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Jessy! Jessi! Jessé! @JesseThorn
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If you're upset or worried about trans people being in the world, using the bathroom, having a M or F on their ID or whatever... just ask yourself "why?" I know it isn't your experience, and it's confusing and not something you know about. But show some generosity of spirit.
For cis-gendered people, the question of whether someone can live as themselves touches our lives so very lightly. And its significance in others' lives is hard to overstate. We see it in suicide rates, in abuse and violent crime rates. Is your bathroom purity what's important?
Scared cis-gendered people imagine these terrifying scenarios, often sexual, around people's non-conforming gender identities. These are imaginary. I know this stuff is new to lots of people, but it's so important for my family and other regular humans in your community.
When I ask for people to simply be decent about other people's gender identities, I'm really asking for help protecting my child's life. And what are you surrendering? A tightly-held misunderstanding? It's so small and the benefit for others who are in real danger is so huge.
I am very lucky - I had a trans activist neighbor as a kid and trans friends as an adult. People coming out around me, like my daughter, still required me to do some learning, and I still work on that. But I have had to give up SO LITTLE. We're just being asked for decency.
There is some change being asked of us, the cis-gendered people. This change is so inconsequential in our lives. Barely a blip. And it is life and death for others who live with and among us. Do you care about what letter is on a driver's license more than someone's life? Why?
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