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A "Win" For Trans People? Not Really
I have complicated feelings about this. Mostly negative, to be honest.
On one hand, I appreciate they're trying to finagle our current laws and systems to provide protections for trans people.
On the other hand, being trans isn't a disability, and I am firmly on the side of those fighting to de-pathologize transness and to not treat being trans like a mental illness, so honestly this feels like a huge step backwards.
Plus like. Not all trans people have gender dysphoria, not all trans people with gender dysphoria consider it a "disability", and honestly it just furthers the idea that you need gender dysphoria to "really be trans".
This ruling lends power to transmeds and transphobes, both who think transness is a mental illness. I can absolutely see this being used to deny trans people without a gender dysphoria diagnosis care.
So an American federal appeals court just ruled that Gender Dysphoria counts as a disability protected by the ADA.
...and I'm just gonna fucking say it. I think this is a very good thing. This opens the door to a lot of us getting the help and assistance we require. This could mean we cannot be discriminated against at work for people like me who use binders not being able to come in on short notice several days in a row OR having to work super long shifts. This could mean our binders become classified as a form of disability aid. This could mean health insurance now have to cover more of our medication and surgeries. This could mean we are able to more easily apply for financial aid with housing and schooling.
I've already seen a lot of people start screaming about it, and every single comment I've seen has boiled down to people thinking it's shameful to have a disability and not wanting to be associated with something SO TERRIBLE as being in any way disabled. It is not. There is NOTHING wrong with having a disability. And y'all I'm glad some of you don't seem to have debilitating dysphoria but a lot of us do and it would be REALLY nice if you could stop throwing us under the bus just because you don't want to be seen as ~abnormal~. We are abnormal. Get over it. Because there is nothing wrong with that.
I’m collecting photos that depict trans joy because we deserve joy and we deserve to see depictions of our selves being joyful and redrawing them in a zine.
Text: decoupling pregnancy from femininity means accurate and more inclusive language and treatment, but it also allows cis women to refuse motherhood without refusing womanhood, which is great for feminism and terrifying for misogyny.
--THIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIS. As a sterile cis woman who doesn’t want to have children anyway I feel this is every ounce of my being. “Define woman” types tend to do so in a way that excludes me too, so I got to stand with my trans sisters.
I think... maybe... something the trans community need to come to terms with is... we have different experiences. Transness itself is a spectrum. Some of us find it to be joyful, some of us experience it only as pain.
And that brings me to 3 stops along the spectrum of trans people:
For some, our experience of being trans is... transcendent. Realizing we are trans is freedom. It is soaring above what we were told we had to be. It is body modification and personal self-expression and gender-fuckery. It is joy and gender euphoria and laughter. The idea that being trans is something anyone could describe as "suffering" is something we hear, but do not experience.
For most people, there's a bit of dysphoria thrown in there along-side the euphoria; perhaps not realized until after we begin transition, but it's not a major drudgery. It is certainly not a "disorder". Overall, our experience of being trans is positive most of the time. Sure, everyone deals with misgendering, and navigating the world as a trans person, but the good outweighs the bad.
For some, being trans is misery. From the moment they realise they are trans, they hate it. They hate being trans. For them, transness is a disorder; their gender dysphoria is a disorder. The dysphoria is all-consuming; it eats away at most of their life; they cannot coexist in their body as it is right now, delays in surgery or access to HRT or a lack of support from friends and family can lead to death.
I think there is a tendency for people in group 3 to feel that anyone who does not suffer the way they do is in fact, "not trans", or at the very least, "not trans enough", and therefore do not "deserve" access to HRT, surgery, or literally any trans resources. This is where you find transmeds; their experience of transness is suffering, therefore, the only valid trans people are those who suffer. They actively think that people in groups 2 and 1 are "harming" or "invalidating" the trans community, which they narrowly define as only people with gender dysphoria.
On the other hand, I've NEVER seen someone from group 1 say "being trans is great, it doesn't suck, if you think being trans sucks, you're not trans".
I'm somewhere between group 1 and 2 myself. I personally dislike when gender dysphoria or being trans is described as a "disorder" because it makes me feel like a second-class citizen, subhuman. Like my existence is a problem to be "fixed", so I'll go back to being cis again. It feels gross and invalidating, like someone is going to use a "diagnosis" of gender dysphoria against me, to claim I'm mentally ill and can't make decisions about my own body, and take away trans healthcare.
Despite that, I can understand the viewpoint from someone in group 3, who suffers daily, and is truly experiencing a disorder. I wish they wouldn't tell me what to do with my life, or call me invalid, or speak over me, but I get that they're coming from a place of pain and can't see the harm they're causing.
I'll always find it hilarious how fragile a lot of cis men are about their masculinity. They have all these little rules telling them one little thing could make them less manly, so they act like tough shit out of insecurity instead of just realizing all those bullshit rules are made up lol