The first boy I became “best friends” with showed me the still-raw welts on his back while we sat on my grandfather’s balcony.... We were too young to fully intuit the purport of triggers flung each other’s way when we discussed our violations at the hands of adults.
The practice of asking for chosen names and pronouns while meeting people for the first time is increasingly becoming common. However, there are a few other organisational policies that can make your workplace more trans affirmative.
We are going to be talking about trauma and triggers, about c-PTSD and about how to support loved ones who live with the condition or the kind of support we can expect from our own entourage when we are living with c-PTSD.
"Growing up, I actually believed I had to lose weight to find someone and I honestly did put out a lot of energy in trying to lose weight. And I think that was the biggest mistake I made."~ Amena Aziz, Plus Size Fashion Blogger in an interview to Smashboard.
When deployed in a cynical, self-serving or naïvely well-intentioned way, identity politics devolves into tokenism where the individual takes precedence over the multitude and mass movements are eschewed for the soaring but empty rhetoric of hope and change.