The Amidala Initiative for Equality Texas

“They'll stall you," Organa said. "I know it's a horrifying situation, but you can't fight every evil in the galaxy."
 
"Evil? " Padmé said. "I've fought evil and it was easy: I shot it. It's apathy I can't stand.”
-E.K. Johnston, Queen's Shadow
 
 
 
 
On February 22nd, 2022, Texas Governor Greg Abbott sent a letter to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services calling for "a prompt and thorough investigation" into any families suspected of allowing their child to receive gender-affirming medical care after Attorney General Ken Paxton released Opinion KP-0401 stating that such medical care--including the most commonly used and reversible puberty blockers or hormone replacement therapy--constitutes as child abuse.
 
Similar to recent bills specifically targeting trans and non-binary youth in Arizona, Alabama, Indiana, Kentucky, Oklahoma, New Hampshire and South Dakota, this latest example of bad faith fear-mongering exists solely to intimidate and erase transgender people of all ages under the guise of "protection". This latest example, in particular, seeks to weaponize systems designed to protect children from actual abuse in order to wage a scare campaign of state-enforced monitoring in a manner eerily similar to the McCarthy era. This is something we refuse to stand by silently for.
 
 
 
“You are an idealist," Bonteri said. "That's not a bad thing."
 
"I know," Padmé said. "I have worked very hard at it.”
-E.K. Johnston, Queen's Shadow
 
We, the undersigned, are 77 fan content creators, podcasters, YouTubers, TikTokers, artists, writers and cosplayers who have joined together to use our limited platforms to stand in solidarity with our trans siblings and their families in Texas. No child should fear that their teachers will report their parents to the government for allowing them to live as their true gender. No parent should fear criminal charges for supporting their transgender child and helping them seek therapeutic and medical support to treat their gender dysphoria. Trans people exist. Trans children exist. This is not a topic up for debate as decades of peer reviewed medical, pyschological and scientific research have validated time and time again.
 
This community-operated, nonprofit campaign--which we have chosen to call The Amidala Initiative--seeks to use our platform to raise funds for Equality Texas, the largest nonpartisan statewide political advocacy organization working to eliminate discrimination targeting the LGBTQ+ community in the state of Texas. It is our goal to show that our community can follow in the footsteps of a character like Padmé Amidala, who tirelessly used her voice to speak up to protect disenfranchised and endangered people within a flawed political system. While we may not have the reach, impact or resources of larger online presences, we do not believe that is an excuse to sit by silently as hate seeks to establish stronger footholds and threaten our most vulnerable siblings in our own galaxy.
 
The Amidala Initiative was created collaboratively by the following creators:
 
Aaron Skyguy
A Larger View of the Force
Ace of Geeks
Ahch-To Radio
All Remaining Systems
Aphra's Artifacts
Around the Galaxy Podcast
Austin SWE
Blast Points Podcast
Blue Bantha Milk Co.
Bombadcast
The Bright Suns Podcast
Broaxium
Byn McDonald
Canto Bight Dispatch
Clashing Sabers
The Clone Cast
Darth Astris
El Podcast De Estar Güars
Emma Mieko Candon
Fear Queers
Force Friends Rewatch Podcast
The Force Losers Podcast
Force Toast
Friends of the Force
The GALactic Podcast
Galaxy of Queers
Hope Makes Chris Watch Cartoons
Idiot's Array
The Imperial Senate Podcast
I Rebel
Jack Ingram
Jaig Eyes and Jedi
Jammed Transmissions
Jonah Edward
Jordan Maison
Kanata's Castle
Krypton to Alderaan
Ky-e Bricks
Kyle Katarn
Lipstick and Lightstabers
Live Action Star Wars
Logan Arch
Meg Dowell
Mynock Manor
The Nerd Academy Podcast
Nerdherder
Outer Rim Reads
Pink Milk
Podcast of the Whills
The Queer Ascendancy
Radio Rebellion
The Resistance Broadcast
Roberto Venegas
Rik Villanueva
RuPalp's Podrace
Shaylo Ren
Sistas with Sabers
The Sith List
Sithty Minutes
Skytalkers
Skywalking Through the League
Starbird Files
Star Wars Explained
Star Wars: In A Galaxy Podcast
Star Wars Thrifting
Star Wars Queers Watch
Steele Wars
Stitchcrvft
Talking Bay 94
Tarkin's Top Shelf
That Gay Jedi
That Geek Pod
Triad of the Force
Vader's Thoughts
Yavin Radio
Youtini Network
 
  • Andi Livingston 
    • $5 
    • 2 hrs
  • Gustavo Acosta 
    • $182 
    • 1 d
  • Daisy Richeson 
    • $25 
    • 1 d
  • Chase aka That Gay Jedi Hauser 
    • $250 
    • 2 d
  • Trevor Fitzpatrick 
    • $100 
    • 2 d
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Organizer

The Amidala Initiative (A Community Effort) 
Organizer
Austin, TX
Eqtx Equality Texas Foundation (Equality Texas Foundation) 
Registered nonprofit
Donations are typically 100% tax deductible in the US.