Camp Day of Action for Trans* Justice, April 1st, 2021
As you know, camp is not just about canoes and campfires. Camp is about community. Our camp is committed to taking action to ensure equitable access to the magic of our programs regardless of how people identify.
Trans* youth in America are under attack. As of this writing there are currently 82 bills anti-trans bills that have been introduced in state legislatures across the country. Most of them are aimed at some of the most vulnerable members of our community- our youth. Some aim to leave trans* girls on the sidelines of sports, and to allow for invasive and traumatic exams for anyone who doesn’t fall neatly into the category of “female” just to be part of the team. Others ban life saving gender affirming medication and make it a felony offense for doctors who prescribe them. Prior to the introduction of these 21% of trans* youth attempted suicide every year (Trevor Project National Survey on LGBTQ Mental Health 2020). That’s 1 in 5. Every year. Without access to equitable treatment, and gender affirming medication experts only expect that number to increase in the coming years.
These bills are taking aim at our campers. For every bill- whether it passes or doesn’t it sends the message to this already vulnerable group that their access to living full lives is up for debate. We cannot always control what is happening in statehouses- but we CAN control what is happening in our camp communities. It is time for camps to make a statement that we will NOT allow this type of transphobia to exist in our spaces.
We would like to be absolutely clear in our messaging – trans* youth are welcome and supported by our camp.
This summer, as a camp, we are committing to the following:
- We commit to continuing to educate ourselves and our community on justice issues that our trans* campers and staff may face.
- We commit to making space for our campers and staff to use the pronouns that make them feel whole.
- We work to ensure that all members of our camp community have access to a sleeping space that is equitable and safe for them, regardless of their sex assigned at birth.
Learn more about the ways we are showing up for LGBTQIA2S+ youth at camp HERE.
At camp, we honor and support our campers as individuals. We care deeply about the well-being of each camper. If there is anything we can do to further support your child, please let us know!
Will you join us in making a difference in the lives of trans* kids this summer?
In advocacy, solidarity, and support,
Camp Namanu team