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The Eternal Fight for Transgender Rights

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Was it more safe back in the 80’s and 70’s to be a trans person, since the visibility wasn’t as high as it currently is in social media and the internet itself (on a relative scale)? As in, would the notoriously conservative and violent America in that era, I often wonder if the average trans person really just lived not revealing their genitals to anyone who really spoke about it much in public.

This is something that I wonder, and if any trans or queer or LGB-POCs want to contribute answers to this, I’d love to hear from them, and everyone else’s ideas.

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Anyone trying or who has tried to raise awareness gets love and respect, period. And please don’t think that the modern day is really that much more civilized than it was in the 70’s and 80’s. I am willing to sometimes take a position of countering the concept of growth by technology. That being said: THANK YOU, TECHNOLOGY for bringing together so many distant and splintered communities, in countless subcultures, and enabling us kinky people to communicate and cut the fat and bullshit out of the mating process, no matter what kind of partner we seek.

But to date means to go out, and to go out means to risk getting into a fight sometimes.

There have been constant baby steps towards this education of the masses. There are not many members of the population that are trans, but that is no reason for them to assume that since Jeffrey Tambor is in Transparent on a major network that the visibility of trans folks is done. This is a risky idea to hold, but there are more people out there who are fighting constantly to educate people who have no idea how to understand the truth of trans people.

There are cities and countries around the world that I’m certain people would be injured badly or killed for being revealed to be trans, even gay or lesbian, which is equally as barbaric now as it was 2000+ years ago during the Christ Era. And I wonder what trans people back 2000 years ago had to suffer! Does anyone know any resources about such a thing?

When was the first time in recorded history that a trans person was depicted, maybe on an Egyptian hieroglyph or on a Greek vase or Roman statue… why not? I’m sure there are sinister organizations in the world who want to hide that kind of stuff from virgin eyes’ continued ignorance. It’s bollocks.

The essence of humanity can never be completely explained, captured or controlled. So, on that note, I’d like to thank all trans people, from Marsha P. Johnson and before her, and to all the trans people/women/men who come after her!

In honesty,
Addi Stewart

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