A few days ago, our country celebrated a Trans Day of Visibility. This was supposed to be a time to focus on trans people, celebrate trans people, and talk about the bravery and beauty of trans people. In other words, it was a day just like every other day. Our experience with the Trans Day of Visibility is like Bill Murray’s experience with Groundhog’s Day. It repeats forever, nothing changes, and it never ends.
Indeed, there has never been a group as fractionally tiny as the trans population and yet so visible. There has never been a community so small and yet so accommodated by society. For the sake of trans people, we have changed the English language, thrown out the rules of grammar, passed laws, effectively abolished women’s sports, and tossed biological science into the wood chipper. Most of all, we have never seen such a concerted and effective effort to purposefully increase the size of a given population.