“Protect Trans Kids”/Egg Shells Are There For A Reason
When I think of
“Protect Trans Kids”
I think of
What did I need to hear
As a kid, and what did I hear
I think it’s more important
Now than ever
To stop outing and stop putting
Pressure on these kids
To know who they are before they’ve even
Had a chance to doubt it.
I think it’s kind of strange
That assigning gender to behavior
Is both how trans issues are diagnosed
And also what makes queer folk the most mad–
It’s almost like
These two issues
Are meant to be at each other’s throats, until you realize
That the intention is the only thing that matters.
It’s not a big deal to have gendered interests,
Gendered hobbies, it’s completely normal–
But it isn’t normal
To expect other people
To see your gender as something
You are not currently.
Has to be the most concise description of
Everyone enjoys all different types of gender expressions and activities–
What you like to do has nothing to do with
Whether or not you want to have medical gender intervention–
It might help you, however
If you were to know
That there is a way to fix
The anger you feel
When someone doesn’t see you as you are.
That process is called transitioning, and
It is very difficult, and limited. You cannot
Become born again.
The born again folks
Are kind of the problem…
Anyway, what I would have said
To my 10 year old self
Would have been~~
Buck up buddy,
People will know who you are inside
It doesn’t matter how you look
On the outside.
Take care of yourself, take care of your body
Don’t cut yourself and don’t blame yourself
For other people’s mistakes and misgivings.
You are not broken, alone, and
You don’t need to be fixed.
You are more than any one thing.
Your parents love you and that–
Surprisingly, might change for a while–
But it doesn’t stay that way.
You’re going to need
All the help you can get, so try not to burn
Everywhere else? Let it burn.
Gender doesn’t mean shit
And stop letting yourself believe
That you are less than
Just because they make you feel like it
When you’re letting yourself down
Looking in the mirror, wishing you saw
Someone else entirely.
You can’t expect anyone else
To understand your pain, your anger
Everyone has a different journey and
Some of us are mad forever…
Being trans is not a simple change
In your prescriptions, no matter
What they say on tumblr, or tik tok, or
Whatever less than 5 second “resource” you saw
That confirmed your existing belief structure.
To me, personally–
Allowing my identity to be ignored
Was the smartest decision
I made without knowing.
Kinda makes you think that
Egg shells are there for a reason.