As the dust (or fallout cloud – depending on your personal worldview) settled after the recent American election, the internet lit up with an assortment of emotional outpourings running the gamut from depressive doom, ferocious outrage and grim – but determined – hopefulness. The articles that filled up my news feed and the comments of those I know leaned heavily towards an anti-Trump response (so take that as an indicator of which side I associate with, if you will), many of which expressed fear for the minority groups that a Trump presidency would affect adversely. For those in the United States, the fear is real and justified – the next four years boast a tangible risk of a serious unravelling. An unravelling of the work done to overturn racism, sexism, homophobia and general bigotry in the country – problems that are far from being solved but have seen some improvement in recent years.
Amid my cluttered newsfeed I found a status posted by The Native Cats from Tasmania. It included two equally important components – words and song. The song is called ‘Soft Chambers’, and is taken from a new the Native Cats album coming sometime in 2017 (through RIP Society). Chloe Escott, one half of the Native Cats, penned the words that accompanied the song, detailing the genesis of Soft Chambers from inception in 2015 through its evolution, which occurred when Chloe started transitioning. The post is here for you to read (I’d prefer it if you read that over this, honestly) and addressed the fear that is growing around the world in the wake of these recent political events. Chloe goes on to mention that ‘Soft Chambers’ explores the notion of healing from trauma, revisiting past moments of strife and perhaps confronting them, closing wounds and moving on. ‘Soft Chambers’ is eerily fitting for the times, and seemingly speaks to those in the trans community who have long suffered from emotional and physical abuse at the hands of those who don’t comprehend their inner struggles.
The track features an intro from poet merritt k, vocals from Lisa Rime and Sarah Hennies on percussion. the Native Cats are donating all money made from the sale of ‘Soft Chambers’ to Trans Lifeline – an American non-profit hotline that is run by transgender volunteers. The organisation works in areas of suicide and self-harm prevention, as well as offering support information to those that need it.
At times like this, examples set by groups such as the Native Cats is a reminder of the inherent good of many. It’s an example worth following, not just for the next four years, but also from here on out. Not just in America, but all over the world.