What trans people of color fear after the Bruce Jenner media circus


[fusion-lede ]The problem regarding Bruce Jenner’s situation is the media circus that it all culminates into. It’s all a freakshow for cisgender and non-transgender people. [/fusion-lede]

The painful reality is that our gender identity is under speculation, suspicion, doubt, and policing. But the current curiosity surrounding Jenner’s interview in the non-trans community creates a magical fantasy based on a very wealthy, able-bodied, American, and white experience that isn’t the case for many of us who struggle for survival and justice as transgender people of color.

The author of this story Kay Ulanday Barrett seen at a Trans Day of Action event wearing a sign that reads “Brown, trans, disabled, liberation now.” (Photo: Sabelo Narasimhan) The author of this story, Kay Ulanday Barrett, seen at a Trans Day of Action event wearing a sign that reads “Brown, trans, disabled, liberation now.” (Photo: Sabelo Narasimhan)

The emphasis on Jenner’s announcement focuses on a limited portrayal of transgender lives; there isn’t one exceptional experience, but a plethora of pathways to be trans. I wanted to celebrate these different paths by interviewing two…

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25 April 2015

Trans Swindon


In the last few months a group of us has been building a very tight team to take a stand at Pride and add a voice to the T in LGBT.

This year our focus is on healthcare and support for transgender individuals and their immediate families. So who are we.

We are from various walks of life and all at different stages of the transitional journey. We support each other and our loved ones through our journeys.

On these pages we will share our stories, the issues that concern us and friendship and support for those who need it. All of us have felt at one point or another that we are alone, but we have proved we are not.

We believe in human equality. We want human equality.

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Letter to a Young Transperson

Is it Level?

transphotoDear Me in Past Tense,

There you are, kneeling by the cardboard Barbie house dad made between jobs. You there, picking up the washrag upholstered furniture, aspiring to the talent to make a miniature couch out of packing foam, there are a few things I should tell you.

The first one you already know. That girl sitting next to you pulling the homemade plaid pants off of Barbie in favor of the cowboy dress is not only your sister, but your absolute best friend. You will be tempted to think you are in danger of losing her, but you shouldn’t. She is permanent.

The rest isn’t so clear.  It won’t ever be.  It doesn’t have to be.

You will feel like you are playing by a set of rules no one explained to you – sort of like kindergarten, when you couldn’t make the right handed scissors cut paper. You will correct yourself…

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