Today, March 31st, is Transgender Day of Visibility. And more than any other year, I feel like my willingness and ability to be visible is particularly important. In the wake of many of the current administration’s changes – rescinding orders protecting LGBT people from employment discrimination, appointments that have long histories of discrimination against ANY minorities, bathroom bills popping up like flowers this spring…and the rumors. And I know you can’t quite put stock in rumors, but regardless of that, they’re on everyone in the community’s radar – and what scares me most about that is that the kids are listening.
Every LGBT-oriented suicide hotline is reporting increased calls since the election, and spikes with each new policy or appointment that marginalizes our community. EIGHT trans people have been killed so far in 2017. Most of them trans women of color. And that’s just the reported ones. How many are being swept aside because they were closeted, or even just out right misreported by police and media.
So for those of us fortunate enough to be able to be visible, we have an obligation to those who can’t to stand up for us all. I’ve said many times that the root of hate will always be ignorance and the cure for ignorance is education. Most people have either never met a trans person, or don’t know that they have.
So as I’ve done in years past, I’m hosting a bit of an “Ask Me Anything” session. Nothing is “rude”. Nothing is “off limits”. Nothing is “too far”. Ask me however you want – email, Facebook, Twitter, my blog, call me, text me, use this. Feel free to share.
And when it’s all said and done, I’ll post all the questions, and answers anonymously here for people to see.
Til Next Time,