February   6   In   Billings   took   place   action   Solidarity   in   Love.   The   organizers   are      Trans   Resource   And   Networking   Support   System. “Hate   has   no   place   in   Billings.   The   Queer   community   has   once   again   been   attacked.   TRANS*S   is   here   to   say   LOVE   WINS   and   to   let EVERYONE know that love will conquer”, they wrote on their page in the Facebook. Even   cold   and   nasty   weather   didn’t   stop   people   to   came   and   to   support   the   initiative.   “As   an   bisexual   indigenous   woman   in Montana,   civic   action   in   the   form   of   voting,   protests,   community   service   and   participation   is   important   to   me   for   numerous reasons.   First   and   foremost,   it's   fun   and   you   meet   a   lot   of   amazing   people.   Secondly,   it   helps   to   connect   with   like   minded individuals   and   learn   the   needs   of   our   community.   Through   dialogue,   exchanging   world   view   perspectives   is   a   healthy   way to   not   only   learn   about   the   people   in   my   community,   but   to   share   my   culture   with   others.   Thirdly,   this   dialogue   can   also   be   a window   of   opportunity   to   challenge   stereotypes   about   the   LGBTQ   community   and   indigenous   people.   Lastly,   it   shows support   to   those   like   me   and   will   hopefully   influence   more   urban   indigenous   people   to   take   up   civic   action.      Civic   action   is imperative   to   making   our   government   work   for   us   especially   in   the   current   political   climate.   It's   up   to   each   of   us   to   take   up the responsibility to ensure the health of our homeland” ,  -  Charlene Sleeper said " When   my   church   was   vandalized,   I   felt   so   much   violation   on   so   many   levels.   As   a   very   active   member   of   the   Grace   UMC community,   as   a   member   of   the   LGBTQIA   community,   and   as   a   member   of   the   Billings   community,   it   hurt   my   heart   to   know that   there   is   still   so   much   hate   and   ignorance   out   there.   Standing   with   my   friends   and   allies,   hearing   the   cheers   and   horn honks   of   support,   and   seeing   the   waves   and   thumbs   up   from   motorists,   all   worked   to   bring   a   sense   of   warmth   and   love   into what   had   been   a   cold   and   hateful   situation.   It   helped   to   restore   my   faith   that   this   community   does   believe   in   love,   and   that love will always triumph over the forces of hate that try to bring it down. ", Tammy Mehhaff wrote on her FB page. "My   husband   and   I   were   in   downtown   Seattle   with   our   six   year   old   grandson   during   the   2016   Pride   Parade.   Our   grandson was   in   awe   of   all   the   colorfully   clothed   people   surrounding   us.   He   asked   me,   Grandma   who   are   all   those   people?   I   answered that   they   were   the   Rainbow   People   and   that   they   were   celebrating   all   the   colors   of   the   Rainbow.   The   Rainbow   People,   I   told him,   are   very   nice   people.   Some   people   want   to   hurt   them   for   no   reason;   they’re   just   bullies   who   like   to   hurt   others   who   are different   from   them.   So   when   we   see   bullies   trying   to   hurt   a   Rainbow   person,   we   make   them   stop.   Back   at   home,   the   first thing   he   explained   to   his   mother   was   how   we   saw   so   many   nice   Rainbow   People   in   a   parade   and   how   we   need   to   help   them when bullies are mean to them."  -Yvonne Williams Here is brief interview of Rhiannon Schiller. She and Alexander Andrews are the co-founders of TRANS*S and organizers of rally. JBN: How came idea to organize the rally? My   TRANS*S   co-founder, Alexander Andrews,   and   I   heard   about   the   second   vandalism   of   Grace   that   once   again   targetted   the   Queer community.   We   wanted   to   show   our   lgbtq+   young   adults   who   were   targeted   that   there   is   a   community   of   love   around   them,   ready   to stand   with   them   and   for   them.   We   also   wanted   to   show   the   people   who   vandalized   the   church   and   other   locations   that   we   will   not   be intimidated or afraid. JBN:   Something   about   your   personal   feeling:   what   it   means   for   you,   what   do   you   think   about   all   that   issues   what   happened in Billings lately? How many people participate in rally? We   had   over   a   dozen   people   stand   with   us.   We   had   a   gentleman   that   saw   our   signs   and   turned   around   to   stand   with   us!   It   was   a beautiful   feeling   of   solidarity   to   have   people   brave   the   snow.   We   also   had   a   lot   of   people   show   their   support   via   social   media   and honking their horns as they drove past. JBN: Do you plan to organize something like that in future? As   for   the   issues   in   Billings,   it   breaks   my   heart   knowing   there   are   still   people   who   are   filled   with   hate   and   anger   who   want   to   hurt others who are different than themselves. However, I am hopeful the community will pull together more and fight against hate. I   hope   we   will   not   have   to   have   another   response   rally,   but   will   if   necessary.   We   will   not   stand   by   silently   as   the   Queer   community   is attackes.   TRANS*S,   our   group   that   put   this   together,   looks   foward   to   having   more   community   demonstrations   and   more   events   in near future! We meet once a week (with different focuses) at locations given by word of mouth only. Photos by Trans Resource And Networking Support System, Jeff Blatnick and Charlene Sleeper Thanks to Nadine Smith and Jeff Blatnick for their gret help in the creating of this article
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February   6   In   Billings   took   place action    Solidarity    in    Love.    The organizers   are      Trans   Resource And         Networking         Support System.   “Hate   has   no   place   in Billings.   The   Queer   community has   once   again   been   attacked. TRANS*S   is   here   to   say   LOVE WINS    and    to    let    EVERYONE know    that    love    will    conquer”, they   wrote   on   their   page   in   the Facebook. Even   cold   and   nasty   weather   didn’t stop   people   to   came   and   to   support the     initiative.     “As     an     bisexual indigenous    woman    in    Montana, civic   action   in   the   form   of   voting, protests,   community   service   and participation   is   important   to   me for   numerous   reasons.   First   and foremost,    it's    fun    and    you    meet    a    lot    of    amazing    people. Secondly,   it   helps   to   connect   with   like   minded   individuals   and learn     the     needs     of     our     community.     Through     dialogue, exchanging   world   view   perspectives   is   a   healthy   way   to   not only   learn   about   the   people   in   my   community,   but   to   share my   culture   with   others.   Thirdly,   this   dialogue   can   also   be   a window   of   opportunity   to   challenge   stereotypes   about   the LGBTQ   community   and   indigenous   people.   Lastly,   it   shows support   to   those   like   me   and   will   hopefully   influence   more urban   indigenous   people   to   take   up   civic   action.      Civic   action is     imperative     to     making     our     government     work     for     us especially   in   the   current   political   climate.   It's   up   to   each   of   us to    take    up    the    responsibility    to    ensure    the    health    of    our homeland” ,  -  Charlene Sleeper said " When   my   church   was   vandalized,   I   felt   so   much   violation   on so   many   levels.   As   a   very   active   member   of   the   Grace   UMC community,   as   a   member   of   the   LGBTQIA   community,   and   as a   member   of   the   Billings   community,   it   hurt   my   heart   to   know that    there    is    still    so    much    hate    and    ignorance    out    there. Standing   with   my   friends   and   allies,   hearing   the   cheers   and horn   honks   of   support,   and   seeing   the   waves   and   thumbs   up from   motorists,   all   worked   to   bring   a   sense   of   warmth   and love   into   what   had   been   a   cold   and   hateful   situation.   It   helped to   restore   my   faith   that   this   community   does   believe   in   love, and   that   love   will   always   triumph   over   the   forces   of   hate   that try to bring it down. ", Tammy Mehhaff wrote on her FB page. "My   husband   and   I   were   in   downtown   Seattle   with   our   six year    old    grandson    during    the    2016    Pride    Parade.    Our grandson    was    in    awe    of    all    the    colorfully    clothed    people surrounding   us.   He   asked   me,   Grandma   who   are   all   those people?   I   answered   that   they   were   the   Rainbow   People   and that   they   were   celebrating   all   the   colors   of   the   Rainbow.   The Rainbow    People,    I    told    him,    are    very    nice    people.    Some people   want   to   hurt   them   for   no   reason;   they’re   just   bullies who   like   to   hurt   others   who   are   different   from   them.   So   when we   see   bullies   trying   to   hurt   a   Rainbow   person,   we   make them   stop.   Back   at   home,   the   first   thing   he   explained   to   his mother   was   how   we   saw   so   many   nice   Rainbow   People   in   a parade   and   how   we   need   to   help   them   when   bullies   are   mean to them."  -Yvonne Williams Here   is   brief   interview   of   Rhiannon   Schiller.   She   and   Alexander Andrews are the co-founders of TRANS*S and organizers of rally. JBN: How came idea to organize the rally? My   TRANS*S   co-founder,   Alexander   Andrews,   and   I   heard   about the    second    vandalism    of    Grace    that    once    again    targetted    the Queer   community.   We   wanted   to   show   our   lgbtq+   young   adults who   were   targeted   that   there   is   a   community   of   love   around   them, ready   to   stand   with   them   and   for   them.   We   also   wanted   to   show the   people   who   vandalized   the   church   and   other   locations   that   we will not be intimidated or afraid. JBN:   Something   about   your   personal   feeling:   what   it   means for    you,    what    do    you    think    about    all    that    issues    what happened   in   Billings   lately?   How   many   people   participate   in rally? We   had   over   a   dozen   people   stand   with   us.   We   had   a   gentleman that   saw   our   signs   and   turned   around   to   stand   with   us!   It   was   a beautiful   feeling   of   solidarity   to   have   people   brave   the   snow.   We also   had   a   lot   of   people   show   their   support   via   social   media   and honking their horns as they drove past. JBN: Do you plan to organize something like that in future? As   for   the   issues   in   Billings,   it   breaks   my   heart   knowing   there   are still   people   who   are   filled   with   hate   and   anger   who   want   to   hurt others   who   are   different   than   themselves.   However,   I   am   hopeful the community will pull together more and fight against hate. I   hope   we   will   not   have   to   have   another   response   rally,   but   will   if necessary.   We   will   not   stand   by   silently   as   the   Queer   community   is attackes.   TRANS*S,   our   group   that   put   this   together,   looks   foward to   having   more   community   demonstrations   and   more   events   in near   future!   We   meet   once   a   week   (with   different   focuses)   at locations given by word of mouth only. Photos   by   Trans   Resource   And   Networking   Support   System, Jeff Blatnick and Charlene Sleeper Thanks   to   Nadine   Smith   and   Jeff   Blatnick   for   their   gret   help   in the creating of this article
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