In a year spent stuck inside, twiddling our thumbs as the walls slowly close in, I’ve found comfort in a few essentials: copious amounts of chocolate, FaceTime with mum, and trans+ art. Today, on International Transgender Day of Visibility, perhaps many more will too, if only via the aesthetically-pleasing Canva infographics of Instagram. While this is fine, our support for trans+ artists must run deeper than stories that expire in 24 hours.
It’s not as if ‘trans issues’ aren’t discussed on other days of the year. On the contrary, the subject is an obsession of the British media. The difference here is that the conversation never involves any trans+ people. To give just one example, in 2020, The Times produced 324 articles related to trans+ people… each and every one written by a cis person. (TL;DR they’re all a variation on the pointed question “Why do trans+ people