The 2018 holiday season is about to commence. People are heading to airports, train stations and hitting the interstate highways to celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day with family and friends.
But as you prepare to make new holiday memories with family, friends and all the people who love you, bear in mind those happy pics you post on social media and the conversations you have about your wonderful holiday dinners can be painful to many of my trans and GNC siblings.
And that depression brought on by forced family separation, exacerbated by constant reminders of the season with the classic holiday Christmas TV shows and movies, Christmas music on the radio, and people out and about doing holiday shopping, can lead to suicide.
Many of my trans and GNC siblings are facing a fall and winter of separation or banishment from their blood families for being their true selves. It’s also true for the Mama and Papa Bears that face the same issue for choosing to support their trans and gender non conforming child over their familial ties with disapproving family members.
So for those of you not in that situation in our community, please do everything in your power to lift our trans and GNC family up during this holiday season. Invite them to your home for a gathering. Call them on a regular basis from now through New Year’s Day. Check on them via social media. Go out with them and do something fun when you can.
For my trans and gender non conforming fam in that situation this holiday season, do not spend one nanosecond brooding about these holidays and the family that rejected you. It is not your fault they foolishly chose not to accept the amazing and fabulous person you are.
It’s their loss they won’t have you at them family gatherings that will be less wonderful without your presence.
While there are some days during this period that are going to be hard not to do so, I challenge you to focus on building holiday memories with the chosen family who do want you in their lives, I can tell you from experience I light up when I get Christmas cards, baked goods and gifts from my chosen family
There are some cities that have holiday events at their local LGBT centers for the trans and GNC community, so consider attending them. Hang out with your trans and GNC friends. Do fun stuff with them, be it Christmas or non Christmas related. Call other people who may be having a rougher time than you are and talk to them.
We love you, want you and need your fabulous trans selves to be around for 2019 and beyond
Call trans help lines if you aren’t able to talk to someone locally or online, And for you trans allies and accomplices, show your trans family some love this holiday season Do what you can to make a trans person’s life that you are acquainted with better during the holidays.
As I continue to point out, we are an international trans and GNC community. We are your family, We understand and feel your pain. Many of us, myself included, either have been or are still going through it, and we are determined to help you get through this emotion laden rough patch of a season.
I know the holiday can be hard, trans and GNC family. But there are people inside and outside our community who are standing by to make it better and less sucky for you. All you have to do is reach out to them and let them help you make things better.