"Because having the power to love yourself and others enough to fight for better in a world that fears and hates you, is nothing short of a superheroic feat in and of itself."-- Denny Upkins
I have some pretty smart people I hang around with don't I?
Denny's comment has some serious truth to it as well. As a marginalized person we deal with on an almost daily basis microaggressive and macroaggressive discrimination aimed at us and the challenge of living in a world that is mostly hostile to us.
But yet many of us get out of bed every morning, look in the mirror, smile at it, and get ready to face the self-esteem challenging day ahead of us.
Some of us have developed over time and through facing many trials and obstacles in our lives such an unshakeable self love for ourselves that it does enable us to confidently go about our daily lives and defeat whatever challenges come our way.
Yes, we have superheroes walking amongst us. They have superstrengthened character. They have the vision to imagine a better world. They have the endurance to run the race and fight the battles that will change society for the better. They whip out the utility belt of justice to combat injustice and unjust laws. They break out the Lasso of Truth when necessary to stamp out lies and disinformation spread about our trans lives. They have the steely determination to win when others in their community express fading hope that it will ever happen for girls and guys like us.
Those superheroes have decided they want a better world for the people who come behind them, and are willing to rise up and do what it takes to make that world a reality. Sometimes those people may fail in that lofty task Sometimes they show signs they are oh so human in terms of being frustrated with the pace of change or rocked by events beyond their control.
But they continue to fight for themselves and the community they love until they win.
But superhero status isn't just reserved for the people who stand up and fight for truth, justice and human rights for all. You are a superhero for just getting up every day to live your authentic lives against the odds. For telling the world this is who I am and I will have the last word on who the person is that I project to the world.
And we have our superhero sidekicks and allies who aid us in our mission of being the best people we can be and fighting for a decent, just and humane world.
Yes, you're a superhero. And don't ever let anyone tell you you're not or allow someone to make you feel like you are less than human..