Happy Trans Visibility Day!
*blows party blower*
Please check out my post from last year, as it establishes that I, as a cisgender person, am not the final word on any of this. I just like to bump the voices of people saying important things.
I’m like Darius:
This cisgender dude wishes a happy Trans Day of Visibility to everyone! Visible or not, I salute your courage! This is just the beginning!
— Darius Marder (@dariusmarder) March 31, 2017
But! Even though I can’t really talk about the experience of being trans, since I haven’t had that experience and don’t know much about it, I can talk about something else I know: media!
*gasps of shock from the crowd*
Yes, I know, very outside my usual wheelhouse, but I’m trying something new.
As with most posts involving media I write on this blog, I will echo this statement: Representation matters. I’m not going to delve too much into this, as I talk about it literally all the time, so I’m just going to feature some creators and content that normalizes trans identity in media.
Now, I don’t want to get into the history of trans identity or ancient Egyptian trans mummies (which totally exist)* because that’s a post for another time and this is supposed to be light-hearted and about the present. So.
I don’t have to list the most visible trans personalities in the world right now (Chaz Bono, Laverne Cox, Caitlin Jenner) but here is a trans author I like, Katie Rain Hill, reading things she wrote when she was a kid. It’s Jonas Brothers fanfiction and I love her.
That loud “YES!” after she says ‘Jonas Brothers’ is me. I was very excited.
Chris Colfer’s new Young Adult novel, Stranger Than Fanfiction, features a trans protagonist! You can read my review of the book here. Or just buy the book yourself, I’m not your mom.
And there are so many youtube and social media personalities encouraging people not to assume gender!
From this vine:
To Thomas Sanders ending every vlog with “Take it easy guys gals and non-binary pals.”
Trans identities are accessible in media now more than ever. And we can only improve from here!
*Please excuse my lack of sources, I’ve tried looking, but I’ve literally been writing this blog post for five hours and I’m tired. I would never lie to you guys though, I swear.