For all the irrational hatred and the isolationist hypocrisy and the manipulative demagoguery Trump and his party are using to tear this country apart morally, socially and intellectually ... for all the ignorance they've perpetuated and the lies they've parroted to shore up their base ... for all the ugliness and hostility and racism and sexism and phobias they've unleashed from the dungeons and the shadows and the basest instincts of humankind this week alone ... they've ironically and unintentionally and no doubt regrettably inspired something quite beautiful: a mass uprising of love and support for every person they vilify and every minority they oppress and every demographic they scapegoat in their bloodthirsty quest to dehumanize and destroy us all for their own gain.
And if you're a trans person -- especially if you're a trans kid -- we want you to know we're here.
There are legions of us who have been and who currently are and who
will continue to be your friends and allies and champions with no
judgments, no condemnations and no barriers. We may not have been as
visible to you as we'd have liked in the past out of consideration for
your privacy or lack of a forum to communicate to you or even out of
concern that we might inadvertently say or do something awkward or
uncomfortable or insensitive around you. But we're here. And it is now
our moral and social and just simply human imperative to make sure you
know who we are.
Whether you're just coming to terms with your need to transition,
beginning to comprehend the emotional and physical and social journey
ahead of you, taking the first tentative steps in changing your persona
and your presentation and your name, or standing bravely and confidently
and proudly at any point on the transition continuum ... our primary
interest in your trans identity is that you are safe and healthy and
We may never fully comprehend the extent of what your
personal or collective journey has entailed -- and we may ask a lot of
questions both out of curiosity and a sincere need to better understand
where you've been and where you're going.
But we're here. And we
stand with you both at the urinal and at the dawn of a new sense of
community. And we want you to know we love and respect you just as you
are. Or just as you need to be.