Not long ago, one of my posts was linked into another blog that purported to be a forum for an open exchange of ideas, but in reality appears to be a soapbox for some extreme and very anti-trans points of view. What specifically got my back up was the article my post was linked to rambled on and on about the "fact" that homosexuality and transgender are caused by CSA (childhood sexual abuse).
I challenged the moderator of this blog (who was not the author of the article) to provide real facts to back up their claims, not just oft-repeated fallacies. The best response I could get was an offer to publish anything I wrote in rebuttal with links to my blog.
I have decided to take this offer up and am currently preparing an article on what it means to be trans. I plan to address the medical issues by citing the most current research and evidence-based theories.
Where I need help is on the personal side. I know that every individual is different and that no two trans experiences are exactly alike. Because it is very likely that the people reading my article will assume that I speak for the trans community as a whole, and I am not so presumptuous to believe that I speak for more than just myself, I would like to bring as many voices into this narrative as possible. I would like to include the opinions of trans people and trans allies.
If anyone would be willing to contribute a short statement about what it means to them to be trans or a trans ally, I would be very grateful. I would only identify the authors if they wanted me to and gave me specific permission to do so. I will also share the completed article with any contributors before I send it off for publication.
If you are interested in helping me with this project, please reply either as a comment to this post or directly to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you all for reading what I write, and for helping me with this project.