Recently, I was given the opportunity to be a guest writer for Hedgebrook.org. The original piece can also be viewed on their website, here.
If there was anyone in this world who had never known of a transgender person, they did after last week. When Caitlyn Jenner's Vanity Fair cover went viral, the internet blew up with trans activism. While some people posted their support for Caitlyn, others posted derogatory, hateful, ignorant things. Even within the LGBT community, people were divisive. And suddenly, as with many controversial issues, social media exploded and everyone had an opinion. Everyone became an activist. I have never seen more transphobia in my life than on my Facebook feed last week. I have never seen more people come to the defense of my community than on my Facebook feed last week.
More and more people are standing up and showing the world that #TransIsBeautiful. We exist. We are everywhere, and we are human. Caitlyn's coming out story sparked another viral campaign, #myvanityfaircover, created by Jenn Dolari and Crystal Fraiser, which gave so many trans people a hashtag to showcase that every trans person is beautiful, and deserves recognition for the same courage that Caitlyn has shown. There are millions of stories that don't get a magazine cover, and so #MyVanityFairCover was born to give insight to the millions more and their stories. In the very early days of the campaign, I tweeted at the creators: