Straight up between the
Fatphobia and the
Media exposure and the
The internet enforces—
How can any of us
Expect to be free of outside influence
For our identities?
How could any single trans or non-binary person
Claim that they are somehow
Free from the trials and tribulations
Of being alive in this day and age?
How can anyone insist
That they were not motivated
By photos and silhouettes
To have top surgery…?
How reductionist and dismissive
Do some trans people have to be
In order to convince the rest of us
That they are who they say?
What’s so difficult about trans identities
That we can’t acknowledge
That the butterfly
Used to be a caterpillar
For the sake of the butterflies… what?
If someone makes you crawl
When you can fly —
Fly over them.
Yes, other people
Misgendering me with their behavior
Is transphobic, but
Trans people, universally
Seem to be the most willing
To tell you to get over everything
Not make a fuss, and
Play nice, so that
Everyone else can accept us —
I don’t want to be accepted, I want to
Exist, and be able to talk about it