Today I was working at an event to benefit the local transgender community – a community that intersects with all the other letters of the awkward initialism by which we identify ourselves. We had received a substantial in-kind donation from a person whose transgender child had passed on.
When I heard the news, I felt it in my gut. The person who told me this saw my face, and clarified that it was natural causes.
“Wow,” I responded. “That’s unusual.” And then it struck me. It is unusual, in our communities, for natural causes to be the stated reason for our deaths. This is not the case in the cisgender heterosexual mainstream world.
So I told another person, also Queer, about the donation and the circumstances. They got That Look, you know the one. So I gave them the rest of the story, and they said. “Huh.”
Huh. Wow. That’s…
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