PSA For Transgender Awareness Week: Transgender Doesn’t (Always) Equal Transitioning
About a month ago, I wrote a write on my tumblr account in response to numerous inquiries from people right after I disclosed that I was gradually accepting a shift in my gender identity (i.e. feeling way more masculine than I do feminine) about when I would be transitioning. Na wa oh.
So here it is for those of you who didn’t get to read my Rant — Transgender Doesn’t Always Equal Transitioning:
I don’t even feel like I have to explain myself further than this. If I do, I’m talking to you, and I leave you to google, wikipedia, investigate, get some god damn perspective on class privilege.
Not everyone has the means to transition — that includes dollars, family support, community etc. And even beyond means, not every transgender person wants to medically transition.
No one’s trans* identity should be called into question simply because the path laid before them has been dominated and dictated by white trans male coddling media.
Just like not all people of color, lesbians, muslims, immigrants, women etc look the same, not all transgender people look the same.
And just so I’m clear, not every transgender person looks like Chaz Bono.
If one more person asks me ‘when’ I plan to transition, or asks me how I can affirm my gender without having transitioned, or suggests that I’m confused simply because I don’t go by ‘he’ pronouns all the time (as if femininity hasn’t always been badass enough to hold and birth masculinity in the first place), I will explode / burst into flames.
How’s that for hormonal.
I was obviously feeling quite angry and frustrated when I wrote that post. It lasted only a while, and have since then been replaced by a nagging obsession to answer the question: what would transitioning look like for me — a queer Nigerian (who still has fantasies of moving back home permanently)? I promise to attempt to address this more fully in a blog post very soon.
To be continued…