When I started doing trans advocacy work, my mum sent me a link to the song Brave by Sarah Barielles.
‘Say what you wanna say, and let the words fall out. Honestly, I wanna see you be brave.’
Later, she sings
‘and since your history of silence, don’t do you any good, did you think it would? Let your words be anything but empty, why don’t you tell them the truth?’
It is a fear-filled time for trans people. In the UK, exclusionary feminists are responding to a government attempt to improve our lives by spreading transphobia in an increasingly public and violent manner. In America, our very existence is being questioned by those who hold power.
Whilst I would never advocate putting oneself in direct danger, I do not believe that now is the time to return to our closets. Yes I am afraid, yes I have considered the cost of my public work.
My faith, though, teaches me that the Christ-centered (cruciform?) way to live is honestly. We must speak our truths to power, standing up for those who cannot speak out. We must challenge oppression and lies. We should be the ones to define our own identities and to live our brave, beautiful lives.
So, ‘say what you wanna say, and let the words fall out. Honestly, I wanna see you be brave.’
PS. if you are a significant other, friend or family of a trans person, ask them how you can support and help them in challenging hate and speaking their truth to power.
Pps. If you need help or support please get in touch!