One of the things I found hardest, as a trans teenager in a cissexist culture, was the lack of visible role models. They were out there, certainly – but with the mainstream media as my guide I got a pretty strong sense that the only options open to me were tragic figure on a prurient documentary or pariah who pays the ultimate price (oh, Boys Don’t Cry).
Ten years or so later and the situation is better – my god, is it better. But still very far from perfect. So, just as a little exercise to show that trans people can do a lot more than apply makeup in front of a mirror, while tinkly background muzak reminds of us just how sad the whole thing is, may I present a whole bunch of trans people doing a whole bunch of awesome things – alphabetised for your convenience. Three points:
1) I’m afraid that this list is overwhelmingly white – see the greater ease of acquiring trans-related medical care with white privilege, and also the fact that society in general (including queer society) still focuses on white narratives to the exclusion of others. I’m sorry for that – but I wanted to make a start, somewhere. Leave comments full of amazing people?
2) I haven’t included the people I shout out to all the time (hey Roz Kaveney! Paris Lees!) because it was too easy. But if you haven’t already checked them out then do.
3) I’ve left out bloggers and activists. With bloggers – where to start? As to activism – well, many of the entrants are activists in addition to their other roles, and being out is an act of activism in itself – points for everyone here.