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13 Ways Every Gay Man Can Be a Better Trans Ally

13 Ways Every Gay Man Should Be A Better Trans Ally

Donald Trump and Mike Pence have effectively promised to write anti-LGBT discrimination into law. Gay men, alongside all queer people, face dark and frightening days under President Trump. But I fear most for trans folk, who have been heavily bullied by the Republican Party this past year with transphobic “bathroom bills.” Gay and bi men: It’s time to be trans allies.

I was nervous to write this piece because many writers, myself included, believe that literature about trans folk should only be written by trans folk. This belief is held because trans stories have so often been silenced, blocked, and appropriated by cisgender people. Would I want to read a piece from a straight writer about why straight people should support gay men? Maybe, but I’d go into it with tension. They would invariably be comparing their experience to mine, placing themselves on one side of a fence and me on the other.  

And yet I need straight allies. Every gay man does. I would not be here without them. Gay men, now is the time to stop, once and for all, the transphobic jokes. Stop deadnaming or misgendering Caitlyn Jenner, even if you disagree with her politics. It’s time to face the fact that,regardless what happens in the United States, we are witnessing a global awakening — an enlightening of what it means to be human, and a discarding of antiquated beliefs that collectively compose “gender.” This is the transgender movement.

Browse these 13 ways you should be a better trans ally. Come together in the coming days, months, and years as one queer family. Our bonds, rather than our differences, are more important now than ever before.

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1. Remember this quote.

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” — Desmond Tutu

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