As we quickly head toward parts unknown in this day and time, let’s remain in the moment. In this moment, we find a thousand ways to be distracted and confused. We find a multitude of ways to lament and despair but to also paradoxically, be thankful for being alive. At the onset, we knew that changes, in government or in society at large, would be jarring. There seems to be a confusion wrapped in obscure and malevolent tones. We seemed to be surrounded by clouds accompanied by bullies with perceived power, whose lies are wrapped in odd euphemisms. However, in this moment, we should check in with our core. Have we checked in with the soundness of our hearts?
A funny thing happened on the way to freedom... resilience! Resilience, according to Google, is “the ability of a substance, object or [person] to spring back into shape.” It is apparent given today’s circumstance that trans folks are resilient and resisting systems of oppression.
Sexual orientation and gender identity are not mutually exclusive. Sexual orientation is who you are attract to, who you want to have sex with or be in love with. Gender identity is your internal sense of who you are – whether male, female, or anything, or nothing in between. So it amazes me that people do not think that there are gay or bisexual transmen. There is some thought that when people transition that there is some automatic attraction to the opposite gender or sex. That is so far from reality. The reality is that transguys have sexual attractions to a multiplicity of genders just like everyone else.
“I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil.” So reads Psalm 23, in part. Violence against black people, especially black men, continues unabated. We are living in crazy times. There appears to be heighten racial tensions with a candidate of a major party courting the white supremacist vote and giving voice to the KKK. And as we see extrajudicial killings of black men and women on social media, the angst and anxiety of many black men grows. As a black trans man, I must say we are included in that number among the anxious.
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