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Transgender Day of Visibility
Everyone has a story and a purpose.
I am visible.
Yet, I also come into contact with people who are less educated or less accepting. I have been harassed, beaten and judged. I’ve been through the dirty looks, the bad names, the dead names, the dysphoria, the judgment, and the loss that comes with the reality of being “different” in our world. While every one of these events shaped me in some way or another, I would not wish it on anyone.
For the most part, I have lived my adult life after transition under the radar and in the shadows. So much so that this morning when I woke up my wife was the one who pointed out what today was. So much so that I haven’t attended a support group or community event in far too long. Not intentionally of course, but I’ve become far too comfortable in my privilege. I sometimes forget that being found out and corned by the wrong person(s) could end very badly for me. Today is different. Today brought me back to my early transition and the pain that went along with it and I embrace it. I welcome the reminder that I need to do more. I can’t sit back in the shadows and comfort of my own privilege while there are so many others like me who do not get the same grace. The ones who can’t walk alone, the ones who must hide and the ones who have lost their lives.
So today, I am here to say we won’t be erased. We will not simply go away. We will stand up and we will be loud. We will fight and we will be heard. Our lives on the larger scale amount to a minuscule blip in time but together that blip can change the trajectory. I will do my part. The question is:
Will you do yours?
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