Today is Halloween, and for those of you who aren’t getting rained on like we are in Houston right now, hope you will have a wonderful time taking to kids out to trick or treat, or at that costume party you’re planning to attend later tonight.
And don’t wear Blackface. While I’m at it, don’t wear yellowface, redface or think that you can put on a non white persons cultural traditions like some sort of costume. Just say no and use that brain to come up with another idea for a Halloween costume.
Now that I’ve gotten that TransGriot public service announcement out of the way, Happy Trans National Holiday!
Halloween has been the night in which our people held elaborate drag balls in Chicago and New York that drew thousands on the South Side and the old Roseland Ballroom.
But it was also the night that we trans folks were free to if just for one day, be the everyday men and women we wanted to permanently be the other 364 days of the year.
I know that was the way I looked at it on those Halloween nights before I moved into my own place. I’d head to a trusted friends apartment where I had my femme clothing stashed, take the time to gleefully get in femme mode and go to Studio 13 in Montrose as an everyday sister just getting off work.
And it’s interesting to note that once transition happened for me and became a reality, Halloween wasn’t a day I planned with the efficiency of the D-Day invasion, but became just another day on the calendar.
So for trans people and those contemplating transition, Halloween has a different meaning than it does for cis people. It’s only after we become our true selves that we transpeeps even begin to think about it in terms of ‘what costume do I wear’?
Happy Trans National Holiday people!