More and more I see T-girls becoming activists or starting groups because they are upset with how they and others like them are treated. Well, you should be upset, because it’s not just our basic human rights that are often infringed, but also the public perception is still very heavily skewed in the wrong direction.
What I don’t see is how you expect your Facebook group of twenty members to make an actual difference. What I don’t see is how simply writing a blog post bashing some politician is going to change their views. If you are honestly trying to change the world’s view of transsexuals and the transgender community in general I would suggest to consolidate your efforts and create a much larger group that can tackle major issues with actual legal and political knowledge rather than just saying “this can’t be right”.
Sometimes, I think that some of these people are only activists because they have been screwed over personally. Lost their job and unable to find a new one for instance. Yes, that is a terrible thing, especially when you know it has to do with your T-status, but I get the feeling some of you are taking these things a bit too far and putting all that much needed energy solely into a personal ‘crusade’ while losing track of your own personal transition.
Me, personally, have no desire to become an activist of any kind. I have no desire to join a rally, force myself into politics to change things from within, or join random little groups I already know will make no difference at all.
This is not to say I don’t appreciate what you are all trying to do, I certainly do, and someone surely has to step up and do it, but I see far too many incapable individuals doing so. Often hurting the cause far more than helping it. Sometimes things are worded in such a way it makes me ashamed to even consider affiliating myself with them. Please, leave the activism to the ones who actually know what they’re doing and if you want to help out join their group, don’t make your own. Splintering ourselves into hundreds of different little groups is only confusing the outside world and taking every one of our issues less seriously.
It is fitting that I should post this on National Coming Out Day run by the Human Rights Compaign but that was purely coincidental. It is, however, something I support as the same human rights should be given to everyone, regardless of gender or sexual orientation. And the fact that many of us are still being screwed over and treated as second class citizens, both legally and socially, is something people should be made aware of. My heart goes out especially to the LGBT youth that have a hard time getting accepted. Too many commit suicide due to lack of support and bullying, which at times borders on pure sadism. Hopefully someday that will be a thing of the past and we will truly see equality.