“To young trans folk: Remember that this is your school too. You deserve to be there just as much as any other student. You deserve equal access, affirmation and an education, and you must recognize that you are powerful. You belong, and nothing - absolutely nothing - is wrong with you.” - @janetmock
i met janet mock!!!! she was so sweet and i really owe a lot of my self confidence now to her because she has truly helped me grow to love and accept who i am @janetmock thank you so much for being a guiding light in this world for me and so many others
Breaking into the queue with a reminder that Laverne Cox (@lavernecox) will return to Late Night With Seth Meyers tonight on NBC-TV. She will be on after former SNLer Will Ferrell (like @janetmock was on after current SNLer Kate McKinnon last week). Presumbaly Cox will discuss the new season of Orange Is The New Black, all the current hot issues in the trans community (homicides, the GOP and legislation, Matt Bomer and Isley Reust versus Rachel “Betty” Crowl and Jen Richards, etc.), and if there’s time plug CBS-TV’s burning off episodes of her cancelled series Doubt (@officialdoubtcbs, created by @tomphelan9’s parents and co-written by @boredangry) Saturdays beginning 1 July. LNSM (@latenightseth) airs at 12:35 am ET & PT/11:35 pm CT/HST. Via Zimbio, NBC thru Pinterest
Today, on this day, I leaped onto an unfamiliar path.
On this day, three years ago, I walked into a “hospital for special surgery” in Florida. I had what felt like the weight of the world on my chest. I knowingly trusted a stranger with the task of eradicating it. Before this day was over, this weight, this burden had been lifted.
Many of us trans-masculine folx walk into our surgeries expecting a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. For many of us, including me, this does partially ring true. Yet we fail to realize the bigger picture that lies before us.
Unknowingly, I had stepped into a realm I was unacquainted with, a realm with many consequences. I lived in a world of black, and envisaged transitioning into a world of white. I never anticipated existing in a domain of constant grey. I hadn’t taken the time to grasp onto the fact that social changes would come about as a result of having surgery and deviating away from the gender I was born at birth. I didn’t comprehend what social implications were attached to identifying as a person of trans* experience. I had yet to unpack the innumerable nuances experienced by trans* people in general or and tackle them head on. I expected to undergo surgery, and to live free of any more burdens.
It’s only been 3 years, but during these very few years I have grown into a more informed person. My chest and appearance have granted me many privileges, although being an out trans* person presenting as androgynous has subjected me to a great deal of transphobia. I am learning how to navigate in a new body while also informing others about the extra strides trans* folx must take to be regarded as human. (Note my lack of the word “normal.”) I can now view the world from various perspectives, and am especially aware of the view from the bottom. My experiences are richer than ever and my interactions are full of color. There is never a dull moment. If the universe laughed at me before, I think now it may be applauding me and any other trans* people for our resilience to overcome various hindrances. Trans* folx are by far the strongest people I know. We stare death and walk without fear.
I am thankful for both positive and negative experiences bound to me on this wild ride called transition. Without them, how could I have learned to persevere? What doesn’t kill me…. does indeed make me stronger.
This is why understanding the critical theory of transness, why liberating transness is so important to do, and why it is that my timetable on releasing that very thing was moved up.
Want to know why you are, in fact, transphobic, Mr. Morgan?
Or will you cling to a defensiveness that you, yourself, know nothing about?
You do not get a free pass anymore.
No more of my sisters are going to stand for it.
No more are we to be asked for our medical information, nor will our genitals be the topic of your prurient gaze, your lurid objectification, your pathetic and thoughtless pandering.
Chris Geidner, thank you for running Janet Mock’s response and showing both her and Laverne Cox’s image. I am blessed to be friends with all of you.
Like far too many of my brothers, sisters, and siblings, the constant interest in things that only the rudest would ask, that only the most hateful would focus on, that reduce us to parts and pieces, after 60 years of the same, over and over again, I am sick of it.
I will not defend the ideas of those both within and without the Trans Community who would think that a question of the sort those of us of color have had to put up with for generations is “fair” or natural or merely an aspect of curiosity.
It is not an excuse, and all too often it is merely a part of a larger system that seeks to tell us what our place is, that pushes us into the edges and the margins, that invokes images of purpose for sex, of existence for others, and of trite misogyny that tells us that women’s bodies do not belong to them, as well as bespeaking the falsehood that is our lives are divided and fashioned by a knife.
Critical theory is the creation and tool and power of brilliance that people of color have fashioned. The time has come for the political theory of transness, for the liberation of our lives from the stranglehold of anxiety, aversion, and animus.
Now we will take this moment, I and my brothers and my sisters and my siblings, and we shall stand resolute against such puerile and salacious pushes.
Tweet to the universe: there will be no more genitals be spoken until all people are asked of such.
These spaces, even though they’re supposed to be welcoming, safe spaces, they still are infected by the ills that all other spaces are - racism and misogyny and elitism and classism, academia jargon and all of this stuff. These spaces aren’t immune. If you come into these spaces knowing that and your job is to come in and make it a better space.
I actually think Janet Mock is this super cool liberal who is totally trying really hard to come to terms with the fact that her own experience with other trams women and people is forcing her to go radical. I think watching that process is cool.
Also, she said something that will stay with me forever:
“When we think of trans women, we always think about the cece’s the Tina’s the ones in jail or already dead. We never think about how trans women and especially trans women of color that are still here. Still alive. What are you doing for them? Have you ever met one? Talked to one? Offered her your home? Your time? It’s funny because every one of you in this room has given a lot of time in thought and maybe organizing to dead trans women of color. Now do the same to the ones of us still here”
I don’t want any more of my sisters in holes in the ground.