A group of transgender activists is planning a “Day of Vengeance” in Washington, D.C., for March 31-April 2 while raising money for firearms training this week, according to its online materials.
The Trans Radical Activist Network (TRAN) said on Twitter that “The time is now, enough is enough,” and uploaded posters to TikTok that said, “We want more than visibility. Trans Day of Vengeance. Stop trans genocide. Save the date: April 1st – 11:00 AM / March 31st – TBA.”
The self-professed Virginia chapter of the group said on Twitter that it would host a dance party at a Richmond club on Tuesday to raise money “benefiting firearm/self defense training for trans Virginians. Come boogie with us and defend trans life!”
We hope to see you in DC or online :)! The time is now, enough is enough. This country is full of hate and hate is NOT welcomed in this country. We are human beings and we will always exist. You are all worth it, let’s unite. #TransDayOfVengeance 🏳️⚧️🏳️⚧️ pic.twitter.com/F5x6TRZh3G
— Trans Radical Activist Network (@Trans_Radical) February 24, 2023
DANCE PARTY FUNDRAISER!! March 7th 8pm-2am @falloutrva
18+, $10 suggested admission
Benefiting firearm/self defense training for trans Virginians. Come boogie with us and defend trans life! pic.twitter.com/FWL73ASA72
— VA TRAN (@VA_TRAN22) February 10, 2023
The national group’s website for the Day of Vengeance says, “Like the Stonewall Riots the gays and lesbians were experiencing what the trans community is facing now. This cycle of hate needs to end in fact it must. Allies, siblings we need you now more than ever. ‘I was a radical revolutionist. I still am a revolutionist…I am glad I was in the Stonewall Riot. I remember when someone threw a Molotov cocktail, I thought, ‘My god, the revolution is here. The revolution is finally here?” -Sylvia Rivera.”
“TRAN will be hosting an event in DC, time and location TBA on 3/31-4/1. The online event will be hosted on 4/1-4/2, time TBA. If anyone is interested in organizing in their state, please fill out the contact form,” it says.
The group’s website says one of its co-founders is “Noah Buchanan; I am a transgender male and have been out since 2018 … I have 10+ years of working in the mental health field … What motivated me to start TRAN was the fact I was bullied to the point where I attempted to end my own life. The person that bullied me was a fellow member of the LGBTIA+.”
Buchanan did not return a request for more information about the Day of Vengeance.
It says another co-founder is “Tsukuru”: “As a graduate of a high school in Hiroshima where 350 young lives were brutally taken on August 6, 1945, Tsukuru is an anti-nuclear/anti-war/human rights activist … After his brief marriage to his best friend and the birth of his child, he first came out as lesbian at age 29 and as a transgender man at age 50.”
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It said of its Virginia chapter leader: “Bo Belotti is a trans masculine non-binary person … While working in their state’s legislator they helped craft trans affirming state wide policies. Recently Bo has left the campaign world to pursue more radical changes and activism … They are a successful organizer and founder of Virginia’s chapter of TRAN, reaching 100 members in just 4 months.”
According to Virginia Commonwealth University, Belotti worked as a fellow for Del. Elizabeth Guzman, who floated a plan that could sic Child Protective Services on parents if they did not affirm their child as transgender.
Belotti also worked for Del. Joshua Cole as a legislative aide and helped draft HB 145, which required the state to create model transgender policies for public schools, VCU said.
The model policy document that resulted described how to hide the gender transitioning of children from their parents, saying “a plan may include addressing the student at school with their name and pronoun consistent with their gender identity while using the legal name and pronoun associated with the sex assigned at birth when communicating with parents.”
The model policy said schools should “eliminate gender-based practices” to avoid leaving out transgender students. The policy cited father-daughter dances and homecoming kings and queens as examples. It spelled out how school districts should create gay clubs, allow for transgender students to share bunks with children of the opposite biological sex during sleepaway events, and ordered teachers to be trained to be “LGBT+ affirming.”
On TikTok, Buchanan’s account @transcomrade36 also called on transgenders to take part in a “day of trans joy and rage” on March 10 in Sacramento to drown out the voice of detransitioner Chloe Cole.
Though the Day of Vengeance was planned prior to CPAC, the group’s rage grew following The Daily Wire’s Michael Knowles’ comments at the conservative conference.
“Today in what the actual fuck news: Everybody knows that the Daily Wire is garbage. So Michael Knowles had his show recently and was … denying the fact that the trans community is facing a genocide,” it said March 2, playing aggressive music over a clip of Knowles alongside images that said “killing members of the group” and “trans day of vengeance.”
#greenscreenvideo there is so much to unpack here. But if anyone is denying that this is occuring please wake up. We are scared and we need your help. #transliberationnow #translivesmatter🏳️⚧️ #transdayofvengeance #protecttransyouth #stoptransgenocide 🏳️⚧️🏳️⚧️