This week is TRANSGENDER AWARENESS WEEK and with days to go until my top surgery, I'm using this week to reflect, not only on my own journey and struggles but those faced by the wider trans community.
Trans people are some of the most likely members of society to be victims of assault, suffer from addictions, become homeless, be subject to bullying, have mental health issues, experience ostracisation and/ or isolation... The list goes on.
Yes, as a community we can fight for change but the responsibility of activism should not only lie with the oppressed, there should be collective responsibility.
There is a change that EVERYONE is capable of making IMMEDIATELY and whilst the change is seemingly small, the difference it makes could be huge... Don't assume pronouns. Ask if you have the chance and ditch the 'Sir/ Madame'... 'Mate/ Love'... 'Ladies/ Gentlemen' if you don't. It's not easy to do this, especially when we live in such a gender based society but making these efforts and concious changes will almost certainly have a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of others. I personally have been misgendered countless times already this week (around 50) and it always makes an impact, varying on the scale somewhere between frustrating and soul destroying, depending on the circumstances.
So if you're reading this and you weren't aware of your use of pronouns previously, now you are aware so continue to be aware, not just on this week (the week of trans awareness) but all the time. Got it? Good- Now go forth!
P.s. Happy transgender awareness week 🤗