Today is Transgender Day of Remembrance. It is a day in which we can remember and honor the people who have lost their lives for expressing their gender identity. For being themselves in the face of others’ judgement. To read more about it, go here: http://www.advocate.com/transgender/2015/11/20/transgender-day-remembrance-2015-those-weve-lost
I’m about to go on about a conversation I had the other day but before I do I want to mention that while trans-feminine people receive the brunt of the violence and are receiving most of the focus today, we should not forget our trans-masculine and non-binary folk who also suffer discrimination and violence.
I had a conversation the other day with a friend, and I brought up the topic of how I think it would be cool if we could just start calling transwomen ‘women’ because transwomen are women who identify as women and deserve to be treated like women.
She mentioned an article someone had shared with her about how transwomen don’t know what it’s truly like to be a woman. They have not experienced periods or had to worry about walking home late at night.
I stopped her. I said most trans children know at an early age. I said I haven’t had my period in years. I said trans women probably have to worry about walking late at night more than I do.
We continued the conversation, but I felt like I didn’t have the words then to really express my feelings on the subject. I am so much more eloquent in text, and have had days to think it all out. That said, a trans woman already said it so much better than I ever could, so I encourage you to read her piece: Still Think Trans Women Have Male Privilege? These 7 Points Prove They Don’t
I also got to read this beautiful piece this morning, published of all places on the Health at Every Size blog. The article, entitled the HAES® files. WARNING: This Post is High in Trans Fat (May Contain Nuts), shares one woman’s tale as she navigated growing up in her male body.
Please take the time to honor those lost, today. This is not a “holiday for trans people.” This is a day of awareness for ALL people.