To all those who aren’t ready to tell their child why I’m wearing a dress:
You say you’re not ready to talk about my “lifestyle” with your kids. You’re just not ready to teach them to be accepting of EVERYBODY.
We have records of over 200 transgender and gender non-conforming people being murdered this year alone for being transgender, most of them trans women and trans feminine folk. Hundreds more murders have probably occurred in countries that are refusing to record violence against trans folk.
We have 59% of transgender kids getting harassed at school. We have 41% of transgender folks attempting suicide, probably because of all the violence and dehumanization we experience.
But you’re just not ready to teach your kids to not be transphobic. Not yet. Not while they’re still full of so much potential to learn to accept us fully, to love us and to fight for a better world for all people. Not yet.
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*Curtis Penfold, sometimes known as Meli, is a genderqueer, genderfluid, genderquestioning, trans-femme androgyne who enjoys performance art, reading, writing poetry, hanging out with their friends, attending different churches and spiritual communities, laughing at how silly our existence can be and helping people feel a little less alone in this often difficult world.