“And I was immediately threatened, labeled as transphobic, and left to feel as if my voice was nothing.”
That is how I feel as a white middle-aged middle-class cis man who is constantly reminded that I must either agree or shut up.
It hurts, doesn’t it. And all you find for allies are those who are as shut out as you.
Yes. We ALL need to listen to everyone a little more. We need to hear what people have to say, especially when they disagree, and especially when they are not in our tribe.
Keep fighting to be heard. But don’t forget to listen. For what it’s worth, I’m your ally.