We have been deluged with signatories, and we are so happy! And that title is not an exaggeration, by the way…I just spent six hours putting this post together! It’s amazing, the support we’re seeing.
And I want to say that we’ve received emails from more than one trans* person telling us how long they’ve waited for a statement like this to appear, for feminism to welcome them. Your support matters–it is making a difference already.
So, without further ado, here is the newest list. I have to admit that I have completely lost count of how many there are, but at a rough estimate, I’d say we got a couple hundred signatures today. [Actual total of new signatures today: 231 additional individuals, 9 additional organizations. Grand total as of 10 pm EST today: 384 individuals, 17 organizations. So: 401 signatories! From 26 countries.]
Some people are famous (Tamora Pierce! I grew up reading her books! What a thrill to hear from her!); most of us are not. Many are academics, many are bloggers, many are activists, some are teachers or librarians or performers. We can all make the spheres we’re in more welcoming to and supportive of trans* people. And again, we wish that we could make our parents proud and send each and every person a thank-you card. But I think that might take at least another six hours, so please just be sure that we are grateful for everybody. Every single person.