Live bloging from Ohare airport. So my flight was delayed 2 hours and I’m bored out of my mind! But I was able to bypass the scanners and the “enhanced” pat down by asking if I could just go through the metal detector and said some bullshit about a medical issue, this was all done with very little hassle I just said that and the guy pointed me over to the metal detector line. Not sure if this was just some freak incident or what but it certainly wasn’t the intrusive experience I thought it would be. Not saying that this happens to every one this was just my experience. And to people saying that if you don’t like the new policies you shouldn’t fly…fuck you, flying is waay more efficient especially for people who have specific windows of time for travel, like me.
I think today, as I do every day, about my fellow transgender people who didn’t make it through the year, for a wide variety of reasons. The people who died because they could not access health services, ranging from trans women denied care at women’s clinics to trans men dying of conditions they weren’t screened for because of cissexist assumptions about bodies, to trans people who couldn’t meet the exacting standards for medical transition and decided they didn’t want to live anymore. I think about the people who were raped and beaten and murdered in the last year for their gender, their misgendering in the media and the decision on the part of some journalists to violate their memories by using the wrong names, employing the wrong pronouns, suggesting they deserved that happened to them.
And I think about all of the bullied trans people, not just trans youth, but trans people of all ages, who died in the last year, who came close to dying, who will die this year. I think about the tidal wave of hatred for us and the way it expresses and the fact that it is so rarely discussed. I think, too, about the bullying within the transgender community, the binarism, for example, that leads to people making assumptions about my body and causes people to think it’s perfectly appropriate to misgender me and people like me. I think about the ways to address the problems both outside and inside the trans community, to make the world a safer place for every person, of every gender (and nongender). I think about how we can possibly build a better world.