…s are being harassed even in settings which seem in general to be very accepting and accommodating. I worry that in over-emphasizing the positive changes we risk losing sight of the ongoing threats and challenges that trans kids continue to face. Because the larger truth is that these changes are taking place within a cultural context in which bigotry, hatred and violence against trans people often continues to goes uncontested. TGNC youth (especially those on the trans-feminine spectrum) continue to be perceived by many of th…
Anna Louise Peterson
So very true.
In my own interaction with queer youth on Quora, I found that some kids who experience a lot of profound mistreatment in their lives often have a hard time being heard or understood even by other queer kids.
Acceptance and tolerance in the United States often vary by geography. In some places and spaces, acceptance is very high, along with some intolerance for bullying and other forms of oppression.
Progressive, privileged people can see this and form a mistaken impression that that experience is universal or close to universal for queer people in general, including for adolescents.
Nothing could be further from the truth, actually.
Try telling an LGBTQ teen from the Bible Belt that they live in a tolerant society, for example.
Yes, we’ve made amazing progress in the past few decades.
We need to remember, I think, that our progress is uneven and that not all of us experience it the same way.