ALL cis people—every single one—are transphobic, passively if not actively so.
You have been born into a society that caters to you. You have been raised to believe in the gender binary & assigned genders. You have internalized some degree of transphobia as a result.
I know it’s infinitely easier to just claim “I’m not transphobic!!” & go on with your day without critically examining yourself, but that leads to a stagnant society & continued discrimination against my communities.
So I’m gonna need you to stop crying about being asked to confront your own internalized -isms & start doing something about it for fuck’s saaaake.
A report from the National Transgender Discrimination Survey conducted by the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force and the National Center for Transgender Equality, found that transgender people faced double the rate of unemployment of the general population, with 63 percent of the transgender people surveyed reporting they experienced a serious act of discrimination that majorly affected their ability to sustain themselves. These numbers are even worse for trans people of color, especially trans women of color, the deaths of whom have been deemed a “state of emergency.”
Trans women have been saddled with the responsibility of taking on trans-exclusionary feminists for far too long—but it’s not their issue to deal with alone.
Read: It’s Time to End the Long History of Feminism Failing Transgender Women by Tina Vasquez at BitchMedia.org. Type illustrations by Michelle Leigh.