A Difficult Time to be Trans

CN: Trump, transphobic polices

I haven’t been blogging as much as I should be because current events have been hard on my mental health. As a trans person, it’s very difficult to constantly see attacks on people like me by the current administration.

I came out as trans late during the Obama administration. Trans people were gaining more visibility and it seemed to closeted me that important progress was being made on trans rights. At this particular point in time, my dysphoria was finally reaching a breaking point and I could no longer keep denying who I really was. In other words, not only did it seem like it was a good time to come out, but I wouldn’t have lasted much longer had I done otherwise. And so, I came out even though I was still scared of how people might react.

Unfortunately, as often happens when society makes any kind of progress towards human rights, there was a backlash from reactionaries. After taking office, Trump started undoing a lot of the progress made under Obama. While banning trans people from the military based on lies (which if upheld by the Supreme Court sets a dangerous precedent) seems to be the most well-known anti-trans action Trump has taken, he has done many other things as well (many of which involve legalizing discrimation against the LGBTQIA+ community in various settings including healthcare). He has also nominated many judges with anti-LGBTQIA+ records and open animosity towards trans people, many of which have been confirmed by the republican-dominated senate. Two of these judges now sit on the Supreme Court. Because of these things, I do not expect to see liberation or equality for people such as myself during my lifetime.

Now, let me make something perfectly clear in case people are getting the wrong idea from this. I do NOT at all regret my transition. Embracing who I really am saved my life and my soul. While I didn’t choose to be trans any more than cis people chose to be cis, I did have a choice between embracing my true self or letting dysphoria utterly destroy me. I made the right decision by transitioning. Despite high levels of oppression (and fear of it getting much worse), I’m a lot happier now.

Thank you for reading. If you’re trans, you probably know all of this stuff already. I just needed to get all of this off of my chest and also felt the need to explain why my posting was relatively sparse.