Cole, you expressed what I wanted to say so very well! Thank you.

I’ve taken some heat from trans folks about this article, especially some trans folks who were ahead of the times in the 70s and 80s. But my purpose in writing this wasn’t to deny their valid experiences or to brush over the real conflicts that have existed within queer communities for decades.

Instead, I’m trying to point out that we all share SOME common histories and experiences, as well as common enemies.

I think we’re all stronger for reflecting on what we share while we quite naturally sometimes focus on individual goals and struggles that we don’t always have in common.

My story is really just an illustration of intersectionality.

I’m glad you liked it. Thanks!

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Writer. Runner. Marine. Airman. Former LGBTQ and HIV activist. Former ActUpNY and Queer Nation. Polyglot. Middle-aged, uppity faggot. jamesfinnwrites@gmail.com

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