Rachel Charlene Lewis
Updated Feb 07, 2017 @ 10:48 am
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Today in “yessssss,” Cameron Esposito turned a transphobic tweet into cash for Trans Lifeline, a nonprofit that provides a hotline staffed by transgender people for transgender people. How amazing is that?!

We’ve been seeing more and more people turning terrible, bad things into good, like Kal Penn, who turned racism into money for refugees. Now this is the world we want to live in.

According to LGBTQ Nation, it all started when former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee tweeted a super nasty, transphobic tweet.

The tweet was in response to Chuck Schumer holding back tears while discussing the travel ban, which reminded him of his own family members who died in the Holocaust. Like, excuse us? How are you going to mock someone for that? And it’s even worse, because the movie he’s referencing is about the horrible murder of Brandon Teena, a transgender person. Ugh.

First, Cameron Esposito responded with a joke meant to point out the toxicity of Huckabee’s tweet.

But then she turned her frustration with the continued transphobia from politicians and, just, like, the world in general, into raising money, tweeting,

Her wife joined in to support the cause, like, aw.

And the rest of the internet started supporting, too.


Since then, Esposito’s fundraiser has made $13,000, which is seriously incredible.