This has to be set against the tragic death of Rachel Bryk, killed by induced suicide after bullying from a troll. This has to be set against a number of suicides of young trans people since before Leelah Alcorn’s tragic death by suicide. Of course Rachel’s death has to be set in a wider context; the suspicion for her death has to be placed on the shoulders of the Gamergate/4Chan haters and bigots.
Then the elation at the great speech by Juno Roche at a teachers union conference, seeing the amazing Paris Lees on Question Time, with that wonderful line about Ed Miliband having “Oak in his penis”. After all that I feel lucky to be able to be myself all the time even joining in the chanting at the Emirates North Bank, is not a problem any more; Arsenal fans respect red-and-white scarves. Today I use the tube to get to work and around London every day, and the bus, and all the crap privatised trains you get everywhere else.
So while we must celebrate the victories of people like Laverne Cox and others we must remember that there is still a long way to go for many people. In too many parts of the world being trans is a death sentence; remember Fernanda Milan describing how there were no trans women over 35 in Guatemala because they have all been murdered by then. Yet progress is being made and the visibility of people like Laverne Cox. Paris Lees and Bruce Jenner and their intelligent representations of trans people in the media undoubtably helps generate that progress widely. This does not mean that transphobic harm will abate everywhere and for everyone, but it will help, there is still much work to do.