To the cis person angrily sharing news of the Trump transgender military ban
Angela Dumlao

As someone who is longtime trans ally, I think all of these are important. But I also know that we need people right at this moment who are coming to the aid of trans military personnel. If this is their first time at the rodeo, so be it. If this is their intro to the trans community, and something speaks to them that finally gets them over the hump, game on. We need advocates any and every way we can get them. I have been a longtime LGBTQ activist in Washington state, and was in the legislature and committee the moment our first piece of trans hate crime legislation moved to the floor. These are all valuable questions, but the process is learn as you go for many people who are now tremendous advocates in our community. The last thing we all need to do is turn around and make someone feel bad because they aren’t yet up to date on their intake of trans musicians. For those of us who went through the coming out process, we know familiarity even with our own community is unfolding process. It’s not one super-drink that happens all at once, and it’s not something that should be used as a means for pundits to levy guilt over. Messaging pushes people to make personal changes in their lives, and from there they begin their own learning process. We can help them along and that should be through encouragement, not some lecture and attempt to extoll guilt as they walk in the door.

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