I am a Woman. You are a Trans Woman. And That Distinction Matters.

Hey human, I’m a trans woman and I’ve know I was a girl since I was 4 years old. People knew when I was a kid, people knew when I transitioned young, like, I’m a woman and I was a girl when I was a child and I don’t know what else to tell you.

I worked on HB2 in North Carolina, the Republican’s state law that banned trans women from women’s rooms. Working against that bill we did the research, we looked every where, and the research shows that trans women are statistically identical to trans women when it comes to being a threat. There is no evidence that trans women pose a greater risk than cis women in women’s spaces. You might be uncomfortable with a woman who’s trans, but you might also be uncomfortable with a Muslim woman, a woman of color, or a military veteran who’s a woman, but your discomfort doesn’t make the other women dangerous.

I wish that you would look at the facts. I also struggle with PTSD, I know how easy it can be to identify others as a threat and attack them with rhetoric, but the reality is that trans women are just women. We exist in every cultural, every population, every part of history. We’re just part of the human thing that happening. Pretending otherwise hurts us badly. If you want to exclude trans women, then you’re throwing away 1% of the women in the world.


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