Time we learnt how to stay in our own lanes
grant.shim[email protected] had heard of a year ago . . . but we’ve also been introduced to a neo-Marxist theory called intersectionality’’, rolling his literary eyes in exasperation, that’s questioning that community’s right to exist as who they are. Hands up, by the way, if you’d heard of the trans community a year ago. I thought so.
When we preface our selfcentred frustration with phrases like ‘‘in my day’’, wistfully remembering how good life was, we’re ignoring the fact that for many others it was pretty bloody desperate. Still is, in some cases.
Suicide rates in the trans community are several times higher than the national average. Scout Barbour-Evans, a trans man who has put their long-awaited transition on hold as they’re expecting a baby, imminently, knows all too well ‘‘what it is to be publicly transgender’’.
Scout admits to some ‘‘major suicide attempts’’, which ‘‘stopped when I was able to access transition’’, but even they recognise ‘‘the privilege of not being a trans woman’’, because the latter are marginalised even further than trans men, even by some in the LGBTQI community.
But as a lesbian friend who supports trans women’s rights pointed out to me, if a predatory man wanted to sexually assault women, which is suggested in some quarters as the reason some men