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Yonatan Zunger 🔥 @yonatanzunger
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BTW, if people are wondering why I care so much about trans issues: (apart from "oh yeah, people, we should be good to them") let me tell you a story.
Long ago, when I was in grad school, a lot of my friends suffered from major depression. I had suffered from it as well, although not as badly as some of my friends.

And among this group was a trans man, who was suffering pretty hard from depression.
Then one day, he started HRT. A few weeks later, he was almost unrecognizable: there was a *light* in his eyes that I hadn't ever seen before. He was alive.

A few years later, he had top surgery. He was excited off the roof about it.
The thing is, "depression" is really a cluster of symptoms; it has many causes. His, as it turned out, was caused to a huge extent by his gender dysphoria.
Modern medicine's treatments for general major depression are a lot better than nothing — but they're also a lot worse than an actual cure. Seeing oneself, and one's friends, suffering from it means spending a lot of time feeling helpless.
Seeing the change that HRT made for my friend… well, imagine if you'd spent your life watching people die of strep and pneumonia and one day you saw someone treated with antibiotics. It makes you want to jump up and yell "HOLY SHIT EVERYONE CHECK THIS OUT!!"
There are so many people in this world who are suffering, and it is So. Goddamned. Rare. that there is something you can actually *do* which will not just help a little, but help a *lot* and turn their life around. It's absolutely amazing when it happens.
So that left a big impression on me. It was a moment of realizing that no matter how awful the world can be, sometimes, there are things that just plain make people happier. And we should grab onto those things for dear life and make sure we get them to everyone who needs them.
And that's why I cared so much: because I know that this is one of the few times that we honest-to-God have a chance to make the world better.
Of course, in the time since then, I've made more trans friends than I can easily count; and for each of them, I really want them, personally, to be happy in life. Because they're my friends. And that means fighting for them, and damned right I'm going to do that.
So for anyone who was wondering why this is a topic I talk about so much — that's why. Because people matter and I want them to be happy.
(And if anyone was wondering if all of this was some kind of clue that I'm actually a trans egg — nope. I *have* taken the various assessments, out of curiosity, and they confirm that I'm definitely a cis guy. Which I'm totally good with. 👍)
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