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MrToothHasYou posted...
So first of all, I want try to be respectful here because your ignorance of these sorts of things isnt necessarily your fault. That said, let me set some facts straight for you: the Trans movement is not new. The trans community has literally existed for as long as the black community has. And it hasnt made quick progress. When Nazis began burning books, the very first place they went was to an institute that catered to gay and transgender people. Transgender people are still fighting for the same legal protections that black people have had for over 50 years at this point. It wasnt until 2015 that they were allowed to serve in the military. It wasnt until 2020 that the Supreme Court ruled they were protected from employment discrimination under the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Prior to that it was only illegal to fire someone for being transgender in 12 states. Numerous state laws have been passed within the past year alone that attempt to delegitimize the recognition of trans people and their legal rights.

What trans people do have that black Americans did not historically have while they were fighting for equal rights under the law, is the internet, and its capacity to build virtual communities where they can be accepted and supported. So when you see what seems like an explosion of trans acceptance and trans visibility in online spaces, you need to keep in mind that its still not safe to exist as openly trans in vast parts of the country. The few places that are safe (relatively speaking) have only become so in the past couple of decades.

So basically what youre witnessing right now is trans people going through what black people did in the 50s-60s. And if you think for a second that there werent black people back then who had no interest in pleading for white folks to understand their humanity and just accept them without constantly having to explain themselves and humanize themselves to placate the racism inherent to society, then I dont know what to tell you.

That is fair actually. I didnt do my research like I should have before posting that so I was indeed ignorant. Thank you for the history


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