I’ve been travelling for almost 4 months now. I’ve been to 42 countries in that time, 57 in my life time and people always ask me if I get scared travelling and tell me how unsafe it is for me as a trans person to be travelling alone. Generally my response is that I don’t get any more scared than I do in the US or UK because it feels just as dangerous at home as it does abroad. Last week I was sexually harassed/assaulted
Being a non-binary trans person, the gendered segregation and expectations of spaces such as mosques can put me in uncomfortable situations. However, at the end of the day I need to remember that these spaces are not about me. I am travelling in a culture that is not my own, in a country where the majority population is of a religion that is not mine, and I need to not only respect that but use it as an opportunity to educate myself and do what I can to stand in solidarity with these individuals.
I probably spent at least 80% of my waking life reading, talking, or thinking about anti-trans violence. That’s just a by-product of being in trans student in a Gender, Violence and Conflict MA. And it’s exhausting to constantly be exposed to the horrific violence that trans people face. So today, on Transgender Day of Visibility, I’m putting that part of my life aside and focusing on the wonderful aspects of being in the trans community. So here are 4 reasons* why I’m proud to be trans.
In the wake of Trump’s election and inauguration, that scaling back has felt both superfluous and necessary. After having time to process the results, part of me has been eager to get out and fight harder than I’ve ever fought before, ready to use every second of free time organising and protesting.