Trans solidarity

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I’m Kes Otter Lieffe, a trans author and community organiser. Read more about my work here.

Here are two of the trans solidarity projects I’ve been co-ordinating recently.


Get Home Safe logo and queer pigeon. Get home safe is a mutual aid and solidarity project getting people at risk home safer in Berlin.

Get home safe

Many people in our community are at risk moving around the city late at night.

Donations collected in Get-Home-Safe pots can be used by people at risk for whatever they need to get home safer: a taxi, a public transport ticket, a ride-share etc. You can make use of the fund by asking the person in charge of any event with Get-home-safe. They will help you out, no questions asked. You can support by dropping some change into the donation pot. Thank you!

Check out Get-home-safe in action at a community centre in Berlin. The project was featured in Siegesäule, Europe’s largest LGBT magazine (article in German).


Everyday Trans Solidarity

Sometimes activism can feel like a big challenge – and it often is – but it can also be something we do regularly to show up for each other. Here are some simple ways people can show solidarity with trans people (and others) each and every day. Thanks so much to Charlie for creating these beautiful images.

Feel free to share these images with a tag to this website (https://otterlieffe.com/) and Charlie’s instagram.
These images will be posted on aequa’s instagram during October 2021, you can also repost from there.

Everyday Trans Solidarity image by Charlie, and trans author, Kes Otter Lieffe. Text reads: Meeting someone at risk in a public place? Be on time (or even early). Don't make them wait!
Everyday Trans Solidarity image by Charlie, and trans author, Kes Otter Lieffe. Text reads: Respect people's pronouns. They/them, she/her, he/him.
Everyday Trans Solidarity image by Charlie, and trans author, Kes Otter Lieffe. Text reads: Solidarity isn't about getting public rewards. Solidarity work isn't about you and it shouldn't be about looking good or earning social capital. Be ready to do invisible work.
Everyday Trans Solidarity image by Charlie, and trans author, Kes Otter Lieffe. Text reads: Offer to go with your friends to their doctor's appointment. Time and companionship are powerful resources.
Everyday Trans Solidarity image by Charlie, and trans author, Kes Otter Lieffe. Text reads: Stay humble. Be aware of your privileges and assumptions. Stay open to learning.
Everyday Trans Solidarity image by Charlie, and trans author, Kes Otter Lieffe. Text reads: Food shopping. Food is a pretty basic need but just leaving the house can be difficult. Passing and risk are things many of us are calculating every time we leave the house and that can be too much sometimes. Bringing groceries for your friend or ordering them something in can make a huge difference.
Everyday Trans Solidarity image by Charlie, and trans author, Kes Otter Lieffe. Text reads: Follow through. Overpromising usually causes more problems than doing nothing. Be real about what you can offer and then do it. Follow it through and don't wait to be chased.
Everyday Trans Solidarity image by Charlie, and trans author, Kes Otter Lieffe. Text reads: Listen to trans people. We are the experts on our own lives
Everyday Trans Solidarity image by Charlie, and trans author, Kes Otter Lieffe. Text reads: Let us pee in peace. Gender-variant people may not match the signs on restroom doors. If there no all-gender bathrooms available, offer to accompany a trans person to the bathroom in a buddy system so they're less vulnerable.
Everyday Trans Solidarity image by Charlie, and trans author, Kes Otter Lieffe. Text reads: Respect confidentiality. If someone has shared their gender identity with you, don't tell others. Outing someone without permission can have devastating consequences in  a world that can be intolerant of gender differences.
Everyday Trans Solidarity image by Charlie, and trans author, Kes Otter Lieffe. Text reads: Looking for clothes in shops divided into 'men' and 'women' can be difficult for many of us. Be sensitive, offer to accompany us, even stand guard outside the changing room if it's needed.
Everyday Trans Solidarity image by Charlie, and trans author, Kes Otter Lieffe. Text reads: Don't tolerate disrespect. Interrupt misgendering and belittling comments or jokes.
Everyday Trans Solidarity image by Charlie, and trans author, Kes Otter Lieffe. Text reads: Pay us. We spend an extraordinary amount of time educating cis people and making their lives more interesting. So pay us for our work, our education, our awesomeness. Centre our voices and needs. Step back so that we can step forward.
Everyday Trans Solidarity image by Charlie, and trans author, Kes Otter Lieffe. Text reads: Offer to help out with admin. Administration is extra complicated for trans people and just engaging with phone calls and state bureaucracy can be a nightmare. Offer to come with us to meetings. Help out with paperwork or even just sit with us while we work through it. Cake can be helpful too!
Everyday Trans Solidarity image by Charlie, and trans author, Kes Otter Lieffe. Text reads: Do the work. Many cis people want to be more trans aware, run more trans-inclusive projects, increase their team's competency to work with and for trans people. This is awesome but it takes work. Building competency is a process not a destination that can be reached after a weekend or a couple of hours.
Everyday Trans Solidarity image by Charlie, and trans author, Kes Otter Lieffe. Text reads: Mobilise your resources. Create an equitable distribution of wealth and power.
Everyday Trans Solidarity image by Charlie, and trans author, Kes Otter Lieffe. Text reads: Check in with people especially around big holidays and birthdays. Not everyone has affirming families.
Everyday Trans Solidarity image by Charlie, and trans author, Kes Otter Lieffe. Text reads: Everyday Trans Solidarity. Getting home safely. Trans people tend to be more at risk travelling than others. If your friend is at risk, offer to accompany them home, call them a cab. Have then text when they arrive home.