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.
some back story! i cannot medically transition without the possibility of several extreme possible health condition… https://t.co/iZDxbwBpgt— dubz🎱 (@dubz🎱)1546486684.0
(2/4)me looking feminine doesn’t make me any less a trans masc individual! nonbinary people don’t have to be masc t… https://t.co/g46MDQJMaI— dubz🎱 (@dubz🎱)1546482764.0
(4/4) and for that reason im starting a hashtag called #TransLooksLikeThis because at the end of the day being tran… https://t.co/b3zhcvL4Au— dubz🎱 (@dubz🎱)1546482765.0
The tag took off, with others posting photos of themselves to explain what being trans looks like.
And it looks pretty great!
#TransLooksLikeThis I’m a trans guy through and through but I’m still super feminine in my physical expression. I l… https://t.co/95NC9OxtUz— 🌻Rey🌻 (@🌻Rey🌻)1546493500.0
lol I really just saw someone who said they’re sure this tag is mostly cis ppl and that you need to experience dysp… https://t.co/6efzh61cxV— ℕ𝕆 𝔟𝔬𝔫𝔢𝔰 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟎 (@ℕ𝕆 𝔟𝔬𝔫𝔢𝔰 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟎)1546491285.0
#TransLooksLikeThis still unpacking my identity and relationship to femininity but we out here 😤🤘(nb they/them ayyy… https://t.co/W5QanbeFEW— 🔪💖anika ＞:3c💖🔪#FIREFEST2019 (@🔪💖anika ＞:3c💖🔪#FIREFEST2019)1546491853.0
#TransLooksLikeThis no matter how i express myself, im non-binary as FUCK https://t.co/Fi8frPHJAU— ✨Mav💖💛♿️✨ (@✨Mav💖💛♿️✨)1546497849.0
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.
#TransLooksLikeThis because i decide what femininity is to me. i am nonbinary transmasc and go by he/him pronouns.… https://t.co/NkXCSECfRj— OLIBOLIWOLI (@OLIBOLIWOLI)1546493038.0
Smells like recycled selfies.... Anyway I’m 2 years and some change on T and feeling good (he/him)… https://t.co/4lqfN8hEwG— 🌸🌙Michelangelo🌙🌸 (@🌸🌙Michelangelo🌙🌸)1546494774.0
#TransLooksLikeThis Non-binary and proud. No gender dysphoria here. Using my tits and clit and ovaries whenever I… https://t.co/kme2FBxjrt— Chaotic Libra (@Chaotic Libra)1546490840.0
#TransLooksLikeThis My name is Amy. I am a Trans Woman. I go by She/Her. I’ve been on HRT for about 1 year and 6 mo… https://t.co/FjyGUrTJil— Amy Jami 💗 (@Amy Jami 💗)1546583782.0
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.