Don’t erase us!
This was the comment I left in response to this post:
Hi, I certainly have many of the concerns you have but my experience in the non-online world and amongst select online friends/followers has been quite different. I remember going to my first meeting of our local transgender support group afraid that I’d be disrespected for identifying as agender. In fact I was welcomed with open arms. I am now quite active within the group and have never felt any evidence of non-binary discrimination. I do get the issue of erasure and the importance of acknowledging agender/non-binary/genderqueer identities. That is happening here through sharing ideas, relevant posts, etc. I guess my point is that most trans people are welcoming. I sometimes think we mistake attention seeking behavior for popular opinion. The truth is so called “truscum” are a minority. Most trans people get that we’re all in this together and we face a common enemy in transphobia, effeminaphobia and transmisogyny. I do feel underrepresented in the extreme as an agender person, over 50, who was dmab, but I try and spread the word that we exist and deserve respect.