Trigger warning: Hate crime is discussed in this passage.
I will never understand or really be able to deal with the fact that there are people in the world who want me dead because of my sexuality and my medical condition, my gender history.
I am a human being. I deserve the right to live and not fear for my life.
What saddens me more is that I didn’t realise how this felt before. I’m in a position of privilege in most areas of my life. I am white, middle class and male (as well as being privileged within the trans* community as I was DFAB).
I have never before feared for my well being, my life, whilst walking down the street. I have never before even thought to check the local anti discrimination laws when I’ve planned a trip.
I am disgusted that we live in a world like this, a world that doesn’t even recognise that these are real problems. However, the main issue I have is that I am ashamed of myself. I am ashamed that I did not appreciate the amount of privilege I have. I took it for granted (and often still do) and I live in a society where I was never even called up on this.