It's not easy to be transgender. Any gender non-conforming expression is scrutinized by the general public and, as we talk more and more about the rights everyone should have, trans people come under fire.
That's why it's great that Twitter user @wondyful started the #TransLooksLikeThis hashtag last week. Their experience within the trans community led them to feel that they were being pushed out for not fitting a specific look.
The tag took off, with others posting photos of themselves to explain what being trans looks like.
And it looks pretty great!
While the visibility of trans rights has increased, trans people themselves can feel very left out.
That's why it's important for trans people of all backgrounds to have a voice.
Trans issues have been in the news lately, especially with attacks from the Trump administration. President Trump is trying to roll out limits on transgender people in the military. Additionally, his administration is looking to establish a legal definition of gender that ties it to sex under Title IX protections.
But many are speaking out against this erasure. With the control of the House of Representatives shifting sides, a new task force on transgender rights is working to fight the administration's attempts to invalidate the very lives of trans people. And across the globe, people are protesting inhumane treatment and the reductions in rights for those who are transgender.
In all this, it's important to remember not every trans person can transition, nor does every trans person want to transition. Their gender identity and gender expression are not tied to the binary most are used to. People have their preferred pronouns and it's important to respect them.