Thursday, May 26, 2016
Historical Trans Firsts Are Important To Note For Our Community
I was in a Facebook discussion talking about the historic Philippine election win of Geraldine Roman to the Philippine Congress when someone went on a rant about not caring about what she called 'fake firsts'.
This white trans person then continued to say it was a waste of time to talk about who was the first trans person to do X thing, and you know I had to call that crap out quickly.
Knowing who was the first documented trans person to be elected to a state legislature (Althea Garrison, 1992), or the first out trans person to have a New York Times best selling memoir (Janet Mock) is important not only for trans elders to know, but to inspire our trans kids.
Knowing that we have trans people who have and are making history, are making positive contributions to society and are doing so today is critical.in building the self esteem and pride that not only builds community, it is a factor in helping reduce suicide rates.