It’s not easy getting an education while trans, and our haters are trying to make it harder for you to do so. You deserve the utmost love and respect for making the investment in yourselves to do so.
-TransGriot, May 3, 2016
Me attending a graduation potluck celebration in Emily Chambers’ UH dorm room last night reminded me that I haven’t written my annual post congratulating the Trans Class of 2017 and showing y’all some love like I have done for trans classes in previous years.
Congratulations indeed on getting your ‘ejumacations’ while trans, because the right wing transphobic haters are trying to make it harder for you to do so from grade school to graduate school.
But the bottom line is that you persevered. You are making the jump from elementary to middle school;. From middle school to high school. From high school to college. From college undergrad to graduate school or to that off campus real world life.
Each jump to the next level of your educational journey has its challenges,. But if you can successfully navigate a gender transition, school is easy compared to that.
By doing so, you are committing a revolutionary and evolutionary act at the same time. You are being revolutionary by being your out and proud selves in those academic spaces and excelling in them. You are becoming indispensable parts of your various campuses. many of you have evolved become leaders because you have had to fight to defend your very humanity and right to exist from ignorant transphobes.
And most importantly, you are stepping across those stages at either the main or lavender graduation ceremonies that will happen across the country with diplomas (or diploma covers) in hand.
You also did so while also dealing with the challenges of being a trans masculine, trans feminine or gender non conforming person in a classroom or collegiate setting, and that makes us trans elders and hopefully your families, be they blood or chosen, smile.
Congratulations Trans Class of 2017! Looking forward to see what happens in your lives over the next few years.