Wednesday, March 17, 2021

There Is Out, And Then There Is OUT!

I remember at Fantasia Fair one time when Miqqi said that and I got immediately what she meant. As the Transgender Day of Visibility is coming up I am reminded that some trans people are not out while others stand in a spotlight, if you do a vanity search of my name on Google are about 1,570,000 hits. While not all the hits are me, the top tier are.

There are three ways to end up being OUT. The first is that you are a famous person, the second is that you’re an activist, and the third way is that you were murdered.
Actor Elliot Page wants to advocate for other transgender people
The actor told Time magazine that he wanted to use his "privilege and platform to help in the ways I can."
NBC News
By Jamie Knodel
March 16, 2021

After asking for patience late last year when he announced that he is transgender and non-binary, Oscar-nominated actor Elliot Page is speaking out on what it’s like to be one of the most visible trans people in the world.

In a cover story with Time magazine, Page, 34, said that he hopes to be an advocate for others.

“My privilege has allowed me to have resources to get through and to be where I am today, and of course I want to use that privilege and platform to help in the ways I can,” he told the magazine.

In December, Page shared a letter announcing that he was trans and said that while he felt profound happiness about sharing his story, he was also scared "of the invasiveness, the hate, the 'jokes' and of the violence."

Then there are those who are willing to come OUT and share their experiences with the public to bring about change at public hearings.
Transgender youth tell personal stories to advocate for sports participation
The Valley News
By Julia Stinneford
March 14, 2021

For Barbara MacLeod and her daughter, Lane, testifying before the New Hampshire Education Committee last week felt like more of an obligation than a choice.

“If I don’t do it, then who else is going to do it?” Lane said afterward.

Lane is a transgender 16-year-old, and this isn’t the first time she or her mother have spoken before lawmakers, nor the first time they testified against the exact issue in question.

Tuesday’s hearing was on HB-198, which would ban transgender girls from participating in girls’ high school and post-secondary sports in the state. In January 2020, Lane and her mother testified against another bill that would have done the same thing.
“She has been willing to put herself out there because it makes a difference,” she said, but Lane does not always want the spotlight.
It takes courage to sit in front of strangers and spill out your life story.

And sadly the third way also happened this week.
Local woman's murder gains national attention
By: Mariel Carbone
March 15, 2021

CINCINNATI — On March 3, Diamond "Kyree" Sanders was found shot in Clifton. She was taken to the hospital, but later died from her injuries. Since her death, a blog post from the Human Rights Campaign highlighting the 23-year-old woman has gained traction online and on social media.

The post identified Sanders as transgender, a detail of her life also highlighted in her obituary online, alongside other details like her love for travel, fashion and fond memories of weekends spent baking cookies and making pigs in a blanket with family members who loved her.

Statistics and data show violence against people who are transgender and, specifically, trans women of color, is high year after year in the United States. According to the Human Rights Campaign, 2020 was the deadliest year for people who are transgender, and transgender people of color were far more likely to be victims of violence.
In today’s climate hate is become epidemic. It is not only directed at us but also Asians, Blacks, and non-Christians.

Trump and the Republicans are stirring up that hate and they are doing it on purpose to gain votes and donations. They are driving a wedge down the middle of the country splitting us. All these anti-trans bills are taking a toll on us, and they are stirring up hate.

In today’s environment it takes courage to stand up in the spotlight.

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