Aaaaaand we’re back. Sorry for the delay on the Saturday Shorts front. Long story short: finally starting to feel better after being sick since Christmas. Last week I was nursing sore muscles along my rib cage that I pulled during a coughing fit.
So, here we are. Back in the new year, starting over after some time away. One of the things that’s been great over the past year has been the friendships I’ve developed. Finding like-minded people is one of the most beautiful things life has to offer. One such friend is a great guy from Canada named Jeff. Really, he has such a healthy perspective and desire to make the lives of others better, no judgment or conditions. Jeff posted an article on a short film dealing with trans issues. Jake Graf’s Headspace features a trans cast, and has been picked up by the Huffington Post for profiling.
You need to watch this. Click here to do so.
Trans issues need this type of light shed upon them. Have they come a long way? Yes, but that doesn’t mean that there’s still not a long ways to go. The perspectives of this film made me ache so badly. Seeing this is necessary for those of us that don’t live it, from someone going through the panic and uncertainty of how they present to the type of bathroom that is needed to the fear of walking down the street. Christ, I hate walking down the street period (catcalling, for the record, is not a fucking compliment. I’m not on display, I don’t give a shit what you think about my tits, I’m not a “that,” the goal is to assert that you’re an alpha male that approves of my outward appearance, and I highly doubt that you could last for more than 45 seconds, which makes the advertisement of easy sex less than appealing.) – imagining what it’s like to be someone who has to endure the fear of physical harm for being trans just hurts. And really, why the hell is someone’s gender any of our business? If you’re somehow threatened by the fact that there’s a penis somewhere on a person you find attractive, you need to look inside and figure out why your identity is so heavily wrapped up in appearing straight. If you’re pissed that a trans woman wants to use the bathroom, I can assure you that trans women just want to pee without getting killed; you’ve got more of a chance of getting raped by your boyfriend (or a politician) than you do by a trans woman. All in all, this is still something that requires discussion and perspective. If you stop trying to understand, you stop growing and you’re just taking up space.
For anyone that’s trans that’s reading this: we here at The Backseat Driver Reviews love and support you. You do you.