For too many Trans people, visibility isn’t a celebration of one’s life, but a decision to risk one’s life.
What a difference from the moral outrage I typically feel when my rights and the rights of other Trans people are violated . . . We lose and we lose and we lose. . . . But this time we won. Wow.
Shame on you if you do not support fully inclusive civil, legal and medical rights for Transgender people.
In Michigan and elsewhere, Trans people speak for Trans people. It is up to us to make sure our voices are never silenced again.
Imagine laying your life on the line for your country, only to be told that because of your Gender Identity, you cannot have the surgery your doctors and virtually every major medical organization say is medically necessary. It is humiliating and it dehumanizes us.
This is our Transgender Movement and this is our time.
Sometimes, I dream that I am dead, and at the funeral, and on my headstone and in my obituary, I am repeatedly dead-named.
But saying you represent us is not the same as including us. Speaking for us does not empower us.
I have no doubt that the writers and editors at Vanity Fair are sympathetic to the Transgender Movement. Let’s hope that the visibility Trans America brings to our community moves us closer to equality than it does to further commodification.