As has been shown repeatedly throughout the history of humanity, whenever there is a threat to collective safety, security or status quo, it’s those at the margins of society who are first and worst hit.
Already people in the global south lives are radically being affected by climate change with droughts, flooding, and famines, which will only get worse. Here in the west and economically stronger countries, we’re made to feel these things are far away, but they’re becoming increasingly more real with dangerous weather disasters and threats to crops increasing year on year.
For those of us in minority communities, the existential threat is high. There are no LGBTQ+ rights on a dying planet, women’s rights are not protected by fundamentalist regimes, and racial equality and international co-operation are also threatened by nationalist and supremacist ideologies which seek to protect “their people” before others. Brexit and the shift to the political far-right in America and Britain show that these societal threats are already happening.
That's why I'm so keen to support charities like Mermaids who are doing amazing work to support transgender, nonbinary and gender-diverse children, young people, and their families, so that we can all have a future to look forward to.
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