Sunday, October 13, 2013

TAKING OUR CROWN


 By Sabrina Samone, TMP

In the fifties or before, you may be hard pressed to find a Transgender person working in your local grocery store or dare to even step out of the house. In the sixties and seventies, with the sexual revolution well underway, the first great Trans-leaders like Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P.Johnson dared to open that envelop. We watched in the eighties and nineties as countless films and T.V. Shows made us a joke, while Cis-gendered people made billions off the Transgender Community by fetishizing us in endless degrading porn titled films. By the turn of the new century we had to sit and watch as the LGB pondered over whether or not we, the T, was worth their time. Finally in an unlikely sign of the times in 2013, we are receiving our crowns, literally.  

Over the past decade, the plight of Trans-kids has been gaining recognition and the idea of changing ones gender is becoming more understood as something not just decided upon overnight at age 40, but began as far back as in the womb. With acceptance of Transgender students has come a long dream of millions of Transgender people reliving childhood dreams vicariously through the next trans-genderation of our future brothers and sisters. Many have achieved what was once impossible to many of us, to not only be accepted but applauded by our peers and community and crowned homecoming kings and queens.
 

One of the biggest stories may be of Cassidy Lynn Campbell, who was one of five students nominated for homecoming queen at Marina High School. Campbell who said of her wins, “If it can just make them look a little bit differently at myself or anyone else in this world and judge just a little less harshly than it was all worth it.” The school’s principal said he’s proud of Campbell’s victory. “We’re proud of the message from the home of the Vikings has been one of equity, acceptance, tolerance and respect.” Could any of us have imagined our school being that supportive in 2000 or before? I remember specifically being told by a science teacher and assistant principal that if I only tried making an appearance as a boy and date girls, I would be treated better. It’s great we are able to see the times make a turn for a better future for all of us.

Where there are Queens there is bound to be a few Kings, like Ray Ramsey of New Hampshire who was not only just simply voted recently as homecoming King but won with a landslide victory at Concord High School. He is the first transgender student to ever receive the honor and took the crown to the sound of a thunderous applause and cheers. According to the Concord Monitor, Ramsey’s father greeted him after he accepted the crown, taking Ramsey by the shoulders and looking him in the eye, saying, “I am so proud of you.”

Most recently, Steven Sanchez made history in Des Moines, Iowa being the first gender queer person to win homecoming queen at the University of Northern Iowa. Sanchez, 21, was born male and identifies as both male and female. After years of relentless bullying, Sanchez received a standing ovation at the campus’s packed auditorium. Sanchez said, “I never would have thought years ago that I’d be standing on a stage, people cheering for me because they voted me homecoming queen. It’s unbelievable."




While there are still too many places where the lives of Transgender people are harsh and cruel, we are all as a society able to take a deep breath, raise our chest with a little more pride at a world growing more accepting of one another. I especially think these stories are an inspiration, not just to those that will follow their footsteps but many who have began to lose hope, lost in their despair of the daily hardship that many transgender people continue to endure.

  Times are a changing, just last year the Miss Universe pageant system announced all pageants are to be opened to post-op transgender women.

2013 may still go down in history as the year of the T.
 
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