"I've heard people say that being trans is so 'in' right now, how 'everyone wants to be trans now.' But at the same time, we have laws and environments like what's going on right now in North Carolina, where people are struggling with a new form of diversity in their lives beyond having to deal with racism and sexism and homophobia, and are scared because they can't comprehend what's going on. It's extremely isolating for trans people. They don't feel affirmed, they don't have proper access to health care, they can't even use public bathrooms without feeling other people's hatred or disdain — these things take a toll. And then when trans people have a high rate of suicide and attempts, they call us psychotic?
"I hope this will be a call to action. Being an ally isn't just saying, 'Well, I don't have any problem with trans people,' and that's it. You have to make space for us, because we've been in the margins for so long. Allow us to speak for ourselves. Don't speak over us; if our voices aren't loud enough, amplify them. I hope people see this article and understand, 'OK, I see who these people are. They're people like me. They have needs, just like I do.' And then recognize that the differences between us aren't only 'not a problem'; acknowledge that you can exist alongside that difference, and that it's a part of your life too."