I started this whole shindig because
I was convinced, at the time at least–
That there is some sort of
Silent majority of queer folk
Who feel underrepresented
Or not represented at all.
That was before I started
Transitioning, and it was also before
I knew anything about
The “transgender community”
Which, in all honesty
Is shabby at best.
It’s not a lot different than
The bible classes I took as a kid.
A bunch of people
With a faith in an ideology
That the rest of the world
May or may not respect.
That being said–
There isn’t much that connects transgender people
Besides the doctors they see, and the surgeons
They work with only once, or perhaps
Two or three times, if things don’t go as planned, or
If things went better than expected. Anyway–
That isn’t really something
To bond over. You talk over text or email
And you honestly end up bonding more
With the surgeon than you do
The trans guy that referred you. Anyway
I have no idea what to call this group
I don’t believe in the transgender community anymore
I was like
There has to be a silent majority!!!
Just like the Trump folks, I mean–
That one was REAL, no kidding. They voted
More than ever for the recent election, even
Covid-19 mismanagement considering.
I keep waiting to find
The silent majority of queer folk
Who are sick of people
Sharing memes and selfies on tumblr
Claiming to be the essence of what makes
Queer queer, all while gatekeeping in fear.
Is it a dining room if
No one ever eats there?
Is it a community if
No one feels at home, here?
Unless you’re a social leftist progressive, you are
Completely cancelled, and yet–
All of those people are dangling on a thread
Constantly being criticized for not being
On the right side of the argument–
An argument that no one is winning.