It’s Trans Day of Visibility, and I’m seeing lots of great pictures in social media of wonderful courageous people being visible. For trans, gay, bi, non binary – indeed all of us who identify as LGBTQ+ – being visible feels so much less safe than it did even a couple of years ago. Many of us had to remain largely invisible for much of our earlier lives. That was then. Please let’s not go back then. Trans people are human beings. All of us queer people are human beings, deserving of respect and kindness.
I am so proud of all the trans people who are being visible today. They inspire me with hope.
I also know what it is like to hide away my true identity, and the toll it takes on mental and physical health. I do not judge those for whom it is too soon to be visible, and hope a day will come when they can be, in their own time.