A Trans Woman’s Survival Guide To Navigating 2024

As a trans woman, I am terrified to live right now.

I never expected to receive the news that a 16-year-old trans kid was beaten in their high school, followed by sources reporting their death by suicide. But among the news about the murder of Nex Benedict (they/them), one thing was made clear: it is okay to be alarmist, because what trans people have been warning about potentially happening, is actually happening right now. When I wrote an article a year and a half ago about bomb threats Boston Children’s Hospital had received in the wake of online targeted harassment from Chaya Raichik (she/her), better known as @libsoftiktok on Twitter, it was a wake-up call that it can and will happen here. And now that anti-trans hatemongers are being signal boosted by Elon Musk (he/him), the owner of one of the largest social media platforms ever in Twitter, how can one not feel discouraged? Especially since no one will be charged in Nex’s death?

I’m tired of every single year setting a new record for the worst year on record for trans rights. Case in point, 2024 has already passed 500 anti-trans bills being introduced in state legislatures all across the country. To put it into perspective, a total of 600 anti-trans bills were introduced in all of last year (figures corroborated by https://translegislation.com). I’m tired of lighting more and more candles on Trans Day of Remembrance.

So how do I keep myself going through these arduous times? Three simple steps.

Firstly, breaking down the preconceived notions of what queer people should be and how they should act. When the stakes are this high, petty infighting does nothing but divide. We’re all in this struggle together.

Secondly, I stay activated. If there is a public forum in which to voice your anger over the current state of trans rights in this country, utilizing that opportunity can fuel your drive and spread the message.

Lastly, staying informed is paramount. Not just on the atrocities, but on the small victories. In an environment such as this, never disregard the importance of the little moments of reprieve, even if they aren’t a good thing happening but a bad thing stopping. 

If you’re trans and reading this, I mean it when I say I see and I hear you. Try to keep these in mind, and never give up. You are wanted, you are powerful, and you are loved.

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