Signal Boost: We Happy Trans

For lack of anything better to do, here’s an overview of a new blog/project: We Happy Trans

In the words of Jen (its founding editor):

We Happy Trans was created so that trans people could share stories of positive experiences, so the wider world could see that, like any other community, we too thrive, struggle, and overcome; to give further evidence that we too have writers magically shaping words to reflect and elevate shared human experience, and eloquent speakers calling to the better angels of our nature; that we too have bold, visible heroes, as well as quiet warriors or ordinary life; that we too laugh, cry, gossip and occasionally engage in petty squabbles; that we are Christians, Jews, Muslims, atheists, pagans, Buddhists, Hindus, Theosophists, magical panty wearing Mormons, and seekers; we read Shakespeare and watch reality t.v.; occupy queer neighborhoods, small towns, dance halls, local pubs, schools, offices, theaters, prisons, NPOs, nursing homes, hunting parties and coffee klatches in every conceivable place on earth, and possibly beyond; that we are parents, friends, children, second-cousins once-removed, neighbors, strangers, lovers and mortal enemies; that we too are every possible variation of X-sexual; are freaks, utter bores, hysterically funny, plain odd, droll, absurdist and everything between; that we contain multitudes.

Anyone who follows my writing knows that I lean towards bitter and sarcastic. Certainly, I think there’s oh so much intersectional social justice activism that we need to be engaged in. Also, I like lolcatz. Showing that trans* people can lead happy lives (fuck productivity) is activism. Also, in my mind self-care is every bit as important as activism.

ZOMG I’m a bitter lady who gnashes her teeth when folks talk about how easy and fun transition is LET ME TELL YOU WHAT IT’S REALLY LIKE ETC., ETC. Positive portrayals of trans* people were crucial in giving me the courage to transition. They also keep me sane through the frequent periods of depression that plague my life.

Besides, as painful as many parts of transition are, getting to be yourself is pretty awesome.


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