Transgender people have a lot of power in the world, even if it may not seem to be the case. Currently the world is at a large tipping point. Never has there been so much attention drawn towards the transgender community on such a large scale. In the past few years we have seen transgender actors, actresses, singers, reality stars, and even been appointed to government office. We have made progress on so many fronts and brought a lot of public attention to our struggles for equality. Nonetheless we have been met with harsh laws attempting to ban us from bathrooms and locker rooms, forcing us to use the so-called bathroom that matches our gender assigned at birth. The attempt to strip us of any dignity that we have seems to be a common response by many governments around the world and it is sad.
So how exactly do transgender people have power in a world that aims to ensure we are oppressed? It comes from our unity and shared experiences across the transgender community and the LGBTQA community as well. Transgender people have a different prospective on gender and gender roles. We are very tuned into how the world treats gender and the double standards that go hand in hand with gender. We see these flaws in society; we understand what the world needs to improve on.
Our visibility has given us support, but has also brought more discrimination. These things are in fact a yin and yang; we cannot seem to have one without the other. Transgender stories, struggles, and triumphs not only inspire others in our community to share their experiences, but they also inspire cisgender people. Through our stories and struggles we have started to show mainstream society that we’re people just like them. We’re much more than just people that did not conform to the gender we were assigned to at birth. We also show people that we are mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, educators, artists, or that cute waitress that brings you that dollar pint during happy hour. Most of all it just shows people that we are human and we live our lives just like they do.
In a sense the true power of being transgender is being human. Being a transgender woman gives me a great sense of pride in who I am. Transition brought a great sense of purpose and direction into my life, before that I was just lost. I have met so many wonderful people some of which have come into my life making every day after filled with joy and memories that will last a lifetime. Knowing that I can give other people support, hope, and inspire them to also stand up and help make changes in the world.Tweet #TransHopeUnited