As I really feel the liberty to embrace my gender (or lack thereof), I additionally really feel the load of invisibility, of realizing that when most individuals have a look at me, they see a lady, somebody they’ll name “ma’am,” “she,” and “miss.”
I really feel, too, this crush of invisibility even amongst friends and family members. Generally it’s almost not possible to inform when somebody really sees me as nonbinary or once they’re simply following together with my pronouns and never doing the interior work of deconstructing gender norms, beliefs, and expectations.
I implore any cisgender individual studying this to interrogate your individual contextualization of gender, of the way you gender the individuals round you, and the way you work together together with your trans and nonbinary friends.
Please keep in mind that trans individuals are not homogenous. Nonbinary individuals like me don’t should be androgynous to be acknowledged, addressed, and seen as our full, complete selves.
However Trans Day of Visibility is about far more than this. Visibility isn’t sufficient.
Visibility alone doesn’t enable trans individuals to thrive; it doesn’t grant us entry to well being care, housing, monetary stability, job safety, security, or anti-discrimination measures. I definitely want to be extra seen than I’m, however I do know that’s not the top: we want concrete motion to guard trans lives.
As I sort this, anti-trans bills targeting trans youth are shifting in a number of states. Younger individuals must be allowed to only be, however trans youth get up every day questioning which state legislature will goal them subsequent, which lawmakers will search to strip them of their proper to entry well being care and the power and freedom to pursue their desires. We now have an obligation to struggle for them.
As we struggle for trans youth, we too should transfer in solidarity with Black, brown, and Indigenous trans individuals of any age who’re too usually victims of cisgender violence. Visibility and security are usually not only for white trans individuals.
Each single trans individual has the human proper to steer a full, joyful life free from hurt. As we have fun trans individuals at the moment and every day, we should additionally proceed to work collectively towards justice.
There are some things you are able to do proper now. You’ll be able to write your U.S. senators and urge them to fight back against transphobic legislation by passing the Equality Act. You’ll be able to contact Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson and demand he veto HB1570, a bill that would strip health care from trans youth. You’ll be able to read trans kids’ thoughts about the Republican bills targeting their rights. Trans youth are so usually ignored of the dialog about laws that may change their very own lives. You too can donate on to trans individuals as we work to enhance materials circumstances for all. Yow will discover lots of these hyperlinks on Twitter if you happen to take a look at the hashtags #TransDayOfVisibility and #TDOV.
Nevertheless you select to help trans individuals at the moment, I hope you’ll carry our shared work of liberation with you in all days to come back.