WRITER, FILMMAKER & NON-BINARY TRANS ACTIVIST
I think that allies are massively important for trans people, particularly at this moment in time. There are still myths and misconceptions about trans people from within the LGB community - there are even issues within the trans community around non-binary acceptance.
But to have allies from within the community is really important. That’s half the battle.
To have allies from within the community is really important.
Trans people are still fighting for equality. There are so many places that trans awareness needs to be promoted. Being out is a political statement in itself. I identify as a non-binary trans person. I think it’s important to have a human reference point for people of what it means to be trans. We are making progress but it can feel frustrating.
Trans people weren’t born knowing this language, we had to learn too.
If there are trans allies out there worried about what language to use, I’d say first off, thank you for getting it, and don't worry about saying the wrong thing. Trans people weren’t born knowing this language, we had to learn too. I can’t think of any trans person who would be offended if you ask what pronoun you should use. So just ask.
How you talk to someone can make or break their day.