‘Day of Vengeance’: Trans Activist Group Organizes a Gathering in DC
Although it’s only Tuesday, Americans have lived through several sobering breaking news stories already this week, ranging from the aftermath of the tornado that ripped through Mississippi to the Nashville school shooting that left three adults and three children dead. And based on the Left’s latest call to action, leaders worry the violence may only continue.
A transgender activist group, referred to as TRAN (Trans Radical Activist Network), will be hosting an event called “Day of Vengeance” in Washington, D.C. from March 31 through April 2. Attendees are encouraged to wear a mask and arrive at the Supreme Court at 11 a.m. on Saturday. Although details are still being finalized, TRAN has heavily advertised for the event by posting graphics on TikTok and promoting their motto, “The time is now.”
“The Trans/Non-Binary/Gender Non-Conforming/Intersex communities are facing astronomical amounts of hate from the world,” the activist group states on their Day of Vengeance website. “The trans/non-binary/gender non-conforming/intersex communities have always existed. ‘We’re Here, We’re Queer, and We aren’t going anywhere’ needs to be echoed loudly.”
The “nationwide network of activists and community organizers for transgender/non-binary rights” have also announced their plans to raise funds that will allow transgender-identifying individuals in the state of Virginia to receive firearms and self-defense training. TRAN tweeted an encouragement to their selective viewers to attend the dance at a Richmond club, saying, “Come boogie with us and defend trans life!”
The “Day of Vengeance” is set to occur the same week a Wayne State University (WSU) professor was suspended for his threatening words against “right-winged speakers.” College of Liberal Arts and Sciences professor Steven Shaviro wrote a Facebook post, claiming it is “far more admirable to kill a racist, homophobic, or transphobic speaker than it is to shout them down.”
“The transgender community is, by definition, mentally troubled,” said Joseph Backholm, senior fellow for Biblical Worldview and Strategic Engagement at Family Research Council. “That doesn’t mean they will all become school shooters any more than it means all young white men will become school shooters because some have been. But denying that a troubled population is troubled isn’t going to make anything better, but that’s what we’ve been doing for a while now.”
The idea for “Day of Vengeance” was adopted from another transgender awareness day called “International Transgender Day of Visibility,” devoted “to celebrating transgender people and raising awareness of discrimination faced by transgender people worldwide.” According to TRAN co-founder Tsukuru Fors, visibility is no longer enough.
“We are calling for Trans Day of Vengeance,” he said in an interview with Struggle La Lucha. “Vengeance means fighting back with vehemence. It is our battle cry to declare to the world that we the transgender/non-binary communities will neither be silenced nor eradicated. And we are calling to our allies, members of other marginalised communities to make themselves known and to fight with us.”
In light of this weekend’s event, Backholm shared that there may be a bigger issue at hand. “A transgender day of vengeance is consistent with their worldview. Forgiveness is part of a broader worldview that acknowledges your own need to be forgiven and the ability to place your hope in something other than your circumstances. Many people who identify as transgender have embraced a worldview in which all their problems are someone else’s fault and forgiveness simply perpetuates their oppression. In that world, vengeance is the evil but logical response.”