Tomorrow is TDOR (Trans Day of Remembrance). I’ve been running around, ranting and trying to rally attention to trans individuals and the larger issue of just surviving via the world of geekdom. The reality is that a lot of attention is given to the LGB portion (mostly the LG — B isn’t considered that often by lesbians and gays, and often is frowned upon). It’s great that a positive movement is taking place to advance same-sex marriage/union laws and hopefully it will go through. But as I look at it, I can’t help but wonder if other parts of the LGBTQ (particularly what’s viewed as the silent T) will be left by the wayside. And that once all the rights are conferred on the LG & B, that the T (often a largely disenfranchised portion of society and a part of society that is socially ostracized) will be left out in the cold like an abandoned child.
Many organizations just add the T on for the sake of saying the full LGBT or LGBTQ (it really should be LGBTQI or LGBTIQ) but often lack full support or respect for the last few letters. I don’t want to get into a rant about this but rather mention it as a build up to what I do want to do: I want to see a proper supportive organization for both FTMs and MTFs and other trans gender variants that will promote their rights to the politicians in charge. I would love to lead that charge but am limited as to what political things I can do in my host country. (most countries frown upon visa aliens doing political activities that challenge the host country’s government). We know that local LGBTQ organizations have their hands full with same-sex marriage, adoption and other issues. Those issues DO affect us. And we know that HRC has pretty much tossed us to the side. So perhaps we now need to have an umbrella organization that represents *ALL* trans individuals regardless of race, religion, job (or lack thereof), social stature, outness/inness, etc.
We cannot rely on others to speak for us and let the world know that we’re just like them.
I think perhaps it’s time for the T to stand up and be heard.
We’re not freaks.
We’re not monsters.
We’re people who love, hurt, laugh, cry and bleed like anyone else.
And we just want the right to exist and be able to support our families and laugh with our friends without fear for them or ourselves.
I would be willing to work (e.g. cold call, techie stuff, whatever) to make this happen and continue it happening. Who’d be willing to do it with me and be the lead on it all?