We’ve always existed – it’s just a case of when our rights first started.
Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P Johnson were at the forefront of the LGBT+ and Civil Rights Movement. In 1969 the Stonewall Inn in Manhattan, New York City was raided by Police Officers who were usually paid of by the mob. Sylvia and Marsha arrived and helped fight for their freedoms.
They fought got the Sexual Orientation Non-Discrimination Act in New York and were founders of the Gay Liberation Front.
They were magnificent. Their genders were fluid, their sexuality was only ever seen as Gay, and they were way ahead of their time.
So ahead of their time that the LGB abandoned them, and other Drag Queens and Trans people, as soon as they could. And it’s still happening, Sylvia and Marsha got their place back, and with it, they helped thousands worldwide. But Trans people today are always being shunned and pushed away. There as Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminists in so many parts of the LGBT+ that a lot of Trans people, specifically Trans Women, are feeling like they’re not welcome.
Then there’s “Truscum” which are Trans people who display Transphobic views towards fellow Trans people because they don’t fit their own ideology.
It makes me question – would they’ve accepted Marsha or Sylvia if they were growing up in today’s environment or would they have to fight to be accepted… again.
Trans people don’t have to have a medical diagnosis to say that they’re Trans, and by suggesting we do further encourages Transphobes only to believe that we’re mentally and physically ill. We’re hurting ourselves, not helping, by Gatekeeping.
It upsets me, seeing people hurt because they know who they are, but people refuse to believe them… Reminds me of decades past when people didn’t think we were Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, Pansexual or just Trans… Because it was just a phase, or it was a mental health condition; they thought there was something wrong with us!
We shouldn’t have to fight amongst ourselves for acceptance, we should be fighting together for this. And by furthering and allowing pain to be inflicted on our own communities, it proves that we have taken so many steps back from where these marvellous women got us.
Lots of Love,
A Lesbian Trans Woman
[Guest Author on MNIR]