Devin a cool trans person of color, with a dash of androgynous.
He's a native New Yorker by way of Harlem, a working professional & am currently a graduate student. Transparent Gender focuses on the social implications my transition.
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There are several pressing matters that transgender people face on a daily basis. For some, surgery is unattainable or an afterthought. Transgender people have a plethora living expenses that can’t be met. This might including paying bills, buying food, buying hormones or even paying to update an ID. I’m also providing financial assistance to anyone who desires a name/gender marker change on their passport.
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This pride month, I want to do more than celebrate being trans; I want to celebrate being queer. Why assimilate into heternormativity when Heteronormative life is sooo mundane? Queerness is colorful, rich, and lively.
Then again, I get the importance of being stealth, especially for those that employ stealth tactics for their safety. This is significant too and a conversation we should also have.
Still, I believe there’s a great deal of importance behind our queerness. So many of us have been shamed, abandoned, or attacked for living in our truths. So many of us lost family and friends. We lost homes, food, water, jobs. Hell, so many of us lost our lives.
And while many of our lives are lost, several others continu speaking out, or fighting back, or living openly. The world still wanted us dead and we keep saying no. Queerness is a history. As trans people, our histories are just as important as our present lives. The people we were or the paths we chose for our survival helped define who we are today. Our histories, our queerness made us resilient; they made us soldiers. What good do we do for ourselves when we erase the very parts of us that made us a force? When we have the privilege to be ourselves, what good do we do by blending in?
I believe when people hear the word queer or queerness, they think gay. Queerness is much more than that. Queerness is thinking outside of the box. It’s challenging the norms. It’s being yourself.
I can remember countless times during my childhood and teenage years trying so hard to fit in, and instead feeling so very miserable. I don’t miss those days. Today, this month, and every single day I take a breath, I’m going to celebrate being queer. Our queerness, no matter what that looks like for you, is beautiful… And it is worthy.