Keep Your Snake Oil

Every once and a while I hear someone say, “Wouldn’t it be great to be cisgendered?  Then we wouldn’t have to face so much discrimination.” They either say that, or something to the effect of it would be nice to be the gender we identify with without having to be trans too.  Well, every time I’m confronted with that idea I staunchly oppose it.  No, I don’t want to be cisgendered.  There is nothing wrong with me being a trans-woman.  It’s those who actively work to make life harder for transpeople, gays, lesbians, bisexuals, women, blacks, hispanics, etc. for no crime other than we are who we are that need to be addressed.  Those who discriminate and or vilify us for who we were born to be.

I don’t want a magical cure for these entities either.  They need to learn that you do not discriminate.  They need to learn that discrimination is wrong and unjust and that discrimination won’t be tolerated.  They need to learn it’s a good idea to be an ally.  How will we teach them? That I don’t know.

That I don’t know.

But I, we, have to try.  Compassionately.

Thank you for your attention.