This post is quite unpolished, since this day crept up on me quite unaware. I’d been rather desultorily collecting links about the many murders of the transgendered that are unknown to most of us, save for in the trans community. The silence has become even more noticeable when the killings are of black trans citizens, which many call “intersectionalism” or double-whammy, double-trouble, etc., as far as being oppressed and living public lives fraught with fear.
I’d hoped to dig a little deeper into the subject in order to write a coherent essay, but…there it is. Today is the day. There will be Tweets, and if you can’t see them in their entirety, hold down Control, press -, then + for larger again, and they should justify.
Some resources, first.
It’s dated, but: Pro bono: a Transgender Primer.
#Trans News Daily on Twitter
#TransdayOfVisibility on Twitter
Transgender on Wikipedia:
It starts with the definition:
“Of, relating to, or designating a person whose identity does not conform unambiguously to conventional notions of male or female gender roles, but combines or moves between these.”
“People who were assigned a sex, usually at birth and based on their genitals, but who feel that this is a false or incomplete description of themselves.”
“Non-identification with, or non-presentation as, the sex (and assumed gender) one was assigned at birth.”
A transgender individual may have characteristics that are normally associated with a particular gender and identify elsewhere on the traditional gender continuum, or exist outside of it as other, agender, gender-neutral, genderqueer, non-binary, third gender, etc. Transgender people may also identify as bigender, pangender, or along several places on either the traditional transgender continuum or the more encompassing continuums that have been developed in response to recent, significantly more detailed studies. Furthermore, many transgender people experience a period of identity development that includes better understanding one’s self-image, self-reflection, and self-expression. More specifically, the degree to which individuals feel genuine, authentic, and comfortable within their external appearance and accept their genuine identity is referred to as transgender congruence.”
Apparently transgender Laverne Cox stars in a teevee program called ‘Orange is the New Black’, and made a documentary for MTV called ‘the T word’, which you can watch at the url.
“We got 99 problems, but finding our trans roots isn’t one — thanks to a new exhibit from the Museum of Transgender Hirstory & Art and the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives.
Transgender history is part of the very fabric of American history — whether or not school textbooks reflect that fact.
To fill the gap, trans historians and artists have long taken the lead in archiving trans communities’ great works and legacies. The U.S.-based Museum of Transgender Hirstory — which exemplifies its mission in its name, using a coined word that combines “history” with gender-neutral pronoun “hir” — was founded in 2013 in San Francisco by trans artist Chris E. Vargas to continue the practice, developing stylish, culturally resonant exhibits that display the rich work of often lesser known trans forebears and contemporary greats for a new generation.”
Some trans edjumication by Tweet:
Another ‘intersection’ is lesbian/feminist, and one of the best-known authors and speakers on the theme is bell hooks.
bell hooks on Twitter
Males in the #BlackLivesMatter have slowly been tuning into the fact that black females, whether straight or mixed gender, haven’t received the attention that blackmales killed by police have, and are reading bell hooks, and understanding why she’s long claimed that white supremacy is at the core of most black issues.
You likely already know that Bruce Jenner recently transitioned to being female, but may not know that a week ago transgender Blake Brockington, a high school student in Charlotte, took his own life just after being elected homecoming king. He was an activist for the trans community, and had hoped that his being crowned king could aid in the acceptance of other trans students.
Governor Mike Pense of Indiana just signed a sincerely sick and bigoted bill that could sanction discrimination by allowing business owners to refuse service to LGBT customers in the name of “religious freedom.” Arkansas may soon enact a similar bill.
It’s difficult to feel that as a society we seem to be taking two steps forward, two steps back as far as acceptance of our fellow human beings. How can we bring the ‘strong hand of love hidden in the shadows’ more fully into the light of day…every day? The racist and threatening stuff I’ve seen on #BlackLivesMatter related Twitter accounts almost defies imagination.