I hate the idea that being closeted makes you a coward, or means that you must hate yourself, or hate other lgbtq people because you just “don’t want to associate yourself with them” or something. Being out and proud of who you are and being a role model to other people is great and all, but for some people that’s not really an option. I have enough trouble functioning in society when I can hide away most of the things that make me “different” to my family and the people I’m usually surrounded by. I know who I am, and as long as I have spaces where I can be myself and know who I am, I don’t need everyone around me to know as well.
My mental illness means that sometimes I have enough trouble knowing that I’m real without constantly having to defend myself against people who think my identity can’t possibly exist. I’ve gotten a lot braver in the last few years about coming out to people close to me, but I don’t know if I’ll ever be in a position to feel okay with being completely open no matter where I am.
I WISH I WASNT SO FUCKING INSECURE ABOUT MY BODY LIKE DAMN SON I JUST WANT TO WEAR SHORTS WITHOUT ALMOST CRYING
warning for typical cissexism you’d expect from an article like this - but the general idea is still across: cis men labeling what they perceive as the female form to be inherently pornographic - using modern, western lenses to analyze it.
im not sure how to tackle this without the cissexism, and it makes good points, but just. keep that in mind.
There’s some terms that these young trans people don’t want to hear.