I’ve just turned 52, and I’ve been visible for 16 years now.
I’ve lost count of the number of trans people (or parents of trans kids) who have come out to me in places I didn’t expect.
Being visible is both humbling and hard…knowing that you face the possibility of the trolls leaping up from under their bridges every day.
That said, every time I’ve able to point someone towards hope and a way forward it makes up for that risk.
But I do wish more people were talking about family rejection and discrimination irrespective of age. About violence, suicide, lack of access to healthcare and all of the rest.
Because until they do, we will no doubt keep on dying and the world will keep on not noticing.
TDoR is next month, and as usual I’m dreading it.