So…. the semester is coming to a close and unfortunately this is going to be our last post. We’ve had a good few weeks running this blog and think that there’s a lot of good content here that supports trans people. Our goal was to promote trans acceptance and highlight the social atrocities they face in the media and everyday life.
We know that there are some great people out there that just want to be accepted and the more we do to help them feel comfortable enough to come out, the better we’ll be. Now stay with me I know this sounds mushy and corny, but love makes the world go ’round and acceptance is the first step.
We love our trans brothers and sisters and know that the fight is still going, but it’s gaining more and more support every day. We like to think that means more activists will come out and more people will become accepting of differences in others.
We’ve written on a lot of topics the past 4 weeks on topics like the ‘bathroom bill’ and violence against trans people. All of which you can see in our archives.
This blog will stand as a testament to the value of trans lives. If you’re trans and reading this we want you to know that we accept you and we hope you feel that this blog has helped in recognizing your struggle and given you comfort in the fact that we care.
This has been fun guys.. see you next time.
The organization GLAAD has recently called for a rating change from R to PG-13 for the movie about a teenage trans boy, and how his mother and grandmother advocate for him, called 3 Generations.
Though this movie has faced controversy for casting a cis-female as a trans boy, it’s a step in the right direction for media representation. This is especially important because it was made for teens and it needs to be available for them.
Join GLAAD in signing their petition here.
(BTW this exact rating change has been done for other movies with content for and about young kids, like the documentary Bully.)
A recent article published by Independent talks about how right-wing blogs are claiming that being transgender is a fad. These blogs say that “Being young and transgender has become the new hotness on the left.”
Lol yeah… of course that nonsense was shut down completely in their refutation, check it out. Here are some great tweets they used to counter that argument.
Assault is an everyday fear for those who identify as trans and in order to help them, we need to look deeper into the issue. Sexual assault happens because the perpetrator wants to have power over the victim and trans people are disproportionality the victims.
Sexual assault is something that that has been talked about for generations, but for some reason, transgender people have been left out of the discussion. Even though a harrowing 50% of people who died in hate crimes were transgender women. Sexual assault was also a common occurrence in those crimes, according to the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs.
By ignoring the importance of this exclusion, we are ignoring the importance of trans lives. This kind of ignorance is leading to more and more people denying the struggles of the transgender community’s goal of acceptance.
I remember learning about sexual assault at a very
young age, but not learning about trans people until about high school. Times have changed since then though, more activists (like Laverne Cox) have come into the spotlight and more trans people are being represented in media. Being trans is not as taboo as it once was. Though, this is a positive direction, there are still many who deny the importance transgender people. Those who come out, do so because they want to be themselves, but the dangers present in society are probably part of what’s stopping them.
The violence against transgender people needs to stop and we need to make strides in creating safe spaces for them. I know that sounds cliché at this point in time, but it’s important to have them when most of the world is a possible threat. If you see a trans person being harassed, do something. You could be what stands in the way of an assault.
We need to stand up for our trans brothers and sisters, especially now (considering who our president is), to ensure their safety and to encourage more people to come out and be who they are meant to be.
Here’s a Facebook video from Seriously.tv describing the “issue” with transgender people using the bathroom. This video suggests conservative rhetoric is anti-trans people and that allowing them in bathrooms is dangerous to women. It’s a good reminder about how threatened women actually feel about having trans people in their bathrooms. Check it out below.
What do you think about this video? Let us know in the comments.