Right after National Coming Out Day, we heard the news regarding the proposed rule affecting trans rights across all government agencies.

As a speaker on behalf of the Goth community, I understand that the implications of our rights are intricately tied to those of the trans community, and for some it overlaps. We are dominoes; if one falls to erasure, then another one will follow, but if one is raised up, then the other can be raised up too. I urge you all to focus on positive action steps, not negative thoughts. This will be short and brief. I don’t have much else to say except to take positive actions toward supporting a trans-friendly organization, such as GLAAD, HRC, or Lambda Legal in terms of money and/or time. By all means, if you haven’t already voted, make it a point to vote. And, as always, be yourself, and stand for yourself.