The fight for equal rights didn’t end when the Supreme Court decided in favor of same sex couples seeking marriage equality with their opposite sex coupled neighbors, even if the general public like to believe it is.
Luckily, there are still those out there who keep the conversation going, even if they’re forced to scream the message to be heard over the din of denial. One such person is Courtney Keesee, creator of LivingQueer.com. And they just happen to be trans.
Technically, that’d be non-binary transgender. For those who don’t know, that means they (yes, they) do not identify as either male or female. Knowing them has been an education I didn’t realize I was lacking and one that you may be lacking, too.
Courtney’s blog is filled with information and opinions that, while might be uncomfortable to some, offer a window into a part of the human experience most of us will never know firsthand. They’ve allowed a world that can be both kind and cruel into their inner-workings and we have been made the better for it – as long as we keep an open mind. Which I highly suggest you do.
There are times when Courtney’s words might upset or borderline offend you but that’s your moment to sit back and ask yourself why you feel that way. You don’t need to come away agreeing one hundred percent with them but know that there is truth – and emotion – behind what they write and their feelings as just as valid as yours.
Those of the not cis, straight, white, male and Christian variety still need strong voices to speak up and Courtney, simply by being true to themself, has become just that; when you read her posts you will see the ideas and thoughts from someone a part of an oft-oppressed group and the trans folks’ struggles will become more than something discussed but felt and experienced; you’ll have a human face to identify with.
DRAWING: COMING SOONISH
Gender identity and sexuality isn’t the only place Courtney speaks their mind about; they’re also open and honest about their struggle with PTSD, something many see as scary and stigmatizing and in need of understanding and education. They may not be giving you a psychologist’s expert opinion but something just as valuable, a personal story.
You do well to follow Courtney on Facebook and Twitter and YouTube and become a regular reader of their blog. You have an opportunity to learn about something you may think you have no ties to so why pass up the chance?