Kai Cheng Thom writes: “I think the major difference between a social justice and a white/colonial lens on trauma is the assumption that trauma recovery is the reclamation of safety – that safety is a resource that is simply ‘out there’ for the taking and all we need to do is work hard enough …”
It may seem obvious to some, but when I came out 35 years ago, I never saw relationships like mine the way we see them now in advertising, television, film, and books. It continues to be a thrill for me to see same-sex couples in media. Having the LGBTQ+ experience normalized in the media is important and affirming in ways that may be hard for some to understand. My writing today was triggered by two things – a recent Out Magazine article about LGBTQ celebrities, and an LGBTQ romance series I just finished. This post reflects on what I am seeing and experiencing now as a result.
While we’ve made some progress in protecting civil rights for the LGBTQ+ community, we have a long way to go for the non-binary / trans community especially. This Friday (November 20th) is Transgender Day of Remembrance, part of a month of transgender awareness efforts coordinated by Glaad and other organizations.