The Personal is Political

“It is revolutionary for any trans person to choose to be seen and visible in a world that tells us we should not exist.” – Laverne Cox

days3Over the last few weeks since the election I’ve written and discussed politics, on this site and throughout my podcast a lot more than I had ever intended, and for a minute I thought that perhaps I should apologize for that fact. Only, I’m not sorry. Resting on our laurels is exactly what got us into this mess in the first place. I said it in the second podcast and I maintain it now, we as liberals got complacent because we thought we were sitting pretty and 2010 dealt us a devastating blow. We might have learned something from that in 2012 and 2014 and 2016, but clearly not. And now we must face the consequences of these actions. Many of us are looking ahead to 2018, having finally woken up from the haze we’d all been living in for the last eight years, but in the meantime I feel that I have a responsibility to talk about my experiences and my journey, recognizing that I am coming from a unique place of privilege. Being able to share my voice is imperative for so many people who are not able to, but whether I realize it or not, the very nature of being open about my transition is a political act.

Being visible, particularly in this ‘new’ America (that isn’t really all that new), is to be political. To say that I am not only worthy of love, but I am worthy of respect and equal treatment as a woman, is very much political. So I won’t stop talking politics or being visible as a trans person. I wouldn’t know how even if I wanted to.

Being trans may not be the most interesting fact about me, but it is a part of my life, and one that I cannot simply ignore or try to gloss over. Because far too many of us aren’t so fortunate. They cannot afford to be public about who they are, and frankly they shouldn’t have to be if they don’t want to. But then, being quiet has never been my strong suit in the past, so why start now?

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