Bodily Autonomy Now: Gabrielle Union-Wade, Samira Wiley, and More Speak Out

Bodily autonomy: the freedom to do with our bodies as we please. Cis or trans, this is what we want — to decide for ourselves whether to transition, to have a child through IVF, or to carry a pregnancy to term. It is in opposition to this human right that conservative lawmakers have banded together, with sometimes lethal efficacy.

As of March, 2024, more than a dozen states have moved to ban abortion. Meanwhile, many of those same leaders are working to prevent trans people from receiving gender-affirming care. What began as an attack on transgender youth has increasingly become an effort to block transition at any age. The writing isn’t just on the wall anymore; it’s on the books. They’re coming for us all.

To stop them, we must tighten our ties. We must solidify our solidarity. We must join forces — as trans organizers, as reproductive rights advocates, as feminists, as storytellers, as icons, as parents, as principled people to proclaim: My body, my choice.

To insist: Our bodies, our choice.

Let’s be honest: We don’t need the future to be female. We need the future to be free. That’s the demand — for the pregnant people weighing all of their options, for our beautiful trans siblings who model liberation everyday.

Bodily autonomy for all. Bodily autonomy now.

Miss Major, Gloria Steinem, Kate Bornstein, Lilly Wachowski, Roxane Gay, Tarana Burke, Gabrielle Union-Wade, Imara Jones, Chase Strangio, Raquel Willis, Shelby Chestnut, Trace Lysette, Margaret Cho, Samira Wiley, Qween Jean, Devin-Norelle, Jasmin Savoy Brown, G Flip, Devery Jacobs, Chappell Roan, Chelsea Handler, Sarah Burke

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