“what does trans visibility mean to me?”
visible to whom? i must ask myself
to cis eyes? society? The government?
the medical complex?
what it means to me is suspicion.
this place that does not want us to exist
the more visible we are
the more we are in danger
and yet as i write this
i feel the contradiction bubbling up
inside of my heart
from trans person to trans person
we exchange love letters often
you are so beautiful
watching you bloom made me
realize i could bloom too.
and then i think about the youth
how they are being attacked
being told who they are is not real
when i think about visibility
i think about them above all
about how possible
brave and true they are
how loved and deserving they are
and how our visibility protects them,
keeps them safe
and gives them a little room
to be themselves unapologetically.
with that all said
personally at the end of the day
visibility is not what i desire
but a reckoning
a social unbecoming
and ultimately a revolution
that is my affirmation
that is my love letter to you.