activism and advocacy are about that moment when someone learns you are trans and things change.
that change, that moment when stuff suddenly gets worse or better — that is the problem. That is the oppression and the discrimination and all the nasty stuff. That is the heart and soul of stigma, the moment the black mark becomes visible.
that is what all the effort is about. All the rest is strategy — the discourse on the how we end the moment when things change from being a big deal, from resulting in hardship and pain and struggle.
So long as there is something wrong with being a trans person, instead of the way that society treats someone who is trans, there is going to be a need for activism and advocacy. There is going to be a fight that is happening. There are going to be people dying and people trying to make a quick buck and people trying to not be seen and people trying very hard to be seen.
because all of those things are part of the strategy. Some folks want to be unseen — to do what they are told they should do by those who oppress the and not be seen, not be heard, not let people know.
and there are those who feel that what you need to do to change that is stand up when people say there is something wrong with being trans and say “no! It is not being trans that is the problem, it is the way you see us that is the problem, and you are part of it!”
TIH stands up and says there is nothing wrong with being trans, there is a lot wrong with the way the world treats trans people. We work towards making life better, making things easier, making places where trans people do not need to hide, but instead can stand up and be proud and be happy.