Queer womanhood should never be contradictory to trans womanhood. At some point or another I’ve identified as everything in the LGBTQA alphabet soup and almost every trans woman I know is queer. It’s not “us and them” but “us as them.” While cis women control almost all of the “lesbian” platforms, trans women are still a growing voice in queer women’s issues. Since I’ve begun to dress more butch (visibly queer), I’ve been met with everything from confusion to hostility to support. I think this range of responses represents a need to educate people on queer trans-specific issues because clearly we have a long way to go. Nevertheless, I’m happy to be here and able to articulate these issues to help make queer communities safer for other trans women.