying can be physical, verbal or psychological. It can happen face-to-face or online."

Think about these definitions and their shared key themes: intentional harm, can take multiple forms (not just physical), and requires an imbalance of power, as you continue reading.

Political Bullies
In recent years, there's been a noticeable rise in political attacks against transgender youth, with politicians increasingly using them as a political tool to rally support and stoke fear among their base. Many states in the U.S. have rolled out laws that make it harder for trans kids to get the healthcare they need, play sports, or even use bathrooms that match their gender identity. By framing transgender rights as a controversial issue, these politicians dehumanize trans kids, reducing them to mere talking points rather than recognizing their humanity. This tactic not only marginalizes transgender youth but also puts them at greater risk of discrimination and violence. As these political narratives spread, they fuel negative attitudes and misconceptions, leading to a more hostile environment where trans youth are more likely to face harassment, and even physical attacks. Because of this, trans youth are dealing with more anxiety, depression, and even thoughts of suicide, as they try to cope with a world that feels increasingly hostile to who they are. 

Politicians are engaging in repeated attacks and spreading misinformation to rally the general public against transgender youth, much like schoolyard bullies who target the most vulnerable. They continuously introduce and support restrictive legislation that denies trans kids access to essential healthcare, participation in sports, and the use of appropriate facilities. The rhetoric used by these politicians often includes mocking and belittling transgender identities, echoing the tactics of bullies who demean others to assert power. Right-wing propaganda amplifies these harmful messages, portraying trans youth as threats to societal norms and inciting fear and prejudice among the public. By using their platforms to spread misinformation and rally opposition, these politicians are not just legislating against trans youth—they are bullying them on a grand scale.

Join the campaign to call out these bullies and protect trans kids!

Get Started!

Step 1

Anti-Bullying Pledge

Are you making the commitment to stand up against the bullying of trans kids? Are you making the commitment to become an ally? 

Allyship means standing with, and advocating for, marginalized groups that you do not belong to. Allyship is not about your personal convenience or receiving recognition for your actions, it is about using your voice and every tool at your disposal to advance equity and social justice. Share your commitment to allyship on your social media platforms. Click the button below for everything you need to make your allyship commitment post (png image, hashtags, and script).

Step 2

Learn and Grow in Allyship

Learn about the real impact of anti-trans legislation and hear stories of lived experience. Access tools and resources to aid you in your allyship and help you take action.

Coming July 16th

Step 3

Call out Bullying

Find out what harmful legislation is in the works or active in your state. Call elected officials and ask them what they are doing to stop the bullying of trans kids. You can utilize the scripts provided, focusing on issues that may be impacting your community, or you can create your own. Links to access contact information for state and federal officials are provided. For city officials, you can access contact information by visiting the website for your city hall, or calling your city hall and requesting contact with your Mayor's office or your city council representative.

Coming July 18th

Step 4

Get informed, Stay informed

Sign up for the mailing list or newsletter for one of these organizations/groups. By staying informed, you will stay motivated to continue your work in allyship.

Coming July 19th

Step 5

Invest in Trans Liberty

Give a closer look to gender diverse authors, scientists, leaders, and entrepreneurs. Look at organizations that fight for trans and gender justice and donate to them. Find gender diverse businesses and become a customer. Expand and enrich your experience in life by stepping out of your bubble. This page of suggestions can help.

Coming July 22nd
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