For this year’s Trans Day of Visibility I got to join fellow non-binary pals G. R. Gritt, Kimmortal, and Evelyn Charlotte Joe for this little interview with our friend and icon Rae Spoon. Here is an excerpt:
In 2019 Miriam Webster chose the non-binary pronoun “they” as the word of the year. Some people started calling 2019 the year of “they.” What was your reaction to that?
respectfulchild 敬兒: To be honest, I didn’t really pay attention to it…I think it felt like getting validating approval from the mainstream and I don’t really care for that kind of momentary recognition. What about next year? Will we be forgotten once “they” is no longer trending? The comfort, safety, and space I have to explore and express my identity is due to the work of all the gender revolutionaries that came before me. Recognition and visibility are nice, but seeing allies celebrate these sort of milestones feels kind of shallow when what we need as a community is more education, empathy, safety, and supports. If we don’t have those things in place, then visibility can just make us a target for more danger.
You can read the full interview here
photo by Lindsey Rewuski