What do we mean when we talk about raising awareness?
Published: 15 November 2019 Tags: By Emma Underwood
What do we mean when we talk about raising awareness? Sometimes it’s a literal activity – making people aware of something they did not know existed, whatever that may be. But when we celebrate Trans Awareness Week, this is not necessarily what we’re doing. Most people are well aware of the existence of trans people. In fact, we seem to be dominating headlines more and more every day, with op-eds and blogs being written by any aspiring journalist. So if it’s not our existence that we’re making people aware of, then what is it? Well, it’s our reality.
Based on the media, you’d be forgiven for thinking there were only two kinds of trans people out there – the poor, clinically depressed trans person that’s just longing to be another gender, and the hyper masculine, aggressive trans woman trying to claw her way into women’s toilets. But our reality couldn’t be further from that narrative, which is ultimately why Trans Awareness Week remains so important. We are, just like every other human on the planet, uniquely complex and multifaceted. We enjoy a range of hobbies, from gardening to gaming, we eat, sleep, drink, breath, laugh and cry, and yes, we are trans.
Trans Awareness Week highlights our existence as part of the ordinary. Our lives have much more in common with everyone else’s than is different, and though our experiences may have been shaped by our transness, we are by no means defined by it. There is no universal trans experience, just as there is no universal cis experience. This week, as we go about our lives, we ask that you join us in celebrating the wondrous, and the benign experience that is the reality of trans people.
At LGBT Foundation, we believe in a fair and equal society for all. Our fight for the rights of trans and non-binary communities is ongoing, and until we succeed in our vision, we will continue to fight. We ask allies to stand with us, as we tackle transphobia and prejudice wherever we find it. For more information on how to be a trans ally, you can read our Trans Allies Guide here.